Like so many of Europe’s great cities, Dublin is best seen on foot. But with little ones in tow this might seem like a arduous task, punctuated by ‘carry mes’ and ‘I’m tireds’. With this in mind, The Merrion hotel has redesigned the way its guests see Ireland’s capital this summer, offering tailor-made bicycle tours.
Accommodation: The hotel is right in the centre of Dublin, next to the National Gallery and Natural History Museum and despite being a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is extremely welcoming to kids. It offers babysitting, cots, extra beds and special bite-sized bathrobes.
Food: There are children’s menus in the restaurants, as well as for room service – which come on Miss and Master Merrion crockery – and the more discerning kid can delve into the colourful mocktail list at the bar. For you, there’s a spa, swimming pool and handsome Cellar Bar, where you can have dinner and congratulate yourself on a good day’s cycling.
Explore the town: Pedal merrily through the old town, past Dublin Castle and Trinity College, then along the Grand Canal Cycleway, stopping to feed the ducks and eat your homemade picnic on St Stephen’s Green.
Getting there: British Airways flies from London Heathrow to Dublin from £101 return.
Price: The Merrion’s Dublin by Bicycle package costs from €620 a night for a family of four sharing an interconnecting Superior King and Superior Twin room on a B&B basis, and including the use of two adult and two children’s bicycles (with helmets, tote bags, rain macs and a picnic), and a two hour private Dublin City Bike Tour.