Kids love Playgrounds, so we asked parents around the country to tell us their favourite playgrounds in Ireland:
Cavan: Cavan Town Playground (Con Smith Park) is an excellent modern playground, with swings, slides, bridges and benches for us too! Parking is available on the road. There’s something for everyone. There’s also an adult fitness park next door, so you can burn off some energy too! More playgrounds in Cavan.
Carlow: Town Park Playground is a favourite. More playgrounds in Carlow
Clare: Killaloe has an excellent playground with various kinds of slides, springer seesaws, swing, roundabouts and the favourite for all – the zip wire! Located beside the Tennis Club in Killaloe there is also great parking. More playgrounds in Clare
Cork: Kanturk has a great playground with Springers, Agility Equipment, Playhouses, Swings, Roundabouts, Sculptures, Sand & Water Play and Multi-Play Units. More playgrounds in Cork.
Donegal: Ballymacool Park, 20 acre park consisting of multi use games area, children’s play area, 44 carparking spaces (free) together with park furniture and seating. Located on the outskirts of Letterkenny. More playgrounds in Donegal
Dublin: On the North Side, St Anne’s Park in Clontarf has great equipment overall, picnic tables outside the playground are ideal for a picnic on a summer’s day, perfect day out for all the family. There is a café nearby called Tir na Nog part of the Red Stables which also has a food market on a Saturday. The Rose Garden is 5 minutes away from the playground, not to be missed!
While on the South Side, Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 has a large playground providing play opportunities for both junior (2-6 years) and senior (6-12 years) age groups.
The free pet farm, located near the visitor centre and rose garden, is well worth a visit with a range of farm animals, birds and beds, younger children will love seeing the animals up close. The Pet Farm is open daily from 11.00 – 12.45 and from 14.00 to 16.00
Galway: Rinville Park, Rinville near Oranmore is a fabulous place to take the kids for an afternoon. Pack a picnic as there is a picnic area near the playground which is located in the original walled garden of Rinville Castle. There is ample parking and the playground is a short stroll away and easily accessible for buggies, strollers and scooters and bikes. More playgrounds in Galway.
Kilkenny: The playground in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle is very colourful and has lots of swinging and climbing equipment to keep kids of all ages busy. There are plenty of benches too for the adults. It can get quite busy at times but the children love it! More playgrounds in Kilkenny.
Kildare: The Kildare town playground at Lourdesville, Kildare Town on Station Road has a variety of play facilities for children of all ages including children with disabilities. The play equipment includes flat swings, disability swing seat, cradle swings, basket swing, rockers, toddler multi play unit, senior multi play unit with slide and overhead bars, a roundabout, and a zip line. More playgrounds in Kildare.
Laois: Dún Spraoi at the Portlaoise Leisure Centre is only a few years old. This playground beside the new swimming pool is very colourful and has lots of swinging and climbing equipment to keep kids of all ages busy. It has an area with sand especially for the little ones. There are plenty of benches too for the adults. It can get quite busy at times but children of all ages love it! It is right beside the swimming pool which also has a cafe and baby changing facilities. More playgrounds in Laois.
Limerick: The secure playground within the People’s Park at Pery Square has ample space with a separate area for small children . The park itself is lovely to walk around with bandstand, drinking fountain and a large green area. Parking is on the street and parking discs required. More playgrounds in Limerick.
Leitrim: Manorhamilton Playground, opposite the Old Castle.
Mayo: Ballina Playground at Tom Ruane Park is located on the Sligo Road. There is a lovely playground with a large slide, small slide, swings, toddler swings, wooden beam, monkey bars, maze and climbing structure. There is also a multi-purpose games area with an astro turf, basketball court, tennis court and plenty of green area. There are picnic tables and car parking available. The playground is also beside a river so don’t forget to bring some bread for the ducks and swans. More playgrounds in Mayo.
Meath: Balrath Wood is located near Kentstown and has playgrounds, free car parking, nature walks and picnic areas. More playgrounds in Meath.
Offaly: The Edenderry Playground located at Granary Court has a good set of equipment including zip wire, climbing frames and swings.. More playgrounds in Offaly.
Roscommon: There’s a very nice free playground on the grounds of Lough Key Forest Park or you can go into Adventure Kingdom for an admission fee of €5 per child. More playgrounds in Roscommon.
Sligo: Across from Cleveragh Road Retail Park is the Doorly Park Playground which includes a diverse range of play equipment including an interactive technology zone and extensive climbing equipment and nets. More playgrounds in Sligo.
Tipperary: Templemore Park at Templemore boasts a fantastic playground. As it’s situated on the grounds of the Lake, it is perfect for family walks and the children can also feed the ducks. Another advantage this playground has over others is the outdoor adult exercise equipment enabling parents to work out while watching their kids having a swinging time! Playgrounds in Tipperary.
Wexford: Redmond Memorial Park is a favourite of Wexford parents. More playgrounds in Wexford.
Wicklow: St Peters Place playground in Arklow Town is a large modern playground with lots of activities, swings, slides and climbing for a range of ages. More playgrounds in Wicklow.
Westmeath: Mullaghmeen Forest Park.
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