The Most Family-Friendly Hotels in Ireland

Castleknock Hotel in County Dublin is just one of Ireland's most family-friendly hotels
Castleknock Hotel in County Dublin is just one of Ireland's most family-friendly hotels | Courtesy of Castleknock Hotel / Expedia
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31 December 2020

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little differently this year and bring the kids along on your next trip to Ireland. “Family-friendly” means much more than a set of swings and a seesaw beside the car park and so we’ve curated a list of places across the country where children are treated as paying customers in their own right, with every measure taken to keep holiday boredom at bay.

Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa – County Wexford

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Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa, Co Wexford
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In sunny southeast Ireland, the family suites at the Amber Hotel are located in an exclusive wing of the property. They offer a “den” with bunk beds and a lounge area, allowing families to spread themselves out and really enjoy the space. The Amber Hotel even goes the extra mile with a Kids’s Club, a Tween Chill Out Zone and Amber Park, which includes mini golf and go karts. The hotel also offers reptile shows and birds of prey events during the year.
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Fota Island Hotel & Spa – County Cork

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Fota Island Hotel & Spa, Co Cork
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One of Cork’s premier resorts, Fota Island is a luxurious retreat where children are regarded as VIPs. The on-site Adventure Centre offers forest activities, bushcraft and obstacle courses, while the famous Fota Wildlife Park is home to 90 animal species from over five continents. Best of all, the resort does not only offer family rooms but self-catering lodges as well.
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Castleknock Hotel – County Dublin

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Castleknock Hotel, Co Dublin
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At Castleknock Hotel, located just 11km west of Dublin’s city centre, family bedrooms have two double beds and mini fridges. The Leisure Club also caters to children and has a baby and toddler pool alongside its 18m main pool. The hotel is well-positioned for transport routes to Dublin Zoo, one of the oldest zoological gardens in the world, and Tayto Park in Meath, Ireland’s top amusement park based on the beloved Irish potato crisp brand Tayto.
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Mount Falcon Estate – County Mayo

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Mount Falcon Estate, Co Mayo
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The woodland scenery and walking trails around Mount Falcon Estate are a delight to nature-loving families. The biggest draw is perhaps having the freedom to hire a bike and explore the grounds. The estate also offers a birds of prey experience and a Woodlands Hawk Walk if you’re craving a little variety. Our tip? The self-catering lodges are a great base for parents with kids in tow and most have three or four bedrooms and are very well-appointed.
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Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club – Sligo

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Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo
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The spacious family-friendly rooms at the Clayton Hotel Sligo are a home away from home for kids. More specifically, the family suites are open-plan and have kitchenette facilities. Families love the 20m swimming pool and on a good day, make the most of the hotel’s 18-hole crazy golf course. Children with additional needs will enjoy the new sensory room, which is a calm and relaxing space.
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Mount Juliet Estate Manor House – County Kilkenny

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Mount Juliet Estate Manor House, Co Kilkenny
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With 500 acres of grounds to explore, and over 250 years of history, Mount Juliet is a magnet for families with children. The estate’s Kids Club offers baking, wildlife experiences, sports and movies amongst other activities. Families are well catered for in Hunters Yard and rooms have modern amenities that offer a haven-like retreat.
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  • Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa – County Kerry

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    Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa, Co Kerry
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    With its leisure club and special “Junior Evening Meal”, family time at Dingle Skellig Hotel is valued by parents and children alike. The Kids Club offers arts and crafts activities and children can also use the swimming pool, which is perfect for inclement days. Nearby, in Dingle village, there are surf schools and horse riding lessons available. Family rooms are classical and chic, and a number of interconnecting rooms are also available for larger families.
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    Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort – County Wicklow

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    Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort, Co Wicklow
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    Druids Glen is a haven for families, with walking trails, playgrounds, mini soccer pitches, a driving range and a swimming pool. The pool has family friendly swim times and lessons are also available. Family rooms sleep two adults and two children and are spacious too, as sometimes, children don’t travel light.
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    Ferrycarrig Hotel – County Wexford

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    Ferrycarrig Hotel, Co Wexford
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    There’s no other way to put it, children love the Kids Club at Ferrycarrig – there are so many activities to enjoy and Giggles the Clown provides many laughs. The outdoor play area and the family swim times in the 20m swimming pool are also popular. Even better, the hotel is close to beaches and the Irish National Heritage Park. Families can stay in interconnecting rooms and junior suites.
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    Hodson Bay Hotel – County Westmeath

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    Hodson Bay Hotel, Co Westmeath
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    Without doubt, families have great deal of choice when it comes to Hodson Bay – lakeview rooms, two-bedroom family suites and even interconnecting rooms to allow for larger groups. Families are welcome to use the leisure facilities and children will especially love the family dinner menu. The Kids Adventure Club is also popular and includes cookery, music & dance, arts & crafts and treasure hunt activities. Nearby, Baysports boasts the world’s tallest, floating inflatable waterslide and there are walking and cycling trails along the Old Rail Trail greenway.
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    These recommendations were updated on December 31, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.