Castleknock Hotel has so many great attractions, some just a few minutes from the hotel and others within an hour's drive.
The second most visited tourist attraction in Ireland after the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo is a very popular landmark. The zoo has been extended in recent years with the African Plains proving particular popular and exciting for the kids. In total, there are over 400 animals to view. The great thing about the zoo is you can do it all in your own time so you can spend as little or as much time as you'd like. We advise that you try to arrive early to view the feeding times for certain animals so you can plan your day and come back when they're on.
Phoenix Park - 5km away - 9 min drive
The Phoenix Park is truly an exceptional landmark of Dublin which includes so many places of interest and there is something for every member of the family. One of the largest walled city parks in Europe, it includes a thoroughfare which links Castleknock village to Dublin City Centre. Notable places of interest include Aras an Uachtarain, home of the Irish President, Dublin Zoo, The US Ambassador's Residence, The Papal Cross, Farmleigh House, Ashford Castle, The People's Park, Wellington Monument, nature trails, the bandstand, the tearooms, cricket and polo grounds and The 40 Acres where you'll often find wild deer grazing. We think that's enough to justify at least a few hours, plus you can hire bikes from the hotel to the Phoenix Park.
Tayto Park - 26km - 28 min drive
Tayto Park Theme Park & Zoo offers over 100 attractions. With over 100 attractions to experience and enjoy, there is something for everyon; young, old and in betwee. For the thrill seekers, The Cu Chulainn, Ireland's first rollercoaster and Europe's first wodden rollercoaster with an inversion, is sure to get your adrenaline flowing. But that's not all, challenge yourself high in the sky on the Extreme Climbing Walls or Sky Walk, let the kids explore the Playground. Take the Steam Train Express or Mini Ferris Wheel, or even the Tayto Factory Tour, free with entry, and find out about the history of Tayto. And for those who don't need an increased heart rate to have a good time, enjoy a laid-back stroll through our zoo, where you can interact with the exceptional animal collection, from the mischevious meerkets to the latgest of the big cats, the amur tiger.
Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventures - 5km - 7 min drive
Fort Lucan Adventureland has been Dublin’s biggest Adventure playground for 25 years! Generations of children have come to Fort Lucan to seek adventure and excitement. Set within a huge wooden Viking Fort, the centre provides hours of outdoor fun for children aged between 2 and 12 years. Kids can climb into our four huge towers and then escape their enemies via the 40 foot slides, along sky-high walkways, fly through the air on the ariel runways or dodge their way through the maze. Once firmly back on ground level, they can challenge their friends to a race through the army style assault course. Children of all ages can then show off their driving skills on one of our two Go Kart tracks. One is for children aged under five, while the other is for older motorists!
Aquazone at The National Aquatic Centre - 6km - 11 min drive
The third most visited paid attraction in Ireland, Aquazone is an exciting indoor waterpark that forms part of the National Aquatic Centre. It has a number of features including a tidal pool, a lazy river, water slides and a separate children's water play area. This is an attraction for the whole family and children of all ages. The National Aquatic Centre forms part of the National Sports Campus.
Farmleigh House - 2km - 5 min drive
Formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness Family, Farmleigh House is located on the edge of the Phoenix Park. It was purchased by the Irish government in 1999 and the grounds are open to the public while the house is open to tours when it is not the guesthouse of the many foreign dignitaries that visit Ireland. Previous famous guests include Queen Elizabeth II, The King of Malaysia and Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK. The grounds are very picturesque and include a boathouse cafe, a traditional english style walled garden and a dutch style sunken garden. This is a great place to pass a couple of hours or as part of an overall tour of the Phoenix Park.
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre - 5km - 9 min drive
One of the largest shopping centres and retail parks in Ireland, this shopping centre has a large range of family attractions. It includes a 9 screen cinema, a wide selection of family friendly and themed restaurants and an indoor family orientated leisure complex that offers bowling, pool, snooker, a kids playcentre and a range of amusements. Of course, there is also plenty of choice for those looking for some retail therapy.