Family activities in Ireland

With a varied landscape boasting lush countryside, bustling cities, and mysterious Celtic relics, there are loads of family activities in Ireland to enjoy during your holiday. And while they’re decidedly different, both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland share the same spirit that attracts millions of families every year.

So whether you're looking to explore the rich and rugged scenery, or let your hair down in one of the lively cities, there's something in Ireland for people of all ages. From surfing to exploring, you'll be surprised at all the things to do with kids in Ireland. Book your ferry to Northern Ireland today!






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Family holiday to Ireland

Family Activities in Ireland

Visit the Giant’s Causeway As the bustling portside capital of Northern Ireland, there are plenty things to do in Belfast for kids. In the city itself, you’ll find a whole range of family-friendly options – from the Belfast Zoological Gardens, which is home to over 120 species, to the immersive Ulster Museum, where you will find everything from Irish art to Peter the Polar Bear!

For the adventure of a lifetime, the Giant’s Causeway is a striking natural phenomenon, and can be found just a short drive away from the city centre. Over 50 million-years-old, this breathtaking terrain covers 70 hectares, with four trails suited to every ability - from a buggy-friendly slope to a challenging hike.
Visit the Giant's Causeway as a family

Wind surfing in County Kerry

Surfing in County Kerry

Found along a wonderful stretch of the west coast of County Kerry, Ballybunion is a scenic seaside town surrounded by undulating greenery. With its warm Atlantic waters and hidden tidal caves, the town’s beaches are a must-visit for all explorers.

A popular surf site, the Ballybunion Surf School offers training for all ages and abilities. After hitting the waves, there are plenty of beachside restaurants that offer freshly-caught seafood which the whole family will enjoy.


Water sports in County Longford

Very much off the beaten track, heading to County Longford in the north of Ireland will give you a real insight into the country’s past. For a day of adventure, the Camlin River flows through the northern part of the town and offers a delightful waterside walk - eventually leading to the Mall Park – a landscaped recreational area that kids will love.

As a whole, County Longford is something of a haven for outdoor sporting activities. There are plenty of rivers, canals and lakes for water sports enthusiasts, from kayaking the 10km loop of Camlin River and canal cruising, to paddling and game angling, making it ideal for those searching for family activities in Ireland.

Visitors can also take part in zorbing, white water wafting, and water tubing down the River Inny – which is bound to appeal to the whole family.

Kayaking in Ireland

Caving in County Clare

Caving in County Clare

Take a drive along the west coast of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and you’ll find Doolin, a picture-perfect town in beautiful County Clare. Set in the limestone landscape of the Burren, it’s a place of historical wonder – full of archaeological sites, rolling hills and castle ruins.

Perfect for explorers of all ages, the rugged coast holds the old Doolin Cave, best known for its famous Great Stalactite. Formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years ago, it’s the longest of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere, and now measures in at a mammoth 23 feet.

While caving is a relatively physical activity, tours cater to most age groups and levels of ability, so unless you have very young children this should be an activity that you can all enjoy.

With so many amazing family activities in Ireland to try for yourselves, don’t delay in booking your Cairnryan to Larne crossing today and start planning your fun filled trip!


A popular surf site, the Ballybunion Surf School offers training for all ages and abilities.

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