Ireland with Kids Travel Guide

Ireland with kids trip report

Ireland with Kids Travel Guide

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Ireland with kids trip report

Why we chose to visit Ireland with kids

As a study abroad student more than a decade ago, Ronnie had the opportunity to roam all over Europe. He visited over a dozen countries during those six months, but never made it to Ireland even though he always wanted to. When we met I had barely traveled and had a few countries high on my priority list – France, Spain and Italy – so Ireland was a bit off my radar. Fast forward to early 2016 as we began our discussions for the year’s travel. Our schedules were flexible apart from a preference to travel in shoulder seasons and we batted around a few ideas. We had already taken the kids (4.5 and almost 2) to several far-flung destinations, so we weren’t scared of long flights.

And then a post from The Points Guy came across my Facebook feed announcing that Aer Lingus would begin non-stop from LAX to Dublin in the spring. BINGO! While we don’t mind long flights with the kids, connections are just the pits: everyone is tired, there’s so much to carry, and our luck often has us scurrying to the far corner of the airport (I’m looking at you, Frankfurt). Best of all, these tickets were much less than the typical price to get to continental Europe and they even have a little discount for the kids. Within a week, we were booked. Shoshana would even get to celebrate her second birthday in Ireland (more on that when we get to Kinsale).

When to travel to Ireland

Early June 2016. We experienced gorgeous weather and minimal crowds. Early summer might be the best time of year to visit Ireland!

How to get to Ireland and how to get around Ireland

Aer Lingus now runs non-stop service from LAX to Dublin! Since we were flying with kids, we took advantage of that option and subsequently rented a car from Hertz to get around. If we had less time available or weren’t flying with the kids, we would have taken a one-stop flight to Shannon and spent a full week in western Ireland exploring County Kerry using Killarney as our base. If you’re flying from New York, Boston, Philadelphia or Chicago (or many locations in Europe) you’ll have the option of a non-stop to Shannon.

Driving around Ireland was a natural decision for us since we travel as a party of four, and having a car afforded us the ability to explore at our own pace and go off the beaten track. Check out our tips for driving in Ireland!

Where to stay in Ireland

Dublin – 2 nights

Killarney – 7 nights (find out why we stayed so long!)

Kinsale – 3 nights

What to do in Ireland

Resources for Ireland


Have you traveled to Ireland with kids? Leave a comment with your faves.

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Traveling to Ireland with kids? Read our family-friendly Ireland travel guide for the best itinerary, activities and accommodations for your trip!


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