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Best Family-Friendly Attractions in Ireland

Ireland is known for its fairytale castles, rocky cliffs, and green fields…however, there is more to this charming country than ancient estates and scenic vistas. The Emerald Isle is a friendly, vibrant place and a wonderful melding of past and present. Enjoying this uniquely Irish spirit with your kids can be educational, exciting and so much fun for the whole family.
Here are some of the best attractions for kids (and parents) touring Ireland.
The Blarney Stone
This notorious chunk of bluestone is truly an



The Blarney Stone

This notorious chunk of bluestone is truly an integral part of the tourist experience in Ireland. If your children enjoy magic, lore and legend, they’ll find the act of “kissing the Blarney Stone” to be quite memorable.According to legend, kissing this chunk of rock will bestow the gift of gab. Since 1446, this magical stone has attracted millions of people, who come to perform the ritual of touching their lips to the rock, usually while being filmed or photographed!Of course, there is more to visiting this Cork, Ireland location than the stone itself – this relic is set into the battlements of , which is quite a tourist attraction all on its own. Pretty gardens and historical features make this a fun outing for all ages.


Beehive Huts

Beehive Huts

Ireland has a rich history, and you should celebrate it with your children. If you’re near Fahan, Ireland, take some time to show your children the ancient Beehive Huts that are so popular with tourists.These small round dwellings will inspire the imagination of your children. Much like the mysterious and mystical symbols that decorate Celtic stonework and art (such as Trinity Knots or Spirals), the mysteries of Irish Beehive Huts continue to intrigue both kids and adults.Crafted of stones piled on top of each other, these odd little “houses” are just the right size for children. Your kids can imagine what took place in these little huts as they run their hands over the rough stone walls.These huts are located in the countryside, and you may need to give a farmer a few bucks in order to get permission to explore on his or her land. However, this is a small price to pay for a step back in time that your kids will always remember.Bunratty Castle Folk ParkA scene from Bunratty Folk ParkFor medieval splendor that is fun for all ages, a visit to will provide lots of fun activities in an authentic Middle Ages atmosphere.Situated in scenic County Clare, this Irish tower was the scene of Viking encampments, and later, bloody wars that reduced the castle to ruins. In 1353, it was rebuilt and restored. Today, it rests near the picturesque Ratty River, and it is a popular tourist attraction due to its fun medieval banquets, which loosely recreate the spirit of the castle’s ancestral residents. The Bunratty Singers perform at these festive group meals, and they are much revered for their talent.Bordering the Castle itself, there is the charming Folk Park, which offers access to lovely cottages, shops, and bakeries which capture the unique beauty of another time.Leopard at Dublin ZooLeopard at the Dublin ZooAlmost every trip to Ireland includes some time spent in the charming city of Dublin. Take a break from historical sites with an excursion to . A short transit ride from the city center, this attraction offers lots of fun for a reasonable price.This 59-acre park is located near the shores of the River Liffey, in Phoenix Park. Fun train rides, picnic areas, and exhibits add value to this family-friendly destination. A child-friendly petting area lets children get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s residents.

Children of all ages will marvel at the miniature trains they find at Fry Model Railway. Located in County Dublin, this fun attraction is an amazing collection of “toy” or model trains, all of which feature astounding attention to detail and stellar workmanship. Children will enjoy this miniature wonderland, which is complete with bridges, rivers, and so much more.These trains were the pride and joy (and the creation) of Cyril Fry, who built his collection by hand from the 1930s to the 1960s. Today, visitors can enjoy the wonderful models this railway engineer designed, while also taking in the beautiful grounds of Malahide Castle, where the exhibit is located.


Ireland for All Ages

These attractions are just a sampling of what your children will enjoy experiencing in Ireland. Other options include visiting ancient forts, the country’s plentiful castles, and classic tourist sites, such as Newgrange (an ancient passage tomb). Mix historical attractions, modern culture, and outdoor activities to find just the right balance for your family.

Leigh Maher is the owner of Irish Celtic Jewels, an online jewelry store specializing in Celtic engagement rings and bridal jewelry. Read about Irish attractions, history, culture, and jewelry on his Irish Celtic Jewels Blog.