Are you looking for things to do in Wicklow with kids? There’s no shortage of things to do, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here’s our round-up of 10 fun things to do in Wicklow with kids.
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If you’re taking a day trip or family holiday to Wicklow, having some family-friendly ideas to occupy the kids is essential. We’ve rounded up some great ideas, both indoor and outdoor, to help with your planning.
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Family-Friendly Things to Do in Wicklow
#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.
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#2. Powerscourt Waterfall and Gardens
Powerscourt Waterfall and Gardens will satisfy all ages and offers a great day out. A wonderful place to be on a summer day with a playground, cafe and ice creams, walks, bbq facilities and picnic benches – it’s easy to lose track of time here.
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#3. Clara Lara
Clara Lara Fun Park and Outdoor Adventure Centre is an excellent way to have some healthy fun on the water.
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.
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#4. Brittas Bay and Greystones
There are over 66km of coastline in County Wicklow with two great blue flag beaches – Brittas Bay and 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 or amenities like toilets and so on, 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 and Ennereilly Beach (Arklow) on your list of beaches to visit this year.
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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 Ireland’s ‘Garden County’ including
- Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford
- Killruddery House and Gardens, Bray or
- Russborough House and Gardens in Blessington.
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#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.
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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.
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What are your favourite things to do in Wicklow with kids? Leave a comment and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!
Lead image: Powerscourt Waterfall, photo by Brian Morrison. Copyright Tourism Ireland.