Best Family Friendly Campsites in Ireland with Activities for Children


April 25, 2021

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Are you looking for an activity holiday in Ireland with the option of camping or staying in self-catering accommodation? We asked our parent audience to recommend family-friendly campsites in Ireland with activities for children on-site ensuring everyone is entertained throughout your break away. For more recommendations you should visit Camping Ireland where you will find a full list of Tourist Board approved caravan and camping parks throughout Ireland.

Family-Friendly Campsites In Ireland

Please note that not all activities at these family friendly campsites are free of charge or available every day, so do check before you travel. Some campsites have also introduced restrictions around the number of tents they allow and short-term lets, so again please check before travelling to ensure you can get the type of pitch you want.

Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny

Nore Valley is family run and is located in a quiet area 11km from Kilkenny City. The site is situated on an open farm so anyone staying on site has free access to the farm. Children are encouraged to help out at feeding time.

The site specialises in family activities, some of which may incur a small charge. These include:

  • Children’s play area
  • Sandpit with diggers
  • Chess
  • Pool room
  • Crazy golf,
  • Pedal go-karts
  • Trailer rides

There is also a river walk through the farm and woodlands and you can bring your dog.

For those who want to stay on-site but have no tent or caravan of their own, Nore Valley Park has a number of lovely wooden lodges and spacious mobile homes available to rent.

We especially like the delicious home baked food on offer, including bread, scones, tarts, biscuits and pizza.

Campsite & Caravan Park at Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon

Lough Key Camping Family friendly campsites in Ireland with activities

The caravan and camping park at Lough Key is open annually from Easter to September. It has 51 landscaped, secluded pitches with electricity points and three large areas for tent space.

There is a recreational block with an indoor space for games or dining. The building has a recently renovated shower block with bathrooms. It also includes a small cooking area and a laundry room. Lough Key has a lakeside cafe and a number of food trucks too.

The family friendly activities at Lough Key Campsite & Caravan Park, some of which incur a cost, include:

• Zip-lines
• Tree canopy walk
• Wheel-O
• Jeep safari
• Boda Borg
• Marina with water based activities
• Woodland walks and trails
• Basketball court
• Towers, tunnels and more to explore

We especially like the giant tree near the zip lines where you can hide away inside!

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Lakeside Holiday Park, Mountshannon, Co. Clare

Lakeside Holiday Park is a very family orientated park overlooking the lake of Lough Derg. There are a selection of pitches both on the waterfront and shaded with the trees. They also have a selection of mobile homes for hire.

On site activities include:

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Rowing boats
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  •  Soccer Pitch
  • Woodland walking trails

You can also hire a Fire Pit for the real camping experience at night.

We especially like the pier with seating where children can jump into the lake from the diving board. 

Westport House Caravan & Campsite, Westport, Co. Mayo

Westport House Camping Family friendly campsites in Ireland with activities

The campsite is set in the grounds of Westport House Estate is just a 15 minute stroll from Westport town. The facilities are spotless, safe and accessible. They include access to free hot showers, recycling, waste water removal, washing up facilities and WiFi.

  • Family friendly activities at Westport House include:
  • Playground
  • Sandpit
  • Picnic areas
  • Farmyard activities.
  • Discounted rates for all the activities at Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park

For those who wish to enjoy hassle free camping, you can hire ready pitched bell tents. The bell tents can sleep up to 6 people.  The campsite is open from March to September.

We especially like that there is a midnight curfew and security on-site to give you total peace of mind.

Hidden Valley Resort, Wicklow

Hidden Valley Camping Waterpark Family friendly campsites in Ireland with activities

Hidden Valley is home to one of Ireland’s largest inflatable Aqua Parks and offers both camping and accommodation for short break holidays. Fully serviced pitches are offered for those camping, and the park offers both self-catering log cabins and glamping accommodation too.

Family friendly activities at Hidden Valley Holiday Park, some of which may incur a fee, include:

  • Large Inflatable Aqua Park
  • Combat laser tag
  • Adventure golf
  • Boating lake
  • Archery
  • Water balls
  • Bungee trampolines
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Playgrounds

Day visitors are welcome, and the park also caters for birthdays, team building, scouts and school tours.

We especially like the tractor train rides. 

Parson’s Green, Clogheen, Co. Tipperary

The Parson’s Green Caravan & Camping Park is located within the Open Farm and offers a host of activities and fun for all the family to enjoy.

Activities on site include:

  • Indoor playground
  • Outdoor playground
  • Pony & trap rides
  • Boat rides
  • Crazy golf
  • Pet Farm
  • Agri Museum
  • Café
  • Takeaway

You can also visit Parson’s Green as a day visitor and enjoy all these amenities. They also have mobile homes for hire on site.

We especially like the fairy trail and that there is loads to do in the surrounding area. 


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International Outdoor Adventyre Centre (IOAC), Wexford

IOAC Camping Family friendly campsites in Ireland with activities

IOAC offers pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes and also have a selection of recently upgraded Glamping Cabins. There is also a delicious café on-site. During July and August they have live entertainment in the evenings.

They have an extensive Outdoor Adventure Centre including:

  • High ropes
  • Battlezone Archery
  • Archery
  • Kayaking
  • Raft building on the purpose-built Activity Lake
  • Play area younger adventure seekers
  • New for 2022 – Gourmet Burger Truck

Guests you stay on site will receive 10% discount on all on-site activities. You can also visit IOAC as a day visitor. It is advisable to pre-book your activities.

We especially like the sheer range of activities for all ages that are available on-site. 

River Valley Holiday Park, Redcross, Co. Wicklow

River Valley Camping Family friendly campsites in Ireland with activities

There are many accommodation options at River Valley Park– pitches for tents, motorhomes and caravans, mobile homes for hire, self-catering tree house for rent, micro/maxi lodges, kukoo hut and their new Glampotel.

On site activities, some are free and others there is a charge, include:

  • 3 playgrounds with splash-pad
  • Paddling stream
  • Walking trails
  • Archery
  • Airsoft
  • Family Bingo
  • Kids club
  • Crazy golf
  • Tennis court
  • Indoor Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Remote-controlled cars/boats
  • Pedal Go-Karts
  • Electric Go-Karts

We especially like Mickey Finns Pub & Restaurant, which is located at the entrance and offers fabulous food throughout the day.

Eagle Point Camping, Ballylickey, West Cork

Eagle Point is located on the shorefront of Bantry Bay with a pebbled beach suitable for watersports. So if you are into boating, sailing or windsurfing this is the ideal spot for you.

Activities available from the park include:

  • A multitude of water sports to enjoy for beginners up to advanced. Including everything from sailing and kayaking to windsurfing and fishing.
  • Small playground
  • Tennis court
  • Football pitch
  • Basketball court
  • 3 TV rooms
  • Tidal islands and pebble beaches

We especially like the wildflower patch where you can spot butterflies and other wildlife.

Ferrybank Caravan & Camping Park, Wexford

Ferrybank Camping Family friendly campsites in Ireland with activities

Ferrybank is one of a small number of sites that are open all-year round. The site is part of the Wexford Swimming Pool & Gym complex.

Facilities at the complex include:

  • Public pool 25m long and 1.8m deep
  • Learner pool
  • Gym facilities
  • Sauna
  • Streamroom
  • Games room

All are available to residents on the site at a concession. Their pool also has the Poolpod accessibility platform which allows access to the main pool.

We especially like that it is just a 5 minute walk into Wexford Town.

Camac Valley Caravan and Campsite, Dublin

Situated just off the Naas Road and on the edge of Corkagh Park, the family friendly Carmac Valley campsite and caravan park offers a good alternative for those wishing to visit Dublin.

The site has fully serviced hardstands, shower blocks, kitchen and laundry room and free wi-fi throughout. It is very accessible with an induction loop at reception and braille and tactile signage, ramps to public areas and facilities and they welcome guide and hearing dogs.

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