Croke Park Stadium Tour - Ericsson Skyline Tour and GAA Museum
A heart-warming day out with the family
At the heart of every community in Ireland, it’s true to say that the GAA 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, head to Croke Park and have fun exploring the GAA’s heart and home?
There’s so much to see and do here. The Tour Guides really are the best in the world – full of passion, charisma and memorable stories. All visitors comment 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!
Elves in Training at Croke Park!
New ‘Elves in Training’ Santa Experience at the GAA Museum this Christmas
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become one of Santa’s trusty elves? If so, you can’t miss the magical new ‘Elves in Training’ Santa Experience at the GAA Museum in Croke Park this Christmas from 24th November!
Santa has transformed GAA HQ into his secret elf camp, where only the fittest, strongest and healthiest of all elves are trained! In fact, every pointy-eared helper that is chosen for the GAA Museum training programme is a member of the North Pole Hurling, Football and Camogie Club, which is the most Northerly and charmed GAA club in the world and managed by Santa himself!
In exciting news, Santa is opening the doors of his training facility to a select number of children, and anyone lucky enough to get a ticket and make it on his ‘list’ will learn the secrets of becoming an elite Elf.
At the Santa Experience at Croke Park, your family will wander through a behind-the-scenes candy cane trail, catching glimpses along the way of how the Elves get fit and ready for the season ahead and their big day, which isn’t the All-Ireland for once!
You’ll wander in awe through the mesmerising snow tunnel and the North Pole team’s changing room. While you’re there make sure you listen for banter in the shower room to see who’s made it the naughty or nice list! You might also need to hold your nose as you leave the dressing room, as the trainee Elves’ don’t usually listen to Mrs Claus when she tells them to pick up their dirty gear!
One of the highlights of the magical trail is a visit to Santa’s Bainisteoir’s office, the heart of all the action, where Santa reviews tactics and selects his dream team for the big journey on Christmas Eve.
After this meet and greet with Santa, where every child will receive a gift and get their professional photo taken, your family can run out pitch-side, like their GAA heroes, and take their own Croke Park ‘Elfies’, making even more magical memories.
You will then get complimentary admission to the GAA Museum, where you can discover two floors of interactive exhibits which chart the journey of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day. Marvel at the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups and test your hurling and football skills in the museum’s
Interactive Games Zone! After working up a hunger, finish off the perfect day with light refreshments and a festive snack in the museum’s Blackthorn Café. And before you leave, you can even pick up a stocking filler reminder of your big day in the GAA Museum Gift Shop!
The festivities get underway from Saturday, November 24th, and will run on select dates until Saturday, December 23rd.
Dates sell quickly and pre-booking online is essential to avoid disappointment.
The experience lasts approximately one hour 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 www.crokepark.ie/santa. 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.
For dates, tour times and booking, Click here
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!
Ericsson 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 Ericsson 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!
For more information, including tour times, prices and directions to the GAA Museum, visit crokepark.ie/gaamuseum
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