If you’re visiting Carlow with the family and are looking for ideas for things to do with kids, here are the Top 10 Things to Do in Carlow with Kids:
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#1. Visual Centre for Contemporary Art
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. Gardens in Carlow
Enjoy exploring some of the wonderful gardens & parks, such as Oak Park, Altamont Gardens, Duckett’s Grove and Delta Sensory Gardens.
#3. Rancho Reilly’s Farm & Activity Centre
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. Browneshill Dolmen
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. The Chocolate Garden
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. GB Shaw Theatre
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. Huntington Castle & Dungeon
Take a guided tour of Huntington Castle & Dungeon, the ancient seat of the Esmonde family & today one of Ireland’s historical treasures. Free for children under 7. You can also enjoy the Gardens and Kids Adventure Playground open daily May to September.
#8. Go Karting and Bowling in Carlow
Why not try go-karting at G2 Adventure Centre in Strawhall Industrial Estate with older children or bowling at The Dome Family Entertainment Centre at The Talbot Hotel.
#9. Kiddies Kingdom
Kiddie’s Kingdom in Bagenalstown is a children’s indoor soft play center and roller skating arena. Skates & safety gear are provided.
#10. Bagenalstown Outdoor Swimming Pool
Go for a splash outdoors at Bagenalstown Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool open daily from June-August.
If you have any suggestions for other things to do in Carlow that you think should be on our list, tell us in the comments below