Ireland is a fantastic family destination due to the abundance of outdoor activities, fantastic cuisine, culture and stunning scenery. There are loads of family friendly hotels and you will find changing facilities and high chairs in most restaurants and department stores. There are plenty of activities for toddlers and kids such as pet farms, play grounds, parks, zoos and 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.
Dublin is a cosmopolitan city and has the same facilities and services as any other large European city. This West coast has recently been rebranded as the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ and you will find some of the most dramatic, rugged scenery, loads of family friendly hotels, campsites, restaurants and activities along this route. In some areas 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.
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.
See below for all the information you will need for travelling to Ireland with a baby or toddler.