The Avon at Blessington Lakes
Immerse yourself into the great outdoors together. The Avon at Blessington Lakes is a family’s favourite which offers fabulous views of the Wicklow Mountains and boasts various outdoor activities from wilderness walking to wind-whipped water activities, from peaceful greenway biking to peaceful yoga, with archery, climbing and ziplining in between.
The Avon have an array of Food Services on offer to satisfy your hunger after an adventurous day of activities which you can enjoy on picnic benches in a holiday vibe atmosphere with outdoor music overlooking the Wicklow Mountains & Blessington Lake.
Roll up your sleeves, put the apron on (Chef’s hat optional) and come together over a love of all thing’s food. Kalbarri is a family-run cookery school and catering business operating from Kilcullen in Co. Kildare. With an emphasis on wholesome family cooking from the freshest ingredients, Siobhan Murphy and her culinary team provide a range of cookery services including; cookery classes, event catering and offers you the opportunity to host your own group of family and friends for a dining experience to remember at Kalbarri’s Lantern Room.
Lullymore Heritage Park have lots to do for families, this is a great day out. There is the funky forest indoor play centre, crazy golf course, the new Peatland Trail, outdoor playground and much more. This is a must do trip when staying at Killashee. To burn off lots of energy , there’s the “funky forest” indoor play centre with giant slide and ball pools, air hockey, fussball, cable run and pirate ship. There’s also a crazy golf course, large quality outdoor playground with new updated play features and the hugely popular train trip through the new Peatland Biodiversity Trail.
A Chic Outlet Shopping Village of luxury brands. The collection in the open air village has over 80 different designer shops. The best thing about the village is that it offers up to 60% off on all the leading brands so it makes your fabulous wardrobe even more affordable. The Village has a selection of cafes and restaurants along with a playground for the kids. It is a great day out for all the family!
The Irish National Stud symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the Stud of Irish Legends, the magnificent horses on show, the outstanding natural beauty, the Japanese Gardens, the visitor centre, museum and cafe, the National Stud really has it all. Visitors can also savour the serene experience provided by one of the Stud's more recent additions, St Fiachra's Garden, a stunning representation of the country’s landscape. This is a lovely day out for the family as the kids can wonder through the gardens, see the horses, play in the playground, learn all about Kildare’s proudest attributes. The facilities are buddy & stroller accessible.
Kildare Farm Foods Open Farm & Shop is an ideal day out for the whole family. You can experience all that is great about country life. This is free of charge for visitors and is buggy friendly and wheelchair accessible. Visitors can see a wide variety of animals including a Zebra, Wallabies, Mara, Pigs, Sheep, Camels, Goats, Deer, Ostrich, Chickens, Fish and Ducks. With a cafe that serves a wide variety catering to everyone’s needs. This experience has a crazy golf facility and train to bring you around the farm walk (both for a small fee). The shop sells fresh produce as well as condiments, treats and frozen foods. This really is an experience that will have your little ones very excited without breaking the bank!
Russborough House is located in the beautiful countryside near Blessington. This House is spectacular with a fabulous wooden playground, fairy trail and walkways. There is also a walled garden, tree trail & maze to explore that is fun for all the family. You can also do a 2km Audio walking tour of the Demesne Gift Shop & Restaurant. The tea rooms offer the perfect refreshments and you can pick up a souvenir in their gift shop. Children's Art Workshops with Me & the Moon are monthly pop-ups and is a fun day out and rich learning experience for children of all ages.
The parkland is open daily from 10am-6pm. The Cafe is open daily from 10am-5pm.The giftshop and House opens only on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-5pm with tours of the house from 12pm-4pm with the last admission to the house at 3.30pm.
The Kildare Maze is Leinster's largest hedge maze. This is an exciting and challenging day out with good old-fashioned fun in the fresh air for all the family. Activities on site is the Hedge Maze, Assault Course, The Wooden Maze, Picnic Area & Crazy Golf, Zip Wire.
All canal cruises are now on a private charter basis. There's plenty of room on-board with two indoor cabins & outdoor seating on the bow & stern decks. Every cruise is exclusive to your group. Health & Safety is of the upmost important with children life-jackets, sanitizer & cleaning procedures meeting all HSE regulations. For Full details please see www.bargetrip.ie. Special discount available for residents at Killashee.
A fabulous asset to Kilcullen is The Kilcullen Nature Trail where you can enjoy a river walk, garden walk and farm animals. This is a complimentary site and easy accessible from the centre of town. It was built a few years ago with the help of 250 volunteers.