Are you looking for a destination where you can spend a few pleasant days with your family discovering legends and particular places? Then you can opt for Ireland, a magical and fascinating land, full of activities that can be done with children of all ages.
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In particular, if you are traveling with very young children, it is useful to know that restaurants and attractions in Ireland have a changing table and menus dedicated to children. Here’s where to go and what to see in Ireland with the little ones, according to the Irish Tourist Board:
- EPIC Ireland, Dublin. One of the most important museums in Ireland to learn more about the history and people that made the country great. Its peculiarity is that it is not a real museum, but an interactive exhibition and the many stories of more or less known characters are told in an engaging and original way. Twenty galleries to be discovered through touch screens, interactive tables, quizzes and incredible installations. Suitable for children aged seven to 99. Info: epicchq.com
- Dublinia, Dublin. With the support of games and sound effects, the museum traces the history of Dublin, from the Anglo-Norman invasion to the “escape of the Counts”. The museum is directly connected to Christ Church, which is included in the admission price. dublinia.ie
- National History Museum, Dublin. The rear layout of the museum has fascinated visitors since it first opened to the public in 1857. Recent restoration work now offers new educational and interactive opportunities. The ground floor is dedicated to the native Irish species and houses the skeleton of an 11,000 year old deer, as well as numerous mammals, birds and fish. Museum.ie
- Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens (County Kildare). Here you can understand what it means to breed racehorses, taking a look at the stables and strolling in the two gardens: the Japanese garden, the result of the Edwardian obsession with the East and which symbolizes the life of man from birth to death, and the st. Fiachra’s Garden of more recent creation. The saint who gives the garden its name was an Irish monk. irishnationalstud.ie
- Bunratty Castle & Folk Village, Bunratty (County Clare). The village of Bunratty is located just 12km from Limerick and boasts a castle and a reconstruction of an old village which are among Ireland’s biggest attractions. The castle dates back to 1277, but was renovated in the mid-twentieth century. In the evening, medieval banquets are organized with traditional music, dances and songs. Shannonheritage.com
- Hook Lighthouse (County Wexford). The oldest lighthouse in the world still functioning today. It was built in the early 13th century. You go up to the top (36 m) with guided tours. Hookheritage.ie
- Accommodations on farms. In every corner of Ireland, a few steps from the sea or in the green hinterland, there are farms ready to welcome their guests and offer them a warm Irish welcome. Children can delight in the activities offered by the educational farms, admiring the animals present. In addition, guided tours of the work areas, walks on foot or horseback, cooking lessons and much more are organized. www.bandbireland.com
- The Fungie dolphin, Dingle (County Kerry). Dingle’s most famous resident is Fungie, a cheerful 300 kg dolphin who has lived in the harbor since 1983. If you want to go for an early morning swim with him, you need to book in advance; otherwise you can take a boat trip or a one hour cruise. Alternatively, you can walk along a stretch of coast up to the entrance to the port and look at it from there.
- Waterford Greenway (County Waterford). This extraordinary cycle and pedestrian path was built by recovering a section of the Waterford-Dungarvan railway that has been in disuse for many years. The complete route is almost 45 km long and alternates between various coastal areas in the hinterland, with many breathtaking views. Waterfordgreenway.com
- Fota Wildlife Park (County Cork). Located on the former property of Fota House, the Fota Wildlife Park nature reserve is famous for the chimpanzees who, along with monkeys, giraffes, bison and many other species roam freely in the approximately 28 hectares of the park. There is also a new tropical house, with snakes, lizards and turtles. fotawildlife.ie
- Titanic Belfast, Belfast. An important chapter in Belfast’s history is enshrined in the Titanic Quarter, a waterfront area that holds Belfast’s glorious shipbuilding tradition. Here is the Titanic Belfast, the center named “World’s Leading Tourist Attraction” in 2016, which has welcomed more than 3.5 million visitors from over 145 countries since its opening in 2012. More than a traditional museum, it is an experiential attraction: 9 interactive galleries, an internal train with audio guide (also in Italian), to visit the piers and immersive experiences reliving the myth of the Titanic, from construction to launch and finally to the tragedy . titanicbelfast.com
- Giant’s Causeway (County Antrim). The Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its 40,000 ancient hexagonal basalt columns emerging from the sea is by far one of the most magical and original places on the island of Ireland. There are several legends about its origin. The most common concerns the giant Finn McCool, who allegedly built a pavement to reach Scotland on foot in order to fight the rival giant, Angus. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway
- Whale watching in Ireland. The Atlantic is a kind of highway. Here countless whales and other cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises) spend months traveling from north to south and vice versa, always looking for a good meal. The right time to spot fin whales and humpback whales is in the autumn months … between October and November. Sporadic sightings of bottle-nosed dolphins may occur throughout the year.
- Follow in the footsteps of fairies and elves. Ireland can be the ideal travel destination for all children who love legends wrapped in an aura of magic. Indeed, in this beautiful land, many popular beliefs and superstitions continue to be part of the richness and uniqueness of the local culture. But where in Ireland is it possible to learn about their stories? If you want to follow the trail of fairies and goblins you can: visit the remains of the ancient forts (Fairy Forts), see the sacred trees of the fairies (Fairy Trees), dedicate yourself to the six interactive ones on Irish folklore, follow the paths in nature on the trail of magical creatures (Fairy Trails) or read children’s books with traditional Irish stories.
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