Top 5 Fun Activities for the Kids (some even free!!)

Fun Activities for the Kids for free!!

  1. Coillte Forest Parks – Explore Irelands biggest playgrounds.

Location: various around Ireland

Make sure you bring a picnic.

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Note: some parks have a car parking charge but there are many free access sites


2. National Museums of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland provides a wide variety of learning resources and activities across four sites.

There is free admission to all four sites.

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3. OPW Heritage Sites – Free first Wednesday of every month

During the Summer months, most OPW Heritage sites are free to visit on the first wednesday of each month. Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

  • Cork Charles Fort, Desmond Castle (French Prison), Ilnacullin (Garinish Island)
  • Donegal Donegal Castle, Glebe House and Gallery
  • Dublin The Casino, Marino, Dublin Castle, State Apartments, Kilmainham Gaol
  • Galway Athenry Castle, Aughnanure Castle, Dún Aonghasa, Portumna Castle and Gardens, Patrick Pearse’s Cottage (Teach an Phiarsaigh)
  • Kerry Ardfert Cathedral, Derrynane House, National Historic Park, Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, The Blascaod Centre, Ross Castle
  • Kildare Castletown
  • Kilkenny Dunmore Cave, Jerpoint Abbey, Kilkenny Castle
  • Laois Emo Court
  • Leitrim Parke’s Castle
  • Limerick Adare Castle
  • Louth Old Mellifont Abbey
  • Mayo Céide Fields
  • Meath Battle of the Boyne – Oldbridge Estate, Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) Please note that the monuments can only be accessed via the Visitor Centre. A: Exhibition B: Exhibition & Newgrange C: Exhibition & Knowth D: Exhibition, Newgrange & Knowth Hill of Tara Trim Castle (including keep) Trim Castle (excluding keep)
  • Offaly Clonmacnoise
  • Roscommon Rathcroghan
  • Sligo Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery Sligo Abbey
  • Tipperary Cahir Castle, Rock of Cashel, Roscrea Heritage (Castle and Damer House) and the Blackmills Swiss Cottage
  • Waterford Reginald’s Tower
  • Wexford John F. Kennedy Arboretum, Tintern Abbey
  • Wicklow Glendalough Visitor Centre

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4.  Waterford / Mayo Greenways

Walk or Hire a bike and explore Waterford’s Great Southern or Mayo’s Great Western Greenways.

With Depots, free shuttle service (Waterford) and breakdown assistance available (check with your local hire).

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5.  Wild Atlantic Way

Discover the Wild Atlantic Way.

Explore 9 counties along this unforgettable coastal touring route to enjoy breathtaking scenery and exceptional experiences.

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