Top 10 things to do with kids in Monaghan

Looking for ideas of things to do with kids in Monaghan?  Here is our list of the top 10 things to do with kids in Monaghan (in no particular order!).

#1. Rossmore Forest Park

Rossmore Forest Park has several forest walks, a Nature Trail and a Yew walk. It has a car park, picnic sites, forest and lakeside walks, nature trails and viewing points. Located 3.5km south west of Monaghan Town on the R189 to Newbliss. A special feature of the park is the rhododendron and azalea display, which is at its colourful best in early summer. €5 per car on Saturdays and Sundays.

#2. Lough Muckno Leisure Park

A day out in Lough Muckno Leisure Park in Castleblayney is a must for all the family. Walking Trails, Waterski & Wakeboarding Club, Fishing, Nature Walks and Picnic area. It is open all year around and No admission fee.

#3. Sam More Open Farm 

Sam More Open Farm in Threemilehouse is a treat for all the family. Open year-round from 10am to 7pm

#4. Rally School of Ireland at Scotstown.

Amazing Driving Experiences for Men. Women, Teens & Kids. A place you can watch amazing cars at high speed or you can take part.

#5. GR8 Castleblaney

For a rainy day, try an indoor family day out at GR8 Castleblaney, where you can try your hand at Laser Combat, Bowling, Softplay area, Astro-Turf Pitch, Go-Karts and finish the day off in the restaurant.

#6. Monaghan Leisure Centre    

Have a family fun day at Monaghan Leisure Centre with separate kids pool and slide, there are excellent changing facilities and  good sized family changing rooms. They have two tennis courts which may suit adults and older kids, Sauna, Jacuzzi and Steam rooms also available for adults with a fully equipped gym upstairs.

#7. Patrick Kavanagh Centre  

A visit to the Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen covers topics such as History, Topography, Folklore and Local Legends as well as Kavanagh’s life and work. Opening Hours: Tues – Fri 11am to 4.30pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 2pm – 6pm, Closed on Mondays,Admission charges, Adults €5 Students €3

#8. Castle Leslie  

A visit to Castle Leslie in Glaslough to explore the 1,000 acre Estate on horseback. As one of Europe’s finest equestrian centres breath in the fresh country air and take in the stunning scenery as you stroll around in the woods or by the lakes of our Castle hotel in Ireland. There are a whole host of exceptional walks, from short jaunts to long leisurely strolls on the Estate. Dine in the hunting lodge or visit the cookery school at Castle Leslie and learn to cook.

#9. Monaghan Town Farmers Market

Spend some time visiting some of the markets around Co. Monaghan.

  • Monaghan Town Farmers Market, Location: Town Centre, every Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Carrickmacross General Market, Location: Town Centre, every Thursday, 8.00am – 5.00pm and
  • Ballybay Farmers Market Location: Town Centre & Carpark of Riverdale Hotel on alternate weeks Last Friday of every month 10.00am – 12.00pm.

#10. The Diamond Screen Cinema

A day or evening out at The Diamond Screen Cinema, all the most recent films now showing.

Article written by Martina from Scotstown.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls