Planning a visit to Cavan? Here our some of our favourite things to do in Cavan with kids, from active days out to historical places to visit.
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Take a look through our suggestions for fun places to visit and things to do in Cavan. Pick a different town, village or area to explore, compile a list of interesting places to visit beforehand and then have fun!
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Family-Friendly Things to Do in Cavan
#1. Bear Essentials
At Bear Essentials, a handmade teddy bear gift shop, you can adopt an original handmade mohair bear or take part in a workshop and make your own.
Then enjoy exploring the garden, greenhouses and playground too.
They run family events and workshops throughout the year, so keep an eye on what’s on before you visit.
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#2. The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is located in the rugged mountainous uplands and the gentle rolling lowlands of counties Fermanagh and Cavan.
Taking in the world-famous Marble Arch Caves, the Geopark boasts some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland and offers a window into the area’s 650 million year past.
Don’t miss the truly spectacular Lough Navar Forest, located approximately 5km outside the village of Derrygonnelly, and undoubtedly one of the jewels in the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.
Also part of the Geopark is the Cavan Burren Park, with a wonderful interpretative centre and five walking trails, all highlighting the spectacular prehistoric tombs, fantastic geology and special stories that make this such a unique environment.
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#3. Dun a Ri Forest Park
Dun a Ri Forest Park near Kingscourt has four signposted walks, ranging from 1km to 2km in length. This is the perfect spot to take a picnic to, relax on the grass overlooking the river, or enjoy a walk on many of the trails through the park and over bridges – there’s even a wishing well!
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#4. Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre
Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre is found on the Cavan-Monaghan border and offers all sorts of outdoor activities, from camping, campcraft and archery to mountain biking, low ropes course and hill walking.
If you’re up for getting wet, then have a go at the banana boating, canoeing, kayaking, or raft building! They also have an indoor climbing wall in case the weather’s not great.
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#5. Erica’s Fairy Forest
Erica’s Fairy Forest in Cootehill was created by her parents Natasha and Ciaran to honour five-year-old Erica’s memory and her unshakable belief in fairies and magical kingdoms. It is also a thank you to the people of Cootehill and surrounding areas whose love and support was never ending throughout Erica’s journey.
Bring your letters and pop them in the Fairy Post Box – you never know, you may get a reply!
The Fairy Forest is free to visit from sunrise to sunset.
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#6. ODD – Out Doors & Dirty
Get a good night’s sleep and wake up ready for a thrilling day! You can choose from action adventures like paintball, buggy racing, dragster carts, hi-octane hovercrafts, archery, laser and clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, spacehopper racing, and lots more.
#7. Killinkere Visitor & Pet Farm
The family-run Killinkere Visitor & Pet Farm is a real working farm in the traditional way – in other words, a small mixed farming including the animals that would have been farmed and used in the area for hundreds of years.
On the farm they keep about 20 other species of animals not normally found on a small farm such as llamas, miniature horses, chin chulas, guinea pigs, deer, rare birds and fowl.
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#8. Canoe to Clough Oughter Castle
Clough Oughter Castle is a ruined circular castle, situated on a small island in Lough Oughter, 4km from Killeshandra.
The lough is a popular spot for angling, boating and canoeing. Canoes and kayaks are available for hire from Cavan Canoe Centre, who also offer guided boat trips around the lake and out to the castle.
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#9. County Cavan Museum
The Cavan County Museum is located at Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan. The museum houses a medieval dug out boat and sheela-na-gigs, galleries on folk life in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the great famine, Percy French & the GAA. There is a children’s playground, garden, shop and tea rooms also on site.
Be sure to visit the World War 1 Trench Experience, the largest outdoor replica WW1 Trench open to the public in Ireland and the UK.
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#10. Tullydermot Falls
The dramatic Tullydermot Falls are situated approximately 6km south-west of Swanlinbar, in the direction of the Bellavally Gap. The falls are easily accessible, with a trail going from an information station at the parking lot.
Approximately two miles up the river from the road there is another purely majestic waterfall which is perhaps more impressive than Tullydermot Falls. This is the ideal spot for a picnic, a spot of angling, or for the more adventurous perhaps a swim in the purest darkest water in Ireland. The Tullydermot viewpoint overlooks Slieve Rushen and the lowlands of north Cavan. There is also a good view of the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain.
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Do you have a favourite place to visit or things to do in Cavan with kids? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!
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