Staying at home has become the new norm. But as Ireland moves into a phased reopening over the Summer months, we take a look at what options there are for getting out safely. We will update you with the best safe places in Ireland you can visit with the family, where social distance can be maintained and family fun is guaranteed.
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We are all looking forward to the days when we can move around freely, meet our friends, get back to school and work and shopping is not a military operation! The roadmap for re-opening created by the government, covers a series of dates when different sectors can hope to again welcome visitors and customers.
Each family is different and must decide what they feel works best for them. But as the country tentatively comes out of isolation, we wanted to let you know some of the best safe places to visit around Ireland for a family outing.
Please do refer to and adhere to the venues and the government guidelines around travel limits (5k until June 8th, 20k after June 8th), distancing, face masks, hand washing and other safety measures so we can all stay safe while we get back to socialising. We have done an amazing job as a nation to curb the spread of COVID 19 so let’s not lose focus now.
Safe Places To Visit With The Family As Ireland Re-opens
Strokestown Park, House & Gardens, Roscommon
Phased Re-Opening: From May 18th 2020, Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm
Strokestown Park have announced that they will re-open the front grounds to the public from 10am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday from May 18th. The house, famine museum, café and other areas will open up as per government guidelines.
Learn More: Visit the website for updates and safety guidelines
Fota House Gardens & Arboretum, Cork
Phased Re-Opening: From May 18th 2020, 9am to 6pm daily
Fota House have announced the re-opening of their gardens and arboretum from May 18th. Families can visit with children while adhering to the social distancing guidelines from 9am to 6pm daily.
Learn More: Visit the website for updates and safety guidelines
Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Roscommon
Opening: Grounds remain open for visitors within the travel zone
Lough Key Forest Park remains open to those who live within the travel distances allowed by the government. For those lucky enough to avail of the stunning surrounds, please do maintain social distance so the grounds can remain open for everyone.
The visitor centre and other attractions remain closed at this time but will be part of a phased re-opening plan as per government guidelines.
Learn More: Visit the Lough Key Facebook page for regular updates on the re-opening and safety guidelines.
Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow
Phased Re-Opening: From May 18th 2020, 9.30am to 5.30pm daily
Powerscourt Estate is reopening to members and those living within the allocated travel distance on May 18th. Initially the following areas and outlets will re-open:
- Avoca Food Hall
- Garden Pavilion
- The Riverwalk – for annual members only
- Golf Course – for members only
Outdoor tea, coffee & treats will be available for purchase.
Learn More: Visit the website for further details on safety measures and guidelines around visits.
Birr Castle, Offaly
Phased Re-Opening: From June 8th
Birr Castle in Offaly will re-open the demesne on June 8th for visitors to come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and get back to nature.
Irish National Stud, Kildare
Phased Re-opening: From May 18th
The Irish National Stud re-opened to members from May 18th. All visits much be booked in advance. They will re-open to the general public on a phased basis in line with government guidelines.
Learn More: Visit the website for further details on bookings and opening times and dates.
Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath
Phased re-opening: From May 18th, 9.30am to 8pm (last entry 7pm)
The grounds of Belvedere House are open to the public to enjoy walks while following all government safety guidelines.
Learn More: Check out the website for further details and booking information.
Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum and Gardens, Wexford
Phased re-opening: From June 8th for members and visitors, 7 days a week
Johnstown Castle estate and gardens have re-opened to Irish Heritage Trust members during phase 1 of the government’s roadmap. They have used this time to ensure the safety measures put in place are the best they can be and are delighted to be able to open up to members and the general public from June 8th.
Learn More: Check out the website for updates and safety guidelines
Phased Re-opening: From Tuesday June 2nd 2020, 2 daily sessions 9.30am to 1pm or 2pm to 5.30pm
Dublin Zoo have re-opened for 2 Outdoor Safari Trail sessions a day. The sessions must be booked in advance and are in line with government guidelines.
For those that can’t visit yet, do check out our Animal Resources post in association with SEE Airtricity, Sustainability partners of Dublin Zoo, where you will find fun animal downloads, links to the Dublin Zoo webcams and Eco Activities that can be enjoyed at home.
Learn More: Find out more on the Dublin Zoo website.
Killruddery House Gardens & Tea Room, Wicklow
Phased re-opening: From Monday June 1st, 9.30am to 11am for over 70’s and 11.30am to 6pm general public
Killruddery gardens and tea room are open for visitors to visit the 800 acre estate and enjoy tea and treats at the tea room. The Farm Market and Café are due to open on June 29th 2020.
Learn More: Stay up to date with further opening hours and information on the Killruddery House website.
National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Opening: From May 18th 2020, 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday & 10am to 6pm at weekends.
The outdoor areas at the National Botanic Gardens are open for a reduced number for visitors from May 18th. The paths are clearly marked with arrows to indicate safe movement around the gardens and safety guidelines will be implemented in line with the government guidelines.
Learn More: Check out the website for further information on visiting.
Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny
Phased Re-opening: From June 29th
Castlecomer Discovery Park will re-open some of their adventure activities on June 29th. As government guidelines change, more activities will be included.
Learn More: Visit the website for bookings and further planned opening information.
Phased Re-opening: From Tuesday June 9th 2020
Galway Atlantaquaria are opening on a phased basis from June 8th (members day) and then for the general public from June 9th. There will be a one way system in place and tickets should be purchased in advance to ensure you get a time that suits.
Learn More: Visit the website for bookings and further details on your visit.
Have your say! Have you visited any of the places on our list? Or do you know of any other safe places to visit in Ireland? Please let us know in the comments box below.