Be Our Guest 2018

Be Our Guest 65 Dublin ticks all the boxes for a family holiday – those with an interest in history, art or literature can visit many of the city’s finest museums and landmarks such as the National Museum of Ireland or the Book of Kells at Trinity College and of course the city’s top tourist attraction; The Guinness Storehouse. Both children and adults can enjoy exploring Irish folklore and mythology in the National Leprechaun Museum or seeing over 400 animals at Dublin Zoo. The more adventurous needn’t miss out either – Dublin is surrounded by coastal towns and mountains, if breath-taking walks or serious climbing appeals to you then a visit to Howth or Killiney are a must. The nation’s capital is sandwiched between the Wee County (Co Louth) and the Garden County (Co Wicklow). Two of the most scenic areas on the countries east. Co Louth offers visitors fantastic walking trails on the Cooley Mountain and sleepy fishing towns like Carlingford while any newcomer to Wicklow is guaranteed to fall in love with its sensational views, beaches and green space. Both counties offer a relaxed alternative to the busy Dublin atmosphere. Counties Cavan, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly and Westmeath have just as much to offer. Co Meath is a hotspots for anyone with an interest in history. Newgrange, Boyne River, Hill of Tara and Trim Castle are just a snippet of Meath’s offering. If fishing is your idea of fun, then Monaghan and Cavan may be suited to you. Cavan, The Lakeland County, contains 365 lakes and is the perfect place to rejuvenate, while megalithic site Cavan Burren Park offers stunning views of the Cuilcagh Mountain. Scenic drives and walking trails can also be found in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Co Offaly. Historic landmarks are hidden within Counties Offaly, Laois and Longford. Did you know the largest telescope in the world, which made the first accurate mappings of the moon, is showcased in Offal’s Birr Castle? Visit Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum in Laois to hear the stories of the families who lived and died within the infamous workhouse walls during and after the Great Famine; or stop by the Ballinamuck Visitor Centre in Longford, formerly the historic Royal Irish Constabulary barracks. Popular family attractions in the East for both adults and children to enjoy include Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Meath; Carlingford Adventure Centre, Louth, Loughcrew Adventure Centre, Meath and the Irish National Stud and Gardens in the county famed for its equestrian knowhow; Kildare. Around the East of Ireland, there are many ancient monuments to marvel at, spectacular gardens to explore and golf courses at which to improve, or show off your golfing skills – you’ll find there is something fantastic for everyone in the family to enjoy.