Family Activities in Ireland
With a varied landscape boasting plush countryside, bustling cities and mysterious Celtic relics, Ireland is the perfect place for a family adventure. And while they’re decidedly different, both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland share the same spirit that attracts millions of families every year to visit.
So whether you're looking to explore the rich and rugged scenery or let your hair down in one of the lively cities, there's something in Ireland for everyone – of all ages. From surfing to exploring, you'll be surprised at all the things to do with kids in Ireland.
Visit the Giant’s Causeway
The bustling portside capital of Northern Ireland, you’ll find there are plenty things to do in Belfast for kids. In the city, you’ll find a plethora of family-friendly options – from the Belfast Zoological Gardens to the immersive Ulster Museum.
For an adventure of a lifetime, Giant’s Causeway is a striking natural phenomenon, and just a short drive from the city centre. Over 50 million-years-old, this breathtaking terrain covers 70 hectares, with four trails suited to every ability - from a buggy-friendly slope to a challenging hike.
Surfing in County Kerry
Found along a wonderful stretch of the west coast of County Kerry, Ballybunion is a scenic seaside town surrounded by undulating greenery. With its warm Atlantic waters and hidden tidal caves, the town’s beaches are a must-visit for all explorers.
A popular surf site, the Ballybunion Surf School offers training for all ages and abilities. After hitting the waves, there are plenty of beachside restaurants that offer freshly-caught seafood.
Watersports in County Longford
Very much off the beaten track, heading to County Longford in the north of the country will give you a real insight into Ireland’s past. For a day of adventure, the Camlin River flows through the northern part of the town and offers a delightful waterside walk - eventually leading to the Mall Park – a landscaped recreational area.
As a whole, County Longford is something of a haven for outdoor sporting activities. There are plenty of rivers, canals and lakes for watersports enthusiasts, from kayaking the 10km loop of Camlin River to canal cruising, paddling and game angling.
Visitors can also take part in zorbing, white water wafting and water tubing down the River Inny – essentially bumper cars on water.
Caving in County Clare
Take a drive along the west coast of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and you’ll find Doolin, a picture-perfect town in beautiful County Clare. Set in the limestone landscape of the Burren, it’s a place of historical wonder – full of archaeological sites, rolling hills and castle ruins.
Perfect for explorers of all ages, the rugged coast holds the old Doolin Cave, best known for its famous Great Stalactite. Formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years ago, it’s the longest of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere, and now measures in at a mammoth 23 feet.
While caving is a relatively physical activity, tours cater to most age groups and levels of ability.
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