Family Trip (3 day Itinerary)
Why not kick start the vacation at Tayto Park in Ashbourne? With over 100 attractions there’s something for all the family here. Visitors get to explore The Tayto Sky Walk, The Superhero Training Wall, The Tayto Air Jumpers in The Eagle Sky Adventure Zone and much more. Check out www.taytocrisps.ie for details.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Tayto Park before moving on to your next destination.
Arriving in Drogheda, where you’ll stay for the night, explore the streets of the historic town with a guided tour or perhaps you’d rather take the family for a tour of nearby Old Mellifont Abbey and Monasterboice set in the picturesque hills of County Louth. The kids will enjoy exploring these ruins and the whole family will get to learn about two of Ireland’s most famous monasteries.
Head back to Drogheda and relax with dinner at the many restaurants in the town or in the surrounding area.
If you and the kids have any energy left Drogheda still has a lot to offer; take in a show at the Droichead Arts Centre (www.droichead.com) or maybe head over to Funtasia Waterpark (www.funtasia.ie) where there’s plenty to do, even for those who don’t want to get their feet wet.
After a hearty breakfast in Drogheda, be sure to pick up some provisions for a picnic lunch. Heading in the direction of Navan you’ll have a whole host of historically significant sites to choose from. The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre at Oldbridge House is the site of Ireland’s most epic battle. Brú na Bóinne is home to three large passage tombs – Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth – which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. This will be an experience that all the family will remember long after they’ve left the Boyne Valley.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at the nearby Newgrange Farm (www.newgrangefarm.com) or perhaps you’d prefer to dine in the beautiful village of Slane.
Continue on towards Navan where you might like to drop into The Zone. Indoor karting and Ireland’s largest indoor paintball area are just two of activities available, check out www.thezone.ie for more. Or perhaps you’d prefer to continue on your historical adventure in which case you must visit the Hill of Tara. The views alone on a clear day are worth the visit and for those of you interested in myth and legend there’s no better place in all the land than the former residence of Ireland’s High Kings.
Spend the night in Navan and check out the many restaurants and pubs for dinner.
After dinner you might like to take a stroll along the banks of the Boyne at the Ramparts and enjoy the rivers flora and fauna. Alternatively check out what’s going on at the Solstice Arts Centre (www.solsticeartscentre.ie) during your visit or maybe just find a local pub with live music and soak up the atmosphere.
Head out to Kells early in the morning and visit the great monastic sites in the town before arriving at Causey farm where the whole family can learn what it’s like to be Irish for a day, for more details see www.causey.ie.
Take an early lunch in one of the cafés or restaurants in Kells.
Following your quick lunch make you way to Oldcastle where you can explore Loughcrew Gardens and Adventure Course (www.loughcrew.com) before tackling the gentle slopes of the Loughcrew Hills to investigate the many passage tombs. Leaving Oldcastle drive towards Trim making a quick stop at the Hill of Ward in Athboy to show the kids where the great Celtic festival of Halloween began.
Arriving in the magnificent medieval town of Trim you’ll have a host of restaurants and pubs to choose from.
An after dinner stroll through the castle grounds and the Trim Historic Trail will mean you’ll find it hard to leave the Boyne Valley behind so why not just stay another night in Trim.