As parents we know how expensive it can be to entertain the kids, so we thought we would put together a list of things to do for free with the children, yes, that are completely free of charge. You know, when you are looking for kids things to do, things to do when bored, the things to do for free! Here’s a list of our favourite free things to do in Longford with children :
Corlea Bog Visitor Centre
Take a trip to Corlea Bog Visitor Centre, and see the 2,000 year old trackway and enjoy the unique plant life in the bog habitat.
The oak road is the largest of its kind to have been uncovered in Europe and was excavated by Professor Barry Raftery of University College Dublin.
Inside the interpretive centre, an eighteen-metre stretch of the preserved trackway is on permanent display in a hall specially designed to preserve the ancient wooden structure.
Ardagh Heritage Village
Ardagh Heritage Village is a picture postcard perfect place to visit. The Heritage Centre is open daily.
The Newtowncashel area is a great day out, with its award winning village, leisurely walks, and unique protected ecosystem on the shores of Lough Ree.
How did they get it up there? must be what everyone asks when they visit Aughnacliffe dolmen, the impressive Stone Age portal tomb.
Derrycassin Woods is a lovely forested walk on a former estate in North Longford. Located on the shores of Lough Gowna, near Bunlahy, there are three recommended routes to suit all fitness levels, The Nature Trail (1.5km), the Walled Garden Walk(1.5km), and the Main Avenue Walk(3.25km). The entrance is to the right of Mullinalaghta football pitch.
The Royal Canal Walk
The Royal Canal Walk, the entrance is a little hidden beside the town railway bridge, follow the route for 2.8km to Churchland bridge and return via the opposite bank to the starting point.
Related: Great Family Walks in Longford
The Mall in Longford has picnic benches and pleasant riverside paths. Toilets are available in the Leisure Centre and there’s a kids playground.
Visit your local library. Children can join from as young as 2 and borrow books, cds and dvds from the junior library. Many libraries run regular free events and classes including art classes, parent and toddler groups, story time and junior book clubs. Check out your local library for more information.
Keep an eye on our events page (to bookmark press Ctrl + D) for updated information on regular free events taking place across Longford.