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Family Things to Do in Munster

Looking for things to do with kids? As parents, we are always on the lookout for great places to go with kids. We have rounded up our pick of great summer outings and family things to do in Munster! 

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You’ll find a mixture of paid for and free places to visit, indoors and outdoors places, old historical places and brand new attractions. We hope you have fun visiting them all and be sure to let us know how you got on and what you thought of them, we always welcome feedback!

1. King John’s Castle, Limerick

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKing John’s Castle delivers a modern visitor experience with a dramatic history of over 800 years of stories, all brought to life in a stunning new exhibition.

Touch-screen technology connect you to tales of siege and warfare. A dazzling array of computer generated imagery, animations and ghostly projections are all part of the experience. Try on historic costumes including 18th century dresses or chainmail tunics. 3D models, discovery drawers and audio visuals help you to delve into the Castle’s history.

The busy Castle courtyard is home to a medieval campaign tent, a blacksmith’s forge and scenes from a 17th century siege. An array of colourful characters reveal the secrets and scandals of castle life. Don’t miss the Siege Tunnel which kids can crawl through.

2. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare

Bunratty-castleAt Bunratty Castle & Folk Park everywhere is open for you to explore! You will be charmed as you visit the farm houses and cottages and watch the tasks of rural Irish life.

Make sure you see the baking of the griddle bread next to the fire and tasting it hot with fresh creamery butter. You won’t find a living museum like this anywhere else in Ireland.

Just unwind and take in the scents from the home baking and the turf fires, the sights of the Irish Wolfhounds out around with our resident farmer, the hens and cockerels as they annoy the Falabella pony. Don’t miss the wonderful Castle playground located just off the village Street.

3. Craggaunowen Clare

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A highlight of any visit to Ireland is the Living Past Experience at Craggaunowen. It is off the beaten track and will give you a real sense of stepping back in time. The many paths of Craggaunowen have something of interest to adults and children alike. Explore the grounds and you may even meet some Bronze Age animals, our wild boar and soay sheep!

Don’t forget to visit the ‘Brendan Boat’ – a leather hulled boat built by Tim Severin who sailed across the Atlantic re-enacting the voyage of St. Brendan.  To get away from the hustle and bustle of life stop into the wonderfully relaxing Tea Room and enjoy a fresh scone and other home made fare on offer. It’s fun for all the family! Don’t miss: Lughnasa Festival on the August bank holiday weekend.

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4. Titanic Experience Cobh

Titanic Cobh - MunsterThe Titanic Experience, Cobh tells the story of a legend and her connection to Cobh. Situated in the original offices of The White Star Line, retrace the footsteps of the 123 Queenstown Passengers who boarded Titanic from Cobh. Check in at the White Star Line Ticket Office, experience life on board through the innovative audio visual technology, and replica set designs and discover the facts surrounding the tragic sinking of Titanic.

5. Ballyhass Lakes and Activity Centre, Cork

ballyhass2014highwireBallyhass Lakes, outside of Mallow, Co Cork, consists of an Activity Centre, Fishery and Holiday Homes.

The Activity Centre makes full use of the natural environs with kayaking, raft building, rock climbing and abseiling on the limestone rock faces, a 160 metre zipline, a gladiator course, a low ropes courses, archery, and new for this year, Cable Wake Boarding in their Wake Park.

The fishery has two separate lakes – the main lake is 12 acres of spring water some 35 feet deep and is reserved for fly fishing only. Fly fishing tuition available. Summer Camps available to book also. Plenty to do whether you visit for a day or a week

6. Lifetime Lab Cork

Lifetime-LabLifetime Lab is a multi award winning visitor centre located at the Old Cork Waterworks offering a fascinating insight into industrial heritage and environmental issues. Visitors journey through Victorian architecture and explore the age of steam, investigate our interactive exhibits and transform into environmental detectives discovering how daily choices impact our world.

Lifetime Lab is suitable for all ages. Allow time for a visit to playground and garden overlooking the river Lee. There are regular family events also, including Learnit Lego workshops.

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7. Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork

blackrockcastleobservatory_0CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, the Space for Science is located at Blackrock Castle, a 16th century castle located about 2km from the heart of Cork city, on the banks of the River Lee.

BCO holds regular family friendly workshops, lectures, stargazing with Cork Astronomy Club and the award-winning interactive astronomy exhibit, Cosmos at the Castle. Don’t Miss: Open nights are held on the first Friday of every month from 6-10pm with inspired activities for visitors of all ages

8. Fota Wildlife Park, Cork

fotagiraffeandzebraSee a Kangaroo hop in front of you or get close to a Ring-tailed Lemur! Fota Wildlife Park is only 20 mins from Cork and is a great day out for all the family. For a fun Family Day Out in Cork, there is no better place to visit than Fota Wildlife Park.

Whether you’re seeking outdoor activities for children in the summer, holiday camps for Easter or you simply want to take advantage of some sunny weekend weather, the Park has a variety of Things to Do for children and parents alike.

9. The Rock of Cashel and Brú Ború Heritage Centre, Tipperary

rockofcashelThe Rock of Cashel is huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and it’s in the heart of Tipperary.

Brú Ború is a national cultural centre at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. This cultural village is designed around a village green. The centre includes a folk theatre, genealogy centre, restaurant and other amenities.

10. Copper Coast Waterford

coppercoastgeoparkA designated European Geopark, Copper Coast has several beautiful coastal landmarks, dunes, cliffs and clean beaches. It offers small, sheltered beaches surrounded by rugged cliffs – ideal for quiet getaways.

Annestown Heritage Trail will guide you around a section of the Copper Coast Global Geopark introducing you to its rich heritage and geology.

11. Waterford Treasures Medieval Musuem

waterford treasures medieval museum

The Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, is a tribute to Medieval Waterford and life in the city during that period. Carefully preserving several medieval structures within its walls, the Museum was opened to the public in August 2012. Guided Tours available.

12. Atlantic Airventure, Clare

PrintAt Atlantic Airventure in Shannon you can “check in” for one of their exciting Family Flying Museum Experiences.

Learn how aircraft fly from a licensed pilot during your pre flight lesson and then take to the sky’s for a virtual Air Race around New York, putting that theory and skill to the test! After landing, take a tour of Shannon Aviation Museum to see aircraft, vintage cockpits, jet engines and lots more. Don’t Miss: their annual Aviation Show in August of each year.

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13. Fairy Trails, Kerry

Fairy-trailsThere are two magical fairy trails to be found in County Kerry. One in the wooded surrounds of Derrynane House, Caherdaniel, and the other in the woods of the Parknasilla Resort. Both are free and open to all visitors.

Searching for the fairy homes on the Irish Fairy Trails is a great family fun adventure. Walking through the woods you will hear laughter and excitement as children on the trails discover yet another little house! On a rainy day you will still be in the shelter of the woods, making this an all-weather, year-round, magical family fun activity! 

14. Blasket Islands, Kerry

blasketislandsThink of the words stunning, amazing, incredible, beautiful and you have some idea of the setting of the Blasket Islands.

Located on the Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) in West Kerry, Ireland, the Blasket Island provides the perfect vantage point from which to view the surrounding countryside of Slea Head, Mount Eagle, Mount Brandon, Sybil Head and The Three Sisters.

Here you get close to the awe-inspiring Cathedral Rocks on Inis na Bró. You can visit the Puffin colony around Inisvickalaun, the island owned by the family of former Irish Prime minister (taoiseach) Charley Haughey. You might also spot some of the herd of native Red Deer. Daily ferry trips with Blasket Island Ferries.

15. Killarney National Park

A visit to the Killarney National Park is a must, if you’re in Killarney, with the focal point of the National Park for visitors being Muckross House and Gardens. Tour the house, or explore the beautiful gardens, step back into the past on Muckross Traditional Farms, stop off at the petting farm, or picnic and play in the Woodland Play Area. Torc waterfall is nearby.

Recommended Reading: We also have lots more ideas for fun outings in Family Things to Do in Leinster, Connacht and Ulster. We also have Family Walks in Cork, Limerick, 10 Family Walks in Ireland

Did you visit any of the Munster places we recommended ? Tell us how you got on in the comments below!

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls