With a stunning beach to explore just outside the door, and the pool and Leisure Centre for family play, there’s also lots of fun things to do not far away!
Discover the worldwide Animal Kingdom Fota Wildlife Park - just 23 minutes away, come face to face with hundreds of animals of various species, including Sumatran Tigers, Asiatic Lions and Indian Rhinos. AND don’t worry about those small tired legs – there’s a people mover train around the 100-acre Park! (021) 481 2678 (Discounts available)
Enjoy an Irish Farm Adventure - visit the Ardmore Open Farm or Leahy’s Open Farm . They have loads of exotic farm animals to meet! There’s alpaca’s, sheep, llama’s, cows, goats, parrots, donkeys, pigs, owls, rabbits, sheep, deer, wallabies, turkeys and many more to pet. Additionally, there are loads of play areas, exciting rides and fun activities as well, with JCB mini-diggers, go kart circuits, zip wiring in the line-up. (Discounts available) Ardmore 024 87600. Leahy’s 0868560461
Awaken History – delve into the past at the Clock Gate Tower in Youghal, where history is bought alive through unique animated storytelling! Or visit the Titanic Experience in Cobh to re-live that fateful voyage. The Cobh Town Train is also a kiddie friendly way to see this historic maritime town! (Discounts available)
Clock Gate 024 20769. Titanic 021 4814412.Cobh Train 085 1363393
Ride a Horse - the Monatrea Equestrian Centre offers an opportunity to trek through country lanes. The nearby beaches make for a lovely ride too – tides permitting! 024 94550
Take a Family Walk - Glenbower Wood in Killeagh is just 7 minutes’ drive from Redbarn. This ancient woodland is home to many specimen trees, with a meandering brook and dedicated picnic areas. Fota Gardens & Arboretum have amazing plants, trees and hidden glades to discover, with family fun events taking place during the summer months. The scenic Seaside Walks at nearby Knockadoon, Ballycotton and Ardmore are quite spectacular for older kids – not suitable for buggies. Fota 021 4815543
What to do on a Rainy Day? Perks World of Entertainment just 5 minutes away, is the largest indoor funfair in Ireland. There is a massive selection of rides, games and attractions, including AMF Bowling Lanes, Megazone Lazar Shots and a Showboat Casino. Admission is free. Not forgetting Kartmania in Little Island, There’s also Go Safari in Carrigtwohill, and the Monkey Maze in Glanmire - massive indoor children’s activity and play centres, both within 45 mins drive. Finally, Escapade Cobh is a must for the family - escape from a prison, rob a bank or help Sherlock Holmes to solve his final case (Discounts available). Perks 024 92438. Go Safari 0214389222. Monkey Maze 021 4820674. Escape 087 6790897
Drive on the Wild Side - Bridgefield Buggies in nearby Castlemartyr, teach everyone to drive their quad machines - big, small, young or old, from 8 years up through a farmland track. A little further down the road at Little Island, Kartmania is an Indoor family friendly karting centre, with 2 indoor tracks, one for juniors (4 years upwards) and the Main Track, where kids as young as 8 years can join their parents on speeds up to 40 MPH! Booking advised. Bridgefield 021 4667533. Kartmania 021 2408000 (discounts available)
It’s a bit of a journey to Kartworld in Watergrasshill but it’s well worth it! There’s Paintball, Laser Tag, Laser Clays, Archery, and – of course, Karting! Bridgefield 0214667533. Kartworld 0214889477
Splash out on the water - Take a family cruise along the Blackwater River with Captain Tony Gallagher on ‘The Maeve’ Blackwater Cruise or for the more adventurous, try Cork Harbour Boat Hire in Cobh for a fantastic self-drive boating experience. For would-be surfers, Swell Surf School is located at Inch Beach and East Cork Adventure Centre in Ahada offers a variety of activities including obstacle courses, kayaking, snorkeling and marine biology classes. The Maeve 0879889076. Cork Harbour Boats 0860747926. Swell Surf 0878903206. Eco Adventures (East Cork Adventure Centre) 0876971065.
Have fun, enjoy, and above all, take care on your family breakaway to Redbarn Beach!