Family Activities

Galway has a number of activties for the family - big or small

The Connacht Hotel


Treat your family to a memorable family holiday with so many activites and things to do in Galway city and county.

The Connacht Hotel, a finalist in the  Family Friendly Awards 2019  is renowed throughout Ireland as a top family-friendly hotel. It's a great base to explore and with so much to do on our doorstep, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Book a Tailormade Family Break with kids activities, swimming pool, family dining and a choice of Family Rooms, Bunk Bed Family Rooms, Suites and Apartments.

Galway Atlantaquaria

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Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland seeks to present a comprehensive view of the world of water through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentations and animal interaction sessions.

Turoe Pet Farm

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The pet farm includes ponies, donkeys, goats and sheep, as well as “Larry the Lama” and “Curley the Alpaca”. Take a walk along the beautiful nature trail whilst enjoying the tranquil setting, fresh country air and the delightful sound of birdsongs.

The Enchanted Forest

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Deep in the woods there is a hidden grove of native trees by a flowing stream where the fairies, gnomes and trolls live together with the animals of the wood. Bring your family along to discover this magical place…. The Enchanted Forest

Corrib Princess

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Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a cruise onboard the luxurious all-weather 157 passenger boat, the Corrib Princess. The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city.

Brigit's Garden

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Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland.

Wildlands Galway (opening 2020)

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Set upon over 20 acres of mature woodland in Moycullen, Co.Galway, we will be one of the country’s leading adventure offerings, with over one kilometre of ziplines, aerial trekking, playgrounds and indoor fun-village with climbing walls. 

Opening in 2020. Located in Moycullen, 20 minutes drive. 

Alpaca Walk

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At Curraghduff Farm in Oughterard, about 30 mins drive from Galway City. 

The Alpaca Walk is suitable for over 12 years and an Alpaca Meet & Greet suitable for all ages. 

Must be booked in advance. 

Jump Lanes Galway

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Based on the Monivea Road on the Mervue District of Galway City JumpLanes provides a range of fun and activity that all the family can enjoy. With a huge indoor trampoline area with dodgeballs and an all year round artificial ice skating rink its a recreation centre for all the family to enjoy.

Suitable for Over 5 Years Only, but on Saturday & Sunday monrings they have introduced a session for Under 5's, they will be very welcome in the toddlers session every Saturday & Sundaty from 10 - 11am

Monkey Business 

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Indoor Adventure Centre for Kids - 3 stories of climbing frames, slides, ball ponds, bouncy castles and dedicated toddlers section. They cater for kids birthday parties, communions, confirmations, tour groups and school tours. Full coffee shop available.

Busy Bees

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Busy Bees is a fun-packed adventure centre for children of all ages. Conveniently located in Oranmore Business Park in Oranmore, Galway just 10 minutes drive from Galway city centre.

A Day at the Beach

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We are just a short drive away from the some of the best beaches in Galway and Connemara. We are on the Wild Atlantic Way… so take in some of the longest defined coastal driving routes in the world: 2,500 km


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Galway's small seaside resort is now an important suburb of our expanding city, and is very popular with all ages. The giant Leisureland complex, with its host of children's entertainments proves very popular, especially when the weather acts the spoilsport, as it will do at times here in the west. The golden half-mile of casinos, pubs and restaurants also play their part by day and discos and musical pubs rule the roost at night.

Coole Park

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The heritage town of Gort can be found in south County Galway, about 37km south of Galway city on the N18. Just outside the town of Gort, is where you’ll find the beautiful Coole Park, formerly the estate of Lady Gregory but now a 1,000 acre nature reserve. 

Woodlands Walks and Walled Garden, onsite restaurant and visitor centre.

Eye Cinema

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EYE is amongst the most advanced cinemas in Ireland, EYE offers almost 1200 stadium planned seats across 9 screens, each with Dolby Digital EX full surround sound and Widescreen and Cinemascope picture.

IMC Cinema

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With cinemas in Galway city, on the Headford Road and also in the east of the city in Oranmore - the IMC cinemas offer a range of 2D and 3D screenings of the most popular movies. With a combined 16 screens between both locations, you will no doubt find a movie worth seeing.

The Planet

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Located 5 minutes walk from Eyre Square, The Planet ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE is ideal for your party. We have all the ingredients for a great occasion – Bowling, Laser Quest, American pool, beer and Subway. Outings can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

Virtual Reality Galway

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Ireland’s largest Virtual Reality Entertainment Centre in Galway, offering unreal VR experiences for kids over 8 years.  Instead of standing still in one place and clicking a button to teleport in the virtual world, they provide a physically interactive environment that promotes healthy, active lifestyles.

Suitable for over 8 years. Children 13 and under require one adult (18 or older) to accompany them.


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This indoor arcade pool/snooker and bingo venue is situated just 20 minutes walk from Galway City in the heart of the picturesque seaside resort of Salthill.

Woodville Walled Garden

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Woodville is home to a restored walled kitchen garden along with a museum outlining the fascinating connection to Lady Augusta Gregory at Woodville. She was a playwritter and patron to W.B. Yeats and through her connections with Yeats and Edward Martyn, they formed the Irish Literature Movement and later established the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Come for a visit to this romantic secret garden in the West of Ireland and enjoy the sights, scents and colours contained within the original stone walls. 

Renville Park

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Renville park is a large public park located by the sea. The facilities include a, playground, picnic and barbecue areas. The network of walks through the woodland and open farmland, along with the scenic view of Galway Bay make it a very popular amenity area. Set in the grounds of an old stately house, many of the original structures are still in place.

Galway City Karting 

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Go karting is a fun activity for adults and kids alike in 20,000 sq ft of FUN. They can organise Go Karting race meetings for larger groups and arrive and drive for those that wish to turn up and race.

Loughwell Pet Farm 

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At Loughwell Farm Park- whatever the weather –you'll find plenty to see and do with activities for all ages. We are one of the most popular attractions in the West of Ireland with acres of indoor and outdoor fun for all the family.

Take a Pig Walk

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Walk an adorable pig called Emilia through the Faerie Woods at The Burren Nature Sanctuary. This is an experience, that can be booked here.

Meet and feed the farm animals including Frisky the goat and her friends Hannah, Heidi and Milly, Jazz the alpaca, Frank the kissing Llama and Thumper the rabbit. Continue to Emilia's paddock and meet Emilia the Juliana pig who lives with Dyson the rescued not-so-micro pig!

Burren Nature Sanctuary

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Be very quiet in the fairy wood, don't let the adults talk. If you are good the fairies are very kind and can grant your wishes. Post a letter in the fairy post box, if you leave an email the fairy secretary will reply to you but don't knock on the fairy doors! Fairies work very hard all night and sleep in the day. They can be very cranky if you wake them up. They might play a trick on you like put tangles in your hair when you are asleep or dye your hair pink….!

Galway Bay Boat Tours

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Take to the seas with an exciting boat tour around Galway and ride on a traditional Galway Hooker Sailboat! This marine adventure is perfect for individuals, families, and small to medium sized groups. This family owned excursion can also suite any travel schedule with a 1-hour ‘Harbour Tour’, a 2-hour ‘Galway Bay Tour’ and, if you are looking for something a bit more customised, a 2+ hour ‘Tailored Tour’ would be the right fit for you!

High King Tours

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High King Tours is a family run tour company that offers Full Day Tours to the beautiful and historic village of Cong from Galway City. Marvel in the beauty of Ashford Castle and its impressive grounds and gardens. Travel back in time to The Royal Augustinian Abbey of Cong and walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s Last High King Rory O’Connor. Take in the peaceful tranquility of Cong village before relaxing abroad The Isle of Inisfree with Corrib Cruises as you absorb the stunning scenery of Lough Corrib and Connemara.

Christmas Market

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The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city again this Christmas season. The market promises to be a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old. Sample Christmas treats from all from around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numberous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area.