National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
Fee-Paying Tourist Attraction in Ireland #3
The first thing to be said about the National Aquatic Centre from a tourist perspective is that it is very off the beaten track. The centre is located at Abbotstown which is in the Dublin Suburbs near Blanchardstown, near to the junction of the N3 and the M50 Motorway that encircles the city. You can drive (we dont recommend that visitors drive in Dublin City!) or catch a bus from the city centre to Snugborough Road (where the centre is located). There is no easily accessible rail link. A taxi ride from the city centre would be expensive enough so if you intend to visit the Aquatic Centre then you really need to organise your transport in advance.
The Centre was opened in 2003 and successfully hosted the swimming events of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the first time this event was held outside of the United States. The centre is one of the largest indoor water centres in the world boasting marvelous facilities including:
* An international standard swimming pool
* An international standard diving pool
* Extensive leisure waters in the AquaZone including adventure water rides, children's play and wave pools
By far the most popular reason for visiting the centre is the Aquazone. Here adults and children can experience the Flow Rider, Wave Pool, the Pirate Ship and the Flumes. You can view quick videos of the rides here: http://www.aquazone.ie/flow-rider.html
A visit to the Aquatic centre certainly makes for a great family day out. If you visit in the morning then you could spend the afternoon or early evening at nearby Blanchardstown Shopping Centre which is the largest shopping centre in Ireland! Apart from a huge variety of shops there is a Leisureplex (more kids entertainment), a cinema and a theatre.
If a day at the pool appeals to you then the Aquatic Centre is the best in the country and will give you a great experience.
Video about the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
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