Kids are quite welcome at the family-friendly Dromoland Castle.
Newmarket-on-Fergus, IRE. – Dromoland Castle is certainly family-friendly, as is evident by the variety of ways families can have fun together: indoors, outdoors and all around the grounds. There are so many memory-creating activities that in fact, they would be hard-pressed to do everything in a single stay! Here are just some of the ways families have fun at Dromoland Castle:
- Check-in. From their first moment at Dromoland Castle, children feel special. They enjoy their own check-in with their very own teddy bear, and at bedtime, kid-sized slippers and robes and luxury cookies and milk. (Families can check for family-friendly packages where children under age 12 can stay for free!)
- Enjoy the Kids Facilities. The Inn at Dromoland provides a special play area just for kids that includes the Play Inn, a 5000-foot indoor play area with a toddler’s area, fun world with giant slide, giant ball pools, tunnel slide, mazes, bridges and climbing obstacles. They also offer a games room with a pool table, air hockey, and arcade games, a soccer zone, and an outdoor playground.
- See a Summer Kids Show. From July to August, engage in a Summer Kids Show, where kids become the actors.
- Go Swimming. An indoor heated pool provides the perfect temperature for swimming, year-round.
- Indulge in Afternoon Tea. Guests can treat themselves and their little ones to a sweet celebration with Mrs. White’s Afternoon Tea (served 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and indulge in three-tiered towers of pastries, tea sandwiches and freshly-made scones.
- Play a Game or Watch a Movie. A selection of kid-friendly board games and children’s TV channels and movies are available for family entertainment.
- Have a Picnic. Dromoland Castle chefs will prepare a special picnic basket for a lunchtime treat.
- See Who’s Checked into the Bug Hotel. Dromoland Castle added a new hotel—for bugs! Located at the Lily Pond, the manmade structure created from natural materials features “rooms” of all sizes and shapes to provide nesting places and shelter for bugs year-round. Families can use the Bug Hotel Guide to identify common – and uncommon – bugs.
- Explore the Lily Pond. Hundreds of species of insects, mollusks, larvae, crayfish and animals live at the Lily Pond. Families can see how many individuals listed in the Lily Pond Guide they can spot.
- Go Fishing. Kids love to cast a line and bring in “the big one.” At Lough Dromoland, perch, trout and other fish are there for the catching. The chef is available to cook a catch for that evening’s dinner. And, a resident Ghillie is on hand to teach children of all ages the art of fly fishing.
- Listen for Bird Calls. Lough Dromoland is home to numerous native birds including the Coot, Moor Hen and Mallard Duck. Families can close their eyes and see how many bird calls they can hear and imitate or watch the birds in flight.
- Count Butterflies. Inside Dromoland Castle’s Walled Garden, more than 30 species of colorful butterflies can be spotted. Families can check off how many types they spotted from the Butterfly Guide.
- Play Crazy Golf. Warning: the new Crazy Golf Course at the Inn at Dromoland can lead to giggles and challenges.
- Find the Sparkle. Visit the enchanting Fairy Garden and enjoy the twinkling magic.
All Around the Estate
- Ride the Pony and Trap. Families enjoy riding in an old-fashioned Pony and Trap for a guided tour of the estate.
- Experience the Hawk Walk. Led by Dromoland’s School of Falconry, families can experience first-hand the hunting and flight skills of trained falcons, hawks and owls as they learn to fly the large birds as the Kings of yore did. Children as young as 4-years enjoy this learning experience. They can also visit the birds in their habitat on the grounds.
- Take Nature Walks. Two new nature walks – The Garden Walk and the Celtic Noble Tree Walk – beckon families to enjoy nature and learn interesting ties to the estate and Ireland’s history.
- Go Horseback Riding. The entire family can join in on a horseback ride through the surrounding environs.
- Ride a Bike or Walk a Trail. Miles and miles of trails await the adventurous. Families can hunt for some of the estate’s “Follies” like the Temple of Mercury or Hermit’s Grotto or simply enjoy the serene surroundings while getting back to nature.
Dromoland Castle strives to provide the perfect environment to relax and enjoy a family holiday in the surroundings of a world-class luxury hotel and its 450-acre lush estate grounds. Those of any age will cherish the family memories they make here and will want to return time and time again.
Who could count the many ways families can enjoy Dromoland Castle?
About Dromoland Castle:
Dromoland Castle, located in Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, was built in the 16th century. Majestically set on the shores of Dromoland, it is surrounded by over 450 acres of breathtaking scenery, including a championship parkland golf course. Lavish interiors, fine food and superb wines complement the deluxe accommodations of the Castle’s 98 guest rooms, while Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club, an intimate spa and traditional outdoor recreational opportunities ensure a unique guest experience. Sister property The Inn at Dromoland, located on 21 adjacent acres, features 150 rooms and a banqueting center hosting up to 400 guests.
Dromoland Castle is located at Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland. The hotel can be contacted at 011.353.61.368144 or 1.800.346.7007; website www.dromoland.ie. Reservations can be made through the hotel (firstname.lastname@example.org); or through Preferred Hotels & Resorts at 1.800.323.7500 or www.preferredhotels.com.