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Croke Park Stadium Tour - Ericcson Skyline Tour and GAA Museum

A heart-warming day out with the family

The GAA is at the heart of every community in Ireland and it’s true to say that it represents our way of life as much as our love of sport. It’s completely embedded in our DNA – it’s what we love and it’s what we do. So if you’re looking for a memorable day out with the family, why not head to Croke Park and have fun exploring the GAA’s heart and home?

There’s so much to see and do here and the Tour Guides really are the best in the world – full of passion, charisma and memorable stories. Everyone who visits comments on just how good they are. The bonus effect of this is that the kids will leave understanding more about who we are as a people – without feeling like they’ve had any lessons!  

The Santa Experience goes Polar at Croke Park

Visit Santa and Stitch the Snowman in Croke Park’s Polar Palace this Christmas

The popular Santa Experience returns to Croke Park from 25th November, and this year Santa is bringing along his good friend ‘Stitch the Snowman’.

Stitch comes from a long line of GAA sporting legends and has a puck out so good that he can send a sliothar flying to the North Pole in just one swing! 

Your family will wander through the Polar Palace in search of Stitch the Snowman, following a series of clues around the stadium. Along the way, you will visit Santa’s Grotto, where every child will receive a gift, the Ski Patrol Room which is manned by Santa’s elves, and go pitchside for a special surprise!  

This wonderful new winter experience for families is sure to be a hit, especially those with a passion for Gaelic games. There will be plenty of beautiful festive family photo opportunities with Santa and Stitch during the tour, and a professional photographer will also be on hand to capture the moment.  

Croke Park’s new Santa Experience also includes free admission to the GAA Museum, where families can discover two floors of interactive exhibits. Children can pick up their Junior Explorer passport and follow the special route which highlights some of the most fascinating and famous exhibitions, including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups. A highlight for many is the museum’s Interactive Games Zone, where you can test your own hurling and football skills – see how fast your family can react, check your passing skills and practice a fingertip save or the art of the high catch!   

And you can finish off the perfect day with light refreshments and a festive snack in the museum’s Blackthorn Café.  Or you could pick up the perfect stocking fillers for the GAA fan in your life from the GAA Museum Shop!

The Polar Palace at Croke Park promises to be one of best Christmas family days out in Ireland.  You never know, the touch of Christmas magic might even inspire your little one to be the next GAA All-Star! 

The festivities get underway from Saturday, November 25th, and will run on select dates until Saturday, December 23rd.   Dates sell quickly and pre-booking online is essential to avoid disappointment.  The tour lasts approximately 1hour and tickets, priced at €10 for adults, €16 for children 2 years and over, and €8 for children aged 1–2, are now available via the website Children under 1 go free. 

The event is both wheelchair and buggy accessible, and there is free parking adjacent to the GAA Museum which is located in the Cusack Stand of the stadium. 

This unique family experience includes:
•    The Polar Palace Experience
•    Meet & greet with Santa in his grotto
•    Christmas gift for every child
•    Photo opportunities pitchside 
•    Free entry to the GAA Museum & Interactive Games Zone
•    Free parking
•    No queuing 


Croke Park Stadium Tour

First up, there’s the Croke Park Stadium Tour, your backstage pass to all the behind-the-scenes action and secrets.

Did you know that Croke Park is actually the third largest stadium in Europe? Its size is only part of its greatness, however, as you’ll discover on this eye-opening guided tour.

From quirky insights into why Croke Park’s grass is always greener to learning about defining moments in Irish history, you’re sure to feel inspired.

You’ll each have your own best bits, but some of the highlights include taking a seat in the VIP area, getting a birds-eye view from the media centre, sneaking a peek inside the dressing room, and of course, walking in the footsteps of legends as you go pitchside through the players’ tunnel!

GAA Museum

The most spine-tingling part of your day will be your visit to the GAA Museum.

This really is the heart and soul of the whole experience, taking you through the completely unique story of Gaelic games from ancient times to present day.

Featured exhibitions include the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups, the rousing Hall of Fame, and a whole floor dedicated to the games as they are today. There’s even a Junior Explorer’s route, which highlights some of the most fascinating and famous exhibitions for younger visitors.

When you’re done exploring, get a taste of the action in the extremely popular Interactive Games Zone, where you can put your own hurling and football skills to the test!

Ericcson Skyline Tour

Depending on the age of your kids (they need to be at least 1.2 metres tall), you could finish the day on a 17-storey high with the thrilling rooftop walkway that is Croke Park’s Ericcson Skyline Tour.

This is actually Dublin’s highest open-viewing platform and offers breathtaking views of our vibrant capital from the mountains to the sea. The Tour Guides will highlight the city’s main landmarks for you, while giving you insights into its heartfelt history, including some very amusing tall tales! Then of course there’s the sporting highlight – the incredible view from the platform that’s suspended over the pitch itself!


Maybe you’ll want to pack all three attractions into one day, or maybe you’d prefer to cherry pick the bits that appeal to you most.

Either way, if you make the trip to Croke Park, you’re guaranteed an experience that’s so full of heart, you’ll leave a little bit of your own behind. Have fun!

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