Monday 17 June 2019

Booking a last minute family break for Easter? 7 Irish destinations to consider

Spring is here and anyone with a young family will be looking forward to the stretch in the evenings and the chance to enjoy more outdoor activities and family holidays.

It’s that time of year when most of us are ready for a well-deserved break. Thankfully, Easter is just around the corner! With the kids on holidays, it’s the ideal opportunity to get away from it all.

Maldron Hotels are offering great deals in some of Ireland’s top locations, with plenty of activities for children and opportunities for the grown-ups to relax.

There’s always somewhere new to discover on this magnificent island of ours so here are a few suggestions for anyone looking to get away with the family for a few days.

1. Galway

What to do? Galway is a Mecca for tourists from both home and abroad, with an atmosphere unlike any other city in Ireland. It’s perfect for shopping, eating and exploring as you take the walk from Eyre Square through Shop Street on to Quay Street and all the way to the legendary Spanish Arch. Better still, Salthill – where the kids can visit the Galway Atlantaquaria or explore Ladies Beach and Blackrock Beach – is just a few minutes’ drive from the city centre.

Where to stay? Maldron Hotel Sandy Road is conveniently located on the Headford Road, just a short walk from Galway city centre. Maldron Hotel Oranmore is another great option if you fancy staying outside the city.

2. Wexford

What to do? Ireland’s sunny south-east is one of the most picturesque parts of the country. Wexford has plenty to offer the family, with Hook Lighthouse, Blackwater Open Farm, the Dunbrody Famine Ship, the Fairy Trail at Wells House and Gardens, the JFK Arboretum and a wealth of stunning beaches for the kids to explore.

Where to stay? Maldron Hotel Wexford can be found on the outskirts of Wexford Town and just 20 minutes from Rosslare ferry port.

3. Portlaoise

What to do? Ireland’s midlands are an underappreciated gem. Portlaoise is the perfect hub for visiting the ruins of Dunamase, with views all the way across the Slieve Bloom Mountains. If you fancy stretching the legs and going for a family walk, Emo Court and Gardens date from the 18th century and are guaranteed to impress.

Also, the Portlaoise Farmers Market is one of the best in the country and features incredible local produce, including fruit and vegetables, cakes, cheese and jams directly from the growers, farmers and producers. It runs every Friday from 10am-3pm.

Where to stay? Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is located just 2km from Portlaoise town and just off exit 17 on the M7 motorway. 

4. Cork

What to do? Where to begin? Cork is the perfect location for a family trip, with so much to do both in the city and its surrounding areas. Your first port of call, particularly in fine weather, should be Fota Wildlife Park where the animals roam free and there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. It’s one of Ireland’s best visitor attractions.

Cork Sea Safari run some great harbour tours, while The Titanic Experience – based where the doomed ship’s final passengers would have boarded - is not to be missed. Why not take the kids to the Donkey Sanctuary on Knockardbane Farm? It’s a great day out and you’ll be supporting a fantastic cause. Or take a trip to the English Market to enjoy some delicious, fresh food in a unique setting.

Where to stay? Maldron Hotels operate within two central locations in Cork city, in Shandon and the South Mall.

5. Limerick

What to do? A city reborn in the last decade, Limerick has lots to offer anyone looking to become better acquainted with the south-west. Whether it’s a match in Thomond Park - the home of Munster rugby – or a trip to the magnificent, 15th century Bunratty Castle and its folk park, Limerick has something for everyone. It’s also a perfect location if you’re thinking of heading further afield on some day trips and taking in some of the amazing sights on the famous Wild Atlantic Way.

Where to stay? Maldron Hotel Limerick is located just five minutes from the city centre.

6. Dublin

What to do? Ireland’s capital and one of Europe’s most creative, inspiring and historic cities. You could spend a week in Dublin and still not have seen everything that it has to offer, with magnificent scenery from Howth and Malahide on the north side to Killiney and Dun Laoghaire on the south side. The thriving city centre offers everything from the Viking Splash Tour to the ever-popular Dublin Zoo and the historical charm of Trinity College. The city’s hundreds of pubs and restaurants offer some the best culinary experiences in the country. It’s a treat.

Where to stay? Depending on what you plan to do, Maldron Hotels offer a number of locations in the Irish capital. Maldon Hotel Newlands Cross is perfect for anyone travelling from Cork, Limerick or Galway as it is situated on the N7 Naas Road.

If you’d prefer to stay out of the city centre, Maldron Hotel in Tallaght is a handy option that’s also located just three minutes from a LUAS red line stop. If you want a central location, Maldron Hotel Parnell Square is just off O’Connell Street and a short walk away from Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green and more.

7. Belfast

What to do? There is so much to see and do in Northern Ireland, and families visiting Belfast can enjoy Belfast Zoo, the Titanic Quarter, the Ulster Museum and more. You can also try the Belfast hop-on/hop-off bus tour to really get to know the city, take a black taxi tour or bask in the legendary Titanic Experience.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?) then you can explore more than 20 filming locations less than an hour from the city. See the iconic Winterfell Castle, sit on the Iron Throne or visit the atmospheric tunnel of trees at The Dark Hedges.

Where to stay? Maldron Hotel Belfast City is conveniently located on Brunswick Street in Belfast city centre, just minutes from Belfast’s Great Victoria Railway Station.

Are you planning to spend your Easter discovering Ireland? With family breaks from €119 at Maldron Hotels, what are you waiting for?

Book your family’s Easter break today on the Maldron Hotels website

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