Family Getaways in the East
Posted on: Fri, 24 September, 2021
Planning a hotel getaway in the East this summer? We have trawled the internet for the best family-friendly activities in Dublin, Kildare and Meath to keep all the family happy on a hotel break in Ireland. So before you book your hotel destination, take a moment to browse our fun-filled activities to keep everyone entertained. We even have some suggestions for free things to do in Dublin.
Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo
A visit to Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo is a fun-packed day for all the family. Dublin Zoo is situated in Phoenix Park and is just a stone’s throw away from Dublin’s city-centre hotels. Dublin zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction and welcomes 1 million visitors a year. Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Phoenix Park surrounded by deer. With a selection of packages ideal for the solo traveller, a couples getaway and of course family hotel breaks why not book a stay in Castleknock Hotel with easy access to Dublin Zoo. Talbot Hotel Stillorgan is also offering Dublin Zoo Package deals which will suit two adults and two children.
Based in Sandyford, Imaginosity is Dublin’s only children’s museum. The museum gives children the chance to learn through interactive play. Being a popular attraction, Imaginosity advises visitors to book online in advance to avoid any disappointment! The Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown are offering Room Only deals with family rooms from just €154 per night during July and August and are an ideal location if you are planning on visiting Imaginosity.
National Aquatic Centre
The NAC is Ireland’s largest indoor aquatic facility. It offers a great day of fun for all the family, from splashing in the wave pool to trips down the 8 different rides and slides. The Castleknock Hotel is only a 10 min drive from the National Aquatic Centre and a great place for all the family to stay.
A visit to the Airfield estate offers a glimpse at a working, family-orientated farm. Families can meet and greet animals, visit the gardens and café and look at the vintage cars on display. The Talbot Hotel Stillorgan is a short drive from Dundrum and the airfield estate.
The Irish Emigration Museum, located in Dublin's Docklands, is a family-friendly attraction, which covers the history of the Irish diaspora and emigration to other countries. It was voted as "Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction" at the World Travel Awards in 2019. With its digital interactive area, kids will love learning about their Irish heritage.
Viking Splash Tour
This 75 minute adventure tour brings you around Dublin on the most scenic and interactive route there is. Don’t forget to wear your hat and let out a good Viking roar. Green Isle Conference & Leisure Hotel is just a short Luas ride from the city centre and a great base to explore the city and enjoy all family-friendly facilities in the hotel as well.
Take a stroll down Dun Laoghaire pier and stop for a Teddy’s ice cream. On Sundays in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire, there is a farmer’s market with food, drink and artisan goods. Book a family room at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire and explore this beautiful seaside town.
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Japanese Gardens and Irish National Stud
The Japanese Gardens at the National Stud offer families the chance to explore Europe’s most exquisite oriental gardens. Osprey Hotel Naas is a short 20 minute to the National Stud and a great base to explore Kildare and surrounding areas.
Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park
A visit to Lullymore offers families both an educational and fun day out. Situated on the Bog of Allen, visitors can learn about the Irish peatlands, the people who lived around it and pet the wonderful animals on the farm. Westgrove Hotel and Conference Centre Naas offers a family package with tickets to Lullymore and other family destinations.
Clonfert Pet Farm, Maynooth
This interactive farm offers over 60 different types of wonderful and exotic animals. There are also walkways, a picnic area, play areas and mini-golf for all the family to enjoy. The Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club in Maynooth has great family rooms and discounts with access to their leisure facilities and kids club, situated only a short distance from Clonfert farm.
The Kildare Maze Activity Park
The Maze provides a fun and exciting day out for the family to navigate through the hedged maze. Let’s hope mum and dad don’t get lost too! The Courtyard Hotel Main Street Leixlip is another family hotel with great room rates and family packages.
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Stay and explore all that Meath has to offer for families.
A visit to Ireland’s largest theme park and the zoo is a great day out for all the family. With rides to suit all ages, there is something for all the family to enjoy. Take a ride on the Cú Chulainn Coaster if you dare and don’t forget your pack of Tayto crisps on the way out! Stay at Ardboyne Hotel or Newgrange Hotel in Navan, just a 20 drive from Tayto Park.
Funtasia Theme parks located both in Bettystown and Drogheda are Ireland’s largest indoor theme parks. These locations are great for a rainy day. The most popular attractions include the indoor Ferris wheel, Jungle Zone Play Area and Cosmic Bowling. Stay at the City North Hotel, just a 15 minute drive from Funtasia Bettystown.
Unfortunately, Rathbeggan Lakes is closing on the 1st September 2019. With this in mind, summer 2019 is a great chance to take the family on a day out before it closes. The activities available range from swan paddle boats to day fishing, bungee trampolining to pony rides. There is something for everyone at Rathbeggan Lakes. Stay at the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim or Trim Castle Hotel to enjoy a great day out in Rathbeggan.
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