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Mid-Term Escapes – Ireland’s Most Family Friendly Hotels to Visit This October

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Summer has come and gone, the kids are back in school, and we all need something to look forward to. This coming mid-term gives us the perfect excuse to pack up the car and take the whole family away to spend some quality time together.

We’re lucky that our beautiful country provides us with an array of diverse holidays to keep the whole family happy. So why not take advantage of this mid-term break and explore a different part of the island?

We’ve put together a list of the best family-friendly hotels Ireland has to offer to help you choose a destination best suited to your family.

Ferrycarrig, Wexford

If you’re looking for a seaside getaway with the family this October, then the Ferrycarrig hotel should be at the top of your list! The hotel consists of a variety of rooms, including family and interconnecting rooms, each boasting a wonderful view of the River Slaney. The beach is on the hotel’s doorstep, where the family can spend a day lazing on the golden sand (if you’re lucky enough that the sun is shining!). Staff are friendly, great with children, and they go the extra mile to make your visit worth every minute.

The hotel offers exceptional leisure amenities for adults such as a state of the art gym, pool and sauna. Meanwhile, kids can be kept busy with arts and crafts at the kids club, which is open every Saturday during holidays. Book yourself an exclusive Taste.ie offer at thetaste.ie/ferrycarrig-hotel-spa-offer.

More Information: ferrycarrighotel.ie

Malone Lodge, Belfast

Take a visit to one of Belfast’s most family-friendly hotels, located a 10-minute drive from the Titanic Quarter and Belfast waterfront. This rustic style lodge offers a range of rooms and apartments to accommodate the entire family. The family fun Sunday lunch can keep kids entertained with a bouncy castle and face painting while the adults relax over a delicious 4-course meal.

The location of the lodge is perfect for exploring all the attractions that Belfast has to offer. Why not treat yourself to an overnight stay with this current offer, available at thetaste.ie/malone-lodge-overnight-offer.

More Information: malonelodgehotelbelfast.com

Woodstock Hotel, Clare

If you are interested in seeing all the sights that Clare has to offer, the Woodstock hotel is the ideal place to base yourself. The whole family can enjoy excursions to Bunratty Castle, The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher, which are all within a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Their spacious family size rooms can sleep a family of 5 with extra room to add a cot if needed. The perfect location if you’re visiting Ireland and want to squeeze in plenty of sightseeing!

More Information: hotelwoodstock.ie

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin

For the GAA fans, the Croke Park hotel is the ideal getaway location. The location of the hotel is key for exploring the sights of Dublin city centre, which is a 20-minute drive away. The hotel offers a range of facilities such as a fitness centre and gym and is located minutes away from Croke Park stadium where the whole family can experience a GAA match live! To make the experience extra special for young GAA players, why not arrange a tour of the stadium where you can walk on the famous pitch yourself!

More Information: doylecollection.com/hotels/the-croke-park-hotel

Castleknock Hotel, Dublin

This central Dublin hotel is the ideal location for families exploring the city with young children. The Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo are a short car ride away where the whole family can explore one of Dublin’s main attractions. The national aquatic centre is also close by, where family members of all ages (including parents!) can enjoy the day at an indoor waterpark. The hotel itself offers a kids pool and children’s playground as well as a health club and spa for the adults. The range of restaurants available at the hotel can ensure the whole family remain happy after a day of exploring Ireland’s capital city!

More Information: thetaste.ie/castleknock-hotel-review-dublin

Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny

This family-friendly hotel is situated a 10-minute walk from Kilkenny town centre where the family can explore the history of the town at the Medieval Mile Museum, or at the range of castles and churches, Kilkenny has to offer. The ideal location lets families enjoy a countryside escape with Kilkenny town a short walk away. Everyone can enjoy a meal at the relaxed, bistro style, Taste restaurant followed by a cocktail, for the adults, at the stylish Pure bar.

More Information: thetaste.ie/a-stylish-stay-in-the-medieval-city-hotel-kilkenny-review

Harvey’s Point, Donegal

With golden beaches and a rugged coastline, Harvey’s Point provides the ultimate escape from reality. With entertainment every night of the week, kids can roam free while adults savour a delicious meal prepared by head chef Colin McKee. Pets are welcome at Harvey’s Point so why not bring along your furry friend for a lakeside stroll!

More Information: harveyspoint.com

Druid’s Glen Resort, Wicklow

Nestled in the countryside between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea, this idyllic Resort ticks all the boxes. Kids can experience High Tea during the holiday seasons, with supervised activities and dinner, which is a uniquely special experience for young children. This Halloween, Children can learn to carve a pumpkin and can partake in many more activities including a puppet show and face painting. An array of adventures lie a short car ride away, such as Glenroe Farm, Powerscourt Waterfall and horse riding, so pack the wellies and prepare for a true countryside experience!

More Information: thetaste.ie/wp/product/druids-glen-lunch-offer

Rivercourt, Kilkenny

Located on the banks of the River Nore, the Rivercourt can accommodate large families and are pet-friendly. The nearby reptile zoo and wildlife park make the perfect outing for young animal lovers. The flexible menus in the restaurant ensure there will be something for everybody (even the fussy eaters!). Children can run themselves tired at the Kilkenny Activity Centre before sleeping comfortably in one of the spacious family rooms. The perfect stay for kids with lots of energy!

More Information: thetaste.ie/wp/dine-and-dream-in-kilkenny-with-rinuccini

Faithlegg, Waterford

Surrounded by scenic strolls and historical walks, Faithlegg is the ultimate countryside destination. If you don’t feel like venturing far, children can have fun at the playground and tennis court which are located within the hotel grounds. For the Halloween mid-term, the hotel is offering movie nights and cookery classes to ensure kids are always entertained!

More Information: faithlegg.com

Mount Wolseley, Carlow

Situated on a golf course, this resort is the perfect getaway if you have older kids. With a teen zone, and DVDs and games available on request, teenagers can roam free and won’t find themselves bored! As well as being suited for teenagers, the resort has a soft playroom for young children and an outdoor playground that all kids can enjoy. Babysitting services are available if parents need a night off to enjoy a delicious rustic-style meal and a glass of wine in the Aaron Lounge.

More Information: mountwolseley.ie

Connacht Hotel, Galway

This is the perfect hotel to base yourself in to explore Galway city. The kids club can entertain children with arts and crafts, group games and sports while the adults unwind ant the spa and leisure centre. An indoor adventure centre, go-karting, pet centre and enchanted forest can be found a short distance away to spend quality time with the family before heading back to the hotel for a meal at Rueben’s Restaurant. Great location with plenty of activities to keep the family busy!

More Information: theconnacht.ie

Mount Falcon, Mayo

Mount Falcon offers spacious family-size lodges on the grounds to offer families privacy and quiet-time when needed. The estate is home to The Kitchen Restaurant, which has a ‘catch and cook’ approach, basing their winter menu off the wild game that is caught. Kids can master their archery, falconry and fishing skills and become a falconer themselves by partaking in a hawk walk where Hawks fly through the woods and return on command. A hawk walk is the ideal family activity and interactive experience!

More Information: thetaste.ie/wp/soaring-high-above-the-rest-mount-falcon-estate-review

The Marker Hotel, Dublin

The Marker Hotel Dublin is offering the perfect midterm getaway packages for this Halloween. Kids can hide out in handmade tepees in the room, while snacking on milk and cookies, and then they can head down to a special Halloween storytelling from Irish author Peter Donnelly. The whole family can take a trip to the neighbouring Bord Gais Energy Theatre to see Shrek live, which is an experience the kids will never forget. This central Dublin hotel has the whole package!

More Information: thetaste.ie/wp/style-and-substance-the-brasserie-at-the-marker-review

Kelly’s Resort, Wexford

This sea-front resort offers a range of amenities to ensure kids remain happy at all times! From a swimming pool and children’s club to a horse riding school, there are plenty of activities at this popular resort to keep the family busy. At night, kids can head off to the supervised disco while adults relax and mingle with other guests at the hotel bar. A lively spot for families to interact with other visitors!

More Information: thetaste.ie/the-jewel-in-wexfords-crown-kellys-resort-review

Cork International Hotel

This hotel, situated directly opposite Cork Airport, is ideal for families who want to make a relaxing stop-over before jetting off on holidays. Cork City is a short drive away and they offer a free shuttle service, if needed, for those who want to explore the city! The spacious family rooms will guarantee a blissful sleep for everybody before filling up on the delicious breakfast buffet in the Atlantic Restaurant. We absolutley loved Afternoon Tea here on our most recent visit.

More information: thetaste.ie/cork-international-hotel-review

FEATURE BY SOPHIE HANNEY

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Sophie is a Culinary Entrepreneurship graduate from DIT. She developed her love of food from an early age at home, where her mum constantly served tasty, home cooked meals. Casual, fine dining or street food, Sophie is not a fussy eater; she is simply passionate about delicious food.

Alongside her love of food, Sophie is a coffee enthusiast. On her days off you will find her exploring the streets of Dublin in search of new speciality coffee shops. After spending six months in Sydney, Sophie caught the travel bug and is constantly planning her next getaway. Working with TheTaste has allowed Sophie to combine her love of food, coffee and travel.

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