Start your day by getting out and about in the award winning Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park! You can spend the whole day enjoying rides (site of the country’s ONLY log-flume ride amongst others), slides,
boats and trains – ideally suited to kids under 12 years.
By the end of the day, you’ll know why it is the threesome winner of the Best Family Visitor Attraction in the West and Best Family Holiday Destination! Westport House – the stunning historic house itself – provides something for all ages and you’ll all love imagining what life was like in this old house in days gone by. The Pirate Adventure Park – perfectly suited to children under 12 – will leave the kids screaming for more with rides, slides, boats and trains. And the more adventurous can enjoy everything from archery to zorbing!
Top tip #1 For families – be sure to bring along a buggy* as there’s lots of walking for little legs – they’ll be sure to sleep at night!
Top Tip #2 – Ask your accommodation provider for discount vouchers to Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park to get the best deal. For more information, visit www.WestportHouse.ie
Many of the family-friendly accommodation providers in Westport Town feature Kids Clubs and activities in the evenings where they will entertain the little ones while parents dine.
* Please note that buggies are not permitted in Westport House due to the antique floors. There is a buggy ay inside and baby carriers on loan for you to use.
Cycle the Great Western Greenway, a 42km off-road cycling and walking trail that goes from Westport to Achill. However, with shuttles to and from Newport, Mulranny and Achill, it’s possible to do shorter sections; one-way or return. Bear in mind that you can hire trailers or tag-a-long bikes for the little ones! Hire bikes from one of the town’s many providers Check out www.greenway.ie for further details
Option 1: Cycle to Newport, stop for tea, and cycle back.
Option 2: Cycle on as far as Mulranny and be shuttled back to Westport.
Option 3: Be shuttled as far as Mulranny/Newport and cycle home.
Cycling the Great Western Greenway is an all-day affair. If you want to take it at the kids’ pace, you could stop in Mulranny or Newport for a bite to eat. Or ask your hotel to pack you a picnic and enjoy the gorgeous
Mulranny beach while you nibble with the kids.
Visit the beautiful and iconic Croagh Patrick mountain and make a climb of it with the family. Depending on the children’s ages, you might decide to head for the summit or simply stop at the shoulder. Rest assured
that if you only go as far as the statue, you’ll still be guaranteed stunning views of Clew Bay. Well worth encouraging the kids to conquer the mountain.
If you haven’t enjoyed a packed lunch on your climb, there are a few options at the bottom of the mountain offering a range of menu’s to suit every palate.
Visit Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park: There has been a ‘big house’ on this site since the 1500’s,
when Grace O Malley, the famous Pirate Queen, built one of her many castles here. The current House – built in 1730 by the same family who still own and operate it today – has an abundance of artefacts, artwork and treasures that will fascinate all culture-vultures! The Pirate Adventure Park – perfectly suited to children under 12 – will leave the kids screaming for more with rides, slides, boats and trains. And the more adventurous can enjoy everything from archery to zorbing!
Day 4 (Rainy Day)
Even the rain won’t dampen the family-fun in Westport! You’ll all enjoy looking out at the raindrops from your hotel’s leisure centres or visit the multi award-winning Westport Leisure Park which is operated by Mayo County Council. The facilities are second to none. And you might even find time on a rainy afternoon for a gym work-out or a trip to the spa for a treatment. Drop in day rates are available.
Catch the Westport Train Tour and learn all about why Westport is the beautiful town that it is. The kids will love this liquorice allsorts-coloured train and you’ll get to learn the story of the town.
See www.WestportTrainTour.ie for the schedule
If they’re ready for even more, visit one of many indoor facilities which offers areas for kids to enjoy – with space for babies, toddlers and young children. Definitely one for the rainy day list!
Consider dropping the kids off for a little Kids Club fun while Mum and Dad get some time to enjoy the boutique shops and stroll about Westport Town. There are a number of fantastic full or half day drop-in service.
It’s highly recommend you grab the kids scooters or skate boards and head for Westport’s Skate Park. Grab a
coffee en route and enjoy the kids excitement. There is a football and basketball court adjacent, so bring a ball if you’re feeling active.
If you are looking for chid friendly Hotel’s you have come to the right spot with so many Hotel’s offering nightly entertainment. Kids can plug into Netflix for a little while as everyone enjoys some delicious food.