Top Ten Things to do with Kids in Offaly


Are you looking for things to do with kids in Offaly. Here's the Mykidstime Top 10 things to do with kids in Offaly, in no particular order!!

#1.  Birr Castle Demesne and Science Centre.

Birr Castle Demesne and Science Centre contains a giant telescope, a science centre, parks, gardens and a café. Plans are in place to contruct an elevated treehouse, which will be spectacular.
Related: Heritage Ireland

#2.  Slieve Bloom Mountains

Pack a picnic and take a scenic drive around the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Choose the Kinnity/ Mountrath route or the Clonaslee/ Mountrath route.

There are lovely walks, short and long, waymarked by Coillte. Visit the waterfalls on the Barrow in Glenbarrow, near Rosenallis.  
Related: Coillte Outdoors

#3.  Lough Boora Parklands

Lough Boora Parklands is acres of reclaimed bogland, ponds, a number of walks and a sculpture park. Hire a bike, take a guided tour or walk and explore and take a picnic.

There is a visitors pavilion that is sheltered and other structures that provide shelter on a rainy day. There is also a bird hide and birding groups are regular visitors to view the many bird varieties resident in the park.

#4.  Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

Clonmacnoise, is one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, that has an interpretive centre and is in an idyllic setting. Entry fees apply. As it a historic site it will appeal to older children rather than toddlers and it can be really busy in summer.

#5.  Cruise the Shannon

Take a Cruise on Ireland's largest river from Banagher on the River Queen in July and August.

#6.  Canoe the Shannon Banagher 

Hire a canoe or two and explore the Shannon from Banagher. Hourly, daily and weekly camping options available.

#7.  Saoirse ar an Uisce

Get together a group of family or friends and take a trip on "Saoirse ar an Uisce" an inland waterways passenger boat from Tullamore Harbour. 

#8.  Belmont Mill Water Mill

Belmont Mill is an operating electricity generating water mill that has been restored recently.  

#9.  Jumping Jacks  – Tullamore

If the weather is wet and miserable go to an indoor play centre, Jumping Jacks in Tullamore

#10.  Outdoor Adventure Sports in Garryhinch Woods, Portarlington

Kids looking to do something a little more exciting?

Try some outdoor adventure sports at Garryhinch Woods near Portarlington, kayaking on the river Barrow, orienteering and archery in the woods or cycling tours organised by True Fitness.

Other Articles: Best Outdoor Spots for Families in Offaly 

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