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Pocket Guide: Carlow

County Carlow offers a huge amount of opportunities for a great holiday in a wonderful area full of attractions and activities. Booking accommodation in this delightful part of south-east Ireland is certain to provide both adults and children with a marvellous holiday, with something for all ages.

One attraction that children will adore is the Chocolate Garden of Ireland. This venue, near to Tullow, is a haven for both children and older people who want to enjoy their inner child. It offers chocolate workshops, birthday parties, a coffee shop as well as an ice cream parlour by the factory. There are both educational and purely enjoyable, indulgent activities to be enjoyed.

Another popular place to spend the day for children is the Rancho Reilly Pet Farm and Children’s Activity Centre, which offers many activities for the whole family. These range from a soft play area for smaller children, to the pet farm, including reindeer, miniature goats, pot-bellied pigs and many other animals. The centre also offers a barrel train and pony rides, as well as being available for birthday parties.

The area around Carlow is ideal for walking, mountain biking and equestrian sports. There are some great stables around, which are ideal for children and adults to learn horse riding, offering indoor and outdoor arenas and cross-country jumping for the more experienced rider. There are few better ways to see Carlow’s glorious landscape than from the back of a horse.

The main site for mountain biking for all the family is along the towpath of the river Barrow valley. There are many companies offering bike hire along the path, with a good number of drop-off and pick-up points available to provide families with a great outdoor day out. When booking a family-friendly hotel online, visitors can be certain that they will be met with a warm welcome, with staff that can provide them with information about all the activities that there are on offer.

Many of County Carlow’s hotels will offer loans of mountain bikes, their own hire service or links to local specialist cycle hire companies. All of these options give families the opportunities to have a fun day out along this pretty river. There are also many safe cycling routes around the area. There is a low level of traffic in the area, which makes it ideal for a family day riding around, enjoying its beautiful scenery in the saddle.

There is so much on offer for days out in County Carlow. Whether it is child-focused entertainment or walking, horse riding or cycling by the river or in the hills, the area is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. hotels in Carlow pride themselves on their welcome, as well as their care for the younger people and their parents. A choice of children’s meals will always be on offer, with a changing menu, prepared from the region’s superb range of locally grown produce.