Top 10 things to do in Westmeath
Are you looking for things to do with kids in Westmeath? In no particular order, here is the Mykidstime.ie list of the Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Westmeath:
#1. Viking Ship Cruises
Step back 1,200 years and join the Vikings on a replica Viking Ship with Viking Ship Cruises, Athlone. Cruise up the River Shannon to Lough Ree (1hr 15min) or down river to the monastic settlement and round tower of Clonmacnoise (1hr 30min one way). Fun and excitement for all the family. Departs from Athlone Castle and tickets are available onboard.
#2. Belvedere House Gardens and Park
Belvedere House Gardens and Park is a magnificent parkland estate on the shores of Lough Ennell, set in the midst of 160 acres of parkland on the lake shore.
With a playground at the entrance and a Parkland walk with fairy garden and swings dotted also along the 2 mile walk. There is also a cafe and exhibitor centre.
#3. Mullingar Town Park
Mullingar Town Park, in the town centre, has a newly developed playground, pond, glider, swings and enclosed childrens area.
#4. Glendeer Pet Farm
Glendeer Pet Farm is an award winning 12 acre open farm with over 50 species of domestic & exotic animals & birds including:
- emus and ostrich
- ponies and donkeys
- llama and deer
- pups, rabbits and goats
- monkeys and wallabies and many more.
A suitable outing in any weather conditions, with indoor & outdoor picnic & playareas (suitable for any age).
There is also a NEW Skywalk indoor adventure playarea.
The Pet Farm is transformed into "Ireland's Lapland" pre-Christmas.
#5. Lilliput Jonathan Swift Amenity Park
At Lilliput Jonathan Swift Amenity Park, on the shores of Lough Ennell, you will find a Par 3 golf course overlooking the lake, a seasonal coffee shop, boat moorings, trout angling, swimming, woodland walks, and a children's play area.
#6. Mullaghmeen Forest
Mullaghmeen Forest has 1,000 acres of forest. It's a great place to have picnics and there are long and short walks depending on level of fitness. It leads to the highest point in Westmeath (894ft.). Located only 8km from Castlepollard.
If the weather is wet and miserable, or you simply need to tire everyone out, how about some bowling at RocknBowl in Mullingar. Also Jungle Joes soft play area.
#8. Coosan Point
The playground at Coosan Point near Athlone town is a great place to let the little ones let off some steam if you've been in the shops.
#9. Tullynally Castle & Gardens
Tullynally Castle & Gardens just outside Castlepollard, has some lovely gardens and a really nice cafe. A must-visit!
NB The Castle is not open to the public, but the gardens are open May to September, Thursday to Sunday in the afternoons.
There is an admission fee but children under 3 go free.
Multyfarnham is a picturesque village, with park, playground, fountain and a loop walk. Great family area.
Have you got a favourite place in Westmeath to go with the kids? Tell us in the comments below.