Ireland is a small island with a population of 4.5 million located in Western Europe. It is a fantastic family destination due to the abundance of outdoor activities, fantastic cuisine, culture and stunning scenery.
You will find loads of pet farms with play areas in the countryside and there are also loads of indoor play areas to cater to kids on rainy days. Irish people are very warm and friendly and children are welcome everywhere you go. The country is small but diverse and it is vital to plan your trip well, particularly when travelling with babies and toddlers, to ensure that you get the most from your visit.
Some of the most popular destinations include; Dublin (Ireland’s Capital) and Counties Kerry, Clare, Galway and Cork. Dublin is a cosmopolitan city and has the same facilities and services as any other large European city. There are great family friendly activities here such as Dublin zoo. The West Coast (Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Donegal) offer fantastic, rugged scenery and traditional Irish culture. In many areas in these countries people still speak the Irish language (although everyone speaks English also) and you will be able to see traditional Irish dancing and music in the pubs and at other cultural events. County Cork is located in the South of Ireland. The city of Cork and the towns around it such as Kinsale offer fantastic amenities for kids and plenty of beaches, pet farms and gourmet food.
Ireland has some fantastic family friendly accommodation from luxury hotels, country estates, farmhouses, independent hotels and international hotel chains. Most will have facilities for babies and toddlers such as changing areas, high chairs, baby bowls (a mix of mashed potato, vegetables and gravy) and kids menus. Bed and Breakfasts are also popular just remember to check in advance that they have cots for younger guests. You might also opt to stay in self catering accommodation. Many of the hotels have self catering apartments and houses attached or you could also book accommodation using Airbnb or Owners Direct.