Summer is finally here and with the good weather, it’s a great opportunity to get out and about with the kids. Here are our top picks for a fun and action-packed day out that everyone will enjoy!
There are endless activities for all the family at Tayto Park. From Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster, Cu Chulainn to the Viking Voyage flume ride and lots of toddler-friendly rides there is something for all the family. There’s also a zoo onsite with lions, tigers and lemurs among others. Visit the Tayto factory where you can take part in a self-guided tour and get a look inside the factory through special viewing windows. Prices from €15.50 http://www.taytopark.ie/
A piece of the countryside right in the city. There’s a working farm where there is a daily list of activities that you can get involved in. From jersey herd milking and tasting to calf feeding and donkey grooming, there are lots to get involved in. Get lost in the beautiful gardens which include a bee garden and organic food garden. There are also daily tours of Airfield House itself. Prices from €6 https://www.airfield.ie
Viking Splash Tours
This is a must for all the family! Get to see some of the best parts of Dublin, experience some history, roar like a Viking all before splashing into the Grand Canal Basin for a dip! All this in the company of an entertaining tour guide. Prices from €25 https://citysplashtours.com/dublin/
The world’s largest Titanic exhibition is situated in Belfast, a fabulous for a day out. Titanic Belfast is vast and full of activities for all the family. There are 9 interactive galleries in the Titanic Experience which will bring you back in time and experience what it was like on that fateful day. You can also walk the decks of the last remaining White Star Vessel – SS Nomadic. Prices from €21 https://titanicbelfast.com/
Located in Co. Kildare the national stud and gardens are home to many magnificent horses and foals. A working stud you get to experience first-hand the day to day workings of the farm. Living legends like Beef and Salmon, Hardy Eustace and Hurricane Fly wander around the fields. It’s an incredible sight to see these animals up close. There’s also the Japanese Gardens to explore. If you fancy some shopping Kildare Village outlets are only a short drive away. Prices from €6.50 https://irishnationalstud.ie/
If you are feeling energetic the Bray to Greystone cliff walk is for you. A 7km walk with breathtaking scenery will take you approximately 2.5 hours. Both Bray and Greystones are beautiful villages with lots of do and getting there is easy. The Dart runs between both Bray and Greystones. Best of all it’s free.
Fota Wildlife Park
A family favourite, Fota Wildlife Park in Cork is a great day out. They have lions, giraffes, rhinos and cheetahs among others. There are guided tours and daily events and activities for children or you can explore at your leisure. Situated on an island in Cork Harbour. Prices from €16.50 https://www.fotawildlife.ie/
If you are looking for a little bit of history then nothing beats Newgrange. Located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East, Newgrange is a 5,200-year-old passage tomb and a Unesco world heritage site. There are daily tours in the Summer. Prices from €3 https://www.newgrange.com/
Wells House and Gardens
Situated in Co. Wexford, approximately 20 minutes from Gorey you will find an adventure playground and animal farm, woodland walks, archery, clay target shooting, fairy walks among other activities. A delicious restaurant and café are also on site. There are also daily house tours. They also run a wide range of events and activities, check out their website for details. https://wellshouse.ie/
Cool Planet Experience
Located in beautiful Enniskerry Co. Wicklow on the Powerscourt Estate the Cool Planet Experience mixes climate change education with fun. They have a one-hour interactive Experience where you can learn what climate change in all about in a fun and exciting way. Powerscourt House and Garden is a walk away and the delicious Avoca café. Prices from €5.50 https://www.coolplanetexperience.org/
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