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Family Getaways in the West

Posted on: Tue, 22 October, 2019

Planning a hotel getaway in the West of Ireland this summer? We have trawled the internet for the best family-friendly activities in Galway, Mayo and Donegal 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.

Explore Galway

 

 1.      Turoe Pet Park

Visit Turoe Pet Park indoor and outdoor facilities in Loughrea. Bounce on the “Inflatable City” Europe’s largest bouncing castle. In the pet’s corner, there is the chance to cuddle one of the many adorable rabbits. On the walking trail, visitors can see up close many farm animals. The beauty Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry is a 15min adrie away and boasts a hotel swimming pool and family rooms starting from just €149 per night, however availability is limited.

 

2.     Galway Tourist Train

This fun-filled attraction takes you on a ride around the heart of Galway City through Salthill and Claddagh, to see the winding medieval streets of the Latin Quarter and the city’s landmark castles and churches. Hop on hop off the train as you explore the charming Quay Street for some Irish trad music and brown bread ice-cream in Murphy’s ice cream shop. The Clayton Hotel Galway is perfectly located for exploring Galway City as well as the surrounding area, a modern hotel offering a traditional welcome. A leisure centre, pool, kids club and baby sitting are all available in the hotel.

 

3.      Galway Aquarium

Galway’s Atlantaquaria is Ireland’s largest aquarium. This aquarium showcases the wonderful Irish sealife, fish feeding session and children’s touch pools.

 

4.      Connemara Greenway

The beautiful Connemara Greenway is a cycle route from Galway city to Clifden through Connemara National Park. It is hoped that the Greenway will be fully completed in time for 2020 when Galway will be the European Capital of Culture. At present, there is many miles of landscape, historic sites and quaint villages to explore. Depnding on your preference The Clifton Station House Hotel will give you the perfect base to explore the Greenway as well as Connemare itself while Oranmore Lodge Hotel is a great home if you wish to stay closer to Galway City.

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Explore Mayo

 

1.      National Museum of Ireland- Country Life

The Museum of Country life is just a short journey from Castlebar. Enjoy a day immersing yourself in the stories, traditions and heritage of Irish ancestors. Explore Turlough Park House’s gothic architecture, the tranquil Victorian Gardens and the beautiful Museum Greenway. Stay in Harlequin Hotel Castlebar, just a short drive from the only National Museum outside of Dublin.

 

2.      Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park

Stay in the Westport Woods Hotel and Spa and visit Westport House. It has welcomed over 5 million visitors with its beautiful grounds, historic architecture and fun-filled Pirate Adventure Park. From swan pedaloes to disc golf, there is something for all the family to enjoy. 

 

3.      Adventure West- Westport

On the shores of Clew bay, enjoy the latest adventure crazes. These include zorbing, zipwire, coasteering and rock-climbing. Stay in either Westport or Castlebar and drive to beautiful Louisburgh for this adventure filled day out. The Westport Woods Hotel and Spa is a great base to explore all that Mayo has to offer. With great deals on family rooms why stay anywhere else.

 

4.     Kiltimagh Pet Farm and Wildlife Park

This visitor farm nestled in the West of Ireland has a large range of both domestic and exotic animals for all the family to meet. Stay in Castlebar at the Harlequin Hotel to visit this great family-friendly farm experience. 

 

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Explore Donegal

 

1.     Glenveagh National Park

Explore the beautiful Glenveagh, Ireland’s second largest National Park. Walk or cycle around the lake to the castle or hop on the shuttle bus. Stay at Dillon's Hotel Main Street Letterkenny and drive to beautiful Glenveagh. Dillon's Hotel offers two bedroom family apartments perfect for any stay in Donegal.

 

2.      Waterworld Bundoran

This indoor waterpark offers a fun-packed day for all the family, situated on the seafront in Bundoran. There is something for every age group with extremes slides to pirate ships. Stay at the 4* Great Northern Hotel Bundoran a mere 10 minute walk from this great family attraction. This family-friendly hotel offers the perfect getaway package for families. It is a stones throw from the beach in Bundoran. Travel and explore either Donegal or Sligo and see what these great counties have to offer.

 

3.     Beach Day

Enjoy a wonderful day at the beach in Bundoran. Hit up the waves or build a sand castle while staying at the 4* Great Northern Hotel Bundoran. Bundoran Surf Co is just around the corner offering lessons for all ages.

 

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