National Print Museum
Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
When we first visited the National Print Museum, our son was only about 1-year-old, so the stairs interested him much more that anything else in the museum. 2 years later we revisited the place and the difference was awesome. He was fascinated by the giant old machines (some of them are still working and can be tried out) and it was nearly impossible to separate him from his beloved perforating machine... However, if you visit the museum with a kid, it is an absolute must to check out the Education Area with a junior library and lots and lots of stampers, hole punchers, pencils, crayons, origami and stencil sets. Keep an eye on the What's on section of the website for upcoming free guided activities at the Education Area. The museum can be explored through self-guided and guided tours as well (the latter is priced, but once a week there is a free public tour) and it runs a number of lectures, events and workshops for children (and adults) regularly (e.g. linocut printmaking, silk painting, bookmaking, Halloween / Christmas crafts). Behind the museum, a lovely cafe is waiting for the visitors with reasonably priced tea, coffee, cakes and hot meals. Parking around the museum is a bit tricky: be careful as there are only a few designated parking slots, so if you leave your car in the wrong place, it might be clamped within moments. Note that the museum is open on Monday, but it opens at weekends only in the afternoon at 2 pm.
How to get there: DART: Grand Canal Dock
Bus: 4, 7
Entry is priced