Spring has Sprung, it’s time to get moving! The weather is warming up and it’s time to get moving, here’s our top 5 ideas for some Family Friendly activities all within 10 minutes drive of our Hotel, the Rochestown Lodge Hotel & Spa in Dun Laoghaire.



1. Dun Laoghaire Pier, approx. 5 mins drive

Dun Laoghaire is a hive of activity and the East Pier is the perfect place to take a family stroll, breathe in the sea air plus enjoy stunning views of Dublin Bay. Why not treat yourself and the family to a Teddy’s Ice cream or hot beverage or if you just want to sit and watch the sailboats and yachts navigate the harbour, then Dun Laoghaire pier is the perfect spot to watch the world go by.


2. James Joyce Tower & Museum, Sandycove, approx. 5 mins drive

Open daily with free admission. Embrace the literature of James Joyce within this iconic museum at the Martello Tower, Sandycove, Co. Dublin.


3. DLR Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire, approx. 5 mins drive

Boasting spectacular views of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Beyond The DLR Lexicon Library is the perfect place to browse over a book, grab a coffee and use some grey matter with 80,000 items in the adult and junior libraries, 60+ computers, 100 study spaces and a floor dedicated to Local Studies, there is plenty to discover at DLR Lexicon.


4. Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, approx. 8 mins drive

Drop-in tours run half hourly from 10.00 on weekdays and 11.00 at weekends in Dalkey Castle.

Their guides and actors will take you back in time to Tudor days with Barber Surgery, Archery and Cooking. If you are feeling energetic, you can climb to the battlements and take in magnificent views of sea and mountains. You can browse our interactive screens and immerse yourself in past stories. You can explore the Writers’ Gallery and marvel at over forty writers and creative artists from Joyce and Beckett to Bono and Maeve Binchy. A warm welcome awaits you here.


5. Killiney Hill Park, approx. 6 mins drive

Killiney Hill and Dalkey Hill form part of Killiney Hill Park, a large public park overlooking both Dalkey and Killiney villages. A a popular destination for walkers and hikers availing of the spectacular views, over the surrounding areas: Dublin to the northwest, the Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales (on a clear day) to the east and southeast, and Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. There’s fantastic amenities for the kids and our four-legged friends.

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