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Visit Wells House in Wexford for the Beautiful House, Gardens, and Family Fun

If your Ireland travels take you to the south east be sure to add Wells House & Gardens to your itinerary. The beautiful Victorian house itself is worth the trip. But add in everything else on site and you have a full day of fun and adventure! Beyond the house tour and garden walks adventurous […]

National Ploughing Championships, County Offaly

For Americans, this event feels like a very large county fair or 4H show. Mostly related to farming but they have activities for the whole family. My mom and I went at the suggestion of a relative we had never met who was a farmer and saw things we had never seen before! The things […]

Craggaunowen – Walk Through Ireland’s History: Kilmurry, Co Clare

Most tourist to Ireland will miss Craggaunowen, though many of the country’s most popular sites lie nearby. A perfect site to pair with the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty or King John’s Castle, a visit to Craggaunowen allows you to walk through Ireland’s history in a way that is both fun an educational. Built […]

1000+ Years of Waterford History: Waterford, Co Waterford

When we visited Waterford recently we met many tourists who had plans to view the city’s famous crystal (which is stunning), wander a bit, and then quickly leave, allowing a mere 2 hours to “see it all”. I urge you to spend a bit more time in Waterford. It is, after all, the oldest city […]

A Sweet Stop at the Chocolate Garden of Ireland: Rath, Co Wicklow/Carlow

Nestled at the edge of County Wicklow, the Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a treat for travelers of any age. While the Chocolate Garden is a tasty stop any day, if you can plan ahead to attend one of their Chocolate Workshops, your whole day will be sweeter.  The hands-on workshop includes a bit of […]

Three Reasons to Visit the Irish National Stud: Kildare, Co Kildare

Just 30 miles from Dublin, the Irish National Stud is a perfect place to explore just after arriving in Ireland or a nice afternoon trip from Dublin. Three reasons you should visit: The Horses.  The birthline of horse racing royalty across the globe can be traced back to the Irish National Stud.  From the beautiful […]

Art, History and Room to Roam at Lough Boora Parklands: Leabeg, Co Offaly

This low lying bog area was once a major peat mining operation. But once the peat was cutaway, the land wasn’t left fallow. Instead a group formed and created an inviting parkland for everyone to enjoy. Lough Boora Parklands in County Offaly offer plenty of outdoor activities from cycling (bikes are available for rent) to […]

Ireland History at the Connemara Heritage & History Centre: Lettershea, Co Galway

Ireland is filled with history… from the bronze age to today, you’ll find history around every turn of the narrow, hedgerow lined roads. If you find yourself in Connemara, a terrific stop for “sneaky education”- that is, learning so interesting and fun that you don’t realize you are learning anything- can be found at the […]

Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle: Birr, Co. Offaly

It’s not often that you find a mix of everything that makes Ireland magical in one spot, but that is exactly what you find at Birr Castle Demense. Historic castle- with aristocratic family still in residence. Check. Scenic parklands.  Check. Magnificent gardens.  Check. World changing scientific discoveries. What?  Not what you think of when you imagine Ireland? […]

Great for Families: The Donkey Sanctuary in County Cork

The Donkey Sanctuary just outside the village of Liscarroll in the north western part of County Cork is a perfect family outing in Ireland.  Sweet, fuzzy faced donkeys in all colors and sizes roam the fields, approaching fences to get the attention of visitors…  Attention that is often metted out in long, luxurious petting and […]

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