Carlingford Adventure Centre, Louth
The pretty, medieval town of Carlingford has little trouble attracting day-trippers and thrill-seekers, who will have plenty to keep them busy. From zorbing to rock-climbing, abseiling to kayaking, there’s something to appeal to all ages and levels of skill at Carlingford Adventure Centre.
Emo Court, Laois
The gardens and parklands of Emo Court House offer plenty of fresh air and room to roam. The estate features over 35 hectares of naturalistic landscaped grounds, with formal areas, woodland walks, statues and a 20-acre lake – making it the perfect spot for a family stroll followed by a picnic.
Birr Castle, Offaly
The famous Leviathan telescope of Birr Castle Science and Gardens Centre will appeal to amateur astronomers everywhere, but younger explorers aren’t forgotten either: the country’s largest treehouse is here, plus an abundance of sand pits and climbing frames for eager explorers.
Irish National Stud, Kildare
The Irish National Stud is one of the world’s leading thoroughbred breeding centres, and a guided tour is the best way to see these magnificent creatures up close. Top your visit off with a wander through the adjoining Japanese Gardens – a horticultural masterpiece designed and laid out by one of Japan’s great horticulturalists, Tassa Eida and his son Minoru.