Immerse yourself in five thousand years of Irish history at the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, Wexford. With 16 separate sites dotted through 35 acres of woodland and wetland, the whole family can wander through a reimagined Viking settlement and say 'hello' to the park's array of birds of prey. Cap the day off with a family sleepover in a replica 1,500-year-old ring fort.
Discover the history of Wicklow Gaol, which operated between 1702 and 1922, through their interactive tour led by knowledgeable guides. As you peek into the spooky dungeons and hear tales of hauntings in days gone by, you're sure to feel a chill down your spine.
On your next family day out, explore the medieval town of Carlingford and walk its winding streets. For an adrenaline rush, head to Carlingford Adventure Centre and check out the activities on offer like zorbing, rock-climbing, abseiling and kayaking.
Make your way to County Laois for a stroll through the gardens and expansive parklands of Emo Court. Explore the woodlands, lakes and statues that stretch across the 35 hectares of land, and even take part in the outdoor games as a family. Before you leave, find a pretty spot and break for a family picnic.
While this 18th century building is a Palladian masterpiece, the grounds of Russborough House are a dream for families. Take on the 2000m beech hedge maze, have a go at rock climbing in the adventure centre or go wild in the playground. There are also looped walks of various lengths to help bring the day to a relaxing conclusion.
The Irish National Stud is one of the world’s leading thoroughbred breeding centres. Take a guided tour to see the magnificent creatures up close. Top your visit off with a wander through the Japanese Gardens – designed by one of Japan’s great horticulturalists, Tassa Eida and his son Minoru.
Book in for the Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience and get a hands-on introduction to the ancient game. Here, sports fans big and small can learn about the finer points of blocking and free-taking.
Take the family to new heights at Castlecomer Discovery Park with their Tree Top Adventure Walk. Savour bird's eye views of the entire park while trying out Ireland's longest zipline. If heights aren't your thing don't worry, take the family on a canoe trip on the lake or visit the Elf and Fairy Village before stopping for a coffee in The Canopy Café.
Recognised as the oldest operating lighthouse in the world, Hook Head Lighthouse has been guiding ships entering Wexford Harbour for 800 years. Complete the nautical adventure with a visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship where you can hear true stories of those who braved the trip from Ireland to the United States during the Famine through interactive tours.
Head to Cork city and explore the inner workings of the Shandon Bells clock tower at St Anne's Church. Brave the 132 steps to the summit where you can not only enjoy 360 degree views of the city, you and the kids can also ring the bell yourselves. Afterwards, feed your appetites with a feast in the English Market before rounding off the day with a trip to Ballycotton Lighthouse.