These Annual Family Pass Options to Popular Attractions in Ireland are The Perfect Gift

Michelle

November 17, 2023

Annual family pass gift options

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Are you looking for the perfect gift for the family? These annual family pass options for attractions in Ireland are the ideal choice for anyone with children.

Not only will they get to visit a favourite attraction over and over during the year, but with many, they will save money on food, camps, classes and special events too. Along with making memories that will last a lifetime, they will benefit from this gift for the whole year.

What Popular Attractions In Ireland offer an Annual Family Pass for Gifting?

Many of Ireland’s top attractions, and plenty of local ones, offer the option to buy an annual family pass or membership that would make the perfect gift. For most, as long you visit a handful of times in the year, it is better value than paying each time you visit.

So this year, rather than buying single gifts for family or friends, you could consider gifting an annual family pass to somewhere they love. They will get a full 12 months of enjoyment from your gift and get to visit some amazing places.

So whether they prefer action, adventure, nature or history, there are lots of options available. Take a look at some of our favourite annual family pass options below.

Irish Heritage Trust

Johnstown Castle for places to go in Ireland with kids

When you become a member of the Irish Heritage Trust you will enjoy:

  • Unlimited entry to Irish Heritage Trust properties at Fota House Arboretum & Gardens (Cork), The National Famine Museum | Strokestown Park (Roscommon) and Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens (Wexford).
  • Garden, museum, and tour access across the properties.
  • Discounted and free events across Irish Heritage Trust houses, gardens, and museums.

Cost: €150 for 2 Adults plus dependent children living at the same address

Compared to a normal family ticket? A day visit to Johnstown Castle Gardens for 2 Adults & 4 children costs €38.

Where to buy: Buy online on www.irishheritagetrust.ie

Irish National Stud, Kildare

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Season Ticket holders enjoy access to the Irish National Stud and Gardens all year round.

They also hold exclusive member-only events where you can meet the first of the foals before anyone else, enjoy exclusive member-only children’s events throughout the year and get news and updates on your favourite foals.

Cost: €150 for two adults and up to four children

Compared to a normal family ticket? A family ticket for 2 adults + 2 children (aged 5-16) costs €42.00

Where to buy: You can buy the family season pass on their website.

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Beyond the Trees Avondale

Beyond The Trees

Annual passes for the Treetop Walk & Viewing Tower at Beyond the Trees Avondale include unlimited visits throughout the year. The famous Slide is subject to both weather and capacity, and doesn’t operate during wet weather. It costs €2 per go on the Viewing Tower slide, payable at the slide on the day. U6’s slide for free, however they must be accompanied on the slide by a paying adult.

Cost: €105 for 2 Adults + up to 3 kids (aged 4-17) of €75 for 1 adult + up to 3 kids

Compared to a normal family ticket? A family ticket for 2 adults & up to 3 kids (under 18) costs €40 or €25 for 1 adult + up to 3 kids.

Where to buy: On their website www.beyondthetreesavondale.com or at the ticket office.

Birr Castle Demesne

Birr Castle Treehouse

An annual pass to Birr Castle Demesne gives you:

  • Unlimited access to the Gardens, Science Galleries and Treehouse Playground Area, within the public opening hours.
  • 10 kilometres of walking trails to enjoy.
  • Free membership for children age 3 years and under with any family membership.
  • Regular email newsletter keeping you up to-date with news and events.
  • 10% discount in the Gift Shop.
  • Dogs allowed. (Subject to T&C outlined under “For our dog owners”).
  • 4 Complimentary guest passes with each individual 12-month membership taken out.

Cost: €82.00 for a 12-Month Adult Membership (18-64 years), €69.50 for a 12-Month Additional Adult Membership (18-64 years) and €22 for a 12-Month Child Membership (4-17 years)

Compared to a normal family ticket? A family ticket for 2 adults + 2 children costs €30.

Where to buy: On their website www.birrcastle.com or at the ticket office.

Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, Roscommon

At the moment Lough Key doesn’t offer an annual membership or season ticket but we wanted to include their car parking pass which can be purchased from the Visitor Centre for only €35, and is valid for one year from day of purchase. There are no limitations on this pass, it can be used as often as you like, so works out at fantastic value if you plan to visit regularly for picnics and activities.

You also get free parking at Lough Key when you spend €20 or more on admissions to their attractions or in the restaurant, and they do also offer combination day passes for activities to save you money.

Brigit’s Garden

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Brigit’s Garden have an annual family pass which gives:

  • Unlimited entry to Brigit’s Garden for 12 months when normal charges apply (Special Events excluded)
  • 5% discount in the Garden Café and Gift Shop
  • 10% discount on tickets for special events
  • 20% discount for guests you bring to the gardens
  • 10% discount on Summer Camps for children covered by family membership
  • Monthly newsletters and updates by email

Cost: A 12 month membership for 2 adults and 2 kids costs €110, while a membership for 1 adult and 2 kids costs €70.

Compared to a normal family ticket? A ticket for a family of 5 (2 Adults, 3 Children) costs €26 from October to March and €33 from April to September.

Where to buy: To get your annual membership go online to their website www.brigitsgarden.ie

Clara Lara Funpark, Wicklow

Win a family pass for Clara Lara

Seasonal Membership at Clara Lara Funpark covers admission and activities (height restrictions apply). An adult must be the main holder of the ticket.

Cost: Membership costs €75 per person (adult or child), so for 2 adults and 2 children €300

Compared to a normal family ticket? A day pass for an adult costs €25 while for a child it costs €30, so 2 adults and 2 children would cost €110.

Where to buy: you can buy online on their website www.claralara.ie.

Westport House

Westport House for Easter things to do

Seasonal Membership at Westport House gives you:

  • Unlimited use of the amusements and rides in the Pirate Adventure Park during normal opening hours.
  • 25% off additional tickets for friends and family to Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park
  • 10% off birthday parties in the Pirates Den indoor soft play
  • Discounts on Special Events like Halloween or Winter Wonderland

Additional charges apply for adventure activities, special events such as the Halloween Fest and Winter Wonderland, carnival games, some additional attractions and rides. Membership cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or for special events in Westport House. e.g. Santa, Events, Halloween, School Tours etc.

Cost: They have various family memberships, for a family of 4 membership is currently €240

Compared to a normal family ticket? 1 Day Pirate Pass for 2 Adults & up to 2 Children costs €70.

Where to buy: you can buy online on their website www.westporthouse.ie or at Westport House itself.

Heritage Card Ireland

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The Heritage Card provides for free admission to 45 state-managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country (with the exception of Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney) for one year from the date of first use.

NB: at certain locations, parking facilities and ancillary services are provided by other bodies or agencies, in which case there may be a charge for the use of such services, those are not covered by the Heritage Card.

Cost: A family card is €90 (Max. 2 adults & 5 eligible children aged from 12 to 18 years). Kids under 12 go free.

Compared to a normal family ticket? Prices for family tickets vary depending on site but cost on average €20-25 euros for 2 adults and 2 children (12-17yrs).

Where to buy: You can purchase an OPW Heritage Card at one of their OPW sites, some have credit card facilities. Alternatively, buy online at www.heritageireland.ie

Wells House and Gardens, Wexford

Westport House for Easter things to do

Wells House offers an annual pass that is valid for one year, 7 days a week, offers one car entry, entry to the grounds including the Lady Frances Fairy & Gruffalo Walk, gardens, adventure playground, onsite cafe, animal farm, and non-ticketed events for the year.

Cost: Annual Family Membership for 2 adults and up to 3 children costs €99.00 + €1.50 booking fee

Compared to a normal family ticket? Family ticket for 2 Adults, up to 3 Children costs €24.00

Where to buy: buy your annual pass on their website www.wellshouse.ie or at reception

Emerald Park, Meath

emerald park

Emerald Park (formally Tayto Park) annual membership offers:

  • Unlimited access to all regular attractions
  • Discounts on food and beverages
  • Discounted rates on special events

Cost: Annual Membership is based on a per person rate so for 4 people eg. 2 adults and 2 children costs €420.00

Compared to a normal family ticket? Family ticket with all access for 4 people costs €140 online in advance or €188 at the gate

Where to buy: buy your annual pass on their website www.emeraldpark.ie

Turoe Pet Farm, Galway

Turoe Pet Farm offers a variety of membership options available to suit all family sizes. Members will get access to:

  • The Pet Farm
  • Jungle Town
  • Inflatable City
  • Outdoor play area
  • Astro turf pitch
  • Fairy nature walk

Cost: Annual Family Membership for 2 adults and up to 2 children costs €200

Compared to a normal family ticket? Family ticket for 2 Adults, up to 2 Children costs €45.00

Where to buy: buy your annual pass on their website www.turoepetfarm.ie

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Airfield Estate, Dublin

airfield estate membership

Airfield Annual Pass Holders enjoy:

  • Unlimited visits
  • Free entry to Airfield’s seasonal trails
  • Discounts on selected classes & workshops
  • 10% off food in Overends Kitchen

Cost: e.g. 4 Person Pass is €170

Compared to a normal family ticket? Day ticket for 2 adults + 2 children costs €34.

Where to buy: An Annual Pass can be purchased over the phone or at the Airfield Estate ticket desk.

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare

bunratty castle fairy

A 12 month family membership offers plenty, including:

  • Day visit admission to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
  • 10% Discount on admission to other Shannon Heritage Attractions
  • 10% Discount in the Bunratty Retail Store
  • 10% Discount in all food outlets including Mr O’Regan’s Café
  • Free Parking
  • Priority booking options for all events – additional fees apply for Easter Halloween and Christmas.
  • 10% discount on Shannon Heritage Evening Entertainment Shows

Cost: €150 for 1 adult and up to 4 children or 2 adults + 2 children (children u16)

Compared to a normal family ticket? A family pass for 2 adults and 2 children costs €36

Where to buy? Buy it online on the website www.bunrattycastle.ie

Killruddery House

A 12 month Killruddery House Membership gives you:

  • Unlimited admission to the Gardens (during open season) including picnic & play areas, designated farm roads, team room
  • Discounted rate for house tours
  • Free admission or subsidised tickets to many events.
  • Special discounts to partner activities at Killruddery including workshops, outdoor sports events, tree adventure park and Squirrel’s Scramble.

Cost: There are three tiers of membership.

  • Gold Finch Killruddery Membership €100 – Five guests allowed along with the member
  • Silver Fir Killruddery Membership €80 – Three guests allowed along with the member
  • Copper Beech Killruddery Membership €60 – One guest allowed along with the member
    This is the total number of either adults or children who can visit Killruddery without further entrance fee, the member must be one of the guests present.

Compared to a normal family ticket? A Garden + House Tour entry ticket for 2 Adults + 2 Children costs €43.

Where to buy: You can purchase a membership on their website www.killruddery.com or at the Garden Entrance.

Dublin Zoo

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A Dublin Zoo Annual Family Pass offers lots of value, including:

  • Free admission to the Zoo for 12 months (plus at least one adult / two children)
  • You will also get free admission to Fota Wildlife Park in Cork for 12 months
  • Free admission to four UK zoos during the 12 months – Edinburgh Zoo, Colchester Zoo, Twycross Zoo and Paignton Zoo
  • A free subscription to quarterly magazine Zoo Matters
  • Discounts on selected events, summer camps and educational programmes

Cost: €210 for Pass holder + 2 Adults + 2 Children or Pass holder + 1 Adult + 4 Children or Pass holder + 6 Children

Compared to a normal family ticket? A day ticket for 2 Adults + 2 Children costs €54 to €61.

Where to buy: Buy online on www.dublinzoo.ie or at the ticket office at the Zoo.

Fota Wildlife Park, Cork

giraffe at fota wildlife park

Members of Fota Wildlife Park get unlimited visits to the Park, as well as:

  • Fota Wildlife Park Newsletters
  • 10% off all Children’s Activity Camps
  • Free admission to Dublin Zoo
  • One visit per year to Edinburgh Zoo, Highlands Wildlife Park & Belfast Zoo (card & receipt must be produced)
  • Admission concession to Paignton Zoo, Newquay Zoo, and Living Coasts (card & receipt must be produced)

Cost: €210 per year for their Conservation Pass which allows entry for Member + 2 adults + 2 kids (3-16yrs, under 3s are free) OR Member + 1 adult + 4 kids OR Member + 6 kids. They also have a Park Pass valid for Member + 2 children for €150.

Compared to a normal family ticket? A family ticket for 2 adults + 2 children costs €54.60 online or €58.00 at the gate.

Where to buy: On their website www.fotawildlife.ie or at the ticket office.

Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow

Powerscourt

Powerscourt Estate members enjoy unlimited entry to Powerscourt Gardens, Waterfall and River Walk with playground during normal opening hours, as well as 10% discount in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion when you present your annual membership card.

Cost: Family membership pass for the year at Powerscourt costs €175 for 2 adults and up to 4 children

Compared to a normal family ticket? A family ticket for 2 adults + 3 kids to visit both the Gardens and Waterfall would cost €38.

Where to buy: You can buy it online on their website at www.powerscourt.com.

Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

Nore Valley Park Pet Farm

You can buy a season family pass* for Nore Valley Pet Farm allowing unlimited entry to the farm all season long (March – October). This is excellent value for money as a season pass only costs the equivalent of three normal entries to the farm.

*Season passes are for farm entry only, extra activities on site like tractor and trailer rides, go-karts, 3D maze, and crazy golf are not included. For seasonal events, check with the Farm if any extra fees apply.

Sample cost: 2 adults + 2 kids costs €111.00

Compared to a normal family ticket? A family ticket for 2 adults + 2 kids to visit for the day will cost €37.00

Where to buy: on their website www.norevalleypark.com

Cinema Pass, Nationwide

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Odeon, Omniplex and IMC cinemas all offer membership which is usually taken on a monthly basis. Other local cinemas have their own membership deals.

  • Odeon offer myLimitless monthly memebership (minimum 3 months) for €14.99 per month and entitles the member to one ticket to every movie, discounts off food & drink, exclusive invites to screenings before films go on general release. 18+ only
  • Omniplex offer a  myOmnipass monthly membership (minimum 3 months) for €14.99 per month and entitles the member to one ticket to every movie including MAXX, Recline & D’LUXX options, exclusive members only screenings and more.
  • IMC offers IMC Infinity for €17.99 monthly and entitles the holder to one ticket to every movie, exclusive members only screenings and one ticket daily.

Compared to a normal ticket? An adult ticket for 1 movie costs a similar price to the monthly membership fee so if you see 2 movies or more a month, you are saving money.

Where to buy: online for each cinema

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