I’m really looking forward to the summer off with the babogs however money will be tight and my energy levels will be limited with our pending arrival due in late August. There’ll be no summer holidays for us this year, or the foreseeable so we’ll be exploring Ireland and some of it’s hidden treasures. There are so many beautiful places to visit and most of them won’t break the budget if you plan wisely and bring a packed lunch with you. Here are ten nine places you must visit this summer.

Wells House and Gardens Co.Wexford


We love Wells and everything about it. It’s a fun cheap day out costing €8 per car. Packed with lots of activities including an animal farm, playground and a breath-taking woodland walk with hidden treasures like fairy doors and houses, wooden statues like the Gruffalo and racing cars just to name a few, it’s one day out not to be missed. A picnic is a must but they do have a beautiful tea room that’s also worth a visit, their cakes are amazing! You can bring the kids scooters along too. Read my review HERE.

Botanic Gardens

We’re suckers for pretty things, my only hope is she doesn’t try pick the flowers to make perfume and Frankie doesn’t eat them. While admission is free they don’t allow picnic’s which is a huge shame but a great excuse to eat out for a change.

Fort Lucan Adventureland

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Relive your school tour memories, this place won’t disappoint. They’ve added more attractions since we last visited as kids and they have lots of picnic area’s so get there early to guarantee a good spot.

Admission for under 2’s are free, adults are €4 (includes a complimentary tea/coffee) and kids are €10.50 but you’ll also have to purchase a wristband to avail of unlimited access to all rides. Read our review HERE.


A free day out if you bring a picnic, some scenic views and exploring. You could bring some glitter along and turn it into a fairy hunting adventure looking for traces of pixies, trolls, and fairies. See how we got on HERE.

Kildare Maze


Hidden in the North Kildare countryside, The Kildare Maze is a fabulous day out costing €25 a family ticket. A picnic is a must as they only have a small shop selling treats, minerals, and hot drinks. Get lost in the Hedge Maze and Wooden Maze or let the babogs enjoy a host of activities within the park including crazy golf (free), a zip line, a huge sand pit, pet corner and a huge adventure trail. Well worth a visit this summer! We’ve been three times, my full review HERE.

Straffan Butterfly Farm (Closes August ’15)


Straffan Butterfly Farm is a family run business with an exhibition to introduce people to the existence of the world of butterflies. It’s closing down the end of August so I’d highly recommend a visit before they do, it’s such a shame because we’ve only discovered it a few weeks back.

A family ticket will cost €25 and they have a lovely garden so you can bring a ball for a kick around and a picnic. Keep an eye out on Living Social Deals for special offers too. Read my full review HERE.

Powerscourt Waterfall

Another family adventure costing €16 for two adults and three kids, under 2’s go free. Ideal for a picnic or summer barbeques with a playground on site for the smallies. Rumor has it they have a beautiful woodland walk too.

Wexford Lavender Farm


A hidden gem on the outskirts of Gorey, Wexford. A fun filled FREE day out with scenic views and a beautiful atmosphere. Beds upon beds of therapeutic lavender, a playground, woodland walk, beautiful tea room and a small farm. There is a small charge to ride on Billy the Bull. Read my review HERE!

Irish National Stud and Gardens

Horses, castles and beautiful flowers. Keep this one for a super sunny day. Costing €28 for a family ticket with lots of activities including a children’s playground, some of Ireland’s finest horses and a beautiful garden and a picnic area.

Clara Lara Fun Park

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An outdoor water park full of boats, Tarzan swings, rafts, water slides and rope bridges. Last weekend we took a trip to Clara Lara and since publishing my review it’s been a firm favourite. I recommend you round-up the whole family and have a big barbeque. It’s a hidden treasure and I can guarantee you, you will relive your childhood here. Costing €10 per head and under 4’s go free. Also, keep an eye on the back of Dunnes Stores till receipts, they have a buy 4 get one admission free voucher if you have a large family. Read my full review HERE.

21 Comments on Summer Bucket List : 10 Things to do with the kids this summer in Ireland

  1. This is wonderful! I have a lot of these on my list already for the summer AND AND AND next week we will be in Rosslare and Wells garden is on our list as we didn’t get to visit there in previous years.

  2. Brill list we won’t get to wexford this year but we’ve made a list for the best summer ever too
    At the back on a Dunnes receipt I noticed there was a 2 for 1 voucher for the national stud not sure if there’s an expiry date
    Loved wells house – picnics on Morriscastle beach & Kia Ora farm so much so we went twice

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