If you’re tightening the purse-strings, think about a self-catering cottage – see our partner cottages.com (with exclusive discounts for our newsletter subscribers) or The Landmark Trust (irishlandmark.com) with its quirky historical buildings such as lighthouse-keeper's cottages and even small castles.
Many of Ireland’s atmospheric castle hotels offer family accommodation. See our feature on a Family Falconry Break at Ashford Castle. Or in Navan, Co. Meath, Bellinter House is a stunning Georgian boutique hotel with babysitting.
Alternatively, try a campsite such as Fáilte Ireland’s Best Family-Friendly Site winner, Nore Valley Park Farm (norevalleypark.com) in Co. Kilkenny, where kids can feed the animals and ride trailers and go karts. Another great family site is River Valley Holiday Park (rivervalleypark.com) in Co. Wicklow, close to Brittas Bay with its fantastic beach.