Last Sunday saw us uncover the hidden gem that Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park is. Situated in Rathangan, Lullymore is a mineral island surrounded by a sea of peat. It has a host of heritage and biodiversity area’s suitable for all ages. And with it being voted the best day out with kids in Kildare by The Leinster Leader we had to let my kids put that to the test.
We started our day exploring the magnificent themed gardens and woodlands in search of ‘lions, tigers and bears’ only to find fairies, the ‘three little piggies houses’ and lots and lots of ‘olden day stuff’. It was an educational tour going around the interactive historical exhibitions from the famine houses, hedge school to the Neolithic Farmstead. There was a Peatland Biodiversity Boardwalk that we missed too.
From there we took a ride on the Lullymore train, the day made for the younger ones. The driver was so friendly and chatty. The train ride lasts about ten minutes and you go right up to the back of the discovery park to the West Plantation Woodlands. The train runs all day so there’s absolutely no rush to go on it and if it’s a quieter day you can take a couple of rides around the woodlands which is really cool!
Next up was a bit of grub. For me, I thought the menu was lacking. There were soup, sambo’s, toasties and the usual fried foods. For such a beautiful discovery park I was very surprised it didn’t have an Avoca style menu. Personally, I’d have likened to see some healthier options for the kids. I know my lot would have much preferred some mash and veg. So for that reason, I’m going to recommend bringing a picnic, there is plenty of picnic benches to enjoy.
From there it rained cats and dogs so we took shelter in the Funky Forest indoor play centre. Each child in their element. They ran from the ball pit to the soft play right through the wooden play area upstairs. I found it really difficult to pull them away so we spent just over an hour in there. It was most definitely the highlight for the older three babogs.
Next, we plodded along to the petting farm, a small pet farm. We found a few pigs, goats, donkeys, ponies and a chicken coop. And I have to be honest, I felt the farm was lacking. I don’t know what it was really, I think I’d like to see some signs with information about the animals or their names or something.
Just beyond the farm is a playground, a massive one at that and there was something for all ages too. Again another hour was spent here running from one thing to another until the big kid found out the crazy golf was included in the admission so off she went with Joe. Poor Joe is still whingeing about Kayla winning, apparently, she cheated or he’s just a sore loser.
The toilets were spotless, the staff were friendly, approachable and very helpful at times and there was plenty of parking. It’s buggy friendly and the baby changing area was lovely and clean too. They’ve a first aid station on site and the discovery park is wheelchair accessible.
Overall it was a very educational and fun day for the all the kids. There so much to see and explore at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park. The photos above are lacking, unfortunately, my camera died after an hour on site. But the kids really enjoyed discovering new things at every corner, there was no time limit on our day and no hidden charges once inside. It would have cost us €37.50 for two adults and three kids (I’m not accounting for Kenzie as she was in the sling for a majority of our visit) and I would most definitely go back again! I’d definitely recommend it and they’ve a Fairy Quest running for the rest of the summer at no extra charge.
For more information check out www.lullymoreheritagepark.com.
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We received a complimentary family pass and a light lunch in return for an honest review.