When it comes to going on family holidays, Galway has some of the very best family activities in the West! From fun days out with the kids to enjoying a picnic by the seaside for the day, Galway is full of the best family friendly attractions. Want to spend some quality time with the kids, well what are you waiting for? Make a family break for Galway!
If the past while has taught us anything, it’s the importance of family. So whether it’s a day trip with the little ones or an overdue reunion with the extended family, now’s the time to make some memories and fill up the photo album…
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
For something that every member of the family - from the little kids to the big adults - will enjoy, Moycullen’s Wildlands will do the trick. From fun walls and challenge rooms to archery and zip’n’trek, you’ll all be leaving with red cheeks and happy heads. If you're after something a bit more tranquil, educational and natural, we would highly recommend heading to Brigit's Garden & Café. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, with 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows for young and old to explore! The Earth Quest science challenge trail, natural playground and fairy village provide hours of fun for the young ones, while the grown-ups can chill out with a cuppa and some delicious food from the café.
CRAIC WITH THE KIDDIES
From tots and toddlers to excitable tweens, Galway’s got all the soft indoor jungle gyms, adventure centres and sporting facilities you’ll need to tire them out. For climbing frames, ball pools, bouncy castles and slides, Monkey Business is where it’s at. To test your athletic abilities, Pure Skill offers ten sports with unique challenges, from hurling and soccer to rugby and tennis. If that’s not for you and yours, Galway Atlantaquaria is always enjoyable and if the weather’s with you, a picnic on one of Galway’s many beaches is a must. In some great news for families in Galway, The Family Combo deal is back at Eye Cinema... €39.95 covers a family ticket (x4 tickets to the same movie) plus popcorn and drinks to keep everyone fed and hydrated while you watch the fun unfold on the silver screen!
WEEKENDS AWAY WITH THE YOUNG ONES
Now that they’re all back in school, you’ve got to make the most of each and every weekend. For the adventurous families, a zoom around the track or some competitive paintball at Pallas Karting should definitely be on the cards. Equally intense, Tom O’Hawks axe throwing is high energy and a great stress reliever. Alternatively, Great Escape Rooms have three rooms for you to escape from within an hour, so that’ll put your team work skills to the test. For something a little more laid back, Pálás regularly screen cinematic classics on the big screen, and Eye Cinema hold special parent and baby screenings each week too! Eye Cinema also have a special family combo offer which gets you 1 family ticket (adults and kids) with a combo of cinema snacks all for only €39.95! Make sure you enquire about this amazing deal while you're there.
GOOD TIMES FOR THE GROWN UPS
Whether your kids are all grown up or you’re getting away for the day with some family friends, you’ll be well entertained in Galway. Spin out as far as the Spiddal Craft Village to spend an afternoon browsing through the breathtaking work of glass crafters, basket-makers, jewelers and photographers in this colourful little slice of heaven. If you fancy lacing up your runners, the 2,957 hectares of Connemara National Park are just waiting to be explored. Equally, the stunning grounds of Kylemore Abbey should not be missed! Let the kids pet the friendly farm animals while you soak in the decades of history at one of Ireland's best loved tourist attractions. Alternatively, you could devote your time to ticking off as many items on our Ultimate Galway Bucket List. Who’s up for a wander through the Galway Market?