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.
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 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 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 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 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.