There’s no shortage of things to do in Tipperary (it is after all the biggest inland county!) so we’ve narrowed it down for you! Here are our picks for 10 fantastic things to do in Tipperary as a family, both in the North and South of the county.
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Tipperary is packed with culture, adventure and sights to see on a family day out.We’ve rounded up some favourites, but be sure to visit Tipperary.com for more great ideas on things to do in Tipperary with the kids.
Family-Friendly Things to Do in Tipperary
#1. The Glen Of Aherlow
The Glen of Aherlow Nature Park features a series of family-friendly loop walking trails, with information panels on the flora and fauna of the area and plenty of picnic tables. Take your time having a ramble in the stunning natural woodland at your leisure.
Entry is from the viewing point at ‘Christ the King Statue’, with a panoramic view of the valley.
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#2. Brú Ború Heritage Centre, The Bolton Library and The Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel is huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and it’s right in the heart of Tipperary.
Brú Ború is a national cultural centre at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. This cultural village is designed around a village green. The centre includes a folk theatre, genealogy centre, restaurant and other amenities. Show and exhibition prices are listed in the centre.
The Bolton Library began as the private collection of Archbishop Theopholus Bolton. The collection covers a wide range of subjects with many rare and unusual works and maps, including some by Dante, Swift, Ortelius and Erasmus.
#3. Roscrea Castle and Damer House
Roscrea Castle is a stone castle that consists of a gate tower, curtain walls and two corner towers dating from the 1280s.
Damer House was built in the Queen Anne style in the 18th century and is an example of pre-Palladian architecture. Its rooms house temporary exhibitions. One of the rooms is furnished in period style.
The Castle and Damer House are part of the Roscrea Heritage Complex that also includes Black Mill, a restored mill displaying original St Cronan’s high cross and pillar stone and a Round Tower.
Bring your swimming gear and head to Roscrea Leisure Centre afterwards for a swim with the kids. The leisure centre has great family changing rooms, a café and a super slide for the kids.
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#4. Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage
Cahir Castle appears to grow from the actual rock on which it stands; it has has been the scene of sieges and bombardments for centuries.
The Swiss Cottage is an ornamental chalet, thatched building and is in the Kilcommon Demesne, a walled park of some 800 acres at the heart of the Butler of Cahir estate. A fully restored National Monument, it has been open to the public since 1989.
While you are in Cahir, visit the The Sensory and Mobility Garden in Church Street – it was specially created to be accessible and enjoyable to all, but particularly for people with disabilities. The garden contains many varied features, such as scented plants, sculptures, water features, Braille signs, pathways of different textures and much to stimulate the senses. It provides a haven of peace and a place to unwind and is also a mobility practice area.
Then take a trip to the great playground in the Duneske Leisure Centre.
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#5. Visit Nenagh Heritage Centre
Housed in an interesting mid-19th century building which was a County Gaol Governor’s House for North Tipperary and the prison. Here you can learn about the history of these unique buildings, step back in time to experience old rural Ireland and follow in the footsteps of the condemned prisoners.
The Heritage Centre contains a model of the North Tipperary Gaol, a recreated schoolroom from 1913 Ireland, a recreation of the original kitchen from the North Tipperary Gaol, dating from the mid 1800’s and an Irish Dairy, which shows the stages of butter-making and the various utensils used in Irish farming life.
There is free admission and free guided tours each day.
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#6. Fethard Folk Farm and Transport Museum
The Fethard Folk Farm and Transport Museum specialises in transport as well as folk and farm life with more than 1,200 exhibits on display at the museum. The museum presents an ideal opportunity for the family to enjoy a day out during the spring and summer. It places a particular emphasis on trying to attract children for educational benefits.
The grounds include a cafe, picnic facilities, toilets, provision for the disabled, a playground and parking.
#7. Celtic Plantarum Dundrum & Marl Bog
The Celtic Plantarum at Dundrum is a magical combination of numerous plants, shrubs and trees, some rare with quaint water features. The display has a range of reconstructions of ancient field monuments drawn from Ireland’s romantic past all presented in a delightful setting with pathways and ever-present bird and wildlife.
Bring a picnic and your fishing rod and go Marl Bog, woodland and a man-made lake, just 2km from Dundrum. There are parking facilities on site and existing forest and lakeside trails. The lake is stocked with brown trout managed by the Dundrum Fisheries Group.
#8. Go on a Lough Derg Drive
Here is mum Clare’s suggested itinerary:
“Start off in Dromineer, feed the swans, watch the boats and have a play in the playgound. Next, take off to Garrykennedy, go for a forest walk, have a play in the playground, lunch in Larkins or picnic in the lovely BBQ and picnic areas. Small kids might be due a sleep after lunch so head off in the direction of Ballina, stopping at The Lookout to take in the amazing scenery.”
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The twin towns of Killaloe/Ballina are amongst Ireland’s most picturesque attractions and are linked by a 13 arch bridge, which links not only the two towns, but also the counties of Clare and Tipperary.
Ballina has a lovely riverside park and seasonal outdoor swimming pool, so bring the kids’ swim gear they can take a dip. There are plenty of moorings for cruisers to stop off and explore Ballina and you can fish off the jetty.
At Ballina playground you’ll also find an outdoor gym beside the playground.
Anything left in the picnic basket? You can wrap up your day dining al fresco on one of the many picnic benches on the Shannon bank.
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#10. The Devil’s Bit
The Devil’s Bit mountain is a few miles from The Ragg near Thurles. Tipperary has beautiful lush mountain scenery and the most famous of these hills is known as the Devil’s Bit.
Legend is that the devil took a bite from the mountain and broke a tooth in the process letting the bit fall from his mouth landing in Cashel to form the Rock of Cashel which was the high seat of the Kings of Munster.
There’s a 5km marked loop with forest and hillside paths for a pleasant and rewarding hill walk. Although the loop does not ascend the summit, you have the option of taking a short spur to the top where views from the top on a clear day are of eight surrounding counties!
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Do you have a favourite place to visit or things to do in Tipperary with kids? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!