TOP IDEAS FOR FAMILY DAYS OUT IN KILDARE THIS SUMMER

Now is the time to start planning your first holiday in a long time. There’s lots of family fun to be had in Kildare, from exploring pet farms and stately homes, to woodland walks and family dining. Plan a day out at these top attractions, as we declare that boredom is banished this Summer! Family […]

Now is the time to start planning your first holiday in a long time. There’s lots of family fun to be had in Kildare, from exploring pet farms and stately homes, to woodland walks and family dining. Plan a day out at these top attractions, as we declare that boredom is banished this Summer!

Family

Clonfert Pet Farm

Clonfert Pet Farm has a huge variety of everyone’s farmyard favourites; from  ponies & goats to  peacocks & puppies and even a bird Avery! As well as all the animals they also have two outdoor playground areas both with bouncy castles, an indoor play area, go karts, a football pitch, plenty of picnic areas and lots more to keep your family entertained.

Visit: www.clonfertpetfarm.com

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park

Lullymore Heritage Park provide all families and visitors with a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities. The woodland/bog land walks and theme gardens are famous for their vibrant colour throughout the summer. Also, extensive outdoor adventure play area and the funky forest indoor play centre, 18-hole crazy golf, the pet farm with the famous Flabella horses and a beautiful road train make Lullymore the kind of attraction you can’t miss when visiting Kildare.

Visit: www.lullymoreheritagepark.com

Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

The Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens is home to some of the most magnificent horses and beautiful gardens to be found anywhere in the world, including the beautiful Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s Garden. Be sure to tour the Horse Museum and explore the magical ‘fairy trail’ in the woodland area, and afterwards let the kids run off some steam at the playground. There’s also lovely café with indoor and outdoor seating as well as picnic benches in the car park.

Visit: www.irishnationalstud.ie

Castletown House & Gardens

 

Castletown House in Celbridge is the largest and most significant Palladian style country house in Ireland. Step inside and see the unique Print Room, the 80 foot Long Gallery and the impressive Portland stone staircase. Wander through the beautiful parklands, with river walks, a temple and the remains of a bathing house. Stroll around the garden behind the house and see the stunning yew trees at the front of the stately mansion.

Visit: www.castletown.ie

Kildare Maze

The Kildare Maze is something everyone should experience on a family escape to Kildare! Leinster’s largest hedge maze provides a challenging and exciting day out with good old fashioned fun for families at an affordable price. Out in the fresh air, this is a great place for families to enjoy a day together!

Visit: www.kildaremaze.com

Abbeyfield Farm

 If its’ country pursuits you are after, don’t miss Abbeyfield Farm. Nestled in over 240 acres of picturesque Kildare countryside and less than 40 minutes’ drive from Dublin, Abbeyfield offers a day of Horse-riding, and a variety of outdoor pursuits including Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery or Air Rifle Shooting!

Visit: www.abbeyfieldfarm.com

Burtown House & Gardens

Surrounded by flower gardens, vegetable patches, parklands and woodland walks, Burtown House & gardens boasts a series of secret gardens, ideal for a wander with the whole family. Part of the pleasure at Burtown is the sense of discovery, for there are a great many features waiting to be found behind hedges and around corners. At their heart is a 300-year-old house surrounded by the legacy of previous generations created by Isabel Shackleton, cousin of the well-known explorer Ernest.

Visit: www.burntownhouse.ie

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” – Wilma Rudolph

Get Outdoors

Killinthomas Woods

Just a short distance outside of  Rathangan Village lies one of Ireland’s best kept secret for nature! Killinthomas Wood in County Kildare is like something straight from a fairytale and one of the most stunning woodlands in all of Ireland! The 200 acre amenity area is a mixed hardwood conifer forest with very diverse flora and fauna. There are about 10 km of signposted walks in the wood for all those hiking lovers, and these give access to a wide variety of ecosystems.

Donadea Forest Park

Located just over 30-minutes outside of Kildare Town lies the Donadea Forest Park. With three separate walking trails, all ranging from 1km to 6km, there is something to suit all ages here. For a short afternoon stroll, follow the Lake Walk, which loops around waterlily-filled lake and takes no more than half an hour. The Nature Trail is just under 2km, which winds its way through some of the dramatic architecture of the estate. For more ambitious walkers, the Aylmer Walk is a 6km Slí na Slainte trail which brings walkers all around the park.

Pollardstown Fen

 

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Pollardstown Fen, near Newbridge is an area of alkaline peatland that stands over 220 hectares and obtains its nutrients from calcium rich spring water. Mostly under the owndership of the state, it is of international importance and contains a number of rare vegetation types, along with an uninterrupted pollen record of the changes in its composition of vegetation going back to the last ice age. A great place for an afternoon walking with the family.

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