In County Meath near Ashbourne, Tayto Park is a modern and exciting American-style theme park. It’s set on 55 acres of what was once farmland — potato-growing country, it’s a safe bet to assume, judging by the name of the attraction, which pays homage to Ireland’s favourite crisps. It’s located in Kilbrew, close to Ashbourne, just off the N2 which is the continuation of the M2 motorway.
At Tayto you will find countless activities which will guarantee a fun-filled day for the whole family. Past customers report that you should allow at least four hours in order to have a chance to try out as much as possible.
White-Knuckle Rides Galore
If you and your children like a fairground thrill, then Tayto Park is the place for you to indulge those fantasies in the Eagle Adventure Zone. The Cú Chulainn Coaster is amazing! It’s Ireland’s very first and Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster which takes its passengers upside down, so leave the visit to the burger bar until afterwards. There’s also a rotator, an air race, a sky walk and an extreme climbing wall if your legs haven’t already turned to complete jelly.
To get your heart rate back to normal, how about a trip on the steam train express or a twirl in the bear-themed teacup ride? Then you could visit the Tayto Factory to see how crisps are made or immerse yourself in the world of dinosaurs with Tayto’s lifelike animatronic spectacular.
Animal Magic at Tayto
Tayto Park is home to a splendid zoo which has a huge variety of animals and birds. There, you can see the irresistible meerkats, a selection of primates, including squirrel monkeys and white-lipped tamarins, and some big cats, like the magnificent Amur tiger and the elusive ocelot — if you’re lucky. The zoo is keen on conservation and many of its species are dependent on zoos like Tayto for their survival.
Eat, Drink and be Merry
There are plenty of food outlets to refresh you at Tayto Park, including the Lodge Restaurant, the Pizza Place and the charmingly-named Tea House in the Tree House. There is also the statutory gift shop, sweet store and ice cream kiosk.
Some of the hotels in the Ashbourne area near to Tayto Park offer special packages which including day passes for the family. Why not include it in a family holiday or you could make it a day out to remember to celebrate a birthday?