There’s only one thing kids want to have on holidays – and that’s FUN! Galway has plenty of that for kids of all ages and their families.
Most cafés and restaurants welcome children, and pubs are a favourite dining spot for families (although there are evening restrictions in licensed premises for under-15s). High chairs are often available on request.
Day visitor attractions such as pet farms and activity centres are abundant throughout the region, and museums and heritage centres have activities specially designed to appeal to children. Click here for a list of the top family attractions in Galway.
You could also time your family's visit to coincide with one of the festivals in Ireland's West. Two festivals are just for kids – they are Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Galway City and the Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival in Castlebar, both in October. They’re packed with fun, drama and entertainment, all for children. Arts festivals throughout the region are also great fun for families, and most feature a children's programme to appeal to all ages.
Of course there are also child-friendly activities available in Galway such as pony trekking, sandcastles, swimming, sailing, adventure centres, boat rides, canoeing, learning music, bus tours and much much more.
Or, for a different day out, why not pack a picnic and visit one of the many playgrounds in the region – there’s probably one near where you’re staying:
Playgrounds in Galway City
- An Sean Bhaile Open Spaces, Doughiska
- Ballinfoile Public Park, Ballinfoile
- Cappagh Park, Knocknacarra
- Chluainn Mhuire Park, Mervue
- Claude Toft Park, Seapoint
- Father Burke Park, Claddagh
- Henry Street Park
- Lakeshore Drive Open Space, Renmore
- Leisureland, Salthill
- Lough Atalia Park, Wellpark
- McGraths Field Park, Knocknacarra
- National Children's Park, Newcastle
- Renvyle Forest Park Oranmore/Maree
- Seamus Quirke Road, Newcastle
- South Park, Claddagh