Powerscourt Estate offers a fantastic day out for families with a choice of attractions to visit. Experience one of the best views in Ireland at Powerscourt Gardens, featuring award-winning ornate Italian and Japanese Gardens perfect for strolling and smelling the flowers, to rambling, wooded walks where little ones can play hide and seek. Enjoy the audio Family Action Quest Tour with 8 stops around the estate taking between 60-90 minutes to complete.
Children love climbing the Pepper Pot Tower and posing for a picture with the cannons nearby. Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest in Ireland, is located 5km from the main Estate and also has a picnic area, bbq facilities and playground. Discover trees that are hundreds of years old, such as the Giant Redwoods which grow up to 80m high! Discover more fun things to do with the kids at Powerscourt.
The Treetop and Viewing Tower located at Beyond the Trees Avondale is the first of its kind in Ireland and the UK. It is a unique visitor attraction that is fully accessible to all generations. Your journey through the forest on the Treetop Walk begins as the boardwalk makes its way out over the Avonmore River valley. Play areas and interactive games along the route encourage you to take a different view of the forest and explore the bird and animal life of the surrounding area.
Reaching 38 metres into the sky, the Viewing Tower can be seen peeping above the eucalyptus trees for miles around. It is accessed via a short underground tunnel, where you will learn about the abundant life below the forest floor before emerging for the next part of your adventure! The spiral ramped boardwalk rises slowly through the forest and has a gentle gradient. It is fully wheelchair and pram accessible with resting points on each level. After 10 gentle circuits you will reach the circular viewing platform at the top, with 360° panoramic views over Avondale Forest Park, the Vale of Avoca, the Wicklow Mountains and beyond. To continue the adventure, take the option to whizz back down to earth on the giant spiral slide inside the Viewing Tower. Alternatively continue back down the ramped boardwalk to the forest floor once more.
This tricky celtic maze at Greenan Farm, Maze and Museum in Rathdrum will puzzle the family! A stream flows through it to the pond in the middle and a viewing tower overlooks the excitement below. Unique in design, this hedge maze is the highlight of day. The Dragonfly Walk is a raised wooden walkway leading through native woods and wetlands, and has three ponds with raised viewing platforms. It is an unspoilt area which supports an abundance of wild life such as wild deer, moorhens, frogs and dragonflies.
Clara Lara Fun Park and Outdoor Adventure Centre, also in Rathdrum, offers water-based fun with assault courses, water slides, boating lakes, kiddie-karts, tree houses and playgrounds. Have a go on the breathtaking Aqua Shuttle, the biggest water slide in Ireland. Children can sail away on the Pirate Galleon. For the less energetic, there are riverside picnic areas and barbecues, mini golf and miles of hill walking through the spectacular countryside.
Situated in the picturesque village of Kilcoole, Glenroe Open Farm offers easy access to a wide selection of farm animals from March to October each year. Children can enjoy the outdoor playground and find their favourite furry animal to hold, such as rabbits and guinea pigs. A 300-year-old thatched cottage on the farm offers a nostalgic look at the way our ancestors lived. Bring a packed lunch to enjoy outdoors or in the indoor picnic area (aka The Piggery!).
Take a visit to SEA LIFE Bray Aquarium where you can see sharks, rays, seahorses and clownfish, and even get to touch some sea life in the touchpool. Then enjoy a wander along the seafront to enjoy an ice cream or candy floss, pop into the amusements and maybe even catch a funfair or festival depending on the time of the year.
Russborough House & Parklands at Russelstown has plenty to keep families amused, indoors and out. Try your hand at the 2,000-metre beech hedge maze with a statue of Cupid at the centre of the maze. Kids will also enjoy the playground with a picnic area alongside, and a Fairy Walk through their woodlands and out to Lady’s Island. Kids can pick up a brochure from reception and learn all about the fairies’ adventures. There is a restaurant and gift shop.