Family Activities

Never a dull moment for kids of all ages.

As a luxury family hotel in Ireland in a prime rural location close to Dublin, there are numerous things to do for children of all ages.

Both summer and winter, the region offers great variety, including wet-weather attractions in Ireland, major cultural events, and activities suitable for smaller members of the family.


Dublin Zoo

One of the oldest zoos in the world.

Dublin Zoo opened in 1831 and has a rich history. Cairbre, a lion born here in 1927 became famous as the roaring icon of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio.

The park now has over 400 animals in 28 hectares with gardens and lakes, including the spectacular new Orangutan Forest.

Driving time: 30 minutes


Tayto Park

Both a zoo and Ireland’s only theme park.

Tayto Park has everything for the family. For thrill-seekers, the Cú Chulainn Coaster is Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster with inversion, but there are gentler pursuits too, such as the Dinosaurs Alive attraction with animatronic beasts, and a children’s playground.

Driving time: 40 minutes


Grand Canal Barge Trips


Wind your way through the County Kildare countryside on a traditional canal barge.
You can make the 20-minute journey by car to Sallins to join any of the scheduled cruises or charters departing from Sallins Harbour or, The M.V. Amo is available to charter from for groups of up to 12 people for an afternoon cruise from Cliff at Lyons to Sallins Harbour.
On arrival in Sallins, you can sample some fine local craft beers at Lock 13 Gastro Pub.”



A World Heritage Site.

Newgrange is a Stone Age (neolithic) monument. At 5,200 years old, this fascinating site has been in existence longer than Stonehenge and the Giza pyramids.

A large, circular mound long known as a ‘passage tomb’, it is increasingly being recognised as a spiritual location, more like a temple. Private tours can be arranged.

Driving time: 55 minutes


Donadea Forest Park

Part of the old Aylmer family estate (who owned Lyons from the late 13th century until 1797).

Donadea Forest Park in Kildare is now a national park of about 243 hectares of mixed woodland with lovely walks that take in features such as castle ruins, a church, ice house and walled gardens, plus a large lake.

There is also a 9/11 memorial in the park.

Driving time: 25 minutes


Wallably Woods

Nature trails, woodland walks and the outdoor lifestyle.

The family-friendly Wallaby Woods, where there are rare breeds plus a petting area. Camping is also allowed here.

Driving time: 28 minutes



Highlighting Irish heritage, culture and the environment at it’s best.

The 60-acre Lullymore Heritage Park is set in a gorgeous landscape with woodland and peat-land trails.  It’s great for children, with a forest-themed play centre (indoors), plus an outdoor play area, crazy golf, pet farm and train trips.

Driving time: 40 minutes


Lyons Tales


The Old Mill
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