Local Activities for Teenagers

Staying in Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane and looking for activities to do in the local area? Need some ideas for things to do in Dublin for kids and teenagers? We have put together a list of some of our favorite fun things to do in Dublin for your older kids and teens. Our central location provides you with plenty of options during your stay and we also have family rooms available in our hotel so you can ensure you and your family are comfortable throughout your stay with us.

The Odeon Cinema – North Wall

Sit back and immerse yourself in the ultimate cinema experience for your next blockbuster with Odeon Cinemas. Become part of the action with RealD 3D-equipped screens making your experience unforgettable! Or double your senses with high resolution and earth-quaking surround sound with the Odeon iSense & IMAX cinema screens, ready to take your cinema experience to the next level!

Windmill Lane Studios

Immerse yourself in the creation and production of music at the iconic Windmill Lane recording studios, where some of the most iconic artists have recorded including The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, U2, and many more. The studios present the opportunity to explore the studio and its history, see how a recording session works, and mix your very own session! The studios are located only a 10-minute walk away from the hotel.

Phoenix Park Bikes

Phoenix Park Bikes is the largest bike hire company in the City. Located at the main entrance to Phoenix Park, Dublin, and only a 20-minute drive from Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane. They offer guided tours of the park where you can learn the history and different features of the park or you can rent a bike and explore the large grounds yourself.

They offer treasure hunts challenges for all ages and Family Phoenix hunts for children. The bikes available are standard bikes, tandem bikes, cartridge bikes, kids bikes, and electric bikes. The large variety makes it a the perfect fun activity to do in Dublin.

Dublin City Bikes

Dublin City Bikes gives you the opportunity to discover the architecture and the sights of historical Dublin on the back of a bicycle! Feel the wind on your hair and connect with the adventurous road ahead of you and your loved ones.  We believe that adventure, whether small or large, can be the highlight of your stay with us, so discover this activity in Dublin now! There are multiple stations nearby the hotel.


Wakedock is the country’s first cable wakeboard park, located in the heart of the Dublin Docklands area. Cable wakeboard parks use a cable course in place of the traditional boat to guide the rider through a course. This means that if you fall, the controller can send the handles your way so you can easily get back up and carry on, instead of having to swim to the quayside.

Wakeboarding is suitable for adults and children of all levels. Throughout the month of May, Wakedock also hosts two-hour jam sessions for children aged 8-16 years every Sunday morning.

Grand Canal Dock is easily accessible by car, walking, or on public transport from anywhere in the city. All the equipment you need is available to rent for free and there are changing and shower facilities onsite. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Dublin, then this is the perfect choice for you!

Wakedock is closed until further notice. Follow their Instagram for updates.


Another activity in Dublin available to you nearby is Rafting. Rafting is a vigorous way to experience the River Liffey. Combining adventure with a hint of exercise, the whole family can climb aboard a raft upstream and navigate through the beautiful Strawberry Beds traveling downriver through four weirs, passing stunning scenery and historic sites along the way.

Each trip lasts just over two hours and advanced booking is advised because each raft can only take a maximum of seven people at a time.

City Kayaking

kayaking on River Liffey in Dublin city centre

Take in the city at your own pace aboard one of City Kayaking’s double-seater sit-on-top kayaks, which are known for being very stable. Boarding at the base of the famous Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship.

City Kayaking is the only adventurous activity currently being operated on the River Liffey in the city centre. This gives you a great chance to take in the uninterrupted views of the city above as you pass by its landmarks, like the Ha’Penny Bridge and the Customs House.

City Centre Shopping

three girls shopping - clayton hotels

Hit up Ireland’s number one shopping district with Grafton Street and Henry Street located only a 15-minute walk from the hotel, boasting some of the trendiest outlets including Brown Thomas, North Face, H&M, Zara, and tonnes more!

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