Top 10 things to do with kids in Wicklow

Are you looking for things to do with kids in Wicklow? There's no shortage of things to do, so we've narrowed it down for you. Here's our Mykidstime Top 10 things to do with kids in Wicklow, in no particular order.


#1. Sea Life and Bray Seafront

Combine a visit to Sea Life in Bray with a wander along the seafront to enjoy ice-cream or candy floss, pop into the amusements and maybe even catch a funfair or festival depending on the time of the year.

#2. Powerscourt Waterfall and Gardens

Powerscourt Waterfall and Gardens will satisfy all ages and offer a great day out.  A wonderful place to be on a summer day with a playground, cafe and icecreams, walks, bbq facilities and picnic benches, it is easy to lose track of time here.

#3. Clara Lara

Clara Lara Fun Park and Outdoor Adventure Centre is an excellent way to have some healthy and wet fun.

In the spectacular surroundings of oak trees and water are assault courses in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, water slides, boating lakes, kiddie-karts, tree houses and playgrounds. Have a go on the breath-taking Aqua Shuttle, the biggest water slide in Ireland.

Children can sail away on the Pirate Galleon.  For the less energetic there are riverside picnic areas and barbecues, mini-golf and miles of hill walking through the spectacular countryside. There is also a junior playground.

#4. Brittas Bay and Greystones

We have over 66km of coastline in Co. Wicklow with 2 great blue flag beaches – Brittas Bay & Greystones. All the beaches offer great opportunities for family fun and outdoor pursuits.

While some of the beaches are recommended for different things like a blue flag, amenities like toilets etc, some beaches are just amazing stretches of sand.  Even stony beaches have a lot to offer, being great places for rock pooling, skimming stones and in some cases rock climbing.

Be sure to include Maghermore (Blainroe), Johnsons Beach & Ennereilly Beach (Arklow) on your list of beaches to visit this year.

#5. Glendalough

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow has long been an area renowned for its natural beauty and history and it is one of the most visited places in Ireland.

The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthral visitors from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower (Can you stretch your arms around St. Kevin’s cross and have your wishes granted?) to its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way. Glendalough has everything to offer the whole family.

#6. Wicklow Gardens

You can’t miss the famous Gardens in Irelands ‘Garden County’ including

#7. Glenroe Open Farm

Situated in the picturesque village of Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, this open farm offers easy access to a wide selection of farm animals from March to October each year.

Children can enjoy the outdoor playground and find their favourite furry animal to hold such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

A 300 year old thatched cottage on the farm offers a nostalgic look at the way our ancestors lived.  Bring a packed lunch to enjoy outdoors or in the indoor picnic area a.k.a. The Piggery.

#8. Annamoe

Head off to Annamoe Trout Fishery to enjoy a day's fishing.  They have a Junior Pond with rod hire and child friendly facilities.

#9. Wicklow’s Historic Gaol

On entering the building of one of Ireland’s best and most interactive experiences, you will be transported back in time and meet face to face with some of the most notorious characters to have walked the floors of this dramatic and history filled building.

#10. Greenan Farm

This tricky celtic maze at Greenan Farm, Maze and Museum in Rathdrum will puzzle the family! A stream flows through it to the pond in the middle and a viewing tower overlooks the excitement below. Unique in design, this hedge maze is the highlight of day.

The Dragonfly Walk is a raised wooden walkway leading through native woods and wetlands and has three ponds with raised viewing platforms. It is an unspoilt area which supports an abundance of wild life such as wild deer, moorhens, frogs and dragonflies.

If you have a favourite place in Wicklow that you think should be on our list, tell us in the comments below!

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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.