If you are seeking a fun filled trip around with the kids in Ireland, then we have a few ideas for a perfect family friendly holiday in Ireland. From Donegal to Cork, and Galway to Dublin, there are a myriad of activities and attractions that are sure to keep your little darlings occupied. Read on for more information.
Dingle Ocean World Dingle, Co Kerry
Both Adults and children alike will be enthralled at this top attraction in Dingle, County Kerry. Major attractions here are the sand tiger sharks swimming behind a glass frame and touch tank where you get the chance to hold a starfish and stroke the rays. This enchanted underwater attraction is suitable for all ages and a fun packed day out is guaranteed.
For more information on opening hours and rates visit www.dingle-oceanworld.ie
Fota Wildlife Park Fota, County Cork
Host to a vast range of endangered species such as giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and penguins, Fota Wildlife Park is truly a must see attraction for that special family vacation. In fact the Park has had 5 million visitors since opening its doors in 1983, making it one of Ireland’s top 10 visitor attractions. The kids will be amazed at the animals, many of which roam freely.
For more information visit www.fotawildlife.ie
Killary Adventure Company, Leenane, Co Galway
All adventure enthusiasts will have to check out this attraction, one of Ireland’s best-known outdoor adventure centres. With activities for beginners and experts alike, the centre offers activities such as bungee jumping, rope courses, clay pigeon shooting and watersports for ages 8 to 80. Visitors can take a half day or week long residential course whilst weekend and day packages are also available.
For more information visit www.killaryadventure.com
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty, Co Clare
A trip to Bunratty Folk Park is a must for all the family. Life in 19th century Ireland is recreated where visitors can view places of business, a church, a watermill and much more. It’s a wonderful experience for adults and children alike with something for everyone to enjoy! Bunratty Castle, famous for its medieval banquets has some interesting attractions, most notably the ‘great hall’, dungeons and four towers with spiral stairwells.
For more information visit http://www.shannonheritage.com/Attractions/BunrattyCastleFolkPark/
Westport House and Gardens, Westport , County Mayo
18th Century Westport House and the adjoining Pirate Adventure Park provide a great day out for all the family. The house was built in 1730 by the Browne Family on the site of one of Grace O’Malley’s (Famous Pirate Queen of Connaught) 16th century Castles. Westport House is now considered to be one of Irelands National Treasures. The Pirate Adventure Park, located on the surrounding grounds has a number of activities including The Pirates Den, Swan Pedaloes, Graces Castle (bouncy castle) and much more.
For more information visit www.westporthouse.ie
Eagles Flying, Ballymote, Co Sligo
Irelands largest sanctuary for Birds of Prey and Owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre / Eagles Flying is situated near Ballymote in County Sligo. Currently it is home to approximately 100 Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Falcons and Vultures. Visitors can experience different types of birds of prey flying closely over their head or landing right beside them at the popular Bird Shows. These spectacles last one hour and take place at 11am and 3pm daily.
For more information visit http://www.eaglesflying.com/RaptorsOwls.htm
Bundoran Adventure Park Sea Road, Bundoran, Co Donegal
Head to the North West and enjoy this fantastic holiday park, which offers thrills to tots to teens, families, groups and parties. Donkey rides, trampolines, bouncy castles and much more are on offer at this attraction, sure to entertain even the youngest member of the family. Visitors are advised to call ahead for opening hours.
For more information visit www.bundoran-adventure-park.com
Dublin Zoo Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Located in Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is on of the top visitor attractions in Ireland. H It is home to a wide range of species such as tigers, lions, elephants, chimpanzees to name but a few. Transport yourself across the globe and view these animals in the plains of Africa or in the rainforests of Asia. The kids will enjoy animal feeding time and the keeper talks, which occur frequently. There are also dining facilities at the zoo. The Meerkat restaurant caters for all tastes and take note of the inquisitive Meerkats watching your every move.
For more information visit www.dublinzoo.ie
Reptile Village, The Demesne, Gowran, Kilkenny
Situated in Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, Reptile Village Zoo is suitable for all age groups. An ideal day out for families, individuals and groups, the zoo offers opportunities to handle friendly snakes, lizards and other reptiles which are housed here. In actual fact you can see over 120 animals in 50 exhibits, including fearsome rattlesnakes and alligators.
For more information visit www.reptilevillage.net
Kennedy Homestead Dunganstown, New Ross, Co Wexford
Celebrating family history in a unique style, this cultural museum and visitor centre is host to a collection of J F Kennedy memorabilia, audiovisual displays and much more. There is also a picnic area and souvenir shop available. Birthplace of President J F Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy the Homestead is still farmed by his descendants and celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty.
For more information visit http://www.kennedyhomestead.com/
So these are the 10 must see attractions for all the family at some of Ireland’s top holiday locations. If you are seeking accommodation, why not book from our fantastic range of family hotel breaks in Ireland.