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:
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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. In the village you can enjoy outdoor sculptures by local bog wood sculptor Michael Casey and his son Kevin. Barley Harbour is a nice place to view Lough Ree and its islands as well as having a picnic area.
“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 located in a shallow valley, among the rolling hills of north Longford.
This monument is unusual in that it has two capstones or roofstones, as similar portal tombs and dolmens typically have only one. Along with the nearby portal tomb at Cleenrath, the monument also has a traditional connection with the ancient legend of Diarmaid and Gráinne. It is believed to be one of their resting spots on their flight from Gráinne’s fiancé, the legendary hero Fionn MacCumhaill.
The monument is on private farmland, but is accessible by foot, please ensure that gates are closed behind you.
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 offers nice walking opportunities for families. Starting in Longford, you’ll find the entrance is a little hidden beside the town railway bridge then 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.
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