Fantastic Family Events and Things to Do in Ireland for Easter 2023

Michelle

February 25, 2023

family events and things to do in Ireland at Easter

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Bunnies, eggs and chocolate, oh my! Are you looking for family things to do in Ireland this Easter? Don’t miss our pick of fantastic family-friendly events around the country to enjoy during the Easter break.

With two weeks off school and (hopefully!) some brighter and warmer days to look forward to, planning some fun family activities should make for memorable days out. From egg hunts and treasure trails to art sessions and pony rides, there’s tons to choose from with these brilliant things to do around Ireland this Easter!

Things to Do in Ireland at Easter 2023

Are you looking for family things to do in Ireland this Easter? Look no further! We’ve scoured the country and compiled a list of fun, family-friendly events. From egg hunts galore to arts and crafts, here’s our pick of things to do in Ireland with kids this Easter 2023.

Easter at Luggwoods, Dublin

Easter at Luggwoods for things to do in Ireland at Easter

Dates: 1st – 10th April 2023

The Easter bunny loves coming to the majestic Luggwoods forest, so come along and join him this Easter.  The Magical Easter Spring Trail is decorated with lots of colour and Easter sensations, so you can let your imaginations go wild at this special time of year.

Meet the Luggwoods Fairy Tales characters who are on hand to help guide you to find the clues that crack the code on the Easter puzzle! There is so much to see and do as you wind your way through the natural forest setting with family fun all around.

Work together to complete the Easter Challenge, visit the hidden Luggwoods mini petting farm and so much more! You will also get to meet the Easter Bunny and he will have a chocolate Easter egg for all the kids.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Fun at Irish National Stud, Kildare

Easter events for families at The Irish National Stud and Gardens

Dates: Friday 7th to Monday 10th April

The Irish National Stud & Gardens have daily family activities running over the Easter Break from April 7th to 10th including:

  • Face painting
  • Magic shows
  • Easter egg hunts

Children can also visit the playground, discover fairies & folklore on the Fairy Trail, and see the new baby foals with a guided tour of the stud and gardens included in the ticket price.

How to Book: All events are included your ticket price. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Easter Family Trail at Johnstown Castle, Wexford

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Dates: April 1st to 16th 2023 (inclusive)

Enjoy a family day out at Johnstown Castle this Easter holidays. Hunt for clues along the Easter Trail through the gardens of Johnstown Castle. Walk the winding paths, see the wildlife, have fun in the woodland playground while you search!

There is also an indoor trail that can be completed too.

Each ticket holder will receive an Easter Egg on completion of the trail(s).

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Egg Hunts and Fun Nature Workshop at Strokestown Park, Roscommon

Family events at Strokestown Park

Dates: Various dates in April 1st to 16th 2023

Strokestown Park are hosting a number of family friendly events this Easter including:

  • 1st to 16th April – Easter Egg Hunt with clues to be found in the Victorian Walled Garden – Cost €10 suitable to ages 2 to 12 years
  • 22nd April – Mud Bugs Nature Workshop for children – Cost €20 per child – PLEASE NOTE THERE HAS BEEN A DATE CHANGE FOR THIS EVENT DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS

How to Book: Visit the website for further details and bookings

Easter Egg Hunt at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

Fota House Easter Egg Hunt

Dates: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April 2023

This Easter, be sure to head to Fota House & Gardens and enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt.

Find clues in the magnificent Arboretum which will bring the history and beauty of Fota alive for everyone. Amongst the trees and wildlife, follow the woodland path, leading you to your very own Easter treat! Be sure to look out for your favourite characters along the way!

Suitable for all ages and adults go free. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Egg Hunt at Birr Castle Demesne, Offaly

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Dates: April 9th and 10th

On Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 10 April, enjoy an “Easter Egg Hunt” at Birr Castle Demesne. During your Easter trail you will meet with The Easter Bunny, who will be joined by Henny Penny, Larry the Lamb, Quackers the Duck and the Mad Hatter. Once you complete the trail you can pick up your Easter Egg from the Mad Hatter…all going well!

Pre-booking required, limited space available. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Mud Bugs Welly Adventures at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, Roscommon

Mud Bugs at Lough Key

Dates: April 13th & 14th 2023 at 11am and 2.30pm

Go on a Welly Adventure with Mud Bugs this Easter where you will explore woodland trails, walking trails and have adventures in nature and enjoy some nature themed crafts and activities.

Each adventure lasts 90 minutes and every child will receive an adventure kit! This activity is suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years and costs €12 per child.

Pre-booking required, limited space available. For more information and information on booking, click here.

Rathwood Easter Train, Carlow

Rathwood easter train

Dates: 1st – 10th April 2023

Hop, skip and jump aboard the Rathwood Express Train to visit the Easter Bunny, along with a fun-filled egg hunt in the Maze of Ireland!

The Easter Bunny is up to his usual tricks of hiding Easter Eggs as well as some other things that do not belong to him. In a musical show full of dance and songs that’s all splashed with colour images, the children (and the grown-ups) will have to help find the hidden Easter Eggs and whatever else the Easter Bunny has hidden.

Each child will receive a set of bunny ears, a handmade chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny and a yummy hot chocolate with Marshmallows.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Festival at Clonfert Pet Farm, Kildare

Dates: April 9th to 17th

Take a trip to the farm for some Easter fun. In addition to seeing all the cute farm animals, enjoy the fun fair, face painting, treasure hunt, teddy bear’s picnic, and lots more!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Egg Hunts at Clissmann Horse Caravans, Wicklow

Dates: April 1st-2nd, 7th-10th 2023

Enjoy a fun-filled Easter Day Out together in the fresh air on the family farm in the Wicklow Hills. Hop, skip and jump through the fields with your basket on an Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt and crack all the clues to help the Easter Bunny gather the colourful little eggs and find the crunchy carrots for his donkey Pals.

As a thank you for all your help, you’ll win a yummy Chocolate Easter Egg prize and get a chance to feed the donkeys through the special Easter Feeder Carrot Cruncher!

This is a ticket only event and bookings must be made in advance. Book your ticket here.

Children’s Spring Festival at Slieve Aughty, Galway

Slieve Aughty Centre for things to do in Ireland at Easter

Dates: 31st March – 16th April 2023, 12-6pm daily

Throughout the Easter holidays Slieve Aughty Centre invites you and your family to visit and celebrate Spring!

They will have their usual fun activities, including the Enchanted Forest, pony rides, playground, nature hut, arts and crafts room, and organic restaurant are even more exciting during the spring festival. The organic garden is freshly planted with loads of delicious fruits and vegetables and herbs and is a lovely stroll, and have some fun trying on some silly hats and wigs in the arts and crafts room. Come and pet the ponies and donkeys, visit the pot-bellied pig, meet our sheep and the baby foals!

All that fresh spring air works up an appetite, so leave some time for a relaxing meal at The Three Towers Organic Kitchen, where everything is delicious, fresh and homemade.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter at Greenan Maze, Wicklow

Dates: Saturday 1st April 2023 to Sunday 16th April 2023

Greenan Maze opens for the Easter school holidays with lots to enjoy, including nature treasure hunts, nature trails, a Fairy Tree walk especially for toddlers and the wee folk, daily animal feedings, and more.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Easter Farm Fun at Newbridge House & Gardens, Dublin

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Dates: tbc

There’s fun on the farm this Easter with a surprise visit from Gerty Goose.

Gerty has hidden her Golden Eggs throughout the farm, but how many can you see? Follow the trail as you visit all of the Newbridge residents, making sure to take a good look into each enclosure! Count the eggs as you go and pop your guess in Gerty’s special post box on completion to be in with a chance to take home your very own plush Gerty!

Tickets can be booked online or at the admission desk on arrival, subject to availability. It is advised to allow time for parking and queuing on arrival.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Children’s History Workshop: Easter Eggs

Date: Thursday 6th April 3pm

Join Dublin’s Historian-in-Residence for Children Dervilia Roche for this free, interactive workshop for children aged 9-12yrs at Richmond Barracks.

Learn about Easter traditions from Ireland and other countries, and find out how the tradition of chocolate eggs came about. Decorate your own egg shells and take part in an easter egg hunt in the garden.

For more information and to book free tickets, click here.

Easter Treasure Trail at Belvedere House, Westmeath

Dates: tbc

Belvedere House in Westmeath will be hosting its annual Easter Treasure Trail where families will enjoy taking a journey to meet Mr & Mrs Bunny and completing tasks, games and having fun along the way to find their Easter eggs.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Nore Valley Park Easter Egg Hunts, Kilkenny

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Dates: Saturday 1st – Sunday 9th April 2023 from 10am to 4pm.

The Nore Valley Park Easter Egg Hunt is one of their longest-running annual events – and definitely the most popular! Hunt far and wide around the farm for hidden eggs, and claim your sweets and chocolates as a reward! The Easter Egg Hunt will take place for day visitors to the farm.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Weekend at Wells House & Gardens, Wexford

Wells House for things to do in Ireland at Easter

Dates: 7th – 10th April 2023

Enjoy Fairytale Fun and Train Rides at Wells House & Gardens. Meet some of your little one’s favourite characters from Little Red Riding Hood to The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and even Three Blind Mice to meet and greet young visitors and to add to the fun there’s also a train ride to enjoy!

On Easter Sunday between 11am and 4pm the Easter Bunny has organised a traditional egg hunt at the fairy woodland walk. Follow his instructions & collect each of the different coloured eggs to receive a chocolate reward!

Pre-booking for both are strongly advised, for more information and to book click here.

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Easter Eggsperience at Croke Park GAA Museum, Dublin

things to do in Ireland at Easter

Dates: TBC

Hatch a plan to go to the Croke Park this Easter break where you can enjoy taking part in an eggstra special Easter Egg Hunt! Each participant will have a load of fun as they follow clues around the stadium. They will have to be eggstra vigilant and listen carefully if they want to complete the hunt and earn themselves a delicious egg at then end of the hunt.

How to Book: Tickets should be booked in advance and ticket prices include a guided tour of the stadium, participation in the Easter Egg Hunt and a chocolate egg, eggcup to decorate and a visit to the GAA Museum.

Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Meath

Fairyhouse for things to do at Easter

Dates: April 8th to 10th – Gold Cup and Family Day on Sunday 9th April

Fairyhouse is home to the famous three-day Easter Festival which is taking place, with the Irish Grand National taking place on Easter Monday.

Easter Sunday is Family Day and promises to be a fantastic day out, and with ample free entertainment laid on for the kids, the parents are sure to be able to relax and enjoy some family time with a great day at the races. Plus, kids go FREE!

Easter Sunday also features the Easter Bonnet competition, a fantastic opportunity for the kids to show their creative side by making the most colourful and exciting bonnet hats. (Don’t miss our easter bonnet tips and ideas!)

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter at Lullymore Heritage Park, Kildare

Lullymore Easter for things to do in Ireland

Dates: dates tbc

Join the Easter Bunny & Friends for an “eggstra” special event where you have to find all the clues hidden throughout Lullymore Heritage Park, solve Easter Bunny’s puzzle and collect your egg. There will also be prizes of larger eggs each afternoon for everybody who has done the Egg Hunt!

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the Funky Forest Indoor Play Centre, a crazy golf course, large quality outdoor playground with new updated play features and the hugely popular train trip through the award-winning Peatland Biodiversity Trail.

To relax, take a ramble through the Park’s woodland/peatland trails, gardens and numerous historic exhibitions – all have been recently updated with life-like models, holograms and touchscreen multi-media. There’s also a pet farm containing Falabella horses, alpacas, donkeys, pot-bellied pigs and cute goats, including film star Toggles the Goat!

The Easter trail and egg hunt are included in the admission price. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Blackwater Open Farm, Wexford

Dates: dates tbc

Join in the Easter Egg Hunts on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Blackwater Open Farm

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Egg Hunt at Westport House, Mayo

Westport House for Easter things to do

Dates: dates tbc

Mayo’s finest annual Easter Treasure Trail usually takes place on Easter Sunday. The Trail will have you looking high and low for clues to enter to win some great prizes, while exploring the gorgeous historic grounds of Westport Estate and enjoying the thrills of the Pirate Adventure Park.

The first 300 children to complete the Treasure Trail will receive a free chocolate easter egg and enter to win some great prizes, while everyone who completes the hunt will also be entered into a prize draw at 5pm on the day.

The Treasure Trail is included in your ticket for the Pirate Adventure Park. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Egg Hunt at Brigit’s Garden, Galway

Brigit's Garden easter

Dates: Easter Sunday April 9th and Easter Monday April 10th, from 12 – 4pm.

Head off on a hunt around the Celtic gardens! The popular Easter Egg Hunt at Brigit’s Garden promises to be a magical event for all ages on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Egg Hunt at Smugglers Cove, Cork

Dates: dates tbc

This Easter why not take part in an egg hunt with a difference? Easter clues will be hidden around the timber maze for kids to go and find. The clever ones who solve all the clues will get their own Easter Egg, but that’s not all – there is also an an eggcellent party line up with a puppet show, balloon artist and music across the day. Keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny who will make a special appearance on the day.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Easter at National Museums of Ireland, Dublin & Mayo

Dates: Easter 2023

If you are looking for a fun, free day out this Easter, why not try one of our National Museums? There are a range of events taking place in the run up to Easter at each of the NMI locations in Dublin and Mayo.

Most events at the NMI Museums are free of charge, but some do require you to book your place.

Carndonagh Easter Monday Parade, Inishowen, Donegal

Dates: Monday 10th April 2023

Carndonagh will host its Annual Easter Parade on Easter Monday with fun f Save or all the family guaranteed.

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