Top 10 Things to Do in Carlow


Top 10 Things to Do in Carlow


1.      Spend a few hours exploring the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art. Activity sheets for children, with facts on the artists, interesting questions to think about and a space to sketch ideas are available for 3+, 6+ and 10+ from the reception desk or from the invigilators free of charge. Keep an eye out for their family workshops.

2.      Enjoy exploring some of the wonderful gardens & parks, such as Oak Park, Altamont Gardens, Duckett’s Grove and  Delta Sensory Gardens.

3.      Say hello to the animals and take a short trip on the barrel train around the farm at Rancho Reilly’s Farm & Activity Centre.

4.      Visit Browneshill Dolmen, a granite portal dolmen, which is located to the east of Carlow town dating back to pre-historic times. It is said to be the largest dolmen in Europe. 

5.      Pretend you are Willie Wonka by making chocolate at the Chocolate Garden in Tullow. Then pop next door to Rathwood for a train ride, the falconry flying display or some time in the playground.

6.      A show at the GB Shaw Theatre is a must. The programme includes a wide variety of live music, film, comedy, theatre, opera and dance – fun for all the family.

7.      Take a guided tour of Huntington Castle & Dungeon, the ancient seat of the Esmonde family & today one of Irelands historical treasures. Free for children under 7.

8.      Why not try go-karting at The Grid with older children or bowling at The Dome Family Entertainment Centre

9.      Try roller skating in Kiddies Kingdom, Bagnelstown where skates & safety gear are provided.

10.    Go for a splash outdoors at Bagnelstown Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool open daily from June-August.


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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.