The Best Family Tours to Ireland

Ireland offers so much for families, as it has history, hiking, natural scenery, small towns, and great food. Take advantage of all of these fun activities on a family-oriented tour that both the parents and the kids will love.

by Adventures by Disney
8 days

Overview: This family oriented tour of Ireland takes you through the Irish countryside, visits ancient castles, and let's you enjoy Dublin's cosmopolitan side. The tour begins in Dublin visiting the Irish Emigration Museum and giving you an afternoon to explore the city independently. From there head to Killarney where your family can try out the game of hurling and have a shamrock hunt. You'll also visit Ross Castle, take a boat ride on Lake Leane, and taste some chocolate at Lorge Chocolatier. Move on to Shannon and visit Foynes Museum and Dromoland Castle then head over to the Cliffs of Moher before ending the tour back in Shannon.

Who it's for: This tour is recommended for families with kids at least six years old. There's a good amount of walking. There are also many great classes and demonstrations to help keep the kids interested and engaged. If your family loves castles, culture, and history then this is the tour for you.

Where it goes: Dublin, Killarney, Dromoland Castle, Shannon, Cliffs of Moher

Highlights: Visit Epic - the Irish Emigration Museum, take a tour of Dublin and a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse, enjoy an Irish music pub crawl, visit Cashel, see Ross Castle, Foynes Museum, and Dromoland Castle, and explore the Cliffs of Moher

Kids will like: Learning about the popular sport of hurling, doing a junior adventurer shamrock hunt, taking a boat ride on Lake Leane to Innisfallen Island, seeing a butter making demonstration, taking Irish dance lessons, seeing a birds of prey demonstration, and visiting a local farm.

Transportation: Motor Coach

by Classic Journeys
6 days

Overview: Ireland is a classic family destination. This country's welcoming character and beautiful countryside make it a truly rewarding place to explore with your family. The history, quaint villages, and outdoor adventures offer something for every member of the family.

This tour begins in Killarney where you'll explore a 15th century castle, take a boat ride on the Killarney Lakes, and soak up the countryside. You'll also visit Kenmare, where you'll learn about the mountain sheep and pottery making. Your kids will enjoy a pottery class with a local artisan and you'll have time to wander around the town. There are farms, waterfalls, and beautiful estates worth exploring. You'll also have the chance to visit the Ring of Kerry and the Derrynane House.

Who it's for: There is no minimum age requirement for the tour but specific activities have age requirements. For example, kayaking requires participants to be at least 5 years old.

Where it goes: Killarney and Kenmare

Highlights: Visit a 15th century castle, take a boat ride on Killarney Lakes, shop and explore in Kenmare, visit the Ring of Kerry, and enjoy a guided visit to Derrynane House. There's also the option to play golf on one of the area's acclaimed courses

Kids will like: Visiting a working sheep farm, learning pottery making from a local artisan, sea kayaking on Kenmare Bay, and a cart ride through the Gap of Dunloe

Transportation: Private ground transportation

by Thomson Family Adventures
9 days

Overview: Ireland makes a wonderful family vacation, and this tour makes it easy for your family to experience the beautiful southwestern side of the country. Your trip will begin in Country Kerry where you'll have the opportunity to stay in an authentic castle that dates back to the 16th century. You'll also get to visit the Bunratty Castle, take a horseback ride through the countryside, and hike along the Ventry Bay. Your kids will appreciate the Friends Across Borders program which introduces them to Irish Step Dancing.

Then head to West Cork where you'll get to cycle through Killarney National Park, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and visit a local sheep farm. You'll visit Cape Clear and enjoy a sea safari.

Then head to Kinsale where you can go sea kayaking along the West Cork Coastline, learn the basics of sailing, and take an archery lesson. You'll also enjoy a Kinsale Ghost Tour through an old fishing village.

Who it's for: This tour is for families with kids at least eight years old. It has many outdoor adventures and unique opportunities that let you really experience Irish culture in the countryside.

Where it goes: County Kerry, West Cork, and Kinsale

Highlights: Visit Bunratty Castle, hike the Dingle Peninsula, cycle in Killarney National Park, visit Cape Clear, and take an optional introduction to sailing course

Kids will like: Spending the night in a 16th century castle, the Friends Across Borders Program with Irish Step Dancing, horseback riding in Slieve Mish Mountain, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Gap of Dunloe, visiting a local sheep farm, looking for whales and dolphins in the local waters, sea kayaking along the West Cork coastline, doing a ghost tour of Kinsale

by Tauck
8 days

Overview: Enjoy this fun and lively tour of Ireland that's great for the whole family. You'll start your trip in Dublin where you'll explore the city center, ride on a World War II amphibious vehicle, take Irish step dancing lessons, and have a scavenger hunt through the city. Then you'll take a first class train through the Irish countryside to the Emerald Isle. You'll visit the Blarney Castle and hear an Irish storyteller. You'll also get to tour a pottery and art center and learn to make colorful ceramic pottery from local artisans. Then head to Killarney and explore by bicycle. Continue on to the County Clare coast and visit the Cliffs of Moher, visit an Irish farm, and end your trip with a farewell party.

Where it goes: Dublin, Kinsale, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney Castle, Cork

Highlights: Take a Viking Splash Tour to see every side of Dublin, visit the Blarney Castle, bike along the Lakes of Killarney, visit the Cliffs of Moher, and explore Dromoland Castle

Kids will like: A scavenger hunt of Dublin's Old City, listening to an Irish storyteller, learning about local pottery and jewelry making, taking a cooking class, and learning about sheep farming

Transportation: Train

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