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5 Things to Do with Kids in the Ancient East

Date Published 18.08.2017
Topic Family Article

5 things to do with kids in the Ancient East | AIG Ireland

We seem to be having a good summer this year, with some nice sun between the showers! If you are looking for things to do with your kids before they return to school this is the post for you. We hear so much about Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, it’s easy to forget that the east and midlands are full of fantastic family attractions. We’ve picked out five that are sure to keep adults and children entertained this autumn:

1) Cycle some of the Waterford Greenway

Running from Dungarvan to Waterford City in the shadow of the old railway line the newest Greenway is perfect for a family cycle. In even better news, it’s free once you bring your own bikes! But you can rent them there if you need to. Stretching 46kms, if your children are young, it might be best to choose a part of the greenway to cover. Luckily you can drive along it until you find the part that is right for you. This interactive map highlights the scenery and activities along the way.

Waterford Greenway

2) Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

Whether your children are young enough to want to play hide and seek amongst the ancient ruins or are learning about our early Christian past in history class, this is a wonderful thing to do with kids before they return to the classroom. Located on the banks of the river Shannon, the Monastic site contains the ruins of a cathedral, churches and three round towers, where monks sought refuge during times of strife. Don’t forget to check out the visitor experience to see the cross of the scriptures, a Celtic cross carved by the ancient monks who lived in the monastery.

3) National Stud and Japanese Gardens

If your family are horse lovers then this may be the day out for you. Visit some of Ireland’s most famous racehorse’s at this thoroughbred retirement home. Names you may know include:

  • Beef or Salmon
  • Hurricane Fly
  • Kicking King

Once you have seen them in their luxurious stables or out to pasture on the gently rolling hills, take a walk through the very beautiful Japanese gardens. Created in the early 20th century the meandering paths, trickling streams and pagodas make it a wonderful place for children to explore. Family photo on the bridge anyone?


4) Hook Head Light-House

There are so many reasons Hook Head Lighthouse is the perfect thing to do with kids including:

If you are looking to keep your children entertained in the south east for a day this is a great place to go! Be warned, the site is very exposed so dress for the changeable Irish weather.

5) Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park

If you, like many of us, have children with wildly varying interests then this place may be the day out for you. Lullymore has a huge variety of activities for kids from petting zoos to Stone Age settlements, an indoor play center or crazy golf. See what we mean? There is bound to be something to whet the appetite of even the fussiest child, you may even have some fun yourself!

If you are on a budget, we have loads of ideas for free days out around Ireland too and if you can’t decide what to do, try our Activity Quiz to get an idea for the day!

If you are bringing the car for the day and your insurance is up soon, get a car insurance quote with us today.


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