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Family Activities in Clare brought to you by Discover Ireland

Clare has it all. Children are welcome and are well-catered for with many beaches, sea-life centres, water worlds, show caves, folk parks, dolphin-watching, visitor farms, forests and castles to enjoy. 

A holiday heaven for the whole family.

For further information on things to do, where to  stay and special offers in Co. Clare, visit www.disoverireland.ie/clare.

Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey Centre
Take a guided stroll through prehistoric ice age caverns, over bridged chasms, beneath weird rock formations and alongside a thunderous waterfall. The Centre features Ireland’s largest birds of prey display. Photograph birds of prey in free flight and handle these majestic creatures. Only a woodland walk away, the farm shop houses a range of delicious local and award-winning products.

Burren Perfumery & Floral Centre
Visit Ireland’s first perfumery and tea rooms in one of the most unique floral landscapes. Discover how the high quality natural aromatherapy and fragrance products are made and sample some with the help of the friendly staff. Enjoy an outstanding audio-visual presentation and photographic exhibition in the Centre as well as the idyllic setting of the organic herb garden and tearooms.

West Clare Railway
Visiting the newly added West Clare Railway museum is a must. It houses five working diesel engines, two carriages altered to provide reception and refreshment facilities. Restored train carriages now house coffee shop displaying the Percy French memorabilia. West Clare Railway offers a fun and nostalgic outing with seasonal excursions, making for a unique family experience.

Atlantic AirVenture
Indulge your curiosity and passion in flying and experience flight on a full scale Boeing 737-800 Flight Simulator as well as flying challenges. The Centre houses the Shannon Aviation Museum where you can learn about Shannon Airport’s unique history and global contribution to aviation. See the timeless ‘Voices of Irish Aviation’, marking some of the characters who pioneered Irish Aviation.
 

Doolin Cave
Doolin Cave is a truly authentic experience. See ‘The Great Stalactite’ and descend over 80ft into the first tunnel en route of the early explorers who first discovered Doolin Cave. Far below, a magical stream carries water to the outdoor hills. With an on-site cafe and petting animals during the summer months, families are sure to love this ecotourism attraction.


The Burren Centre
Located in the heart of Kilfenora, Co. Clare, the Burren Centre boasts a fantastic exhibition, an audio-visual theatre and local crafts shop. The audio-visual film traces the formation of the Burren 320 million years ago.  Learn how wolves once roamed the forests, and how ancient man hunted bears and left his mark on the landscape through dolmens and burial chambers, which still stand today.

Moher Hill Open Farm
Overlooking Liscannor Bay, interact with charming farm and exotic animals such as emu, ostrich and llama. Enjoy indoor go-karting, a bouncy castle, animal paddocks and a fully equipped children's play area. Bring a picnic or buy snacks from the Farm Tuck Shop. Whatever the weather, there's lots of family fun to be had this award-winning farm.

Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience
Looming high over the Co. Clare coastline, from the Cliffs of Moher you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Twelve Bens, the Maamturk Mountains and Loop Head. Atlantic Edge is the exciting interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher New Visitor Experience. Housed at the centre of the underground building a huge domed cave contains exhibits, displays and family experiences for all.

Lahinch Seaworld
Spend a fun-filled day at the Seaworld indoor complex overlooking the majestic Lahinch beach. Adults and children can splash their way through swimming pool areas. Explore the amazing marine life off the West coast at the educational Seaworld Atlantic Aquarium, where native sharks, rays, conger eels, flatfish and lobsters can be viewed up close.

Afternoon Tea at Father Ted’s House
Enjoy a nice cup of tea at Father Ted’s parochial house. Make an appointment and take in the amazing views of Burren National Park from Father Ted’s sitting room while hearing the history of the house. The exterior is the same as on TV but note the interior is different. The combination of this with guided walks through this rich landscape makes for a pleasant family experience.

Loophead Lighthouse
The iconic lighthouse in Kilbaha, West Clare opened to great popularity in June 2011. From May to September, experience the remarkable panorama extending as far as the Blasket Islands in Co. Kerry and the Twelve Bens in Co. Galway from the top of the tower. A wonderful guided walk around the Loophead Peninsula will bring you by the fabled Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Leap. Perhaps spot some of the whales and dolphins along the Shannon Estuary too.

 

For further information on things to do, where to  stay and special offers in Co. Clare, visit www.disoverireland.ie/clare

If you have any other family fun ideas or events for Clare please leave a comment below.

 

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched mykidstime.ie in 2007.