The weather isn’t something you can bet on in Ireland, we can often experience four seasons worth of weather in one day! What you can bet on is there’s lots of things to do in Galway with kids, no matter what the weather is. There’s plenty of parks, family farms, adventure centres and lots more to keep you and the kids entertained, for the perfect family breaks in Galway. Here’s a list of 8 things to do in Galway with kids:
Rinville Park, situated just a short 14-minute drive from the hotel, is nestled in a gently undulating landscape on the shore of Galway Bay, south of Galway City and Oranmore Town. The Park includes a Slí na Sláinte walking route, trails through woodland and a public playground within old garden walls, BBQ and picnic areas and an outdoor gym.
The Park also includes the built heritage of Rinville Castle and Rinville Hall which are over four hundred years old. There is access to Rinville Point and Saleen Point, where views of Galway Bay, Galway City and the Burren of County Clare can be enjoyed.
Pollagh, Rosscahill, Galway
Only a half hour drive from the hotel, Brigit’s Garden & Café is best described as an eleven acre magical ‘sanctuary in the West of Ireland’. A visit to the garden will take you on magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology. There are four Celtic gardens to see:
- Samhain Winter Garden
- Imbolc Spring Garden
- Bealtaine Summer Garden
- Lughnasa Autumn Garden
For children, there’s an Earth Quest trail which features twelve science based challenges to solve, a natural playground and a fairy fort – there’s so much to explore! There’s a lovely café at Brigit’s Garden for the kids when they get hungry from all their gallivanting. Produce is collected from the gardens for their dishes.
Entry to the gardens is €24 for a family of four from April to October and €20 from November – March.
Burren Nature Sanctuary, Cloonasee, Kinvara, Co. Galway
Situated 30 minutes south of the hotel, this heritage site is the perfect place to visit to discover the wonders of the Burren landscape. Visitors can embark on the Burren walk while listening to an audio tour to learn more about the site and its flora.
There are lots of kids’ activities at the Galway sanctuary too. There is a family farm and an outdoor activity centre with a zip wire, climbing frame, sand pit with diggers, challenge and assault course and tower slide. Inside, there’s a giant slide, soft play area and a baby / toddler zone. Sounds like fun, right?
Admission to the Burren Sanctuary costs €39 for a family of two adults and three children and includes all day access to the above attractions and more.
Departing from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city, the Corrib Princess brings you on a guided sightseeing tour along the River Corrib before entering Ireland’s second largest lake, the spectacular Lough Corrib which is home to courting swans, hunting herons and jumping salmon.
Suitable for all ages, relax and unwind on a 90 minute cruise as you learn about the history of Galway city, passing Menlo Castle before turning back at Annaghdown Pier. Daily cruises run from May-October and cost €40 for a family of four.
Pallas Karting is Europe’s largest karting centre with a 500m beginner track and a 1,500m advanced GP F1 track. Just 40 minutes from Clayton Hotel Galway, drivers at Pallas Karting can enjoy long tracks and great quality karts while hitting speeds of up to 55km per hour for beginners and 85km per hour for those who are more advanced. The beginner track is suitable for children aged 10 and over that are at least 4ft 6″ tall.
Paintball and splatball is also available at Pallas Karting. Splatball is certainly more family friendly as if offers all the fun of paintball without the impact and bruises. These activities are played outside on the centre’s four skill zones and all participants will be provided with body armour, a full face mask and ammo.
Advanced booking is required for Pallas Karting and you can do so on their website.
Connemara National Park features 2,000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests – all open for exploration! You’ll also find exhibitions, Connemara ponies, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, nature trails, hill walks, tea rooms and a children’s playground. The views from the park are spectacular so bring your camera.
Special events are hosted in the park throughout the year so make sure to check their website to see what’s on before you visit. The park is open seven days a week from 9am to 5.30pm and admission is completely free for all of its attractions.
Turoe House, Turoe, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Turoe Pet Farm is the perfect place to visit come rain or shine. They have both indoor and outdoor attractions including the:
- Pet Farm
- Jungle Town activity centre
- Inflatable City with an 8,000 square foot bouncing castle
- Fairy Walk
And lots more! Turoe’s animal collection is far from traditional – watch out for Larry the Llama and Dundee the crocodile! The farm and its attractions are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm and entry costs €8 for an adult and €13 for a child with special rates offered for family groups. Admission includes access to all areas and feeding time with the animals.
Headford Road, Galway
The Planet Galway is the perfect spot for all-round family entertainment. Visitors can play bowling, laser tag, pool, air hockey and other arcade games. There’s even a soft play area for younger children. You can also test out their 9D VR glasses while watching a 360-degree movie in their special motion seats. It’s safe to say that the weather doesn’t matter when you’re at the Planet Galway.
The Planet has a range of offers for family tickets for their attractions, all of which can be found on their website. The Planet is open Mondays – Fridays from 1pm until 11pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 11am to 11pm.
9. Kayakmór – Galway Kayak Tours
Menlo Pier, Galway
Discover the waterways of Galway from a different perspective! Learn to kayak on a half-day tour, which is ideal for beginners as the group are taught the basic strokes and safety skills before taking off on a picturesque tour tailored to the ability of your group.
Aimed at children eight years and over, Kayakmór’s goal is to provide an enjoyable, safe, and informative introduction to kayaking, and to build confidence afloat. Tours run daily during the summer months with prices varying depending on the size of the group.
Looking for more things to do with kids around Galway? Use our online concierge tool for tips and recommendations on what to eat, drink and do in Galway. Trust us, we’re locals.