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We’ve selected eight unique Easter treats – explore these events with family and friends to uncover the historical twists and turns of Ireland, from medieval pilgrimages to maritime adventures by the sea.
This year Huntington Castle hosts their annual treasure hunt around the garden – each child will be given a basket and a set of clues, then it's off to find the golden nuggets and win a chocolate surprise at the end! There will also be an opportunity to meet new little lambs and explore the woodland adventure playground. Stroll through the stunning gardens – laid out in the 1680's they feature formal designs, lakes, champion trees and more recent additions such as new plantings and the rose garden.
This Easter, retrace the footsteps of Saint Declan across the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. Join Knockmealdown Active as they mark Pilgrim Paths Week, and set out from Waterford’s Mount Melleray Abbey on a 3.5-hour trek through this magical part of Ireland’s Ancient East.
The Irish people have a unique understanding of horses – it’s embedded in our culture, in our ancient history, and in the thrill of the race day. Discover the sport of kings at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival this spring, a landmark event that takes place every year at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ratoath, Meath. One of the most anticipated dates on the Irish Racing calendar, it features the Irish Grand National and has been the scene of some memorable occasions in horse racing history. Soak up the electric atmosphere of a traditional Irish race day over the course of three days this Easter.
The most Egg-citing Hunt of them all is waiting at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park! Join the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra” special event where you have to find all the clues, solve Easter Bunny’s puzzle and collect your egg. Check out the Funky Forest indoor play centre with its giant slide and ball pools, air hockey, fussball, cable run and pirate ship – or try your hand at the crazy golf course. Kids can burn off extra energy on the large outdoor playground, and the whole family can climb aboard the hugely popular train trip through the new Peatland Biodiversity Trail.
An 160-acre lakeside estate with magnificent views complete with a Fairy Garden, you'll find an ideal spot for family fun this Easter at Belvedere House and Gardens in Mullingar, County Westmeath. The Easter Treasure Trail is wonderful for families, with fun tasks that lead to Mr & Mrs Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg (when planning your visit, it is essential to pre-book your precise time slot as these fill up quickly). The family can also enjoy 8km of walks, a Georgian Villa, Victorian Walled Garden, three playgrounds, a gift shop, picnic areas and a licensed café.
The spring's first opportunity to see the wonderful gardens of Tullynally Castle – an historic Irish country house near Castlepollard in County Westmeath – begins with an egg hunt in the grounds on Easter Sunday. Wander through the green spaces and marvel at the results of over three centuries of gardening in this idyllic spot – proud owner Thomas Pakenham has been shaping the landscape here himself for over 50 years.
Head to Wells House and Gardens in the heart of Wexford this Easter for a cracking array of family events. The children will enjoy hunting for chocolate eggs in the Well's Eggstatic Easter Egg Hunt, where you can jump in and join the Easter Bunny on his treasure hunt throughout the estate. The fun continues into Easter Monday when you can meet the Electric Zoo friends. To cap off your visit, wander through the estate’s beautiful landscaped grounds, relax in the Victorian Terrace Gardens or stroll the Lady Frances Woodland Walk.
This year, plan an exciting family outing to take in these treasures of Ireland's Ancient East.
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And that’s just a fraction of the things you can do on your visit to Ireland’s Ancient East!
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