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Family Daytrips Around Ireland



Now that the country is slowly re-opening, lots of our favourite family places have begun to open to the public. Please note the following places all have Covid guidelines in place and prices and opening hours may vary. Most require pre-booking and sell out quickly.



Dublin


The Zoo, Phoenix Park

Dublin Zoo is a firm favourite for families around Ireland. Visit the Lion’s den, the Elephants park and watch the Orangutans travel along their wires overhead (just beware of flying faeces, they love to play!). Your Zoo visit must be pre-booked and Covid guidelines adhered to.

9.30am – 5.30pm (last entry strictly 3.30pm)

Adult - €17.75 | Child - €13.05

Accessible by car, Dart, Luas and Dublin Bus





Airfield Estate, Dundrum

Airfield Estate, a quiet, tranquil farm, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Dundrum – once inside you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the deep countryside, only for the faint din of traffic in the distance. Each day there are timed feeds, cow milking and tours that happen which anyone visiting can join with. It’s a great way to spend a day as a couple or with kids of all ages.

9.30am – 5pm

€12 | Child - €6.50

Accessible by car, Luas and Dublin Bus





EPIC Museum, Custom House Quay

EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum is a fully interactive experience. The museum itself guides you as you uncover the dramatic and inspiring stories of the Irish people who travelled the world, reliving some of their greatest achievements in music, literature, sport, politics, fashion and science.

10am – 6.45pm

Adult - €16.50 | Teen (13-17) - €10.50 | Child (6-12) - €8.50 | Infant (0-5) FREE

Accessible by car, Dart, Luas and Dublin Bus





Christ Church, Dublin City

Christ Church Cathedral is stunning inside and out and well worth a visit. It is steeped in ancient history with its origins placed in the earliest manuscript dating Christ Church Cathedral to its present location around 1030. Christ Church Cathedral welcomes pilgrims from around the world irrespective of denomination.

Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (changing monthly)

Adult - €7.50 | Teen (13-17) - €6.00 | Child (5-12) - €3 | Infant (0-4) FREE

Accessible by car, Dart, Luas and Dublin Bus





Dublinia

Discover Dublin’s rich past. Discover the influence on the city by the Viking and Medieval eras and see artefacts found in Dublin, including those from the famous Wood Quay excavations. 

Thursday – Sunday 10am – 5.30pm (*For the June Bank Holiday Dublinia will be open Friday 4th – Monday 7th June inclusive)

Adult - €12 | Child - €7

Accessible by car, Dart, Luas and Dublin Bus





National Museums of Ireland

Decorative Arts and History – Collins Barracks, Dublin 7
Country Life – Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Natural History - Merrion St, Dublin 2 (currently closed for works)
Archaeology – Kildare St, Dublin 2
All National Museums of Ireland are free entry and each offers an interesting taste of history structured in an enticing and interactive way for all the family.

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm | Sunday - Monday: 1pm-5pm

Free

Mayo museum accessible by car. Dublin museums accessible by Dart, car, Luas and Dublin Bus





Malahide Castle and Gardens

Malahide Castles Gardens alone are stunning to visit, with vast fields, woods and multiple playgrounds. They are free to enter. The Butterfly House, Fairy Trail and the castle are all paid visits but well worth their charge. Rumoured to be the most haunted castle in Ireland, over hundreds of years, the castle’s residents, workers and visitors have all reported eerie happenings. Discover the original furniture and the interesting stories behind past inhabitants.

9.30am – 5.30pm

FAIRY TRAIL, GARDENS AND BUTTERFLY HOUSE TICKET: Family 2+2 - €24.00 | Adult €8.00 | Child €5.50 | Senior/Student €6.00
MALAHIDE CASTLE STORYTELLING TOUR, FAIRY TRAIL & BUTTERFLY HOUSE TICKET: Family 2+2 - €39.99 | Adult €14.00 | Child €6.50 | Senior/Student €9.00 

Accessible by car, Dart, Luas and Dublin Bus




Kildare


Irish National Stud and Gardens

Irish National Stud and Gardens is a thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, County Kildare, Ireland. Home of the most magnificent horses & glorious gardens. Pack a picnic and lose hours here.

10am – 6pm

Adult €13.00 | Child €7.50 | Senior/Student €10.50

Accessible by car





Kildare Farm Foods

Kildare Farm Foods is one of those hidden gems. There aren’t many places that sell great child-friendly food where you can also do your weekly shop AND visit the open farm for free! Hop on the train (a small fee applies) for a lovely drive around the farm checking out the pigs, camels and sheep followed by a walk feeding the animals as you go, finishing up with a meal in the farm café. A blissful, stress-free day out with the family.

Weekdays 9am – 5pm | Saturdays 9am – 3pm

Free

Accessible by car





RedHills Adventure

Redhills Adventure is a land-based soft adventure park that has activities suitable from age 7 and up for all fitness levels and interests.

9am – 5pm

Varies

Accessible by car




Cork


Fota Wildlife Park

Bring your family on a wild adventure to Fota Wildlife Park where they will be up close and personal with Tigers, Giraffes and monkeys amongst many others. Walking through the wildlife park, you will be greeted with surprises at every turn.

9.30am – 6pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Adult €16.90 | Child €11.50

Accessible by car





Leahy’s Open Farm

Discover the digging farm, pet the gorgeous animals and visit the chocolate factory at Leahy’s Open Farm. With an array of activities to keep you occupied for hours from go-karts to Crazy Golf, Leahy’s is a must see!

9.30am – 6pm

€11.50 per person

Accessible by car




Galway


Galway Atlantaquaria

Watch your children gape as they discover the wonders of the sea in spectacular fashion with Galway Atlantaquaria. With new fish always being added, the scope for learning about the sea world and how to care for it, while seeing how they live is a great family day out.

Monday to  Friday 10am -  5pm* | Saturday, Sunday 10am -  6pm

Adult €13| Child €8.50

Accessible by car





Westmeath


Belvedere House and Gardens

Belvederes Parklands offer stunning views, a Victorian Walled Garden, many splendid woodland and lakeshore walks and four children’s play areas in a safe and serene lakeside setting, while the estate itself offers a beautiful history and stunning build.

9.30am – 8pm

Adult €6.40| Child €3.20

Accessible by car





Louth


Carlingford Adventure

Get your sense of adventure and bring it to Carlingford Adventure! With a choice of activities ranging from kayaking and canoeing to archery and ziplining, this is a day out or holiday the family will not forget!

Varies

Varies by package

Accessible by car






Skypark

Feel the wind beneath you while you travel through the sky at Skypark. Skypark is the largest Aerial Adventure Course in Ireland with more than 30 obstacles and 7 zip wires.

10am – 7pm

Varies by package 

Accessible by car





Offaly


Birr Castle

Explore 120 acres of gardens and parklands, including 10km of walks, rivers, waterfalls, the Great Telescope, the Treehouse playground, and the Science Centre in Birr Castle. 

9am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)

Adult €10 | child €5

Accessible by car




Clare


Bunratty Castle

The iconic Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland; hear stories of battles and bravery and enjoy stunning views across the idyllic Clare countryside. With a walled gardens, pet farm, and fairy trail, you won’t be short of fun things for the children to do.

10am – 5pm

Adult €10 | child €8 

Accessible by car




Limerick


King John's Castle

Interactive exhibitions, medieval courtyard games and stunning views, are among the highlights at King John's Castle.

10am – 5pm (Last Admission 4pm)

Adult €10 | child €8

Accessible by car




Wicklow


Greenan Maze

Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Wicklow hills, only an hour south of Dublin, you can spend the whole day wandering around the relaxed family farm. Children love going through the maze and exploring the fairy trail! Pricing and opening times are correct at time of publishing on 26/5/2021.

10am – 6pm (Last Admission 5pm)

All €8

Accessible by car






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