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Thinking of a trip to Boyle with children? We’ve all been there – trying to find something to keep everyone happy on a family holiday can be a real head-scratcher. But fear not, Boyle is your answer! This charming town has a fantastic mix of things to see and do, from exciting adventures in the fresh air to fascinating historical discoveries, and don’t forget the adorable local shops! So, get ready to unleash your inner explorers (big and small!) because this guide is about to reveal Boyle’s hidden gems and top attractions, perfect for a trip to Boyle with children.

First Stop: Úna Bhán Tourism & Boyle Craft Shop

Boyle Craft Shop
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Kick things off at Úna Bhán Tourism, the visitor information point. Think of it as your Boyle mission control! The friendly staff are experts on all things Boyle, and they can point you towards the best activities for your little adventurers, no matter their age. Plus, Úna Bhán is home to the Boyle Craft Shop, a treasure chest overflowing with gorgeous locally-made crafts. It’s the perfect place to grab a unique souvenir to remember your trip.

Market Fun at The Courtyard Market

Next, head over to The Courtyard Market, a bustling outdoor market nestled in the historic grounds of King House. Here, you’ll find the best local food and crafts, all while soaking up the lively atmosphere. There’s often entertainment and games on offer for the little ones (weather permitting!), keeping them happy while you browse. The Courtyard Market is a Saturday morning staple, running from 10am to 2pm.

Step Back in Time at King House

King House
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If you have slightly older children with a thirst for history, then King House is a must-visit. This unique visitor centre tells the story of the grand house, from its time as a family home to the King family to its stint as barracks for the Connaught Rangers. Fascinating exhibitions on Irish history bring the past to life, and the life-size clay models are sure to spark imaginations. King House usually opens its doors in May, but don’t worry if you’re visiting outside of season – group bookings and school tours are always welcome.

Uncover Boyle’s Hidden Gem: Boyle Abbey

Boyle Abbey is a real treat for history buffs of all ages. This magnificent 12th-century abbey is one of Ireland’s oldest monastic sites. Kids will love exploring the atmospheric ruins, feeling like they’ve stepped back in time. Top tip: entry is FREE on the first Wednesday of every month, so you can save a few bob!

Adventure Awaits at Lough Key Forest Park

Lough Key Forest and Activity Park - in Boyle with children
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Ready to unleash your inner explorer? Then Lough Key Forest Park is calling your name! Pack yourselves a picnic and prepare for a day filled with thrills and spills. From boat tours on the serene lake to zip-lining through the trees, there are activities to suit everyone. Feeling brave? Challenge yourselves at Boda Borg, a unique problem-solving adventure game, or get your hearts pumping on the exciting bike trails. Lough Key Forest Park guarantees a fun-filled family day out.

Follow the Footsteps of Moone Boy

Calling all Moone Boy fans! Did you know this charming Emmy Award-winning TV show was filmed right here in Boyle? Chris O’Dowd, co-creator and star of the show, even hails from Boyle himself! Grab a Moone Boy Trail map from Úna Bhán Tourism and retrace the steps of young Martin Moone, visiting all the iconic filming locations from the series. It’s a fantastic way to explore the town and have some laughs along the way.

With all this in your back pocket, you’re pretty much Boyle experts now! Get ready for a fantastic trip with the kids. Boyle has something for everyone, and we know you’re all going to make some amazing memories together. Have a fantastic time exploring Boyle with children!

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