Jody Halsted answers Max’s question about choosing the best castles for kids in Ireland.
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00:23 What are the best Irish castles for kids? Jody Halsted from www.IrelandFamilyVacations.com
- Episode #115 Fairy Hunting with the Family in Ireland – http://irishfireside.com/2011/07/04/119-fairy-hunting-with-the-family-in-ireland/
- Episode #125 Your Smartphone in Ireland and the best apps for Irish travel – http://irishfireside.com/2013/04/01/125-your-smartphone-in-ireland-and-the-best-apps-for-irish-travel/
1:10 What are the main benefits of visiting an Irish castle?
1:58 How did your daughters deal with the idea of a Disney castle with the reality of an Irish Castle?
3:10 Where should we start to find the ideal Irish castle?
3:29 Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Co Clare – includes a climb to the top of roof, animals, playground, pub – close to Shannon Airport – http://www.shannonheritage.com/BunrattyCastleAndFolkPark/
5:10 Malahide Castle, Co Dublin – owned by the same family for 800 years – has a resident friendly ghost and beautiful, extensive grounds with playground and passenger train – http://www.shannonheritage.com/MalahideCastleAndGardens/
7:27 Blarney Castle, Co Cork – home of the Blarney Stone – try the souvenir audio guide – a tour of the grounds is more interesting than the castle – poison garden/apothecary garden – Rock Close, Wishing Stairs, Seven Sisters and the standing stones, megalithic tomb – http://www.blarneycastle.ie/
10:05 Birr Castle Demense, Co Offaly – you don’t tour the castle – it’s home to a science museum and the one-time largest telescope in the world – beautiful gardens – carriage rides – Ireland’s Largest Treehouse – http://www.birrcastle.com/
10:43 Ashford Castle, Co Mayo – five-star hotel property – becomes Hogwarts over Halloween full of wizardry – allows mom and dad to enjoy time on the lake or great meals – http://www.ashfordcastle.com/
13:40 Once kids reach 12 or 13 years old, they’re not necessarily put in the child category
13:50 Falconry in Ireland
15:28 Ashford Castle also offers horseback riding, archery, clay pigeon shooting
15:40 Knappogue Castle, Co Clare – near Shannon Airport and Bunratty Castle – no longer offer castle tours – they are open for medieval banquets and for guests who stay overnight in the castle state rooms – http://www.shannonheritage.com/DaytimeAttractions/KnappogueCastleWalledGarden/
18:10 What tips do you have for experiences with kids and castles?
19:45 Are ruined castles good places to visit with kids? OPW/Office of Public Works/Heritage Ireland – http://www.heritageireland.ie/
21:35 Cahir Castle, Co Tipperary – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/cahircastle/
21:47 Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/rockofcashel/
21:52 Ross Castle, Co Kerry – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-west/rosscastle/
22:10 OPW Heritage Pass – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/info/heritagecards/#d.en.974
22:30 Shannon Heritage – http://shannonheritage.com
22:40 King Johns Castle, Co Limerick – Close to Shannon Airport, Lough Gur, and Bunratty – http://www.shannonheritage.com/KingJohnsCastle/
24:50 Enniskellin Castle, Co Fermanagh – near Lough Erne – military history with a History Detective pamphlet for youth – http://www.enniskillencastle.co.uk/
25:55 Carrickfergus Castle – close to Belfast – http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Carrickfergus-Castle-Carrickfergus-P2814
26:48 Glenveagh Castle and Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal – pathways, gardens, and lookouts – rent an electric bicycle – http://www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie/
29:00 www.IrelandFamilyVactions.com — Start Your Journey Here
30:10 Mary Mulvihill – www.ingeniousireland.com