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!
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!
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!
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!
For more information, including tour times, prices and directions to the GAA Museum, visit crokepark.ie/gaamuseum
How to get to Croke Park and GAA museum
Getting to Croke Park couldn’t be easier with its close proximity to Dublin city centre.
Take the City Sightseeing bus Blue Route to Croke Park and enjoy 20% off admission. Croke Park is Stop 24a on the Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing bus Blue Route.
Dublin Bus routes 1, 11, 13, 16, 44, 123 (from O’Connell Street) and routes 33, 41, 41b, 41c (from Lower Abbey Street). Take any of these routes to Drumcondra Train Station – less than a 10 minute walk to the GAA Museum. Travelling from the Guinness Storehouse? The 123 will take you to Ballybough Road, less than a 5 minute walk to the GAA Museum.
Connolly Station to Croke Park is only a 20 minute walk. Drumcondra Station to Croke Park is less than a 10 minute walk.
Free parking is available on site. Access to the GAA Museum is via St. Josephs Avenue, off Clonliffe Road – turn on to St. Joseph’s Avenue at the Daybreak convenience store on Clonliffe Road.
The GAA Museum is a 15 minute walk from Dublin city centre. Access to the GAA Museum is via St. Joseph’s Avenue, off Clonliffe Road – turn on to St. Joseph’s Avenue at the Daybreak convenience store on Clonliffe Road.
Facilities at the GAA Museum include a café, gift shop, picnic area, free Wi-Fi, wheelchair accessibility and complimentary car parking.