There’s plenty for families at Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park. Set on the 480 acre estate, the Pirate Adventure Park is a treasure trove of family fun with its Grace O’Malley-themed amusement park with rides and activities ideally suited to families with children under 12.
Enjoy the log flume water ride, swinging Pirate’s galleon, a ride on the miniature railway, Swan Pedalo Boats, Cannon Ball Run slide, pitch & putt, indoor soft play, paint your own pottery and outdoor playground in this beautiful parkland setting.
The house has plenty to offer families too, where the grown-ups will enjoy the beauty of the entire House, children will love the basement area where the dungeons host an installation depicting Grace O’Malley’s maritime lifestyle – an ageless favourite of children since the house opened in the 60’s. There are funny mirrors, an antique coin operated puppet show , and a bunch of illusions and tricks to keep everyone entertained. 30 min tours for under 12 yrs.
For something completely different, head out to Kilmacduagh to see the “Leaning Tower of Galway”! Located 5 km from the town of Gort, 7th century Saint Colman, son of Duagh, established a monastery on land given him by his cousin King Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin of Connacht.
Kilmacduagh’s tall round tower is not only a good example of an Irish round tower but has a noticeable lean, over 2 feet from the vertical. There’s plenty of room for kids to wander around and it’s enclosed so you don’t need to worry about them getting out on the road, quiet enough as it is.