Top 10 Things to Do in Longford with Kids


June 25, 2019

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Are you looking for things to do with kids in Longford? Here’s our Mykidstime Top 10 things to do with kids in Longford, in no particular order!!

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#1. Corlea Bog Visitor Centre

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Take a trip to Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre, where you can see the 2,000 year old trackway and enjoy the unique plant life in the bog habitat. It’s free to visit, open daily April – October, 10am – 6pm.

#2. Longford Town

Take a visit to Longford Town and enjoy a walk around the Mall, a landscaped park on the banks of the River Camlin, ideal for picnics, walks and sporting activities. Use the outdoor exercise machines if you’re feeling particularly energetic!

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#3. Royal Canal Greenway

The Royal Canal Greenway is the longest off-road Greenway in Ireland, running along the Royal Canal which stretches from Dublin to Longford. Surfacing of the “Royal Canal Greenway” between Maynooth and Richmond Harbour / Longford Town is nearing completion for 2020. This Greenway is perfect for walks and cycling.

#4. Bowling at Longford Megabowl

If the rain is putting a dampener on things, try the bowling, amusement or kids play area at Longford Megabowl.

#5. Derrycassan Wood

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Derrycassan Wood is located on the shores of Lough Gowna in Dring. There are 3 different walks, the Nature Trail (1.2km), the Walled Garden Walk loop (2.3km) and the Main Avenue Walk (3.2km). You can also enjoy a picnic by the lake edge.

#6. Ballinamuck Visitor Centre

For history buffs, there’s the opportunity to immerse yourself in 1798 Longford, heading to the Ballinamuck Visitor Centre which is located in the middle of the site of a battle fought on 8th September 1798. It was the last pitched battle on Irish soil and was one of the final episodes in the 1798 Rebellion.

#7. Creative Ardagh

Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre is home to an exhibition on Irish mythology, early Christianity, local writers, and life 100 years ago. Creative Ardagh encourages you to create art, explore your creativity, and get inspired. They host family events, creativity mornings, group classes, and drop-in art days.

#8. Newtowncashel and Lough Ree


The Newtowncashel area is a great day out, with an award winning village, leisurely walks, and unique protected ecosystem on the shores of Lough Ree.

#9. Midland Karting

Get into the driver’s seat at Midland Karting with fun karting on its purpose built 1.1km track. Action Sports Midland Karting & Paintball is located 2.5 miles outside Edgeworthstown Co. Longford on the main N55 (Granard/Cavan road).

#10. Aughnacliffe Dolmen

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“How did they get it up there?” must be what everyone asks when they visit Aughnacliffe Dolmen, the impressive Stone Age portal tomb.

A pathway leads from the village of Aughnacliffe to this impressive megalithic tomb which has two capstones or roofstones. The Dolmen is apparently connected with the ancient legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne, and is believed to be one of the places that they rested while fleeing from Gráinne’s fiancé, the legendary hero Fionn MacCumhaill.

The monument is on private farmland, but you can reach it on foot following the pathway. Please note that there is livestock on the land so close all gates behind you.

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Over to you now. Do you have a favourite place to go in Longford with kids? What other things to do in Longford with kids would you recommend? Tell us in the comments below.


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