Tayto Park is one of those days out we do once a year. I’d absolutely love to be able to do it more but with a larger family, it’s just too expensive for us. So with that in mind, I did my research before we went yesterday to make sure we got the most out of our day. I planned everything down to what day we would be going, where we would be eating and what exactly we really wanted to do. If you’re heading this year here are some of my Tayto Park tips to help you make your day as deadly as ours. 

Tayto Park Tips:

  • Just like any trip to a theme park plan your visit. Download the 2017 brochure and familiarise yourself with the park itself. It’s not as big as a lot of Europes theme parks but it has lots of attractions that you might miss. Find out what the kids really want to see.
  • If you pre-book your tickets online you can get €2 off admission and unlimited rides combo tickets. The best day to go is most definitely midweek, like any theme park. Fewer queues, more fun.
  • The best day to go is most definitely midweek, like any theme park. Fewer queues, more fun.
  • Under three’s enter Tayto Park for free but if they plan on going on any of the rides in the Eagles Nest Adventure Zone it’s in your favor to get them a wristband.

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  • Although if you decide against a wristband or happen to be on a budget there is a heap of free things to do at Tayto Park. There’s the Ice Valley, Dinosaurs Alive, steam train ride, factory tour, two mazes, water splash area, arts & crafts and two playgrounds to enjoy.
  • There are wristbands available at reception to write your contact number on. In the event your child gets lost a member of staff will be able to contact you immediately.
  • If you arrive early like advised above legit to the bigger rides like The Cu Chulainn Coaster and the Viking Voyage. You’ll get a few shots before the mad queues start. It’s an expensive day out, get a much out of the day as you can.
  • Tayto Park is covered in wasps, we were swarmed too many times to count. Bring wasp repellent if you have it.

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  • Rain doesn’t bother us really, my lot have no problem jumping in puddles but if it’s lashing check out the 5D cinema, Factory tour or even head to Fossett’s circus for some shelter.
  • Bring spare clothes whatever the weather. There is the Play & Splash and Giant Chess Water Fun, they will get soaked to the bone. Of all the things we did yesterday I’m pretty sure it was a favourite.
  • There is a minimum height requirement of 84cm for all rides at Tayto Park. For example, my thirteen-month-old could not get on anything, not even on my lap in one of the carriages of The Grand Carousel but my twenty-three-month-old could.
  • Parents do not need a wristband to accompany a small child on rides.

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  • There is no point begging or pleading with Tayto Park staff to let your child on a ride when they do not meet the height requirements. You are basically asking them to risk their job. Height restrictions may seem unfair but they are final. Use the picture above as a guide and measure your child before you go so your children can be prepared otherwise there may be tears.
  • A top Tayto Park tip is not to buy Tayto crisps upon exiting the park there is a little hut handing out a packet per person once you leave the park itself.
  • The whole park is buggy and wheelchair friendly. There is even a wheelchair swing located behind the Honey Pot Bears in the Eagles Nest Adventure Zone.
  • There are plenty of toilets, baby changing areas and wheel chair accessible toilets throughout the park so no matter where you are you won’t have far to go.

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    • The 99 ice-creams are huge at Tayto Park. If you happen to have millions of kids like myself get an extra cone and share one between them, it’s cheaper than getting two baby cones. It leaves room for other treats or maybe another ice-cream later in the day.
    • There are plenty of picnic benches around the park but there are loads over by The Pizza Palace to enjoy. You’d almost miss them.
    • There are four restaurants on site, although some are seasonal. There’s The Lodge Restaurant selling pretty much everything from curries, lasagne and roast dinners. The Pizza Place has a brilliant deal this summer with a large pizza and four drinks for €20. And there is the Argentinian Grill restaurant that specializes in flamed grilled chicken and beef burgers and steak sandwiches.
    • The Factory Tour is only open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) and it’s a must see. You can actually see all the machines and conveyor belts of crisps bopping along. There’s lots of fun thing to see and do as you walk through. My little lad was begging to do it again.
    • If your child is four or under I highly recommend bringing a buggy. While the park isn’t massive it’s still a lot of walking back and forth. It’ll be dead handy for sitting in while others are on rides and to hold your bags and picnic.

  • Unlimited ride wristbands are €15 each or you can pay as you go with tokens. Tokens are €1 each and rides vary between €2 and €5.
  • If you don’t bring a picnic I’d advise you to eat at awkward times and avoid the mad rush hours. Each time we’ve been to Tayto Park they start getting really busy from 2pm.tayto park tips and trick theme park ireland
  • If you happen to arrive at Tayto Park and it’s raining you can buy ponchos in their shops for €2. You can be prepared and bring your raincoat or pick some up in your local Dealz for 50c cheaper if you know you’ll need a few. Bring them home, let them dry up and pop them in a little zip lock bag for your next adventure.
  • As well as being a theme park there are lots of animals to see at Tayto Park. They have the Wild Woods, World of Raptors, Cat Country, Farmyard Friends and Meerkat Lookout. The petting farm is seasonal.

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  • Over by the Pizza Place is an interactive Talking Tree, it’s not to be missed.
  • Check the main board for a meet and greet times with Mr Tayto himself. He’s normally over by the Sweet Station but you can catch him walking through the park too.
  • There is free face painting for all by the big lake but again this one is seasonal.
  • If you keep an eye out on Black Friday, Tayto Park normally reduces the price of their family annual pass to €100.
  • And to conclude my Tayto Park tips post, if you have kids in different age groups planning your day is the key to making the most out of it. You might as well say I have three babies and one adventure seeking seven-year-old. Upon arrival, we did all the babyish stuff like the playgrounds and the Eagles Nest Adventure Zone. Then when they were all worn out we brought the big kid to all the things she wanted to do as we took turns trying to get the smallies to nap. It was genius and we managed to do everything we wanted.

We received complimentary admission tickets but paid for our own travel, wristbands, and food whilst at the park. For more tips or reviews on days out for all the family check out my blog series or join my Facebook group.

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