Places to visit: For Kids

National Sealife Centre *****

The National Sealife Centre  is an indoors aquatic Zoo with 30+ displays. It contains sea creatures from the world’s oceans: there are over 70 different species on view, including an impressive tropical shark lagoon. Check the Centre’s website for feeding times/talks [piranha, carp, tropical sharks, octopus, seahorses, sting ray]. Kids rate this a 5-star experience.

Open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day and St Stephens Day)
Winter hours: Open Monday to Friday 11.00 am to 4.00 pm (last admissions 3.00 pm )
Open Saturday/Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (last admissions 5.00 pm)
Summer hours: Open 7 days, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (last admissions 5.00 pm)
Open Christmas Eve: 11.00 am-4.00 pm
Open New Year’s Day: 12.00 pm-6.00 pm
Closed Dec 25-26.

Seafront, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Tel: 01 2866939.

Admission €11.50 per adult (if booked online; otherwise, the price at the door is €13.50); concessions

Skypark Carlingford Adventure

Skypark Carlingford Adventure

Skypark Carlingford Adventure is Ireland’s new zip line adventure park “where you can swing, scream, jump, climb and release your inner Tarzan.”

In Ireland’s biggest zip line park, challenge yourself on zip lines, rock climbing towers, suspension bridges, Tarzan swings, tightropes, rope bridges, cargo nets, base jumps and tree houses.

There are four levels of difficulty – Moderate (Blue), Difficult (Yellow), Very Difficult (Red), and Extremely Difficult (Black). There are many stops on the course to enable you to hop off at any time.

Opening Times:
January – Closed
Feb 1-2, Feb 8-9: open 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Mid Term Feb 15-23: open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily
Feb 24 onwards: open weekends 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
July & August, Mid-Terms & Easter: open daily 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
All other months: open at weekends only 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Pre-booking is essential.

Dundalk Road, Moneymore, Co Louth

Tel: 042-9373100

Prices – Children age 9-17 €30; Adults €40. Prices may fluctuate depending on the day and time of the year.

Tayto Park

Tayto Park

Tayto Park offers the visitor a factory tour to see how Ireland’s favourite crisps are made. You can also see Ireland’s first herd of American Bison, Amur Tigers, Corsac Foxes and Eurasian Lynxes. Get a flavour of the life and culture of Native Americans. And try a range of adventure activities.

Attractions in the “Eagle Sky Adventure Zone” include the Cú Chulainn coaster (Ireland’s first rollercoaster and Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster with an inversion), the rotator, the air race, a 5D Cinema, the extreme climbing wall, the sky walk, the Tayto twister and the zip line extreme.

Attractions in the “Eagle’s Nest” zone include the steam train express, the honey pot bears, Mr Tayto’s pony rail, the shot tower, the Crispy Creek Mining Company and the super hero training wall. New to this zone (since June 2017) is the Viking Voyage. With 1.7 million litres of water, a Viking village, 5 replica Viking ships and 20 life size Vikings, the Viking Voyage ride is a unique addition to Tayto Park. The project involved Viking experts from Sweden and also theming contractors who have worked in major worldwide theme parks and film sets including Disneyland and Game of Thrones. The construction team used Viking building methods from 1,000 years ago to create wattle fencing, Viking ships, currachs and thatch.

Other general attractions include Ice Valley, Dinosaurs Alive and the Vortex Tunnel.

Ice Valley – Travel back in time to the last Ice Age and view magnificent megafauna and a spectacular display of animatronic ice age animals. Meet the Mammoth, the Cave Bear, the Sabre-Toothed Cat, Giant Irish Deer and much more.

Dinosaurs Alive – Immerse yourself in the Mesozoic era with this tail-thrashing, roaring and clawing animatronic exhibition featuring the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus and more.

Vortex Tunnel – Get ready for a virtual, mystifying, turning, tilting, crazy experience like no other.

The new Lemur Woods section (opened in April 2019) showcases 15 ring tailed lemurs in Ireland’s largest lemur walkthrough. Set in a large habitat in a natural woodland, visitors can walk along a looped pathway within the enclosure, giving them the opportunity to see and learn all about these fascinating and lovable primates closer than ever before.

The Sky Glider is the first of its kind in Europe with two zip line tracks intertwining. Conquer the blue or yellow line as you glide, turn and soar through the sky!

The Flight School is a state-of-the-art 13.1 metre high airport themed ride, designed in Germany. It is a gently paced but exciting ride for youngsters, reaching up to speeds of 46 km/hour. The 281 metre long track accommodates 10 carriages carrying 20 people at a time and is set to give young pilots a real experience of what it is like to take to the skies!

Apart from the overall admission price, there are additional charges for each “ride”. You can purchase an all-day multi-ride wristband which gives you unlimited access to all rides. Realistically, each person entering the Park will pay €36.50 during peak times (the admission fee plus the cost of a wristband).

“Peak” means July & August. “Off Peak” means April 6th – June 30th inclusive and the September- October Mid Term Break.

There is no crisp factory production on Sundays and Bank Holidays and production is limited on Saturdays.

Opening Times
Closed for the months of January, February, March (except for March 28-29 when – for this opening weekend of the season – there is a special all-inclusive rate of €20 per person)
April – Closed 1st-3rd. April 4th -19th open everyday 10.00 am-6.00 pm
Closed April 20th – 24th. Also closed 27th – 30th
May & June – open everyday  10.00 am-6.00 pm
July & August – open everyday 10.00 am-7.00 pm
September – open Tuesday 1st 10.00 am-6.00 pm
Open Saturdays & Sundays 10.00 am-6.00 pm
October – open Saturdays & Sundays 10.00 am-5.00 pm
October Mid-Term, open Monday 26th – Friday 30th 10.00 am-5.00 pm
November – open Sunday 1st of November 10.00 am-5.00 pm
Open Saturdays & Sundays 10.00 am-4.00 pm
December – open Fridays 12.00 pm-5.00 pm
Open Saturdays & Sundays 10.00 am-5.00 pm
Open Dec Monday 14th – Friday 18th 12.00 pm- 5.00 pm
Open Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd 12.00 pm -5.00 pm
Closed for the rest of December

Tayto Park, Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co.Meath

Tel: 01 835 1999.

Entry Only: €15.50 off peak; €18 peak
Entry & Unlimited Attractions: €31.50 off peak; €36.50 peak
There are discounts for booking online.