Family Fun Waterford

- Posted on: 12/01/2023 - External inside Dooley's Hotel

The choice of family fun in and around Waterford is huge and the good news is that you don’t have to put your hand in your pocket for all of them.

  • Check out the native wildlife at Fenor Bog
  • Go for a drive through the Comeragh Mountains and check out the Magic Hill and The Mahon Falls
  • Go for a hike and picnic with the family up in Coumshingaun (the finest example of a glacial lake in Europe) also in the Comeraghs
  • Visit West Waterford and see Lismore Castle, The Towers of Ballysaggartmore
  • Take a walk along the cliffs of our coastline in the East or West of the county
  • Take a megalithic tour and visit the Knockeen and Gaulstown Dolmens
  • Go on one of our 5 recommended driving routes from Waterford City
 Waterford City

The multi award winning Waterford Museum of Treasures is always a huge hit with children and it's worth noting that Under 14's go free. The new Epic Tour of the Viking Triangle is a theatrical comedy whirlwind journey with props, costumes, singing, dancing and plenty of craic, a great way of teaching your kids the history and culture of Waterford in a very fun way. Adults are €5.00 and kids are free.

Located close to the City, Stonehaven Equestrian Centre offers treks for all levels of ability along the banks of the River Suir. If you want to experience the beauty of the Suir Valley without exerting yourself, a trip on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway is a must. The route of this narrow gauge railway runs along the picturesque banks of the River Suir and is an enjoyable trip for all ages. If you don’t have your own car, that’s not a problem. The W&SVR have teamed up with Suirway Coaches to offer a coach service to and from W&SVR. Continue your enjoyment of the great outdoors with a visit to the Bilberry Goat Herd which are open to visitors during the Summer months on Saturdays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm or to book a visit phone Orla on 086 0701147. Or enjoy a relaxing game of Pitch & Putt in the Regional Sports Centre.


Situated just 10km south of Waterford City, Tramore is considered the premier resort of the South East of Ireland. The sandy beach in Tramore stretches for almost 5km and has some of the highest sand dunes in Ireland. Tramore is the best served beach in terms of amenities including surf clubs offering both lessons and board hire (OceanicsTramore Surf School and T-Bay). There’s even the opportunity to learn Irish while surfing with Freedom Surf School! See the coast line from a different perspective with Sea who offer sea kayak tours and also run Irish Canoe Union Courses. If you prefer to stay on dry land, try pony trekking with Lake Tour Stables or a round of Pitch & Putt. Practice your driving skills at the Newtown Driving Range before having a round of golf in the Tramore Golf Club.

If the Sunny South East doesn’t live up to its reputation, there’s still plenty to do indoors. For all the family there’s Splashworld with heated indoor swimming pool and giant water slides with an Amusement Park covering over 20hectares just opposite the promenade. For young kids visit Run Amuck, the Pottery PlaceLaser Blast orPirates Adventure. Just outside Tramore in Fenor is the Copper Coast Mini Farm and further along the coast in Stradbally is the Sallyfort Mini Farm.

Dunmore East

While the beautiful coves and beaches are sure to keep both young and old occupied, if you feel like trying something more visit the Dunmore East AdventureCentre which offers sailing, archery, rock climbing and kayaking (ask about their family friendly offers) and for younger children there is a lovely playground in the villages park.
Dunmore East Adventure Centre have recently opened an indoor Caving Centre. Great for theose wet days for something to do. 

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Discover Waterford

From its vibrant city life, to the rural charm of inland towns and villages, to its stunning coastline Waterford has something for everyone. Waterford City, the oldest city in Ireland has a perfect blend of ancient and modern. Its collection of pubs, gourmet restaurants and excellent shops and boutiques, co-exist with medieval city walls, quaintly cobbled back streets and the grandeur of historical buildings still standing proud after more than a thousand years.