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Family Friendly Things to do in Wicklow

Wicklow is a County that is known for being very family friendly

Wicklow is a County that is known for being very family friendly and has a wonderful variety of things to do there.

We have gotten lots of wonderful recommendations for things to do in Wicklow, but please let us know if we are missing any of your favourites.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

  • Glenroe Farm – a great day out and the best thing is they have a covered playground so it doesn’t matter if it’s raining there’s still lots of fun to be had!
  • Clara Lara Fun Park
  • Powerscourt Estate and Waterfall – Voted 3rd Best Gardens in the World by National Geographic. Waterfall, lopped trails and playground! Bug Buffet kiosk open daily for drinks and snacks.
  • Glendalough – Lots of options. Green Road Walk. Spinc Route. Lower Lake Boardwalk is a loop of approx 3.5km and brings you into Monastic City. So much space for kids to play around the upper lake and lots of picnic benches
  • Killruddery – Gardens and Farm. Also Restaurants, Shop, Garden Centre and the ‘Great House’ itself.
  • Squirrel’s Scamble Ziplines – Tree Adventure Park based in Killruddery
  • Blessington Lakes
  • Kilmacurragh National Botanic Gardens of Ireland –  beautiful place to walk around and lovely picnic spot, there is also a lovely cafe
  • River Walk in Wicklow Town
  • The Avon – Blessington Lakeshore. Activities: kayaking, SUP, Archery, Climbing, Sailing and more! Cafe, Food Court and Live Music.
  • Russborough House and Park
  • Belmont Demesne – nice mountain walk and trails, biking too and great pizzas here. 
  • Wicklow Equi Tours, Glenealy – all levels catered for
  • Roundwood Reservoir – great family walk
  • Greenan Maze – Family Farm, 2 mazes, wild nature walks, farm animals and coffee shop
  • Mount Usher Gardens
  • Visit Sammy the Seal on South Quay in Wicklow Town! He loves the attention!
  • Brittas Bay
  • Silver Strand
  • Magheramore Beach
  • East Coast Nature Reserve at Blackditch Wood, Newcastle
  • Kindlestown Woods
  • The little Sugar Loaf – situated between the village of Kilmacanougue and the seaside town of Bray. Check @ourlittlehiker
  • Bray Adventures – near Bray harbour. Kayaking, SUP, Coasteering Coastal Tours.
  • Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk
  • Glenmacnass Waterfall
  • Fatbike Adventures – Shop and Bike Rentals based at Belmont Demesne. Renting regular bikes and also provide guided tours on electric fatbikes.
  • K2 Alpacas – Aplaca Trekking Experience
  • Black Castle, Wicklow Town
  • Devil’s Glen – Waterfall and Seamus Heaney Walk
  • Kilmichael Point Reserve
  • Meeting of the Waters, Avoca Valley
  • Clogga Beach
  • Wicklow Lighthouse – great place for a family day out, can have a little picnic out there. It is a good bit of a walk to get there, but definitely worth a visit.
  • Greystones – South and North Beaches. Lady’s Cove.
  • Playground at South Beach in Greystones
  • Arklow – Playground and Promenade
  • Aughrim Village – playground, the Old Mill, Seán Linehan Forest Walk, restaurant and pubs
  • Saint Kevin’s Way – can walk a section of it with St. Kevin’s Pool – beautiful walk with mixture of river, woodland, walking on sleepers, bridges and wildlife @ourlittlehiker
  • Shillelagh Playground
  • Tomnafinnoge Woods
  • Towns to Visit: Wicklow Town, Bray, Arklow and Greystones
  • Rathdrum River Walk
  • Ballygannon Woods – close by is Samuel Hayes Bridge which joins the Jubilee Walk to Avonmore Way in Rathdrum
  • Ballinastoe Forest Walk
  • The Ciarán Shannon Walk, Annacurra – buggy friendly [apart from one hill] Playground at the start / finish
  • Blessington Greenway
  • Crone Wood, Enniskerry

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INDOOR ACTIVITIES

  • Sea Life Bray – Aquatic Zoo with 30+ displays and 1000+ creatures
  • The Farm Shop, Tinahely – Wicklow’s only indoor beach, play barn and restaurant
  • Cool Planet Experience – Ireland’s 1st Interactive Climate Action Tour: All ages welcome, but most suitable in general for 7+
  • Wicklow Lighthouse – Inside of Lighthouse open to the public once a year in August.

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FOOD AND DRINKS

  • The Waffler, Greystones
  • Brambles Cafe, Kilmaccuragh – Botanic Gardens
  • The Dough Box, Bray Seafront
  • Little Acorn, Baltinglass
  • The Grey Dog Cafe, Wicklow Town
  • The Brass Fox, Wicklow Town
  • The Good Life Wicklow: South Quay, Wicklow Town – great coffee and buns
  • Killruddery
  • The Martello, Bray
  • The Eating House, Blessington
  • Daata Indian and Pakistani Food, Bray and Greystones
  • Nick’s Cafe, Main Street, Wicklow Town – also dog friendly
  • Box Burger Bray
  • Dockyard No. 8, Bray Harbour – indoor and outdoor dining, dog friendly
  • Byrne & Woods Bar & Restaurant, Roundwood.
  • The Broken Chair, Arklow – amazing coffee and space for the kids to run
  • Rise at the Cove, Greystones
  • The Avon – Blessington Lakeshore. Cafe, Food Court and Live Music.
  • The Happy Pear – Greystones
  • Sonny’s, Greystones

Wicklow is such a fabulous County, with an abundance of things for families.

And feel free to tag us @thefamilyedit if you visit any of these places! We love seeing all the family adventures.

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