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25 best family-friendly stays in Ireland - hotels, camping and self-catering hits for every budget

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Walking on the grounds at Parknasilla, Co Kerry

Walking on the grounds at Parknasilla, Co Kerry

The zipline at Kilkenny's Newpark Hotel

The zipline at Kilkenny's Newpark Hotel

Vincent Hyland leading a shoreline walk at Parknasilla, Co Kerry. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Vincent Hyland leading a shoreline walk at Parknasilla, Co Kerry. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Luxe bedrooms at Larchfield Estate

Luxe bedrooms at Larchfield Estate

Staff at the Clonakilty Park Hotel

Staff at the Clonakilty Park Hotel

Family fun at the Celtic Ross in Rosscarbery, Co Cork

Family fun at the Celtic Ross in Rosscarbery, Co Cork

Kids' Club and fairy trails at Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel

Kids' Club and fairy trails at Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel

Ready for action at Renvyle...

Ready for action at Renvyle...

Muckno Lodge, Co Monaghan

Muckno Lodge, Co Monaghan

Fun at Mount Falcon, Ballina, Co Mayo

Fun at Mount Falcon, Ballina, Co Mayo

Top of the Rock, Co Cork

Top of the Rock, Co Cork

Zip n' Trek at Delphi Resort

Zip n' Trek at Delphi Resort

A family room at the Mulranny Park hotel

A family room at the Mulranny Park hotel

A goat at Top of the Rock

A goat at Top of the Rock

The kids will love Cork: the clubhouse at Fota

The kids will love Cork: the clubhouse at Fota

Kilmokea Country Manor, Co Wexford

Kilmokea Country Manor, Co Wexford

Kardio Kids at Raheen Woods Hotel, Co Galway

Kardio Kids at Raheen Woods Hotel, Co Galway

The family room at the Conrad

The family room at the Conrad

Family fun at The Westbury in Dublin

Family fun at The Westbury in Dublin

Hunter's Yard at Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny

Hunter's Yard at Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny

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Walking on the grounds at Parknasilla, Co Kerry

Lots of places say they are family-friendly. Go beyond token teddy bears and crayons at dinner, however, and it's a different story.

Think of those 'family' rooms that sleep just four (at a squeeze).

Think of the 'interconnecting' set-ups that double your bill, the leisure centres that limit kids' pool time to a few hours a day, or the kids' clubs shoe-horned into old meeting rooms.