12 Family Staycations Between Christmas & New Year – 3 Night Stays from €285!

christmas family hotel breaks in Ireland

From Kilkenny to Killarney, check out these festive family hotel deals in Ireland with prices from €285!


I love a break away between Christmas and New Year!  Its the perfect way to finish off the festive season, and a good excuse to take advantage of left over annual leave days. Stephens Day is a chill day though, right? With this in mind, I have chosen these family hotel deals in Ireland departing on the 27th of December. However if you wish to depart earlier or later, or change the duration of your stay, simply edit the search dates to suit your requirements.


Hopefully you will get lots of crisp clear days, but if not, don’t worry, because all of my family hotel deals in Ireland are based in family friendly hotels with swimming pools!


However, it is important to point out that some facilities may have restrictions. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to facilities, or you need to cancel your booking due to personal reasons. Most of these festive hotel deals are priced with free cancellation and include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.



1. The Inn at Dromoland, Co. Clare: Family Room €285 for 4, or €306 for 5  

family hotel deals in Ireland - The Inn at Dromoland Hotel

Situated on the famous Dromoland Estate, The Inn at Dromoland offers endless outdoor walks over 450 acres of countryside. With Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and beaches  just a short drive away, there are plenty of options for outdoor pursuits, as well as an indoor pool with separate kids pool at the hotel. This is one of the best festive family hotel deals in Ireland and the large family rooms cater for families of five.


Price will show at €307 but when you use my promo code AFFHCOM3Q20 you will save a further 8%, making the total just €285. You will need to select the option to pay online. Supplement of €50 applies for room with free cancellation.

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2.  Amber Springs Hotel, Co. Wexford: Family Room B&B for 4, €721

things to do in Wexford with kids - National Heritage Centre
National Heritage Centre, Wexford

Amber Springs Hotel is constantly voted one of the top hotels in Ireland for families. In fact, it is so popular that it is rare that I find it available, when I compile family hotel deals in Ireland. It is superbly located, just 10-minutes walk from the centre of Gorey and 10-minutes drive from sandy beaches, however the facilities are so good for families you may find it hard to leave.


There is a leisure centre and spa on site, as well as family friendly restaurants and a bar. Outdoors you will find mini-golf, a playground, and go-karting, but if the weather is not in your favour, the hotel also has an indoor Playzone with a bouncy castle, ball pool, and games.  

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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3. Springhill Court Hotel Co.Kilkenny: Family Room for 4: €362

family hotel deals in Ireland in Kilkenny

The newly refurbished Springhill Court Hotel Kilkenny is very popular with families, thanks to the swimming pool with separate kids pool, kids club, and family friendly dining options. This super deal includes breakfast and free cancellation too. I visited Kilkenny this summer and loved it – there are so many things to do in Kilkenny with kids.

Read: Top things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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4. Breaffy House Hotel & Spa, Co. Mayo: Family Room for 4 €476, or €529 for 6


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We stayed in Breaffy House Resort this summer and had a wonderful experience. Children are well catered for with a swimming pool, two playgrounds, crazy golf, and plenty of opportunities for forest walks. There are plenty of dining options too and a host of family friendly activities close by.

Breaffy House Hotel has large family rooms that sleep up to six and if you use my promo code AFFHCOM3Q20 you will save 8% off the listed price.

Read: 10 reasons to choose Breaffy House Resort for your next staycation

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5. Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Co.Wexford: 2 bed Apt €401, 3 bed Apt €577

stonebridge apartments in wexford are ideal for families

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor the luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge is a super choice for families looking for large modern apartments in the heart of Wexford Town. Guests have access to the swimming pool and Talbot Quay Leisure Centre and all the facilities of the Talbot Hotel Wexford. Use my promo code AFFHCOM3Q20 to save 8% off the listed price. 

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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6. Center Parcs, Co. Longford: 2 bed lodge for 4 €1149 or €1249 for 6

family breaks in Ireland between Christmas and New Year

Our trip to Center Parcs was one of our favourite family holiday holidays in Ireland. We were fortunate to be able to visit in December last year to enjoy their Winter Wonderland experience, and I can confirm it was truly magical! The village was covered in 57,000 fairy lights, and there was 90 Christmas trees and 3 tonnes of snow – if you are looking for the ultimate Christmas experience in Ireland, Centre Parcs is the place to visit.


There are so many activities available for children, including the subtropical swimming pool, which we loved. Center Parcs is certainly more expensive than your average hotel break, but in my opinion, it’s worth it. I also have lots of saving tips to watch out for in this post:

Read: Tips to save money at Center Parcs Ireland

Read: Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs, why you should visit and my top tips

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7. Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry: 2 bed house, up to 6, €571

family hotel deals in Ireland in Killarney over Christmas

I stayed in the Castlerosse Holiday Homes many years ago. It was great to have spacious self-catering lodges with the added advantage of having the Castlerosse Hotel’s facilities at our disposal. There is a leisure centre with a swimming pool and fitness centre, as well as an outdoor playground and tennis courts. Evening entertainment is usually organised during school holidays, and don’t miss the idyllic walk through Killarney’s National Park right to the centre of town.

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 8. Celtic Ross Hotel, Co. Cork: Family Room for 4: €425

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West Cork is one of my favourite parts of Ireland. I love the Beara Peninsula, Kinsale, and off shore islands such as Sherkin Island – I could go on and on…  The Celtic Ross Hotel is superbly located overlooking Rosscarbery Bay, you are close to many of West Cork’s picturesque coastal towns and beaches, with the added advantage of having great facilities at the hotel too. The leisure centre and choice of dining options make it an ideal family friendly break.   

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9. The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford: Family Room for 4 €430


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The Park Hotel is centrally located just five-minutes walk to the lively centre of Dungarvan. With a Leisure Centre on site, and five acres of gardens to explore, it is no surprise that it is very popular with families. We stayed here last year during our trip around the Munster Vales. We cycled 10km along the Waterford Greenway from Dungarvan to Durrow – it is the most scenic section of the Greenway and suitable for children too. Dungarvan is a pretty coastal town with a great scene, making it an ideal choice for a family staycation.

Read: Top things to do in the Munster Vales

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10. Lusty Beg Island, Co. Fermanagh: 3 bed Villa for 6, €688

family breaks in Ireland in Lusty Beg Island

Lusty Beg Island is a 4-star 75 acre resort offering a relaxing self-catering stay in the heart of Fermanagh’s Lakelands. Your three-bedroom villa can accommodate up to six people, and is reached by a five-minute ferry ride. You have full use of the resorts swimming pool, spa, children’s playground and tennis courts. The villas are well equipped to enjoy cosy nights in, but if you want to venture out there is also a restaurant and bar available. This is also a pet-friendly resort.

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11. Great Northern Hotel Bundoran, Donegal: Family Room for 4, €530

family hotel deals in Ireland - The Great Northern Hotel in Donegal

The Great Northern Hotel is not only located beside a Blue Flag beach, but it boasts a wellness and leisure centre, as well as a kids club that usually operates during school holidays. This 4-star hotel is one of the most popular family friendly hotels in Donegal.


If you happen to be lucky with the weather, the possibilities for day trips are endless in Donegal. It is home to some of Ireland’s best beaches, Ireland’s tallest sea cliffs, the Slieve League Cliffs, and Wilde Ireland,  Ireland’s newest animal sanctuary.

Use my promo code AFFHCOM3Q20 to save 8% off the listed price. 

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12. The Connacht Hotel Galway: Classic Room for 4 €388 or Family Suite for 5 €590

family hotel deals in Galway over Christmas

The Connacht Hotel has been recently refurbished and boasts a large leisure centre, kids club and lots of family-friendly dining options. We stayed here many years ago and loved its location close to Galway city.

Use my promo code AFFHCOM3Q20 to save 8% off the listed price. 

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I hope this post on family hotel deals in Ireland will help you plan a festive break away.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you, or you need to cancel due to personal reasons.


These deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.



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The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery


  • Sarah, I was wondering if you have any deals for 2 adults & 2 older teenagers. We are happy to share a room to keep costs down.

    Many thanks,

    • Hi Louise, if you edit the child ages on the links or select four adults, you should be able to get the exact prices. Most the rooms that hold 5 should take 4 adults, like the Inn at Dromoland or Claregalway Hotel – both very good value.

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