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Hello Bridget
I can recommend you visit the beautiful area of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.
The Lough is the UKs largest sea lough and is one of only three Marine Nature Reserves in the UK and is abundant in wildlife. The National Trust owned Mount Stewart House with it's award winning gardens is a must. There is also the ruins of Nendrum Monastery and Grey Abbey to explore. In the pretty village of Portaferry you can visit the Northern Ireland Aquarium then take a short car ferry ride across The Narrows  to Strangford to visit another National Trust property, Castle Ward. For adventure, you can go kayaking on the lough or try archery at a Game of Thrones film location. Call into Ards VIC for ideas on Heritage Trails in the area such as Ulster-Scots. There is plenty for all to enjoy with all the information you need on our website: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com
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Posted Fri 4 Mar 2016 2:35 PM
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Hi Bridget, 
Kids will love Ireland ! There are endless things for them to do here, they will have the time of their lives. I have to second everything already posted, I've been to most of those with my kids and we had a ball. Other attractions that I recommend are : 
Croke Park Stadium Tour - this gives a great insight into our native sports of Gaelic Football and Hurling, they will learn about the history of the sport, how ingrained the sports are in our communities and they'll also get to test out their skill in the interactive area. If you can get tickets for a match, try to attend one somewhere in the country. Tip : It's often easier to get tickets for the women's matches.
Birr Castle Adventure  - It looks amazing, my kids were to young for it last time I was in the area but your will be perfect age.
The Cycle Greenway in Mayo, it's a route free of cars so really safe for families, it's about 28 miles, you can hire bikes at points throughout so you don't have to do the whole thing.
If you have tween or teenagers into fashion, the Museum of Style Icons is a great stop just off the N7 at the Newbridge Showrooms. They have outfits worn by Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn and others. They do lovely cakes in the coffee shop too and free parking so it's a handy stop if you are heading that direction.
St. Patricks Centre in Downpatrick tells a great story about St. Patrick and about his influence on Irish culture, it's very interactive so perfect for children.
Loftus Hall on the Hook Peninsula in Wexford is a great tour if kids are into being spooked. It's a great old mansion, mostly ruined, very very spooooky.
Nearby is Hook Head Lighthouse, oldest working lighthouse in the world, built in the 12th Century and still standing. You can climb to the top and hear the tales of those who built it. There are some webcams on their website so you can have a preview.
I hope this helps, definitely don't be put off bringing your children here, there are endless options for you.

Sandra.


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Hi Bridget - it's great to hear that you're planning a return trip to Ireland with your family. The Causeway Coast and Glens has many fabulous attractions for your children to enjoy. The area features bustling seaside resorts, golden beaches, picturesque villages and the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway, all set along the Causeway Coastal Route which is regarded as 'One of the World's Great Road Journeys'. This route from Belfast Lough to Lough Foyle is a kaleidoscope journey of natural wonders, stunning coastline, spectacular scenery, sprinkled with historic castles, churches and forts. The journey can be started at any point on the coastline and adapted to suit your individual interests.
Some of the must-see attractions along the way include: The Giant's Causeway - a great day out for the family. It incorporates myth, legend,wonderful scenery, unique geology, a great interactive exhibition and an outdoor audio guide. 
The children would love the exhilarating experience of crossing the rope bridge to Carrick-A-Rede Island, Ballintoy. This 30-metre wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge traditionally used by fishermen. Once across you are rewarded with fantastic views to Rathlin Island as well as amazing flora, fauna and bird life. 
Dunluce Castle is another superb place to visit. Clinging fast onto a dramatic cliff top, Dunluce is thought to be the most romantic and picturesque Castle in Ireland dating back to the C14th. 
You may also wish to explore Downhill Demense and Mussenden Temple. This attraction would give the children the chance to explore a stunning landscape park with its beautiful sheltered gardens and cliff walks. Close to the edge of a sheer drop stands the beautiful 18th Century Mussenden Temple, originally inspired by the Tivoli Temple of Vesta.
If the older children have heard of the series "Game of Thrones" they may like to visit some of the locations where it was filmed, such as Ballintoy Harbour and the Dark Hedges, where a beautiful avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century remains a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena on the North Coast. For further information on these and many more family attractions please take a look at the web site: www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com.
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Hi Bridget,
There are plenty of places to visit and things to do for all your family in Ireland - so do not worry - you will have a wonderful trip! If you visit: http://www.heritageisland.com/attractions/, on the homepage of the website you will see a category called 'Family Fun'. Within this are 44 of Ireland's premier visitor attractions suitable for children, including many of the ones listed by previous respondents.
There is also a Ticket Shop on the site enabling you to book tickets in advance of your trip, and also a Touring Guide and Discount Pass which offers great savings at many of the attractions including 2 for 1s, 20% off, 10 off, etc.
There are also a good number of attractions located around the island offering free entry, and these should definitely not be overlooked as they can also provide hours of entertainment and in many cases provide a great insight into the history and heritage of Ireland.
Happy planning, and I hope your mind has been put at ease by the many replies here!!
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Hi Bridget,

No family trip to Dublin would be complete without a trip to Dublin Zoo!

Dublin Zoo, located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, is Ireland’s most popular family attraction and welcomed over one million visitors last year. As one of the world’s oldest and most popular zoos, the 70 acre park is home to some 600 animals in an environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience.
Visit Dublin Zoo’s newest habitat Sea Lion Cove, then travel through the Kaziranga Forest Trail to see the  magnificent herd of Asian elephants.  Roam the African Savanna and spot giraffe, rhinos and zebras as you go, then hang out with the gorillas at the Gorilla Rainforest.

There are plenty of amazing animals to discover including lions, tigers, orangutans, hippos, bats, rare monkeys, meerkats, chimpanzees, red pandas and reptiles to name but a few!

Please take a look at the Dublin Zoo website http://www.dublinzoo.ie where you will find all the information you need!

We look forward to your visit!

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Hi Bridget,
It’s great to learn that you are considering a return visit - and with some new visitors in tow!  We think they’ll love it here and we’ve got three unique places that are sure to tick all yours boxes!

National Museums Northern Ireland are three award-winning museums with inspirational local collections presented in interactive ways. Together they are sure to immerse the kids (and you) in an authentic experience that’s jam-packed with culture and ancestry in fun and entertaining ways! 

At the Ulster Museum, the kids can come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and see local masterpieces. This treasure house of art, history and natural sciences is not only free to all visitors, but with three hands-on discovery zones, it offers a very interactive experience for young and curious minds. Here’s a short video showing the fun that lies behind each Discovery Centre door: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPAcsHbqkmU

The two outdoor museums, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum or Ulster American Folk Park, will transport the whole family back in time to uncover a way of life from over 100 years ago. 

As you wander around the beautiful parkland of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, there will be  cottages, farms, schools and shops to explore. In the Transport Museum, they can climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight as the galleries are bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, boats, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars - as you can see in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANjsuOgfC7k

At the Ulster American Folk Park, you can set sail across three centuries of Irish emigration as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. With an array of colourful costumed characters to meet, traditional crafts to show and food to share, there’s always plenty to see, do and taste. See for yourself by taking a look at this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA6IvMKKFZY

Of course nothing beats the real experience of being at our museums so we hope to see you all here soon! www.nmni.com

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Hello Bridget,

Great to hear that you are coming back to the Emerald Isle. Co. Wicklow has a lot to offer for you and your family. Especially with the 1916 celebrations taking place this year.

Here is a site that will show you what 1916 events are taking place in Co. Wicklow - www.1916wicklowlife.ie

Co. Wicklow has lot to offer. Have a look at our site -http://visitwicklow.ie/

If you have any questions you can contact us by email  at info@visitwicklow.ie or by phone at  0404 20072.

céad míle fáilte
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I hope you had a lovely time in Ireland.
For those, who are planning to visit Ireland and Dublin, there are great news! It's always lot to do in for all the family.
here is always up to date website, packed with useful info, adds free
Things to do in Dublin
They have a separate section for free events in Dublin
Also, if you coming from abroad, you need to know the Bank Holidays in Ireland. Simply because all the attractions in Dublin and all the country operates on different schedule! So make sure you know these dates :)
With such an amazing choice, you'll surely find attractions and entertainment.
I wish good travels and best memories for those, who are holidaying in Ireland now, who are packing the bags and be in Ireland shortly ,or for those, who are only planning a trip and thinking to land in Ireland in the future.
It's a great country,great choice. ENJOY!

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Thanks, Eva for some new information regarding free things to do during a visit to Dublin!

With the holidays fast approaching, it is always great to hear about the things that families can enjoy whilst in the city as well as the normal attractions available to us all.

We look forward to many more suggestions from fellow members and our industry partners as the summer season approaches.



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Hi Bridget,

It's lovely to hear that you are planning a return visit to Ireland with your family.  Christoph has already mentioned some of the notable sights along the Causeway Coastal Route, a must see when visiting the North of Ireland.

The Causeway Coastal Route, alongside Belfast, was recently named as the No 1 Best Region to Visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet.

Besides touring, how about stopping off for a few adventure activities, such as blokarting at Benone Beach or a spot of coasteering, kayaking or surfing (Check out the Things to do section of our website: http://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/ for further information).

Fun for all the family is guaranteed on a visit to the Causeway Coast and Glens region!

If you have specific questions about the area or any of the activities mentioned, Coleraine Visitor Information Centre will be happy to help.

I hope you have a great trip.

Best Wishes
Alison


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