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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! 

GAA Museum brings back Junior Explorer Tour for families

Attention weekend early risers! Are you looking for a Saturday morning activity that’s a bit more exciting than a trip to the playground?

The GAA Museum at Croke Park has announced it will be bringing back it’s wildly popular Junior Explorer Tour for young families on Saturday mornings from 17th February to 26th May and Cluasóg the hare can’t wait to meet a whole new batch of friends! Additional tours have also been added on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February to keep the kiddies entertained during their mid-term break.

The family-friendly tour, created to bring to life the magic of the home of Gaelic games for younger visitors, was a sell-out success last year with the countries littlest GAA fans taking over the iconic stadium.

On arrival, your family will be greeted by the Museum’s mascot, Cluasóg the Irish hare, who will pose for photos and get everyone excited about the adventure ahead.

Next you go behind-the-scenes and learn fun facts about the GAA and Croke Park. During the Stadium Tour, your intrepid little explorers will get to visit the team dressing rooms and warm-up area and run out pitchside through the players’ tunnel.

Back at the GAA Museum, children will then receive a Junior Explorer Passport so they can follow clues throughout the Museum with their tour guide. They’ll discover some of the museum’s most famous exhibits including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups along the way. If the group find all the clues… all younger visitors will receive a special Junior Explorer badge and sticker pack!

Another highlight for many boys and girls (and mums and dads!) is the museum’s Interactive Games Zone, where the future All-Stars can test their own hurling and football skills. Who’s the fastest in the family? Find out by checking your passing skills and practice a fingertip save or the art of the high catch! 

Junior Explorer Tours are recommended for all family members but will be of particular interest for children of 8 years of age and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours will depart from the GAA Museum at 10.30am and will continue on Saturday mornings (subject to GAA fixtures) until 26th May. Junior Explorer Tours lasts approx. 1.5 hours (including time in the museum and a meet and greet with Cluasóg) and the route is fully accessible for buggies. Advance online booking is recommended. Free parking is available, as well as the museum’s Blackthorn Café for a snack afterwards.
The GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour are listed as two of the top 10 things to do in Dublin on Trip Advisor. Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting and cultural life for over 100 years, so it really is a must for every Irish family.

For more see www.crokepark.ie/juniorexplore


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!

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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