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Things to do with kids in Tipperary during the summer

  • Things to do this summer in Tipperary with kids
  • The celtic plantarium Dundrum
  • The Devils Bit Tipperary
  • Rock of Cashel Tipperary
  • Cahir Castle Tipperary
  • Roscrea Castle Tipperary
  • The Swiss Cottage Tipperary
  • Woodlands at the Marl Bog Tipperary
  • Lough Derg Tipperary

With the summer holidays halfway through, and back gardens, toys and art supplies truly exhausted, the summer holidays can be a boring time for kids. So why not organise a day-trip for all the family? There are lots of things to do here in Tipperary, with festivals and events on all month, but if you can’t make it to these events, we’ve put together a list of places to get to before the summer holidays end. Guaranteed to keep the peace, get them off the smart phones and create some amazing summer memories.

1. BRÚ BORÚ HERITAGE CENTRE AND THE ROCK OF CASHEL

Set in the gorgeous Golden Vale, the Rock of Cashel is a movie set designer’s dream: a medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle within a wall high on a grassy outcrop. Having even seated Brian Boru in the late 10th century, it was later granted to the Church and was used after the 17th century sacking by Cromwellian troops. The castle translates as “stone fort”, and is a perfect place to explore and let imaginations run wild. Wandering around alone, or listening to the lively narrations of a guide, you can even look around the 12th-century Romanesque building, Cormac’s Chapel. Family admission price: €11.50

A national culture centre, Brú Ború is set at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. The village, designed around a village green, include folk theatre, a genealogy centre, restaurant and even more. Admission is free to some parts but exhibition prices are listed in the centre.

2. ROSCREA CASTLE, CHURCH, HIGH CROSS, AND ROUND TOWER.

Families can find lots of interesting visitor sights in Roscrea. Standing on the grounds of Darmer Hous, an 18th-century building that shows off its pre-Palladian architecture, it’s presumed that King John built the castle in 1213. Guests can visit St Cronan's Church and round tower. Only the west facade of the remains of the 12th century romanesque church. Family admission: €10

After exploring the locality, bring your swim gear and head to Roscrea Leisure Centre. With a super slide and family changing rooms, it's a perfect place to bring the kids. And after working up an appetite after a busy day, visit the café there too.

3. SWISS COTTAGE, CAHIR.

This beautiful attraction is actually national monument and is regarded as one of the finest ‘cottage ornee’ in Europe. Built in 1810 for Richard Butler and his wife, Lord and Lady of Cahir, it was designed by famous architect John Nash. The little house was inspired by nature and is the perfect place to spark your curiosity and imagination.

4. CAHIR CASTLE AND THE SENSORY AND MOBILITY GARDEN.

Another fabulous castle to visit with the kids, Cahir Castle was once a stronghold for the Butler family. The castle still has much of its original structure. The castles attractions include an excellent audio-video show which narrates the life of the castle. Family admission: €8

Sensory & Mobility Garden in Church St. is also a great place in Cahir to take the kids. Specially created to be accessible and enjoyable to all, but particularly for people with disabilities. It contains many varied features, such as scented plants, sculptures, water features, Braille signs, pathways of different textures and much to stimulate the senses and is also a mobility practice area.

5. FETHARD FOLK FARM AND TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Situated in Fethard County Tipperary, the Fethard Folk Farm and Transport Museum specialises in transport as well as folk and farm life. The Museum is housed in a railway goods shed which was built in 1879. Displays in the Museum contains more than 1200 exhibits.
The grounds include a cafe, picnic facilities, toilets, provision for the disabled, a well-equipped playground and ample free parking, all providing a perfect family day out with the kids.

6. GO ON A LOUGH DERG DRIVE

It is undeniable that sometimes a perfect day out is just going for a drive and exploring the area. The shores of Lough Derg provides the perfect landscape for a lazy Sunday drive with the kids. Our suggested route is that you start off in Dromineer, feed the swans, watch the boats and have a play in the playground. Head to Garrykennedy, go for a forest walk, have a play in the playground, lunch in Larkins or picnic in the lovely BBQ & picnic areas. Small kids might be due a sleep after lunch so head off in the direction of Ballina, stopping at The Lookout to take in the amazing scenery. Then head to Ballina playground. For the adults, there’s outdoor gym beside the playground. If you bring the kids swim gear they can take a dip in the Outdoor Pool. And if there’s anything left in the picnic basket, you can find picnic benches on the Shannon bank!

7. NENAGH HERITAGE CENTRE

Nenagh Heritage centre is a unique museum. Located in 19th-century Gaol buildings. Here you can learn about the history of these unique buildings, step back in time to experience old rural Ireland and follow in the footsteps of the condemned prisoners. The centre contains a school room, Bar and grocery shop, museum of rural Life, dairy, original kitchen dating from the mid 1800’s, and The Lough Derg room.This museum is open Tuesday to Friday admission is free . There are free guided tours every day.

8. THE DEVILS BIT

The Devils Bit is a great place to bring the kids for a walk and spark their imagination. Legend has it that not only did the devil take a bite out the mountain, he broke a tooth while doing it, which now stands as the Rock of Cashel. Read up on the legend behind it before you go, and take a picnic to enjoy on the walk.

9. CELTIC PLANTARIUM DUNDRUM

Located in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, a display of reconstructions of ancient field monuments drawn from Ireland’s past the Celtic Plantarium is a combination of plants, shrubs and trees. Some are quite rare and even water features, birds and wildlife can be found amongst the pathways.

10. PICNIC AND FISHING AT THE MARL BOG

Bring a picnic and your fishing rod and go to the Marl Bog. A lovely woodland and a man-made lake, just 2klm from Dundrum, it has parking facilities on site and existing forest and lakeside trails. The lake is stocked with brown trout managed by the Dundrum Fisheries Group.