Playgrounds in Donegal

There has been a large increase in the number of newly developed playground in various town throughout Donegal in recent years and coupled with older playgrounds being revamped and modernised, there is almost one in every town!  Here are our favourite playgrounds in Donegal:


Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Large modern playground situated in the 20 acre grounds of Ballymacool House.44 car parking spaces, together with ashplat paths and park furniture. Great play equipment for toddlers and pre-schoolers as well as older children. The equipment is well spaced out, making it very spacious on those busier days!

The play area itself, is totally enclosed, dogs are not permitted in the area and it is also a No-Smoke zone. There are seats all the way around the parimeter and there is a toilet block situated close by. In a separate enclose area there is a multi-use games area, suitable for older children. Highly Recommended.

Bernard McGlinchey Park, Letterkenny

There are two playgrounds in Bernard McGlinchey Park. There is a toddler playground near the entrance to the park. And there is another play-area suitable for older children, further into the Park, with a “zip wire”, swings and steep, bending slides. Toilets located at Park enterance. There is a small carpark at the park but it’s usually full L, while there are other carparks close by, they do charge for parking.

Ballyshannon, Mall Park

Situated in an area of high scenic beauty overlooking Erne Esturary. A safe play facility for children up to the age of twelve. Easily accesed from all areas of the town.

Ballybofey & Stranorlar

Good sized, enclosed modern play-area including great wooden play equipment. Suitable for toddlers to twelve year olds. Parent seating available.


Located beside the Pollan beach. Fantastic revamped playground, complete with wooden climbing walls, play-house and other toys

Buncrana, Festival Park

Buncrana’s Festival Park is beside the shore greens. It is just 5 minutes walk from Buncrana town centre and is also located beside Buncrana’s Light house and Leisure Centre. Large, modern playground. Parent seating available. Bright colourful equipment. Suitable for toddlers to twelve year olds.


Large playground, located on the sea-front. Parent seating available.


Large playground suitable for toddlers and older children. Parent seating available.

Crossroads & Killygordon

Modern and colourful playground, enclosed and safe, suitable for toddlers upwards. Parent Seating Available.


Large playground beside the sea. Great equipment suitable for toddlers to twelve year olds. Car-parking close-by and accesses onto to beach too.


Playground suitable for toddlers and children up to twelve years old.


Toddler and Pre-School area.Parent Seating Available.


Suitable for toddlers upwards. Has an excellent climbing frame for older kids!


Playground with toddler and pre-school area. Parent Seating available.


Playgrounds. Suitable for toddlers to twelve year olds.


Large playground. Parent Seating Available.


Enclosed playground, with beautiful sea views. Parent seating available within. Suitable for toddlers upwards.


Modern playground facility suitable for toddlers to twelves


This well equipped playground provides fun and adventure for the young to twelve year olds.


Enclosed,large colourful playground beside the beach.. Parent seating within.

St. John Bosco, Donegal Town

Large play facility with parent seating available not far from the centre of the town.


Modern, colourful, safe playground with lots of new equipment to keep the kids active. Suitable for toddlers to twelves

Tory Island

Large, colourful, enclosed area with plenty of equipment to keep all ages engaged in activity.

Related: Top 10 Things to do with kids in Donegal

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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.