Jody Halsted answers Max’s question about choosing the best castles for kids in Ireland.
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/
What are the main benefits of visiting an Irish castle?
How did your daughters deal with the idea of a Disney castle with the reality of an Irish Castle?
Where should we start to find the ideal Irish castle?
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
Once kids reach 12 or 13 years old, they’re not necessarily put in the child category
Falconry in Ireland
Ashford Castle also offers horseback riding, archery, clay pigeon shooting
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/
What tips do you have for experiences with kids and castles?
Are ruined castles good places to visit with kids? OPW/Office of Public Works/Heritage Ireland – http://www.heritageireland.ie/
Cahir Castle, Co Tipperary – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/cahircastle/
Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/rockofcashel/
Ross Castle, Co Kerry – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-west/rosscastle/
OPW Heritage Pass – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/info/heritagecards/#d.en.974
Shannon Heritage – http://shannonheritage.com
King Johns Castle, Co Limerick – Close to Shannon Airport, Lough Gur, and Bunratty – http://www.shannonheritage.com/KingJohnsCastle/
Enniskellin Castle, Co Fermanagh – near Lough Erne – military history with a History Detective pamphlet for youth – http://www.enniskillencastle.co.uk/
Carrickfergus Castle – close to Belfast – http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Carrickfergus-Castle-Carrickfergus-P2814
Glenveagh Castle and Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal – pathways, gardens, and lookouts – rent an electric bicycle – http://www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie/
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