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25 Family Staycations Over The October Mid Term Break, 3 Night Stays from €267!

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Plan ahead to secure one of my family staycations over the October mid term break. I’ve hand-picked 3, 4 and 5-star family friendly Irish hotels with swimming pools to suit all tastes and budgets.

If you are thinking about family staycations over the October mid term break, now is the time to book to secure the best deal. All hotels listed below offer free cancellation, so you can always change your mind at a later date, but at least you have secured something now, for what is always peak family holiday time.
 

 

 
I understand that some of you are looking for cheap hotel deals, others might want a bit of luxury, and many are looking for self catering accommodation with hotel facilities. I have tried to cater for everyone and have some three, four and five-star options below – and all have swimming pools.

I have another post on luxury Airbnbs beside the sea for those who prefer the independence of a holiday home to a hotel.

Read: 25 Holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland available for Halloween break

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All family staycations are based on a three-night family stay, some hotel rooms sleep up to four, while others up to five or six. Dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements, simply click on the links below and edit the search dates accordingly.

Remember some facilities may not be available in October, and swimming pools, kids clubs etc, may only be available with prior reservation. Note, this post contains affiliate links where I receive a referral commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

3-Star hotels for family staycations

1. Hotel Killarney, Kerry: Superior Family Room (4) €462; or Family Suite (5) €537

The Hotel Killarney has self catering facilities in its suites

As well as being located in one of Ireland’s prettiest towns, the Hotel Killarney boasts a leisure centre, kids club and lots of outdoor activities. These large family suites sleep up to five and come with a kitchenette and dining area.  

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2. The Inn at Dromoland, Clare: Family Room (5) €373

Family Staycations Over The October Mid Term Break - 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 value family staycations for families of five.

Read: 50 hotels in Ireland with large family rooms 

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3. Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, West Cork: Family Room (4) €385

family holidays in Ireland over the Halloween break.

Superbly located with sea views, it is no surprise that the Celtic Ross Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in West Cork for family staycations. West Cork is one of my favourite parts of Ireland – there are so many gorgeous beaches and walks to discover. If you don’t want to wander too far, the pretty village of Rosscarbery has ample pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Irish fare.
 

 

 
Kids will love the Smugglers Cove Adventure Centre and The Lagoon Activity Centre which are next door to the hotel, and there is a spa to keep the adults happy too! The family-owned hotel is renowned for its delicious locally sourced food and there is an artisanal food truck on the terrace for the perfect al fresco dining experience. 

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4. Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny: Family Room B&B (4) €377

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 last 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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5. The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Waterford: Family Room B&B (4) €360

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Park Hotel is located in one of Waterford’s prettiest towns, Dungarvan. It also boasts a leisure centre, extensive grounds and is ideally located within walking distance to the town centre and the Waterford Greenway. We loved cycling the Greenway during our tour of the Munster Vales, it it one of Ireland’s top outdoor attractions for families. 

Top things to do in the Munster Vales

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6. Claregalway Hotel, Galway: Family Room (5) €382

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Located just 20 minutes from Galway City, within easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, and with a leisure centre and large family rooms, this is a great value choice for family staycations.

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4-Star hotels for family staycations:

7. Clonakilty Park Hotel, Cork: Family Room (4) €555;  2 bed apartment €615 

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This Clonakilty Park Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Ireland, thanks to its superb facilities. There is an award-winning leisure centre, a play zone with separate teen area, and a Kids Kamp usually operates during school holidays. A three-screen cinema, outdoor playground, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, as well as family friendly dining options are also located within the complex.

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8. Falls Hotel & Spa, Clare: Family Room (4) €450

4 Star Hotels in Ireland - Falls Hotel & Spa

As well as an award-winning spa, swimming pool and fitness centre on site, the Falls Hotel & Spa is ideally situated to explore the Wild Atlantic Way. With the Cliffs of Moher and the lively town of Doolin less than 15 minutes away, a stay at the Falls Hotel & Spa offers the best of both worlds.

You can also reduce your carbon footprint by staying here, The Falls Hotel & Spa gets its electricity from the river that runs alongside it. Self-Catering apartments are also available, and a kids club usually operates during school holidays.

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9. Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club, Wexford: Family Room (4) €267, Superior Room (5) €417

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

The Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club in Wexford is a popular choice for family breaks in Wexford. The leisure club with separate kids pool, and the lively Alamo Steakhouse prove popular with guests, as well as its close proximity to Curacloe Beach, the National Heritage Centre and Wells House and Gardens. Superior rooms are very spacious and some have individual TVs and headsets for children.

Read: Family breaks in Wexford at the Riverside Park Hotel

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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10. The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, Clare, Family Room (4) B&B: €594

waterslide at family lakeside hotel in Clare

Children will love the leisure centre at the Lakeside Hotel – the swimming pool has a 40 metre waterslide! Family rooms are spacious and come with a mini fridge and the hotel serves up complimentary milk and cookies at bedtime. 
 

 

 
Located on the banks of the river Shannon, you can avail of Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking and lots more activities in the nearby University of Limerick Adventure Centre. The possibilities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, a choice of beaches, and a local Chocolate factory, all close by.
 
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11. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Killiney, Dublin: Family Room (4) €466

fitzpatrick castle hotel is a great hotel for a family holiday in Dublin

Matt Damon may have left Killiney, but he certainly shined a spotlight on this pretty Dublin village, and a stay in the 4-star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is the perfect way to discover it. Overlooking Dublin Bay, you can choose to relax and enjoy its scenic location, or take the short train ride to Dublin city – this luxury hotel offers the best of both worlds.

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12. Clayton Hotel Limerick: Superior Family Room €390

family staycations in Ireland in hotels with swimming pools.

With the opportunities to explore Limerick, Kerry and Clare all on your doorstep, as well as a leisure centre with a 12 metre pool, this hotel is the perfect choice for a family staycation over the Halloween break. The Clayton Hotel Limerick is well known for its contemporary style and delicious food – don’t miss its vitality breakfast in the morning.

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13. Ardilaun Hotel, Galway: Family Room €478

Located in a secluded setting, yet only 1km from Galway city centre, the Ardilaun offers the best of both worlds. The spacious gardens and the choice of award-winning dining options are sure to please. There is a leisure centre, swimming pool and kids club on site, and pets are also welcome.

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14. Millpark Hotel, Co. Donegal: Family room (4) B&B €564

swimming pool at the Millpark Hotel Donegal.

Located close to Donegal town, with some of Ireland’s best beaches and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is a great choice for family staycations in Ireland. There is a swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, and state-of-the-art gym onsite, as well as a choice of dining options. 

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15. Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa, Roscommon: Family Room (4) B&B €642

spa break at Kilronan Castle

When you drive through the medieval gates of the 18th century Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa, you are bound to be impressed by its beauty. The 50 acres of gardens, woodlands and lake, also add to its fairytale-like appearance.
 

 

 
Originally a royal family home, it has been transformed into a luxurious Irish castle hotel, and boasts fine dining and a luxury spa. Its location close to the hugely popular Lough Key Forest Park and the Wild Atlantic Way ensures lots of options for family days out. This is one of those family staycations that both adults and children will love. This super deal includes breakfast too.

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16. Diamond Coast Hotel, Sligo: Family Room B&B (4) €497 ; Family Room (5) €507

The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best hotels with large family rooms on the wild atlantic way.

Located close to one of the best beaches in Ireland, the Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. There are a host of water sports available and the family friendly hotel has a Kids Club that usually operates during school holidays, – this is suitable for older kids and teens too. This is the only hotel on this list that does not have a swimming pool onsite, however, the Water Point Aqua Park is only five minutes drive away. 
 

 

 
The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the most popular hotels with large family rooms in Ireland – the rooms can sleep up to 8! They are equipped with two smart TVs with child friendly apps, a fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Read: 50 hotels in Ireland with large family rooms

Read: Best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way

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17. Hilton Belfast TemplePatrick Golf & Country Club, Antrim: Family Room (4) €359

the Hilton Belfast Hotel is one of the few hotels with large family rooms in Northern Ireland.

Hilton Belfast Templepatrick is ideally located in a countryside setting, but is just 20 minutes from Belfast City Centre and the Causeway Coast. There is a golf course, pool, spa and gym available and a choice of dining options. Family deluxe rooms can accommodate two adults and four children – this is one of the few hotels with large family rooms in Northern Ireland.

Read: A magical few days on the Causeway Coast

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5-Star hotels for family staycations

18. Druids Glen Resort, Wicklow: Deluxe Family Room €660

review of druids glen hotel

We were fortunate to stay in the luxurious Druids Glen Hotel a few years ago and loved it. The grounds, the pool, and the close proximity to Dublin made it a perfect getaway break for us. I wrote my review of Druids Glen Hotel for Groupon, but it has lots of information about the family facilities in the hotel that you may find useful.

Read: My review of Druids Glen Hotel & Resort
 
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19. Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny: Family Room B&B €725

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Juliet is one of the best value options for a five-star family staycation in Ireland. We stayed here last year and had a fantastic experience. The grounds, the facilities and the choice of dining options are superb. 
 

 

 
I was surprised at the extensive children’s activities available in Mount Juliet. There is a large playground with a zip line, as well as a fairy trail located in the gardens. Extensive kids clubs usually operate during school holidays, (extra charge applies), so parents can enjoy a round of golf or spa treatment while the kids avail of the supervised activities.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There is also a leisure centre and equestrian centre which we loved. I tried horse riding for the first time with my daughter Alex and it was fabulous! We trotted past the Manor House, through the woods and along side the golf course – it is an experience I would highly recommend. 

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate

Read: Top things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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20. Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin, Family Room (5) €918

family staycations at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin

The Intercontinental is one of Dublin’s best 5-Star Resort hotels. Located in the upmarket neighbourhood of Ballsbridge, and within walking distance of the city centre, the location is ideal for a family staycation. The Wellness area with the award winning ESPA is the perfect place to relax, and children will love the 14 meter pool and its proximity to Dublin’s top attractions.

We enjoyed a family stay here over Christmas and loved it – the rooms are so spacious and we loved the choice of dining options.

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Self catering options for staycations over October mid term break:

21. Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo: 2 bedroom Apartment (5) B&B €732

Mulranny Park Hotel Donegal is one of the best beach hotels to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way

The Mulranny Park Hotel boasts an idyllic location overlooking Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick Mountain, and also happens to be located on most scenic section of Great Western Greenway. The Blue Flag Mulranny Beach is on your doorstep but I would also recommend taking a trip to Achill to discover some of Ireland’s hidden beaches.
 

 

 
The Mulranny Park Hotel has an indoor leisure centre and Great Fun Club which usually operates during summer holidays. These two-bedroom apartment suites sleep up to five and breakfast is included in the cost of your stay.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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22. Westlodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, Bantry, Cork: 2 bedroom cottage €425

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Mizen Head Bridge, Cork

Set in 30 acres of gardens, yet close to Bantry town, The Westlodge Hotel is superb value for a family staycation over the Halloween break. The indoor pool, games room and pitch and putt course are a big hit with families, as is its close proximity to West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way.

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23. Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Wexford: 2 bedroom (4) €480; 3 bedroom (6) €690

stonebridge apartments in wexford are ideal for family breaks in ireland

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 the facilities of the Talbot Hotel Wexford. Larger apartments that sleep six and seven are also available.  

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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24. Clifden Station House, Galway: 2 bedroom apartment (4) €646

family staycations in Galway for the October mid term break.

This unique hotel was once an old railway station. It has been beautifully restored and manages to combine the old brick and native oak with modern furnishings. Its location in the upmarket town of Clifden is ideal for anyone who wants shops, bars and restaurants close by, but also wants to get out and about and explore the rugged coastline of Connemara.
 

 

 
The four-star, two and three-bedroom apartments are a great choice for groups or families. All guests get full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and leisure facilities, and the Railway Kids Club usually operates during holiday periods. 

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25. Quilty Holiday Cottages, Clare: 3 bedroom home (6) €560 

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The traditional Quilty Holiday Cottages are located on Clare’s coast and offer panoramic views on the Atlantic Ocean. Imagine walking the Cliffs of Moher, and returning to an open fire in your cottage – bliss! These three-bedroom homes sleep up to six and offer complimentary access to the indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. 

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Nearby Caherush Lodge is a four-bedroom house that also shares the indoor heated pool with Quilty Holiday Cottages residents. This can also be rented on Airbnb and it sleeps up to ten people.  I have a dedicated post on Airbnbs by the sea that are available for the October mid term break.

Read: 25 Holiday homes beside the sea available for the October mid term break

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I hope this post on family staycations will help you plan a nice family trip in Ireland over the Halloween break.  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.
 

 

 
These Irish hotel 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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Looking for family breaks in Ireland this summer? I’ve got 20 great deals to tempt you. All of my top picks are family friendly hotels with swimming pools on site!

Whether you want three, four or five-star hotels, this post has great family breaks in Ireland to suit all tastes and budgets. All hotels listed are family friendly with swimming pools, and all are recommended on TripAdvisor. I have priced these family breaks in Ireland for three-night stays in July and August, but dates and durations can be changed, simply click on the links below, and edit the dates to suit your requirements. 

It is important to point out that not all hotel facilities may be in operation. With this in mind, I recommend booking a room with free cancellation, incase there are any changes to facilities, or you need to cancel your booking at the last minute.

Most of these family breaks in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

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1. Breaffy House Hotel,  Mayo, Family Room €545

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Breaffy House Resort consists of two hotels set on 90 acres. The 4-star Breaffy House Hotel and the 3-star Breaffy Woods Hotel are just two minutes walk from each other, and there are large family rooms that sleep up to six. We stayed here during the summer and loved it.

Guests have complimentary use of all resort facilities including 20 metre swimming pool, paddling pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and award-winning spa. Children are well catered for with two playgrounds, crazy golf, GAA pitch and plenty of opportunities for forest walks. 

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

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2. Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Wexford: Family Room: €522 

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

The 4-star Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club  in Wexford is a firm favourite with families. The leisure club with separate kids pool, and the lively Alamo Steakhouse prove popular with guests, as well as its close proximity to Curacloe Beach, the National Heritage Centre and Wells House and Gardens.

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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3. The Inn at Dromoland, Clare, Family Room (5): €397

Family Staycations Over The October Mid Term Break - 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 value family hotel breaks in Ireland.

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4. Woodstock Hotel, Clare, Family Room: €480

Cliffs of Moher

Clare’s Hotel Woodstock is a family run country house on the grounds of Woodstock Golf and Country Club. Located just 4km from Ennis and a short drive to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, the possibilities for day trips are endless. The onsite Leisure Club with pool, sauna and jacuzzi will be a warmly welcomed after spending a day along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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5.  Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny: Family Room €497

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.  I visited Kilkenny last 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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6. Midlands Park Hotel, Laois: Family Room €387

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The Midlands Park Hotel is located in the centre of Portlaoise and has the added benefit of a health and fitness club with a 22 metre pool. There is a choice of dining options available, including Kelly’s Steakhouse and the intimate Triog Restaurant.

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7. Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo, Family Room €457, Family Suite €727

Benbulben

Photo by Andreas Brunn, Unsplash.Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. The leisure centre has a separate kids pool, and family suites will sleep two adults and three children.

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8.  Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney, Family Room: €672

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Castlerosse Hotel is one of Killarney’s most popular family hotels. We stayed here a few years ago and loved its central location and super service. It overlooks their own 9 hole golf course, the Killarney Lakes and the Magillicuddy Reeks. They even have their own resident deer on the grounds. I really enjoyed the 2km walk through the National Park to Killarney town. 

There is so much to see and do in Killarney including the National Park, Muckross House and Gardens and Torc Waterfall. We travelled around the Ring of Kerry too – read what I got up to on my blog.

Read: My family holiday in Killarney

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9. Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, Tipperary: Family room €387

Ballykisteen Golf Hotel swimming pool

Treat yourself to a round of golf on the superb 18-hole Championship Parkland Golf Course, or relax in the leisure centre with pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The popular Junction One Bar and Restaurant,  will serve up tasty food to round off your day in style. This 4-star hotel in Tipperary is one of the best value family breaks in Ireland.

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10. Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club, Ballina, Co. Mayo: Family Room €450

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The family-run Twin Trees Hotel overlooks the beautiful Brosna River, just a short distance from Ballina town. With a Leisure Club, swimming pool and popular restaurant on site, and its close proximity to Mayo’s top attractions, including Down Patrick Head and the Wild Atlantic Way, this is a great choice for a family holiday in Ireland.

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11. Slieve Russell Hotel, Co. Cavan, Family Room B&B: €657

swimming pool at the Slieve Russell Hotel.

The Slieve Russell Hotel is set in 300 acres, surrounded by lakes and a Championship golf-course, as well boasting a a 20-metre swimming pool, luxurious spa and a choice of family-friendly dining options. There is also a Kids Club onsite with a games room, tennis courts, adventure golf and a teen spa. 

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12. Shearwater Hotel & Spa, Co. Galway, Family Suite: €593

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Recently refurbished, the popular Galway hotel boasts an elegant interior, with a luxurious lobby and an inviting Library. There is a 20-meter swimming pool, an awarding-winning spa and there is usually live entertainment every Friday – Sunday. The onsite kids club caters from tots to teens with games, activities and movie nights – check with hotel for up to date facilities.

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13. Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Carlow,Family Room: €418

family breaks in ireland - mount wolseley self catering lodges

Famous for its championship golf course and award-winning spa, Mount Wolseley is a great choice for a family break in Ireland. Children are well looked after with a kiddies pool, zip line, soft play area, and a teen zone which is open until 11pm daily. A kids club for children aged 4-12 usually operates during school holidays, and there is a playground, tennis and basketball court. 

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14. Johnstown Estate, Meath, 2 Bedroom house: €627

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If you want to enjoy all the facilities of a hotel, but want the space of a two bedroom lodge, then this deal is for you. With a private terrace to enjoy some pre-dinner drinks, and full access to the leisure centre and restaurants in the hotel – what more do you need?  

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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15. Hodson Bay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Family Room B&B: €738

best family hotels in Ireland - Hodson Bay Hotel

The 4-star Hodson Bay hotel boasts a wonderful lakeside location on the shores of Lough Ree. As well as a 20 metre pool and an award-winning spa, it also has a Kids Adventure Club which includes cookery school, music & dance, arts & crafts, treasure hunts and lots more.
 

 

 
As well as superb facilities on site, the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide at Baysports waterpark is located close by. Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and pedal boats are also available here, making the Hodson Bay Hotel one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland, especially during the summer months.

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16. Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny, Hunters Yard Room B&B: €1040

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest hotels and is one of the most popular luxury family hotels in Ireland. We stayed here recently and had a fantastic experience. The grounds, the facilities and the choice of dining options are superb. 
 

 

 
I was surprised at the extensive children’s activities available in Mount Juliet. There is a large playground with a zip line, as well as a fairy trail located in the gardens. Extensive kids clubs usually operate during school holidays, (extra charge applies), so parents can enjoy a round of golf or spa treatment while the kids avail of the supervised activities. 
 

 

 
There are two kids clubs, one from age 5-12 and the other 12+. Activities range from archery, equestrian and meet the owls, to baking, golf, treasure hunts and arts and crafts. It is important to check activities in advance with Mount Juliet as some activities may change. There are also evening activities such as a talent show and movie nights, and children can dine with their new pals giving parents the opportunity to have a date night.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There is also a leisure centre and equestrian centre which we loved. I tried horse riding for the first time with my daughter Alex and it was fabulous! We trotted past the Manor House, through the woods and along side the golf course – it is an experience I would highly recommend. 

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate

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17. Fitzpatrick Hotel, Dublin, Family Room: €568

fitzpatrick castle hotel is a great hotel for a family holiday in Dublin

Overlooking Dublin Bay, I love the location of this hotel. I enjoy walking the family friendly Killiney Hill Walk regularly. Of course you can also take a short Dart ride to Dublin city, or simply relax and enjoy the pool – this great hotel is a great choice for a family break in the capital. 

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18. The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, Clare, Family Room B&B: €633

waterslide at family lakeside hotel in Clare

I must confess I did not know about the Lakeside Hotel until this summer, despite it being one of the best family hotels in Ireland. Located on the banks of the river Shannon, you can avail of Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking and lots more activities in the nearby University of Limerick Adventure Centre.
 

 

 
Children will love the leisure centre too, with swimming pool and 40 metre waterslide, as well as the complimentary milk and cookies at bedtime.

Family rooms are spacious and come with a mini fridge.The possibilities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, a choice of beaches, and a local Chocolate factory, all close by. 

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19. Westlodge Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork: €576

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Mizen Head

Set in 30 acres of gardens, yet close to Bantry town, The Westlodge Hotel is a super choice for families wishing to explore West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way. The leisure centre, games room and pitch and putt course are also a big hit with families.

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20. Montenotte Hotel, Cork, Family Room: €750

Montenotte Hotel in Cork has self catering apartments on site
I have heard so many great things about the Montenotte Hotel, which has been recently refurbished and and offers stunning views of  Cork city. With a state of the art leisure centre, an in-house cinema and this cosy outdoor terrace, it is one of the most popular places to stay in Cork. 

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I hope this post on family breaks in Ireland will help you plan a family holiday in Ireland this summer. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotels and holiday home owners for clarification. I always recommend booking a hotel or home with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you. 

These hotels and homes were researched independently. Some have links direct to the hotels websites, while others have my affiliate links attached to third party websites, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 

 

Holidays in Ireland

My Review of Fota Island Resort

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I’m a firm believer that the ultimate family staycation is one that combines a touch of luxury, with activities for children. Fota Island Resort has both in abundance.

 

When I was offered a trip to Fota Island Resort, a five star hotel with a wildlife park next door,  I jumped at the chance! We have enjoyed a Dublin Zoo family pass for many years; we are animal lovers who also happen to be fond of nice hotels, this seemed like the perfect staycation! After a short two and a half hour drive from Dublin we arrived at ‘the island’. I had never really paid much attention to the name before but when we drove into the lavish grounds and arrived at Fota Island Resort, the penny suddenly dropped,  we were in fact on an island! The gardens are superb (more on that later) and first impressions were really good. I couldn’t help but notice the pretty bronzed sculptures throughout the gardens and my daughter Alex was quick to notice them too 😍

We stayed at one of the new Fuchsia lodges, which were outstanding. Just check out my video below and you will see what I mean! The three bedroom lodge (house being more accurate) has a ‘good room’, a massive living area with modern kitchen, and a perfect back garden for the kids to roam around. Upstairs all three bedrooms are ensuite and two have walk in wardrobes! There is also a balcony off the master bedroom with views across the grounds. Rabbits were constantly bouncing around the garden so when the kids weren’t outside chasing them, the balcony was a great viewing point!


I was conscious that there are only six of these available for rent so I made a point of looking at the Courtyard Lodges too. I was really impressed with these also and they also have the advantage of are also beside a great outdoor playground. I was thinking how handy it would be to relax in your lodge while the kids played happily beside you.

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The Fota Island Resort hotel  has a warm cosy feel, with dark bog oak furniture in large lounge areas. Personally I preferred the bright modern décor of the lodges, but I couldn’t help but think that it would be fantastic at winter time, especially with the log fire blazing ❤. I also investigated the hotel rooms and found them bright and spacious with modern decor. Fota Island Resort offers great facilities for children including a kids club and an indoor swimming pool. My kids loved the pool, however we didn’t have time to try the kids club on this occasion. During school holidays the Fota Camp operates daily for children aged 4-12 and there is also an adrenaline adventure centre for children aged 8 and over. Children will love the obstacle course and can try kayaking, learn about bush craft and lots more. Budding golfers will love their golf camp – suffice to say there are camps to cater for all children. We enjoyed tasty meals in the bar and Fota Restaurant, although perhaps not five star standard, but they offered an excellent kids menu. I noticed many groups of girls enjoying afternoon tea so I asked how they were getting on. They had booked a spa package which came with this incredible array of food. It seems Fota Island Resort is not just ideal for families!

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I mentioned the lavish grounds earlier and thankfully on our last morning I look the opportunity to walk around them. There are numerous walking trails from 2.5km to 7km, each one was better than the next. You can walk through woods, along the golf course (did I mention there is a championship golf course here?) and along the waters edge. I spotted wildlife at every turn, red squirrels, rabbits and exotic birds; along with, I was told, the finest collections of rare trees and shrubs to be found in Ireland. Children will love the new Fota fairy trail, that has over 20 magical Fairy Doors hidden throughout the woods.  You can also choose to walk the 1.7km to the wildlife park, but with two young kids in tow, we decided to drive. After a few short minutes we were at Fota Wildlife Park.

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We were only in the park a few minutes when my son spotted a peacock roaming around. This set the tone for the entire day. Everywhere we looked there were animals roaming free, it was so refreshing to see. My son was re christened ‘the spotter’ because he constantly spotted animals hiding in nearby hedges. There were wallabies hopping through the parkland and lemurs scampering up trees. We planned our visit around the Cheetah’s feeding time and seeing them run at an incredible speed was quite special. My son, Luke (9) was mesmerised. After the cheetah ‘show’ we strolled pass the numerous giraffe and bison and arrived at the Asian sanctuary ,where lions and tigers were happy to meet us.

The 100 acre park is very easy to navigate and it wasn’t long before we were at the lakeshore. This was our highlight. We got up close and personal with kangaroos and lemurs as well as the hundreds of friendly birds, ducks and geese. They even have a food dispenser (50cent). The kids loved feeding the birds and geese, the odd peck added to the excitement. The kangaroos are so used to visitors you can easily stand right beside them and get some amazing photographs. After a three hour visit we decided to hop on the train back to the entrance. It only costs a €1 so if you have tired children, this is a Godsend. We all loved the wildlife park, in fact I have already been asked when we are going back.

Fota Island Resort also has the luxury of being only minutes from the pretty Cork town of Cobh. Famous for being the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912, you can’t help but fall in love with this historic town. Take a the Titanic experience tour or have lunch in the Titanic bar. There is also a heritage centre and museum. If you fancy a boat trip, take a trip to Spike Island and explore the fortress that held 2300 prisoners. The town itself is pretty with lots of shops, bars and restaurants and the colourful streets are an instagram favourite.

I would highly recommend Fota Island Resort for a family break away. The proximity to Cobh and the Fota Wildlife park combined with a luxurious family friendly hotel and excellent lodges, make for a truly memorable holiday.

 

For more information visit FotaIsland.ie

Check out Ireland Before You Die for more information on things to do with kids in Cork

 

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Sarah

The Travel Expert

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