Start planning your family vacation in Ireland
Ireland’s rolling countryside provides the perfect balance to its lively cities, making it a great destination for families who can’t decide between the two. Spend the evening in a traditional wooden caravan or a cozy bed and breakfast overlooking the ocean before heading into the city to taste local food (and Guinness) and maybe even listen to the lively folk music that’s often on offer in the more traditional pubs. Traveling in Ireland with children couldn’t be easier, with so much for them to see and do.
Best things to see and do in Ireland with kids
What to see as a family
A family trip to Ireland has to start with an experience no child will forget; visiting any one of the country’s ancient castles. You and your family will feel as though you’ve stepped right into a fairy tale or the pages of a history book as you wander around the ramparts of Ross or Dromoland Castle. The Cliffs of Moher are a popular choice and an excellent visit for families with children old enough to appreciate the incredible natural beauty of this area. Giant’s Causeway and the myths surrounding it are sure to leave kids entranced as well as stunning adults with its breathtaking scenery. Why not organize a guide to tell the tale as it was meant to be told? Mythology is in no short supply here and can also be seen at sites such as Blarney Stone, which is said to give those who kiss it the gift of eloquence. When visiting Dublin you’ll be able to visit the Guinness storehouse and taste one of Ireland’s most famous exports. While you’re in the city, why not take a ghost walk and spend the night hearing about ghostly encounters and visiting spooky locations around the city?
What to do as a family
Traveling to Ireland is an excellent excuse for a family road trip since the roads are stunning and easy, even for those with younger kids. Rent a car or a traditional trailer and explore the Ring of Kerry; a circular route featuring numerous sites and attractions. This is the perfect option for younger children, who are sure to appreciate frequent interesting stops along the way. You could also take your family cycling, walking or hiking here and you’ll be spoiled for choice of beautiful paths and trails. No matter your level, age or ability, you’ll be able to find a route to suit the whole family on a walking or cycling tour of Ireland. If cycling or walking aren’t your thing, a horse riding tour might be just the answer. Ride during the day and stay at local bed and breakfasts along the way and get a taste of the simple life. For even more tradition, you can even take a ride in an old-fashion jaunting cart, enjoying an excursion that you won’t forget in a hurry. Family-friendly activities can be found around every corner, particularly for families who like the outdoors or the fascinating history here.
Best time to visit Ireland as a family
No matter when you decide to organize your family tour of Ireland you’re bound to find something for everyone. The weather here is not at all extreme, meaning that it is a year round destination. Rain is fairly common here, so be prepared for a few downpours, even if you come during the summer. The busy periods mainly fall during the Christmas and summer months and can mean reduced availability for accommodations, especially in rural areas. Visit Ireland during more off-peak months for a truly relaxing family vacation, without crowds, with lower prices and often with better deals.
Family vacation tips for traveling to Ireland
With a little research and knowledge you can ensure that you are as prepared as possible for your family trip to Ireland, here a few tips and tricks to ensure that everything runs smoothly on your vacation.
- Ireland is perfect for family travel, which means that there is so much to see and do here during your family tour. However, this can be overwhelming and if you don’t plan a little beforehand to work out what you would like to see, you can end up missing things. Work out a vague route before you arrive to ensure a great trip.
- Make the most of public transportation in cities since it is very good here. Taking a train or bus ride ride for instance, is a much more cost effective form of travel that a taxi.
- Bring all-weather clothes. Since rain here is very frequent, even in the summer, it’s best to carry a waterproof with you if you plan on spending the day outside. This will save the day should rain hit and your children are sure to enjoy the day more if they are warm and dry.