Bright evenings, warmer days, and the soothing sound of the ice cream van in the distance. That’s right, if you haven’t guessed yet, we’re talking about spring and summer in Ireland: the perfect time to tick off just some (or most!) of the family day trips available across the stunning Emerald Isle.
If you’re looking to organize a family day trip during the midterm break or you’d like some inspiration for a fun-filled Irish getaway during the summer holidays; there’s a handful of sure-fire ways to keep a smile across everyone’s face with some of the best family day trips in south county Dublin, Wicklow, and beyond, just a short drive from Clayton Hotel Leopardstown.
Dublin Bay Cruise, South Dublin
Operated and managed by the Garrihy family, Dublin Bay Cruises offer a number of award-winning boat trips and cruises that allow you to sail across Dublin Bay and take in the city from a whole new perspective.
Choose to depart from Howth or Dun Laoghaire and enjoy the chilled and relaxed vibes of the trip. Glide through the Irish sea and experience the beauty of all that Dublin Bay has to offer; get a glimpse of Ireland’s Eye and Howth Head, and depending on your chosen trip; spot the grey seals of Dalkey Island and the James Joyce Martello Tower. Kids under the age of three board free and return tickets are available.
Dublin Mountains, South Dublin
Located just a short trip from Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, the Dublin Mountains boast over 40km of winding mountain trails, charming scenic walks and of course, some of the most stunning views over the city.
The Dublin Mountains have been described as a ‘playground for all’, and for good reason! Opt to soar through the treetops with Zipit Forest Adventure Park’s ziplines, try out the thrill of mountain biking along the Ticknock Mountain Bike Trail or take a walk along the numerous scenic signposted walks. And if you work up an appetite after your adventure (which is pretty likely), check out Hazel House café located in Tibradden where you can enjoy a fresh woodfired pizza in the cafés beautiful courtyard.
Wicklow Mountains National Park, Wicklow
Wicklow Mountains National Park, one of Ireland’s six national parks, is situated in County Wicklow, just a 30-minute drive from Clayton Hotel Leopardstown. Often referred to as the ‘garden of Ireland’, County Wicklow is brimming with stunning landscapes and greenery as far as the eye can see.
The park itself covers 20,000 hectares of mountain scenery and boasts beautiful natural landscapes, impressive greenery and unique glacial valleys. A visit to the park is a great opportunity for everyone to dust off their walking shoes and explore the walks and hiking trails available. Don’t forget to check out Glendalough lake while you’re there and, if you have the time, stop by Guinness lake: one of the most photographed spots in Wicklow.
Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk
Beginning at the bandstand on Bray Seafront, the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk is around 6km in distance and takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. The route gives spectacular views of the coast as you traverse around Bray head overlooking the railway line and the rugged coastline before reaching Greystones Harbour where you can enjoy a well-deserved lunch at one of the many café, bars and restaurants.
Parts of this walk have a steep incline and the ground is rocky and uneven making it difficult to complete with a buggy. That being said, overall, the walk is rated as moderate and is suitable for families. Breaks can be taken on the way where you can sit and admire the wonderful views.
Carlingford Adventure Centre, Louth
Clayton Leopardstown is the ideal choice for a base on the East coast with plenty of options for day trips further afield. Carlingford Adventure Centre is located 90 minutes drive from the hotel and is one of the top activity centres in Ireland. Whether you prefer to get your thrills on the land, sea, or sky, Carlingford is renowned for offering an adventure for just about everyone.
Explore Carlingford Lough by kayak, take in the views from Ireland’s longest treetop zipline park or challenge yourself in the crystal maze. While you’re in Carlingford, why not learn about this medieval village’s magical history with a walking tour around the area or choose to walk or cycle along Carlingford Lough Greenway to take in the natural beauty of this charming town.
Family Hotel in South Dublin
End your family day trip with a relaxing stay in the Clayton Hotel Leopardstown. Located just off the m50, Clayton Hotel Leopardstown is the ideal base for exploring all that Dublin and its surrounding counties have to offer. Check out current hotel deals and book your getaway.