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Family-friendly places to stay in Ireland

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.

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Cottages in Ireland

Child-friendly properties in towns and villages, by the sea and in the countryside, to suit all tastes.

Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre Clonakilty

A good-value option with excellent children’s facilities within easy reach of Cork and its airport.

Liss Ard Estate Hotel

A family-friendly, dog-friendly country house hotel in woodlands with a lake.

The Merrion Hotel

A family-friendly five-star hotel in the city centre, with an indoor pool, a spa and a garden.

The Europe Hotel & Resort

County Kerry
A stylish five-star property on the west coast of Ireland, with a spa, an indoor pool and a warm welcome for families.

The Dunloe

County Kerry
A five-star hotel with kids' clubs, free kids' activities, spacious family rooms and movie nights.