5 Must-Visit Family Attractions In Wicklow For Your Summer Getaway
If you’re visiting Ireland’s Ancient East with your family this summer, you’re probably on the lookout for things to do in Wicklow, the garden of Ireland. Family breaks in Wicklow are a real treat but it’s not long before you’ll hear ‘I’m bored! from the back of the car. We’ve put together a short list of our top five family attractions in Wicklow that will keep even the most restless children happy. Book family accommodation in Tulfarris Hotel Wicklow to enjoy the best of your break. Our best available rates and special offers are exclusively available on our official website.
Greenan Maze is located in the Wicklow Mountains in Glenmalure Valley about 40-minutes from Tulfarris Hotel in Wicklow. Your family can enjoy active outdoor educational fun suitable for all ages and a relaxing day out for Mam and Dad. Enjoy the charming heritage farm within there is more to do on the working farm with lots of attractions including a farm museum, a bottle museum, sculptures, a nature trail, a craft shop and tea rooms. You can also enjoy a nature walk, discovering wildlife, plants, trees and flowers and some beautiful dragonfly ponds. It’s a great day out for the entire family.
The lovely seaside town of Bray is one of Wicklow’s main attractions. Often adopted by Dublin as it’s on the DART route, Bray is on the border between the counties and is a popular choice for visitors on a sunny day. You can enjoy some of the most beautiful sights on the Irish coastline on the Bray to Greystones cliff walk. It takes about an hour each way and is suitable for able-bodied adults and children. You can return to the seafront where your family can entertain themselves for hours in the ‘amusements’, playing grab machines, enjoying rides and spending their hard-eared pocket money on the slot machines. Bray Bowl has a wide choice of activities to choose from Tenpin Bowling to Quasar Laser. You can make a day of it in Bray.
KIPPURE ESTATE ADVENTURE CENTRE
Kippure Estate Adventure Centre is one of Ireland’s premier outdoor adventure centres and is sure to keep the little ones amused for hours on end. The centre is located within 240 acres of mature woodland on the edge of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and is less than 30-minutes from our luxury Wicklow hotel. The centre provides a range of activities including high and low ropes, sky trek and zip wire, climbing and abseiling, archery, orienteering, paintball, clay shooting, survival skills, guided mountain walks and lots more. With so much to choose from, there is little chance of anyone being bored!
Mention Clara Lara Fun Park to a local and you’ll likely hear stories of childhoods spent adventuring, swimming and making memories. The park is dedicated to providing healthy outdoor fun for families and children of all ages in the heart of Wicklow. They can enjoy many varied adventures with tree houses, Tarzan swings, rope bridges, rowing boats, water slides, rafts, canoes and junior go-carts all on offer. You can enjoy the Aqua Shuttle, the biggest water slide in Ireland – not for the faint of heart! You can also mini-golf or take a wildlife walk together before stopping for a bite to eat from the café or enjoying a picnic. Book tickets for entry before you leave as it’s a busy option for families during summer.
BEYOND THE TREES AT AVONDALE FOREST PARK
Avondale Forest Park is home to Ireland’s newest attraction, Beyond The Trees. The €19 million project transformed Avondale with the addition of a 12-story viewing tower made from locally sourced wood and a 90m spiral slide for those who like a thrill! The sights and smells of the surrounding forest are worth the entrance fee; you won’t get a better view of the Garden of Ireland than this. Children will love learning about local flora and fauna from the information boards. You can also enjoy a choice of three forest walks, each with something unique and beautiful to offer nature lovers.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for Tulfarris Hotel Wicklow, a luxury four-star hotel, perfect for guests who’d love to retreat in an 18th-century manor house situated in the heart of Wicklow, Ireland. Sharing tips and tricks about travel, food, and lifestyle is something she finds enjoyable, next to taking pictures of Douglas, her dog.