Family days’ out – there is lots for families to see and do in the surrounding area

KILKENNY – IRELAND'S FINEST MEDIEVAL CITY

The past echoes in every footstep as you walk through the medieval city of Kilkenny. Explore its ancient laneways, wonder at the majestic halls of Kilkenny Castle or experience the glory of thirteenth-century St Canice's Cathedral. Once you have finished sightseeing, browse the famous craft gallery opposite the castle or enjoy lunch in one of Kilkenny’s many fine restaurants.

DUBLIN

The Irish capital offers a wonderful selection of activities – whether it is visiting the Georgian centre, Dublin Castle, galleries and museums or the Guinness Storehouse and the old Jameson Distillery.

DUBLIN ZOO

Opened in 1831, Dublin Zoo is one of the world’s oldest and most popular zoos. It has been transformed in recent decades into a 28 hectare park of gardens, lakes and wonderful natural habits for over 600 animals. Many are rare species and their survival in the wild is under threat so many of our animals are part of international breeding programmes for endangered species. Dublin Zoo is home to animals from all around the globe.

NATIONAL STUD & JAPANESE GARDENS

Nowhere better symbolizes all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. The Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe were created between 1906 and 1910. From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud & gardens offers you a unique experience.

SLIEVE BLOOM MOUNTAINS

The gentle rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains rise from the central plains of Ireland, forming a natural link between counties Laois and Offaly. A personal walking guide can be arranged offering an extensive, educational and enjoying experience in the Slieve Blooms Mountains.

BIRR CASTLE DEMESNE – A GLORIOUS CENTRE OF SCIENCE AND HORTICULTURE

The gardens at Birr are set in a landscape of 50 hectares and contain some of the largest and rarest tree species found in Ireland. The gardens have a rich history attached to them. They were originally landscaped around the lake in the eighteenth century by Sir William Parsons, and over the generations of the Parsons family the demesne has increased in beauty and interest. The demesne is also home to Ireland’s historic Science centre, where visitors may travel back to the time to when Birr Castle was a hub of scientific discovery and innovation. Private visits to the castle, hosted by Lord & Lady Rosse can be arranged for groups.