Family Vacation In Ireland

If you have been planning on visiting Ireland, I don’t need to convince you to think about visiting this unique island nation.  Just days of research online at the number of articles that are out there will paint the picture clearly: Ireland is one of the most visited countries in the world. If you are looking for family vacation in Ireland here is the right place to start. Ireland is a country that has its own culture, traditions and most importantly warm people. There is no other place on Earth which can provide you completely foreign but at the same time familiar experience. It’s affordable to come over and have fun with your loved ones.

Are you planning a family vacation to Ireland? If so, you’re in for a treat! Our family vacation in Ireland turned out to be one of the highlights of our travels through Europe. Ireland is a magical country, where tradition and history have survived through time. It has something for everyone, as it has breath taking landscapes, friendly and welcoming people and a rich cultural heritage. Here at FLEXI Tours we’ve been helping families plan vacations in Ireland for over 12 years. Here are some of the top things to do with your family in Ireland:

Family Vacation In Ireland

It is a little known secret that Ireland is one of the best family vacation destinations around. Your kids will love to climb to the top of our many round towers, visualise fairy’s gathering at some of our famous Stone Age forts and imagining themselves as lords and ladies in our magnificent authentic castles. In other countries historic landmarks continue to be off limits to inquisitive travellers but the ancient buildings and monuments of Ireland are just waiting to be explored. Your family vacation in Ireland is not just about historical landmarks however. Our national parks encompassing hundreds of kilometres of natural woodland, diverse ecology and serene freshwater lakes can be found in Connemara and Kerry and along Ireland’s coastline your family will discover miles and miles of pristine sandy beaches where activities include surfing and horse-riding.

The beauty of our family vacations is that they are ‘one-centred’ and set up in a way that you would just collect our family car rental, drive to your family hotel and check-in for your entire vacation. When you book your family vacation with us you will get an extensive touring pack which will include several day tours which you can take from your base location. You can chose to do all of the day tours, some of them or your family may choose instead to enjoy your hotel and its surroundings. The hotels we have selected for these packages are all family orientated with facilities for kids such as kids club, kids playground and games rooms and facilities for adults including spa treatment rooms and traditional Irish pubs with frequent live music.

We realise that it can be difficult for families to move from hotel to hotel so these tours are ‘one-centred’ (or multi centred if that is your preference) and designed in such a way as you would just pick up your rental car, drive to your hotel location and check in for the duration of your vacation. When you book your tour with us you will get a comprehensive tour pack which will include several day tours that you can chose to take from your base location.

For such a small country, Ireland offers a vast array of unique cultural, historical, sporting and scenic experiences. With nowhere more than a few hours away, you can pack in as much as you like during your trip.

Nothing beats local knowledge when it comes to organising a trip. Our team of parents are based around the country so we can highlight those extras that you may not find in the guide books when planning your family vacation in Ireland.

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Fun Places to Take Kids on a Family Vacation in Ireland

#1. Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, Roscommon

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Located in Boyle, Co. Roscommon and set in the grounds of the old King-Harman Estate on the shores of island studded Lough Key, the Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, offers hours of entertainment for all the family. A wonderful enclosed Adventure Play Kingdom will entertain the smallest visitors, while the Boda Borg Challenge will test the mental skills and physical agility of everybody over seven!

Be guided back in time through 19th Century tunnels and stroll Ireland’s only Tree Canopy trail on the Lough Key Experience. Take a well-earned break and enjoy the vista of Lough Key in the Lakeside Café. You can even stay over in the landscaped Caravan and Campsite.

Other fun activities in the park include:

  • Woodland Segway offering fun glides and historical tours
  • Electric Bike trails with traditional and electric bikes
  • Kids Jeep Safari
  • Zipit Forest Adventures
  • Lough Key boat tours
  • Orienteering trails
  • Picnic spots and beautiful walks along the shores of the lake.

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#2. Strokestown Park, House, Gardens and Irish Famine Museum

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Strokestown Park houses the Irish National Famine Museum, a must-see visitor attraction for families. Strokestown House is open daily and visitors will get a real insight into days gone by at this Georgian Palladian mansion in which many of the original furnishings can still be seen.

Visitors can take a stroll through the 6 acre walled garden and surrounding woodlands.

Don’t Miss: The Victorian Nursery complete with toys.

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#3. Johnstown Castle, Wexford

Johnstown Castle

Johnstown Castle is a spectacular gothic Castle in Wexford and offers an amazing day out for all ages. Surrounded by beautiful ornamental gardens designed by Daniel Robertson, they offer walks by the lake, gothic statues, peacocks and other wildlife and a Victorian Walled Garden to discover.

The Irish Agricultural Museum is housed within the ground of Johnstown Castle and displays one fo the most comprehensive collections showcasing farming and rural life in Ireland with everything from tractors to kitchens!

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#4. Beyond The Trees Avondale, Wicklow

The Treetop and Viewing Tower located at Beyond the Trees Avondale is the first of its kind in Ireland and the UK. It is a unique visitor attraction that is fully accessible to all generations.

Your journey through the forest on the Treetop Walk begins as the boardwalk makes its way out over the Avonmore River valley. Play areas and interactive games along the route encourage you to take a different view of the forest and explore the bird and animal life of the surrounding area.

Reaching 38 metres into the sky, the Viewing Tower can be seen peeping above the eucalyptus trees for miles around. It is accessed via a short underground tunnel, where you will learn about the abundant life below the forest floor before emerging for the next part of your adventure!

The spiral ramped boardwalk rises slowly through the forest and has a gentle gradient. It is fully wheelchair and pram accessible with resting points on each level. After 10 gentle circuits you will reach the circular viewing platform at the top, with 360° panoramic views over Avondale Forest Park, the Vale of Avoca, the Wicklow Mountains and beyond.

To continue the adventure, take the option to whizz back down to earth on the giant spiral slide inside the Viewing Tower. Alternatively continue back down the ramped boardwalk to the forest floor once more.

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#5. glór, Clare

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More than just a theatre, glór sits in the heart of Ennis town in Co. Clare and offers ample parking for visitors. They attract the best of local, national and International entertainment for all ages. And have a full line up of family fun and regular events including films, music, dance and theatre performances, classes and workshops. They also boast an art gallery and an on-site café.

And we love their BYOK (Bring Your Own Kids) events, where well behaved kids can avail of discounted tickets and come along to shows with their parents! Saving you money on a babysitter.

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