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Ireland with Kids

Ireland with KidsIreland with Kids

A family vacation in Ireland is a lovely way to spend time together, learn about another country, and relax. After arrival at either Shannon Airport (near Galway) or Dublin Airport, picking up a rental car, getting lost three times finding the family’s weekly rental cottage (and, yes, expect this) and unpacking, the kids ask, ‘What's next?' Ireland with Kids can be an amazing trip!

Not only is the Irish scenery even more beautiful than neighboring Britain's, Ireland's cultural attractions and family outings are significantly less expensive. For instance, Dublin's National Gallery holds a spectacular collection of Irish and European artworks and is free to the public. It also has an excellent cafeteria and is adjacent to Grafton Street with its luxury shops and boutiques.

There are no end of fascinating museums devoted to Ireland's robust history. In the southwestern city of Cork, tease the kids by saying they are going jail for misbehaving. Now that they are attentive, bring them to the Cork City Gaol and Radio Museum Experience. Entry for the entire family of four is just €20/$27.

Ireland-with-KidsDo the kids love animals? Of course they do! Therefore, take a journey up to Northern Ireland and see the free Tannaghmore Animal Farm and Gardens in County Armagh. There the kids can play with the ducks, the pigs and the famous black-faced sheep on a farm that is a replica of Ulster life 100 years ago. At night, take them to an historic medieval feast. At Bunratty Castle in the Shannon region that will cost the family of four about €175 for a full night's raucous entertainment.

The spectacular scenery is always nearby. Whether it is the Cliffs of Moher in Clare County, or a drive (yes, again with the getting lost, which is inevitable since the directions from the ever-helpful Irish will involve the words ‘turn at the pub') up to the Wicklow Mountains, fall in love with the most beautiful island on Earth. With any luck, someone will find a four leaf clover. Head to Ireland with Kids.

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  1. Ada

    I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. It looks amazing!

  2. I love visiting Ireland. I’m almost entirely of Irish descent, and whenever we’re there, I can almost feel it. It’s an amazing country.

  3. Bookmarking this!
    I have wanted to go to Ireland for as long as I can remember but put it off until the kids were a little bit older.
    Maybe now I can convince my hubby we should go.

  4. I have always wanted to visit Ireland, it’s on my bucket list, and not just because of the beer, laugh. These photographs make me wish I had the resources to make the trip a reality, but for now, I’ll just envy it from your photographs, laugh.

  5. We are hoping to go here in a few years and we will have kids in tow so I definitely love this post. I will be pinning it in my travel folder. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. Ahhh I would love to visit Ireland! I have ancestry from there after all – would be a great place to visit!
    I would not mind getting lost either!

  7. Jenn

    That looks like a dream vacation.  So many different lesson they can learn from such a. Trip

  8. Forget the kids, take me to Ireland!! HA!! Ireland is near the top of my travel bucket list and I hope to go one day!!

  9. my younger brother went backpacking there last year! I would LOVE to take my kids there to see the history and landscapes, and to experience another country : )  love the photos, Lucky!

  10. I’ve seen lots of pictures of the beautiful places in Ireland. I think it’s an amazing place to visit.

  11. Victoria Heckstall

    I have a plan to visit Ireland next year. I think, this would be great.;

  12. We love traveling with our children and recently planned our first international family trip. Ireland would make a wonderful destination to explore.

  13. rika

    I have never been to Ireland.. Such a wonderful place. I would love to visit soon!

  14. I would love to visit Ireland one day since that’s where some of my relatives are from. Would be cool to see the homeland.

  15. I love that they have no snakes there! That is enough of a reason for me to visit.

  16. Mary Edwards

    Thanks for this! I am planning on taking my older kids to Ireland so we can see my grandparents childhood homes soon. Need all the tips I can get

  17. I would totally visit Ireland, but I never thought about bringing the kids along. Glad to know it is a lot of things for them to do as well.

  18. I would love to visit this country! And will definitely bring my son with me when I go there. Thank you for sharing the tips.

  19. I would love to go to Ireland someday and I’m sure my kids would as well! What a beautiful place to visit.

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