05 Oct Family Fun Carlow
Family Fun Carlow
Bring the whole family to Avlon House for a fun filled stay!
Families can enjoy a perfect holiday in Carlow, with some fantastic activities on offer for both young and old. From acres of woodland parks to family boat trips, superb playgrounds and family entertainment venues, there’s something to keep the whole family occupied and Avlon House is the place to do it all from.
For an outdoor adventure for all the family, hop aboard a traditional Irish open boat with Cliff Reid of Boat Trips. i.e. Kids will enjoy spotting all manner of wildlife such as kingfishers, otters, dragonflies and shoals of fish as they glide past the boat while adults will love hearing the tales and legends of the river’s boatmen. For those with a busy lifestyle, it’s the perfect occasion to switch off the mobile phone and relax inches above the waterline, unwinding to a more soothing pace of life
A canoeing trip is a particularly fun and engaging activity and a fantastic way to experience the river. Professionally guided, all tours are suitable for families and allow you to really appreciate the wide open spaces and unspoilt waterway of the River Barrow, Ireland’s second longest river system. Fantastic memories are guaranteed!
For a different experience of the River Barrow and an activity that the whole family will enjoy, hire a bike at Graiguenamanagh Bike Hire at the Waterside Guesthouse and enjoy a trip from here to St. Mullins. As you leave the town you pass the heritage site of Tinnahinch Castle, a Butler stronghold built to defend the ford. The cycle from here to St. Mullins is approximately 6km but is full of beauty.
For more of a relaxing experience on land, Adults will love Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven. A five star award-winning garden centre, it features interior furnishings, a kitchen store, fashion outlet and is home to Rachel’s Garden Café. Both adults and children meanwhile will love discovering Arboretum Inspirational Gardens – the gardens showcase a variety of planting schemes and garden designs. Families will enjoy exploring the African mud hut and spotting the friendly koi who reside in the Arboretum pond. There is an excellent children’s playground and a maze adjacent to the Inspirational Gardens. Rachel’s Garden Café has a terrace area located beside the playground so that while the children play, their parents can enjoy delicious home-cooked food.
With a simialr vibe to the beatiful gardens of Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven the Delta Sensory Gardens are a joy to discover. Suitable for all ages, visitors can experience the wonderful Waterfall Garden and feed the many fish in the pond, explore the Willow Garden and learn all about the five senses in the Sensory Garden. Then there are the amazing water features to delight both young and old – the gardens feature the famous Kugal, one tonne of pink marble floating on a cushion of water. Consistently voted the number one thing to do in Carlow by Trip Advisor, and it only 5 mins away from our hotel!
All these great close by attractions means that staying with us at Avlon House gives you the perfect opportunity to have the whole family enjoy their stay.