Top 10 Things to Do With Kids in Cavan


Planning a visit to Cavan? Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do with kids in Cavan (in no particular order):

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#1. Bear Essentials

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At the Bear Essentials handmade teddy bear gift shop, you can adopt an original handmade mohair bear or take part in a workshop and make your own.

Then enjoy exploring the Garden, greenhouses and playground too.

They run family events and workshops throughout the year.

#2. The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

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The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is located in the rugged mountainous uplands and the gentle rolling lowlands of counties Fermanagh and Cavan.

Taking in the world-famous Marble Arch Caves, the Geopark boasts some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland and offers a window into the area’s 650 million year past.

Don’t Miss: The truly spectacular Lough Navar Forest, located approximately 5km outside the village of Derrygonnelly, and undoubtedly one of the jewels in the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

#3. Dun a Ri Forest Park

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Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Take a picnic to Dun a Ri Forest Park. Relax on the grass overlooking the river, or enjoy a walk on many of the trails through the park and over bridges, there’s even a wishing well!

#4. Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre

Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre offers all sorts of outdoor activities from Camping and Campcraft, to ARchery. More active options include Mountain Biking, Low Ropes Course and Hill Walking. And if you’re up for some wet then have a go at the Banana Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking, or raft building!  They also have an indoor climbing wall in case it’s not such great weather.

#5. ODD – Out Doors & Dirty

Need we say more! The No.1 outdoor action attraction in Cavan featuring Laser Combat/Paintball, Rage Buggies, Hovercrafting, & Clay Pigeon Shooting

#6. Killinkere Visitor & Pet Farm

A family run visitor centre, the Killinkere Visitor & Pet Farm is a real Working Farm in the traditional way, that is small mixed farming including the animals that would have been farmed and used in the area for hundreds of years.

On the farm they keep about 20 other species of animals not normally found on a small farm such as Llamas, Miniature Horses, Chin Chulas, Guinea Pigs, Deer, Rare Birds and Fowl.

You might also enjoy Best Places to see Animals, Birds & Beasts in Ireland

#6. Astra Bowl

Bowling anyone? Astra Bowl in Cavan Town has 6 full length bowling alleys, pool tables, video amusements & jukebox.

#7. County Cavan Museum

The County Museum in Ballyjamesduff houses artefacts dating back to the stone age! Playground, Coffee & Craft Shops also on site.

#8. Odeon Cinema

Spend the afternoon taking in a movie at Odeon Cinema Cavan Town.

#9. The Cavan & Leitrim Steam Train Museum

We sneaked this into our Top 10 for Cavan even though strictly speaking it is in Leitrim, as you can take a ride on a steam train, or a tour of the engine sheds at the Cavan & Leitrim Steam Train Museum.

You might also enjoy reading All Aboard! Steam Trains and Fun Train Rides in Ireland

#10. Tullydermot Falls

The dramatic Tullydermot Falls are situated approximately 6km south-west of Swanlinbar in the direction of the Bellavally Gap. To get there go to Swanlinbar and at the Church, or at The Stables pub in the centre of the town turn up towards the mountain approximately three miles and the parking lot is on the left hand side. The falls are easily accessible by foot or wheelchair or buggy with a trail going from an information station at the parking lot.

Approximately two miles up the river from the road there is another purely majestic waterfall which is perhaps more impressive than Tullydermot Falls. This is the ideal spot for a picnic, a spot of angling, or for the more adventurous perhaps a swim in the purest darkest water in Ireland. The Tullydermot viewpoint overlooks Slieve Rushen and the lowlands of north Cavan. There is also a good view of the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain.

Do you have a favourite place to take kids in Cavan? Share it with us in the comments below.

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