There are so many great places to take the kids over the summer holidays, and in particular there are 3 brilliant locations managed by the Irish Heritage Trust which are full of history and fun. We have a family pass each for three lucky families to give away to Strokestown Park in Roscommon, Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens in Cork and Johnstown Castle in Wexford!
Discover a bygone era at the sympathetically restored Johnstown Castle. Built in the 1170’s, it is a spectacular gothic Castle in Wexford.
The spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens surrounding the 19th century castle were designed by Daniel Robertson who is famed for the gardens at Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow.
The exhibitions in the Irish Agricultural Museum have been designed to display and explore a history of Irish agricultural life from the turn of the 19th century until the mid-20th century.
Staged over two floors and occupying 1,600 square metres, the galleries offer something for everyone and cover all aspects of farming life from transport and farm machinery to farm crafts and furniture.
Along with a visit to the Peacock Tea Room, you can be sure of a full of fun family day out.
You might like to read – 10 Fabulously Fun Things To Do With Kids In Wexford At Johnstown Castle
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens
Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens in Cork offers a great day out for all the family. From digging for history to Queen Maeve’s honey bee adventure, you are sure to find fantastically fun things to do with the kids when you visit this stunning spot.
Families can enjoy a children’s tour through the House with a dedicated guide, solving the mystery of where little Kitty, the Housekeeper’s cat, has got to. A great way for children to enjoy learning about the House and the people who lived here.
There are lots of fun trails for the kids to follow including the Little Explorers Trail through the Gardens and Arboretum.
The lovely Bakestone @ Fota cafe is open from Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm and also serve a delicious brunch on Sundays!
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens in Cork is operated by Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity.
You might like to read – 9 Fantastically Fun Things to do With Kids in Cork at Fota House
Strokestown Park, House and Gardens and the Irish Famine Museum offer an amazing day out with activities for all ages.
Strokestown Park is a unique historic property in Co. Roscommon in the west of Ireland and is the home of the first landlord to be assassinated during the height of the Great Famine of Ireland the 1840s.
Strokestown features a Georgian Palladian Mansion with its original furnishings and fabrics, the National Famine Museum & Archive and Historic Gardens & Woodlands. Since 2015, Strokestown Park is cared for by the Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity.
Strokestown Park House and the National Famine Museum are open seven days a week. In spring/summer it is open from 17th March to 31st October from 10:30am – 5:30pm with daily tours at 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm.
Produce from the original working gardens are grown by volunteers and used in the Strokestown Park Café. There is ample parking and coaches are very welcome.
You might like to read – 9 Super Fun Things To Do With Kids in Roscommon at Strokestown Park
- A Family Pass to Strokestown Park
- A Family Pass to Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens
- A Family Pass to Johnstown Castle
How to Enter
Just answer the simple question, fill in the form and we will be in touch with the winner via email after the closing date of Sunday 28th July.
Question: What time can you visit the gardens in Johnstown Castle until in July & August? (click here for a hint)