As the saying goes, the best things in life are free! Here are some ideas for free things to do in Cavan with kids that make for a fun family day out!
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There are plenty of free things to do in Cavan that make for a wonderful family-friendly day out. Take a look at some of the best picks below and don’t forget to let us know your favourite!
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Fun and Free Things to Do in Cavan
Moneygashel Cashel, located not far from Blacklion, includes the remains of three stone Cashels which date from the early Christian period.
A cashel is a secure circular enclosure which accommodated houses and animal shelters. This area also boasts evidence of much earlier settlement and ritual with the nearby court tomb and standing stones.
The dramatic Tullydermot Falls are situated approximately 6km south-west of Swanlinbar, in the direction of the Bellavally Gap. The falls are easily accessible, with a trail going from an information station at the parking lot.
Approximately two miles up the river from the road there is another purely majestic waterfall which is perhaps more impressive than Tullydermot Falls. This is the ideal spot for a picnic, a spot of angling, or for the more adventurous perhaps a swim in the purest darkest water in Ireland. The Tullydermot viewpoint overlooks Slieve Rushen and the lowlands of north Cavan. There is also a good view of the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain.
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Visit the Cavan Lakes
Amazingly, there is a lake for each day of the year, so why not make the most of them! Walking along the shores, skimming rocks, splashing, fishing and all manner of water activities are lots of fun for all the family.
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Little warriors will enjoy the history of Shannon Pot, as it can be traced back to the legendary Finn MacCool and the Fianna, the great warriors of Irish mythology. Legend has it that Síonnan, ,the daughter of Lodan (a son of the Celtic God of the Sea, Lír), came to the Shannon Pot in search of the great Salmon of Wisdom.
The Spot itself is the source of the River Shannon, and the site provides ample parking, a children’s play area and a picnic area.
Visit the Library
Make sure to check out your local library and find out what classes and events that they run throughout the year. Your local library branch is a wonderful – and free – resource for families.
Many of the branches run or host parent and toddler groups, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts classes, book clubs, chess clubs, games and activities sessions and so on.
Not to mention the fact that there is free computer access and the option to borrow books and DVDs! For a change of scenery, why not visit a different library to your local branch?
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Festivals and Events
Keep an eye on our monthly round-up of what’s on around the country to find free family events worth visiting. From festivals to family fun days, you never know what will pop up in your area!
Erica’s Fairy Forest
Erica’s Fairy Forest in Cootehill was created by her parents Natasha and Ciaran to honour five-year-old Erica’s memory and her unshakable belief in fairies and magical kingdoms. It is also a thank you to the people of Cootehill and surrounding areas whose love and support was never ending throughout Erica’s journey.
Bring your letters and pop them in the Fairy Post Box – you never know, you may get a reply!
The Fairy Forest is free to visit from sunrise to sunset.
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Forest Walks in Cavan
There are numerous destinations for forest walks in Cavan, with accessible and family-friendly paths of all lengths and difficulties.
Pack a picnic, pop on your wellies and take the kids on a bear hunt through the woods!
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There are some great playgrounds in Cavan that make free fun even easier to find. It’s an activity that is both free and good fun! Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks or a picnic lunch.
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Cavan Burren Park
Cavan Burren Park is located in the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, which means it has been recognised as having exceptional geological significance.
Make the most of the interpretative centre and walking trails which all highlight the spectacular prehistoric tombs, fantastic geology and special stories that make this such a unique environment.
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What are your favourite free things to do in Cavan with the family? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!