Family activities with children at Christmas

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Sinead’s suggestions

Playgrounds

  • Fitzgeralds Park in Cork City
  • Min Ryan Park in the town of Wexford
  • Marlay Park, Dublin
  • Cabinteely Park, Dublin
  • Kilkenny Castle Playground
  • Cratloe Woods in County Clare
  • Mauves Castle, Liège
  • Malahide Castle, Dublin – a great option for older children

Walks

  • Check out this website for suggestions – www.thefamilyedit.ie
  • And on Instagram discover @ourlittlehiker
  • All Heritage Ireland sites are free until the end of the year BUT check the websites in case tickets need to be booked online.
  • Raven Point Wood on Curracloe Beach in Wexford – suitable for bikes and strollers
  • JFK Park and Arboretum in Co Wexford – free entry until end of 2021
  • Emo Court, Co Laois – fairy woods and bike and buggy friendly
  • Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny – village of elves and fairies on beautiful hiking trails. Pay for parking only.
  • Slieve Gullion, Co Armagh – stroll through the Giants’ Lair and see the playground.
  • Doneraile Court and Wildlife Park, near Mallow, Co Cork
  • Ards Forest Park, County Donegal
  • Castletown House, County Kildare
  • Lough Boora Discovery Park, County Offaly

Beaches

  • Portsalon to Donegal
  • Strandhill to Sligo
  • Duncannon to Wexford
  • Youghal, Co. Cork – Youghal Eco-Boardwalk – 1.9 mile hardwood paneled beach walkway ideal for the elderly, those with limited mobility, wheelchair and stroller users.

Cycling

  • Waterford Green Lane
  • Limerick Greenway
  • Greenway of the Royal Canal
  • Carrigaline Greenway in Crosshaven, Cork

Jen’s suggestions

In the midlands

  • Kildare – Donadea Forest Park, Castletown House and Maynooth Castle
  • Meath – Girly Bog, Loughcrew Cairns and Trim Castle (check opening hours)
  • Offaly – Lough Boora and Derryounce Lakes and Waterways Discovery Park
  • Laois – Cour Emo

To the west and north-west

  • Mayo – Belleek Wood for a walk, ABC park in the Ballina and Land of Giants play area in Claremorris.
  • Galway – Coole Park and Rinville Park
  • Sligo – Gleniff Horseshoe
  • Leitrim – Glencar Waterfall

At Dublin

  • Marlay Park
  • Cabinteely Park
  • Farmleigh House – free entry for 2021
  • Ardgillan Castle and Gardens
  • Corkagh Park
  • Malahide Castle Park

In Ulster

  • Down – Tollymore Forest Park
  • Donegal – Ards Forest Park

in Munster

  • Cork – Inishannon Playground and Fota Gardens
  • Tipperary – Glen of Aherlow Forest Trail
  • Kerry – Banna Beach

East and South East

  • Wicklow – Greystones Playground AND Bray’s Head and Waterfront Beach, nice for walks and a coffee Crone Woods
  • Kilkenny – Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum.Inistioge beautiful gardens and playground


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