Family Activities Near Killashee

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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 and everything in between. Rent a bike and take in the beautiful scenes along the greenway. Get out on the water with a stand-up paddle board or kayak and discover the wonderful watre of the Blessington Lakes. Be brave and go rock climbing on their rock-climbing wall or take the jump and go ziplining. A definite must for a family adventure this mid-term.

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.

  • Walkers Cafe
  • The Big Blue Pizza Bus    
  • The Texas BBQ Bus
  • Library Bar

• Killashee is a 20-minute drive to Blessington

Kalbarri Cookery School

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.

• Killashee is a 5-minute drive to Kalbarri.

Lullymore Heritage Park

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.

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park will host their infamous Halloween Happenings for NINE spooky days starting Saturday 21st October and finishing on Friday 3rd November 2023. Brace yourself for an array of eerie experiences, including Haunted Holograms, adrenaline-pumping Terror Train Trips (where you'll need to fend off Zombie Attacks!), spine-tingling Terror Treasure Hunts, and freaky fun throughout the park. Prepare for the “Fright” of your Life. Come in fancy dress (optional). 

*Online booking is essential for this event. *Terror Train Trip may be unsuitable for younger children; parent discretion is advised. 

• Killashee is only 35minutes drive to the Lullymore Heritage Park.

Kildare Village

Just an hour from Dublin, discover 100 boutiques from leading brands, with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. You'll find it difficult to resist temptation with 100 boutiques from the world's most exciting designers including Louise Kennedy, Armani, Mulberry and many more, all offering up to 60% off the recommended retail price all year around.

Dine in an array of restaurants and cafés. Plus, enjoy five-star hospitality with services such as complimentary Wi-Fi, personal shopping and Handsfree Shopping. 

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• Killashee is only 15 minutes’ drive to Kildare Village.

The Irish National Stud

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. Collect a fairy trail map and visit each fairy door located throughout the grounds. The facilities are buddy & stroller accessible.

There are plenty of fun activities taking place at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Co Kildare, over Halloween. From Saturday the 29th to Wednesday 2nd, enjoy a fun-filled experience for all the family.

Between 11 AM and 3 PM, engage in and explore their themed activities, including arts and crafts workshops, captivating circus shows, spooky storytelling sessions, and much more. Additionally, there will be giant games and other fun activities guaranteed to captivate the youngsters. Be sure to plan for a full day out, allocating around 4 to 5 hours to fully immerse yourself in the experience. 

*This event suited to a younger audience.

• Killashee is only 15 minutes’ drive to The Irish National Stud

Kildare Farm Foods Open Farm & Shop

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!

Halloween Spooktacular October 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st. Take part in a fancy-dress event with a prize for the best dressed family. Experience the spooky Halloween rollercoaster, ghostly train ride, enchanted scarecrow woodland walk, 18 holes of indoor crazy golf, and their new organic pumpkin village.

*Pre booking tickets is essential. 

• Killashee is only 15 minutes’ drive to Kildare Farm Foods Open Farm & Shop

Russborough House

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.

Get ready to scream! This October from the 28th to the 31st, the Dark Maze at Russborough is back, bigger, better and scarier than ever hosting a fright night you won’t forget. Don’t miss ROGU Firestorm opening night with their fire performance the 28th October at 6.30pm.

The immersive experience kicks off on Saturday 28th October with slots to book from 5pm to 6pm (for younger more sensitive spooks) and 6pm to 9pm each day; ensuring the cover of darkness will be there to add an extra layer of mystery.

• Killashee is only 15 minutes’ drive to Russborough House

The Kildare Maze

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.

• Killashee is only 25 minutes’ drive to The Kildare Maze

Barge Trip

 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 Special discount available for residents at Killashee.

• Killashee is only a 10-minute drive to the Barge Trip.

Clonfert Pet Farm

At Clonfert Pet Farm in Kildare they strive to ensure a fantastic fun filled day out for you and your family that is great value for money. As well as all the animals they also have 2 outdoor playground areas both with bouncy castles, an indoor play area, go karts, a football pitch, plenty of picnic areas and lots more to keep your family entertained. Check out their website for more information on pricing and availability - Click here

This Halloween Clonfert Pet Farm has a fantastic family fun event in store. Including Pumpkin Patch, Fun Fair, Haunted House, and lots more. One of the best places to have fun whilst picking your own pumpkin, ready for carving for the big night. This popular event runs from Saturday 21st to Tuesday 31st October 2023. 

• Killashee is only 30 mins drive to Clonfert Pet Farm

Redhill Adventure

Redhills Adventure is one of Ireland’s most exciting adventure centres located very close to Kildare Village Outlet. There is a range of activities available:

  • Airsoft Combat Games (11+ and adults)
  • Splatmaster Junior Paintball (8+)
  • Archery Tag (8+ and adults)
  • Teambuilding Challenge Games (8+ and adults)
  • Assault Course
  • Traditional Archery (12+)
  • Axe Throwing (18+)
  • Airsoft Electronic Shooting Range (10+)
  • Mobile Activities
  • Special Events – Zombiegeddon and Spooky Hollow at Halloween and Hoppy Hollow at Easter

Check out their website for more information on pricing and availability - Click here

• Killashee is only 30 mins drive to Redhill Adventure Park

Donadea Forest Park

Feed the ducks on the lakeside accessible walk suitable for families with buggies or wheelchairs. Outdoor tables available to those who come ready with a picnic. There is also an on-site café with plenty of tasty delights. View the historic buildings and castle remains, the ice house, St. Peter’s Church and the walled gardens. Why not try your hand at one of the three permanent orienteering routes on-site?

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• Killashee is only 30 mins drive to Donadea Forest Park

Abbeyfield Farm

Abbeyfield Farm, Ireland's leader in outdoor country pursuits, is nestled in over 240 acres of picturesque Kildare countryside. let their experienced and friendly staff provide you with a safe and enjoyable afternoon.

  • Fun outdoor activities include:
  • Horse Riding
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Archery
  • Air Rifle Shooting.

For the first-timer, expert tuition is provided to allow you to get the very best out of each pursuit. For the accomplished let them push your skills to the limit.

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• Killashee is only 20 mins drive to Abbeyfield Farm

Delta Sensory Gardens

The gardens have so much to offer all visitors during the seasons of year, from the bright and beautiful daffodils and tulips in Spring to the breath-taking colours of the autumnal foliage. They are also a wonderful source of ideas for all, with gardens designed by some of the top names in Irish gardening.

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• Killashee is only 35 mins drive to Delta Sensory Gardens.

Dublin Zoo

Animals at Dublin Zoo live enriched lives in natural social groups, they are fit and healthy, able to breed and raise their own young. They can be observed in naturalistic spaces with vegetation, substrate and water features that reflects their native habitat. Roam the African Savanna and spot giraffes, rhinos and zebras as you go. Hang out with the gorillas at the new Gorilla Rainforest, then travel through the Kaziranga Forest Trail to see the magnificent herd of Asian elephants. There are plenty of amazing animals to discover including orangutans, hippos, bats, rare monkeys, meerkats, chimpanzees, red pandas and reptiles to name but a few! Conservation is an important part of Dublin Zoo’s work, and as a registered charity the zoo relies on the generosity of friends and visitors to help fund the internationally acclaimed education, conservation and breeding programmes. Dublin Zoo is easily accessible by car or public transport and open all year round from 9.30am daily so be sure to get there early and pack everything into one fun filled family day! Last admission each day is one hour before closing time. Facilities include shop, restaurant, café and kiosks. Most of Dublin Zoo is accessible by people with disabilities. New manual wheelchairs are available on request. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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• Killashee is only 45 mins drive to Dublin Zoo

Aquazone at The National Aquatic Centre

AquaZone offers extreme thrills, raging water adventures and loads of fun. Tropical Indoor fun for all the Family! The newest attraction is Irelands only Flow Rider Surf Machine!!

Other Rides include: Master Blaster (Water roller coaster), Wave Pool, Lazy River, Bubble Pool, Pirates Ship (for the little ones), Dark Hole Flume (water slide) and the Green Giant Flume. The best and most exciting Leisure Pool in Ireland !

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• Killashee is only 45 mins drive to The National Aquatic Centre

ZipIt Forest Adventures Dublin

Zip It is a high wire forest adventure park with a difference. A place for young and old, where children can let their imagination run wild and where adults can embrace their inner child. You can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, even ride a BMX across a bridge, before zipping down one of our many ziplines. Come as a family, come on your own, or bring along a group. Children from age 7 to adults can enjoy up to 3 hours of excitement and adventure. Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or just looking to try something different, ZIPIT offers a unique outdoor experience for everyone to enjoy. Forget the day to day stuff. Put down your smartphone. Escape the office. Get back to nature and let yourself go!

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• Killashee is only 45 mins drive to Zip It Forest Adventures Dublin

Mondello Park

Mondello Park is Ireland’s only permanent international motorsport venue. FIA licenced international race track, Mondello Park also runs specialist driving training courses such as Advanced Car Control etc, as well as Corporate Activities including The Porsche Supercar Experience and the Motor Racing Experience. An exciting calendar of car and motorbike racing is held at Mondello throughout year including Rally Cross and drifting. Check out their website for more information on pricing and availability - Click here

• Killashee is only 15 mins drive to Mondello Park

Steam Museum Straffan

The Steam Museum in Kildare is a perfect destination for a family outing. Housed, appropriately, in a church which once stood in the Inchicore railway works. Inside the museum, there’s a fine collection of models of steam locomotives, including two used in the late 19th century by the Great Northern Railway. The museum also has a fine selection of steam engines used for industrial propulsion, including a huge beam engine used in the Midleton whiskey distillery in County Cork, a pumping engine employed in Jameson’s distillery in Dublin, and a large beam engine installed in Smithwick’s brewery, Kilkenny, in 1847.  A Cornish boiler and several small engines are on show. The Entrance Shop sells items of steam and garden interest, and the Steaming Kettle Teahouse can provide coffee/tea and a light lunch if booked in advance. Check out their website for more information on pricing and availability - Click here

• Killashee is only 25 mins drive to Steam Museum Straffan


Beyond the Trees- Avondale

Beyond the Trees Avondale is a popular destination in Ireland for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. This amazing attraction is only one hour drive from Killashee.  Avondale is home to the longest slide in Ireland. Now that is a statement! Are you brave enough to experience it? 

The slide is great fun but it is not the main experience at the Treetop Walk and Viewing Tower. Enjoy your journey along the walkway and immerse themselves in nature. Discover the scenery, the information and activity stations along the way, the amazing trees and landscape that you are passing through and vantage points never gazed from before. The top of the Viewing Tower provides wonderful vistas over the Wicklow Mountains and the Vale of Avoca so please take time to enjoy these before deciding whether you want to use the slide or not. 

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• Killashee is a 1 hour drive to Avondale Beyond the Trees

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