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Center Parcs Ireland: 10 ways to save money at Longford Forest

Center Parcs is an expensive holiday, as Ireland is discovering. Our Travel Editor has ten tips to help you save money...

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Pól Ó Conghaile at Center Parcs Ireland. Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall.

Pól Ó Conghaile at Center Parcs Ireland. Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall.

Indicative prices at Center Parcs

Indicative prices at Center Parcs

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs Longford Forest

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs Longford Forest

Inside the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs Longford Forest.

Inside the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs Longford Forest.

Baz Ashmawy and his daughter Mahy, 6, make a splash at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Irelnd

Baz Ashmawy and his daughter Mahy, 6, make a splash at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Irelnd

One of the lodges at Center Parcs Longford Forest

One of the lodges at Center Parcs Longford Forest

Stofra Ní Ghallchobhair (7) takes part in the activities at Center Parcs Longford Forest! Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Stofra Ní Ghallchobhair (7) takes part in the activities at Center Parcs Longford Forest! Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The Murphy family from Drogheda, Ciara (12); and  Andy; at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Pic: Naoise Culhane

The Murphy family from Drogheda, Ciara (12); and Andy; at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Pic: Naoise Culhane

Guests enjoy Center Parcs Longford Forest on its opening weekend. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Guests enjoy Center Parcs Longford Forest on its opening weekend. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The Aqua Sana Spa at Center Parcs Longford Forest

The Aqua Sana Spa at Center Parcs Longford Forest

The 'Village Square' at Center Parcs

The 'Village Square' at Center Parcs

Amie Finnegan (9) from Dublin at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Pic:Naoise Culhane

Amie Finnegan (9) from Dublin at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Pic:Naoise Culhane

Inside the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longford Forest

Inside the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longford Forest

Rory Best enjoying the Mini Captains’ Adventure with his son Richie (4). Photo: Naoise Culhane

Rory Best enjoying the Mini Captains’ Adventure with his son Richie (4). Photo: Naoise Culhane

The outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Spa

The outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Spa

Baz Ashmawy and his children make a splash in Ireland’s newest and largest waterpark, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Baz Ashmawy and his children make a splash in Ireland’s newest and largest waterpark, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The McGonigle family from Bansha, Co Tipperary; Jack (11); Shane; Katie Mai, (7); Kay; and Charlie, (9) at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Pic: Naoise Culhane

The McGonigle family from Bansha, Co Tipperary; Jack (11); Shane; Katie Mai, (7); Kay; and Charlie, (9) at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Pic: Naoise Culhane

Dining at Center Parcs in Ireland

Dining at Center Parcs in Ireland

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs Longford Forest. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs Longford Forest. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The Aqua Sana Spa

The Aqua Sana Spa

Brian Finnegan and his son Brian (11) from Dublin at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Picture: Naoise Culhane

Brian Finnegan and his son Brian (11) from Dublin at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Picture: Naoise Culhane

The lake and Pancake House at Center Parcs Longford Forest

The lake and Pancake House at Center Parcs Longford Forest

The Murphy family from Drogheda, Aoife (15)  ; Andy; and Monica and at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Pic:Naoise Culhane

The Murphy family from Drogheda, Aoife (15) ; Andy; and Monica and at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Pic:Naoise Culhane

Center Parcs Longford Forest

Center Parcs Longford Forest

A lodge at Center Parcs Longford Forest

A lodge at Center Parcs Longford Forest

Lucy Murray (10 months) enjoys the pool with her mum Denise. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Lucy Murray (10 months) enjoys the pool with her mum Denise. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Guests enjoying the launch spectacular of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Photo: Naoise Culhane Photography

Guests enjoying the launch spectacular of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Photo: Naoise Culhane Photography

TV personality Karen Koster with her daughter Eve (1) and sons Finn (4) and JJ (3) at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest

TV personality Karen Koster with her daughter Eve (1) and sons Finn (4) and JJ (3) at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest

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Pól Ó Conghaile at Center Parcs Ireland. Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall.

It's expensive. But exactly how expensive?

That's the question exercising the minds of mums and dads all over Ireland, now that the Subtropical Swimming Paradise has powered up, guests are checking in, and the dust has settled on Longford Forest's opening weekend.

Lead-in rates for an entry-level woodland lodge at Center Parcs Ireland start from €399 for four-night breaks in November.


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