Last month whilst having a nosey around Living Social I found a family ticket to Red Mountain Open Farm in Meath for €12, a bargain if you ask me. So this afternoon we took to the road again all babogs on board plus one of Kayla’s BFF’s to Red Mountain Open Farm to finish off the bank holiday in style.
On first impressions it was grand. There was a large barn separated into large sheds. One had a little sand pit with no buckets or spades, another with a climbing frame and a slide with a mini hay maze in the corner and next shed was a little track in a circle for the tens of pedal tractors, trikes and karts free to use throughout the farm.
Around the corner from that building was another indoor sand pit full of buckets, no spades. There was another maze, this one larger and a little coffee doc selling some sweet treats, fizzies, hot drinks and ice-creams.
There a big enough playground, lots of swings, slides, picnic benches and a small outdoor sand pit with lots of buckets and spades. And right beside them is two horses parked up with an old school carriage and blue barrel cart type things that are pulled along by a tractor.
And then the farm itself. They had lambs, chicks, calves, cows, bulls, goats, chickens, and pigs in one big barn. Each animal enclosure was a little small for my liking but I’m going to assume the animal has huge fields outside of the opening hours of the farm. There was a guy there too letting the kids hold the rabbits and the chicks and he reminded each of the kids to wash their hands afterward to which I liked.
- There’s an extra charge once inside for the barrel cars and the horse and carriage ride at €2.50 per person.
- The blue barrel ‘express’ ride is exactly what it says on the tin, it lasts no more than two minutes.
- The toilets weren’t the cleanest. The baby changing mat was held together with sellotape…
- No matter where you sat at the playground you can see your kids at all times
- There are lots of picnic benches both indoors and outdoors and Red Mountain Farm encourages you to take a picnic with you too.
- There’s no shortage of pedal tractors, trikes or carts.
- The staff was super friendly and very helpful each and every one of them.
The kids had a ball, they really did but for me, I think it’s really expensive for what it is. Like without the actual farm animals it’s just a playground. It would have cost us €56 for the couple of hours we were there if I didn’t have the discounted family ticket. Personally, I think Red Mountain Open Farm has so much potential especially considering some of the amazing farms Ireland has to offer. With all the free land around it, Red Mountain Open Farm could add some amazing attractions and I’d at least give children one free ride on the horse and carriage or the blue barrel express. I’d also love to see them update their social media channels and website with some up to date imagery. It’s a bit misleading considering it looks nothing like what I saw online myself.
Unfortunately, I won’t be rushing back, honestly, I’d rather spend the extra 50c per person and petrol and take a trip down the sunny south-east to Kia Mini Farm in Wexford or head to Clonfert Pet Farm in Maynooth costing at €15 per family.
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