Outside the city
Castlecomer Discovery Park
If you're a more active family, why not visit Castlecomer Discovery Park, where there's something for all ages. With exhibitions from coal mining to crafts, and activities from the Tree-Top Adventure Walk to the Elf and Fairy Village, it's a great way to spend an afternoon.
Jerpoint Park - The Lost Town and Country Experience
Discover the history of the Lost City, so called because after its establishment over 800 years ago, it vanished from all records in the 1600s. Let your little ones get in touch with nature by experiencing all of the flora and fauna around Jerpoint Park. Discover the many variations of wildlife species that live on the River Nore and the special area of conservation on the river bank. You may even be in luck — if your timing is right, you'll catch the sheep dog demonstration.
For those with a darker side, Dunmore Cave could be the answer. The cave contains a quarter of a mile of passages and at its deepest point, it descends to 150 ft (46 m). It's said to be the scene for one of the largest Viking massacres in history in 928 AD. It's thought the locals hid in the caves, only to perish as the Vikings tried to smoke them out. Dunmore possesses some fine calcite formations and has been known to man for many centuries, first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads (a collection of the traditional laws, customs and wisdoms of the Celtic people).
The National Reptile Zoo
The National Reptile Zoo is Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo, giving you the unique opportunity to come face to face with some of the world’s most amazing animals, including giant pythons, monitor lizards, snapping turtles, tortoises, alligators, tarantulas and more. Have a hands-on, interactive experience through the hourly Animal Encounters and enjoy a tropical walk through The Dome — it’s an experience not to be missed.