Family Fun

Keeping Everyone Entertained
Blue door to Fairy Gardens at the Woodford Dolmen

Staycation Ideas in Carlow

Family Staycations in Carlow are a lot of fun! Pack your day with excitement using the guide linked below.

Our Fairy Garden

Ireland is long since known for fairy tales and we’re very lucky at the Woodford Dolmen to be the chosen home of King Oran, Queen Tianna and their daughter Orla with the Magical Fairy clan.

Having a King and Queen stay with us was a huge responsibility, luckily, we’re used to giving our guests the red-carpet treatment and we were well prepared. Quickly the fairies made their home in our gardens and christened it ‘An Draoicht Glen’. The fairies have since built their homes among the trees and hedges.

Blue door to Fairy Gardens at the Woodford Dolmen
Altamont Gardens

Castlecomer Discovery Park

Only 30 minutes’ drive, Castlecomer offers a day of adventures. Facilities include walking trails, boating, and fishing on the lake, high-ropes and other adrenaline-inducing activities, a fascinating multi-media coal mining museum, craft workshops, Elf & Fairy village, and café.

Chocolate Garden

One of our favourite places to visit, Chocolate Garden is adjacent to Rathwood for a great day out. Learn all about cocoa, chocolate making and have a go at being a chocolatier yourself! The Chocolate Workshops are very popular and we recommend booking in advance.

Chocolate Garden also has a play area, trim trail, Wendy house and sandpit for kids to play in while you relax over a coffee.

Chocolate Garden
Pot Bellied Pig


Uniquely combining retail and leisure, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained. Take a trip through the woods on the Rathwood Express Train. Venture into the maze, when you’ve safely found your way out discover the playgrounds swings and slides. Rathdown also has a Deer Park and magical walks through the forest.

Graiguecullen Swimming Pool

Open to the public all year round, facilities include a 25m swimming pool, toddler pool and viewing area for parents. For adults, there is also a sauna, steam room, and a coffee dock.


Girl swimming in Carlow
Carlow cinema

IMC Cinema 

Always a popular choice!

The IMC Cinema Carlow has free parking, Kids Club and special midweek offers, perfect for relaxing rainy days.


Family Breaks in Carlow

A getaway for all to enjoy!

Make Woodford Dolmen Hotel is your accommodation hub as you explore Carlow together! We’re surrounded by neighbouring counties with many more wonderful attractions and experiences waiting for you to uncover.


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