Officially Ireland’s biggest family attraction not only offers a great day out for all but also a journey of learning and discovery about the world’s precious wildlife. Animals at Dublin Zoo live enriched lives in natural social groups, they are fit and healthy, able to breed and raise their own young. And can be observed in naturalistic spaces with vegetation, substrate and water features that reflect their native habitat.
The National SEA LIFE Centre is one of Ireland’s largest Marine and Freshwater Zoos, located on the Seafront in Bray. The SEA LIFE experience is completely indoors making it a perfect all-weather activity. Whether you're a Shark lover, Seahorse fancier or Clownfish groupie, you can see them all – from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.
"At the National Bird of Prey Centre, you will get a chance to meet Birds of Prey from around the world as well as our own Native Golden Eagle, White-tailed Sea Eagle and Red Kite. Upon entering the centre you will receive a guided tour and talk by a member of staff. You will also get a chance to hold some of our hand-reared birds, such as our Little Owl, Barn Owl and Harris Hawk."
Alpaca Trekking with K2Alpacas is simply the most unique activity you are likely to experience and certainly one of the most memorable and enjoyable. Alpaca trekking is a fun activity, and one suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Alpacas are simply delightful, friendly, and curious animals, each with their own personality. Get up close to these beautiful animals and feel how soft their fleece is.
There’s nothing a sheepdog likes more than to hunt sheep, and obey their masters' instructions. All commands are fully explained to give you a good insight into the dog training technique. This demonstration is a must-see for all. You will witness the intelligence of these sheepdogs as they follow the commands obediently. This is a perfect opportunity for you to capture the true essence of Irish country living.
Powerscourt is one of the world’s great gardens and is located 20km south of Dublin City Centre. Set against the backdrop of the great Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is stunning in every season. From the ornate Italian Gardens to the formal walks of the Rose and Kitchen Gardens.
Greenan Maze is set amidst the beautiful Wicklow hills on a pretty countryside farm. With two mazes, three museums, nature walks, woodlands, ponds, wildlife, farm animals, play areas, treasure hunt and fairy tree walk, there is plenty of fun for all ages. Families enjoy spending the day and The Irish Times designated it a Heritage Hotspot “it’s an antidote to urban living within easy reach of Dublin.
Russborough was built between 1741-1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow Mountains. The house which is beautifully maintained and lavishly furnished contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and much of the Beit collection of paintings. It also has beautiful ceilings, plasterwork and a fine mahogany staircase.
Wicklow Historic Gaol offers an eclectic programme of events to suit all tastes and ages. See two turbulent centuries of Irish history come to life on the audio-visual journey, complete with holographic displays, life-size mannequins, replica prison ship and interpretative panels. Wander through the 1798 rebellion, the transportation era, the Famine Years and the Irish War of Independence and Civil War. For a different night out, mingle with our ghosts at Night Tour in the dark!
The Cool Planet Experience will bring you on an exciting and emotive journey of climate change discovery! Come with your friends and family and discover what climate change is all about. Through immersion, gaming, competition and more experience the highs and lows of our changing climate whilst discovering the exciting innovations and solutions that you can embrace to solve the problem.
Arklow Maritime Museum displays information on the maritime history of Arklow, focusing in particular on its boat building, lifeboat and fishing traditions. On display are photographs of the port dating back to the mid 19th century as well as models of vessels built in Arklow, tools, navigational equipment, paintings and artefacts. Of particular interest to children is an operational model of the wheelhouse controls of a trawler.
This castle ruin stands on a rocky promontory over the sea, at the eastern side of the town. Following the arrival of the Norman’s in 1169 Earl Strongbow was granted the lands along the East Coast. He, in turn, granted those lands to Baron Maurice Fitzgerald on condition that he build castles for protection.