Galway Playgrounds

Who knew Galway had so many playgrounds? We commend the City and County Councils (and any other organisations that have campaigned) for the variety of playgrounds available throughout the county and City. Here are a few of our favourites: Monivea Playground

Monivea PlaygroundMonivea Playground is located at the the junction in Monivea, behind the castle and beside the Garda Station. There is a small car park beside the playground (approx 6 cars). There are 2 climbing structures, one in shape of a tractor for youngers kids, and a taller one for the older children.

There are three different types of swings: Toddler, Nest & Regular to keep every age happily swinging. For the younger children there are a variety of bouncy horses, and a see saw. The older children will enjoy the large spinning circle, they can walk, run or sit on it (and get some one to push them)!

Monivea is a short drive from Athenry, and is well worth a visit.

Doughiska Playground

Doughiska Playground is a favourite of ours, and arguably one of the best in Galway City, with a wide variety of equipment for all ages from the “hamster wheel” to huge pyramid climbing frame, double zip wires and more. Read more about Doughiska Playground here.

Rinville Park Playground

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. 

Have you got a favourite playground in Galway? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.


  1. Gwyn Jones says:

    Any chance of a mention of Lackagh’s fantastic new playground at Turloughmore Hurling Club? It’s been finished for a few weeks now, but gets a grand opening on Easter Sunday including a Family Fun Walk from Lackagh Church plus lots of other fun activities.
    Details here:
    This was an entirely locally initiated, organised and funded project which is already a great benefit to the community.

  2. Dolan.eimear says:

    Yes that is a really good playground.mGalway county council published a playground guide in 2014 listing over 50 in the county. Check out amenities section of their website