When it comes to family days out in Ireland, we certainly are spoilt for choice. We have a vast range of zoos, parks and family-oriented attractions for visitors to pick and choose from, ensuring that you and your brood are never bored on your visit here! Although it was difficult to narrow it down, we’ve put together a guide to 5 fun things to do during your family trip to Ireland. If you’re coming to visit Ireland and bringing kiddies with you, then this guide is an absolute must-read. It’s your kids holiday as well as yours, and while they may not mind visiting museums and taking in all the interesting culture Ireland has to offer, it’s nice to have some activities planned that the entire family will enjoy. Read on and plan some day-trips to ensure your family trip to Ireland will be fuss-free and fun for everyone, regardless of age.

Tayto Park

Located in Ashbourne, County Meath, Tayto Park is a theme-park/zoo in the Midlands. As its name suggests, the park is owned by the Irish crisp/chip brand Tayto. It is Ireland’s only year-round theme park and is home to Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster. The zoo is home to a mob of meerkats, an Amur tiger, and some American Bison among other animals. The park is open all year round and is suitable for children and adults of all ages. Tayto Park has something for everyone of every age, making it a perfect day out during your family trip to Ireland. The official website for Tayto Park can be found here.

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is a 75-acre wildlife park located on Fota Island, near Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. The purpose of the park is to preserve various species of wildlife, and the park is a non-profit organisation. Fota Wildlife has an extensive range of strange and exotic wildlife, making it an interesting destination to visit during your family trip to Ireland. Many non-native animals call Fota Wildlife Park their home, such as giraffes, cheetahs, red pandas and capybaras. Some of the animals roam freely among the visitors, such as lemurs and wallabies, providing a unique and up-close experience unavailable anywhere else in Ireland. The Park is open to visitors of all ages, all year around. The official website for Fota Wildlife Park can be found here.

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s largest zoo and is located in the Phoenix Park in Dublin City. Opened in 1831, it is one of the world’s oldest zoos. The Zoo is considered an Irish institution and is home to over 400 animals, such as elephants, zebras, tigers, penguins and a wide range of primates. Many of the species under protection in Dublin Zoo are rare and endangered, and Dublin Zoo is part of many international breeding programmes for the conservation and repopulation of certain species. The zoo is open all year round to visitors of all ages. The official webiste for Dublin Zoo can be found here.

The National Wax Museum Plus

The National Wax Museum Plus

The National Wax Museum Plus is a waxworks museum housed in the left flank of the Irish Houses of Parliament in Dublin City. Like other wax museums, the National Wax Museum contains wax figures of celebrities, cartoon characters and movie characters, but they also have a mythology section, an Irish history section, a science department, and the Chamber of Horrors, a section containing many scary and creepy figures. The Museum is open all year round to people of all ages and is wheelchair accessible. The official website for the National Wax Muesum Plus can be found  here.

Glendeer Pet Farm

Glendeer Pet Farm

Glendeer Pet Farm is an open farm located near Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The award-winning farm offers an interactive experience for visitors, with chances to pet the animals such as kittens, rabbits and puppies. Each visitor will also be provided with a bag of food and have the chance to feed animals including emus, cows, and llamas. In 2010, the farm became home to non-native wallabies, monkeys and tortoises, diversifying the animal population there. The farm also provides a café, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a Sky Walk and a fantastic six-kilometre nature trail. Glendeer Pet Farm is open all year round to people of all ages. The official website for Glendeer Pet Farm can be found here.

About Ed


Hi.
My name is Ed short for Edgar. Mixed blood of Latvian and Ireland
I have lived in Mullingar town for most of my life. Traveling around the country is my favorite pass time activity, I have been to many places, and love to explore all the nooks & crannies of Ireland. The beauty of Ireland's landscape is unbelievable sometimes you feel like in a different country. From the serenity of the walk at Glendalough to the humbling feeling of being beside Cliffs of Moher is truly amazing to experience.
When I travel throughout Ireland the hospitality is the one thing that stood out most! Cork is my personal favourite as the people are so nice and welcoming my highlight was the Titanic experience where you feel like one of the passengers who are about to board the ship from the heartbreak pier that still stands to this day.
In Ireland you will always get the warmest welcome in any B&B. My other hobbies are cooking horse riding and fishing. I can’t wait to share the experiences with you for your Trip of a lifetime to this amazing Green Isle.
Sláinte (Cheers)

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About Donna


Hey, my name is Donna and I'm from the town of Mullingar in the Heart of Ireland.

One of my passions is exploring and from my experience, Ireland is a beautiful country to explore. I have so many recommendations but for newcomers to Ireland I definitely opt to send you to Westport for Croagh Patrick & Clew Bay, perfect for hiking scenery and beautiful seafood, 

My favorite place in Ireland is Galway City - I love going for a meal with my friends, followed by a stroll down the cobbled streets, before popping into one of the Traditional Irish Pubs like  An Púcan.

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About Rita


Hi, I’m Rita and I am living in Kilkenny, the Marble city.

Born in Portugal, I fell in love with Ireland from the moment I landed here. I intended to stay for 6 months, and 6 years after I just cannot imagine my life without the Irish ‘craic’. 

Working in Events & Tourism for the last years has been so rewarding - bringing people to see all the magical, undiscovered spots in this country is what I wake up for every day. I have made memories that will last a lifetime, and I work towards creating the same experiences for others visiting the Emerald island. 

My favourite place in Ireland is probably the Dingle Peninsula, where bumpy roads bring the Atlantic ocean and green mountains together. The seafood is just as brilliant as the landscape, which I couldn’t forget to mention, being the foodie that I am!

You could say I am biased when I pick Kilkenny as one of my other top spots - I just can’t get enough of this lively mediaeval city branded by its hospitality.

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About Tina


Hi my name is TinaMarie, I have been working in Travel for over 15 years now and still love it as much as when I just started. There is something very special about bringing people to Ireland because we live here we take pride in our wonderful little country and want the whole world to experience what we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite county and city in Ireland is Galway simply due to the dual aspect living you can have in this area the beauty and serenity of the Connemara countryside and the diverse cultural living of Galway city. Come and see firsthand how friendly and welcoming the Irish people are , Stop waiting and make the trip of a lifetime!

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About Sinéad


Hey! My name is Sinéad. I'm from Longford, the heart of the midlands. I'm a countryside girl at heart, depsite living in the capital for a few years while studying. I love the hustle bustle of Dublin city centre, there's always so much going on and so much to do. Although, you can't beat the tranquility of the Irish countryside in my opinion!

Apart from my hometown, one of my favorite place in Ireland has got to be 'The Kingdom' (Kerry). The scenery is just unparalleled. From the idyllic wild Atlantic coasts to our selection of well-known mountain ranges, and everything in between. The ring of Kerry is definitely a must see, the nightlife is pretty great too!!

On my weekends I love to cheer on my local Gaelic football teams. I'd definitely recommend catching a GAA match on your travels!

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About Jessica


Hi, my name is Jessica,

I'm from the town of Mullingar, known as the hidden heartlands of Ireland. Travel is my passion, every weekend I try to visit a few different counties here in Ireland and also explore new and exciting countries. Unfortunately there is just not enough time to visit everywhere I want too on our beautiful island of Ireland, Naturally the next best thing is to help make others dreams come true with the trip of a lifetime to our fair isle!

My two favorite places in Ireland is Galway and Kerry. They are full of great culture, food, scenery, and of course many traditional Irish pubs!! There is always a great lively buzz no matter what time of year you visit.

I look forward to working with many of you in the near future to offer my knowledge, guidance and support for your trip of a lifetime.

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About Ronan


Hey!

My name is Ronan and I'm from Mullingar (the heart of the Midlands). I have a passion for travelling and have been all over the world. However, my most favourite place in the world is the west of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. From seeing Basking sharks in Keem bay in Achill Island (Mayo), to having a lovely relaxing pint of Guinness in Salthill in Galway, to taking in the majestic Cliffs of Moher in Clare and kayaking alongside dolphins in Dingle bay (Kerry) - it's all just amazing. Oh, and not to forget the delicious Skellig chocolates while looking out at Skellig Michaeal in Kerry, yum!

I love all things sport and food - when I'm not travelling around Ireland I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen and watching some local GAA (our national sport). I can't wait to help you out and make your trip to Ireland, the trip of a lifetime!

Céad mile fáilte mo chara - (A thousand welcomes my friend).

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