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Irish National Heritage Park

An outdoor museum depicting 9,000 years of re-created Irish History situated within natural forestry & wet woodlands. 

This is a great day out for all the family - we love the crannog, the adventure playground and trying out the archery.

Johnstown Castle

Recently Restored with modern visitor centre and a fabulous playground & lovely walks, Johnstown Castle is a gem.  The agriculture and famine museum are well worth a visit too.  House tours must be booked in advance!


Wish you were here...

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There's loads to do in the area, if you can tear yourself away from Ballinkeele, that is!  With beautiful beaches and other adventures.  Check out for lots of ideas.  Here are a few of our favourites...

Hook Lighthouse

The oldest operational lighthouse in the world, set in the stunning surrounds of the Hook Peninsula.  Tour the lighthouse, take in the views and descend to grab a tasty coffee in the cafe, while the kids check out the pirate ship playground.  Then head out for a walk on the rocks to blow away those cobwebs.  So many photo opportunities here!

The Surf Shack

Join Jack Tim & the gang at the Surf Shack.  Grab some gear and hit the waves on gorgeous Curracloe Beach.  Ideal for beginners, and they cater for hens & large groups.  

They do fantastic coffee & nothing tastes quite as good their pizza post-surf!


Usually a local secret - I'll let you in on it!  It's a beautiful spot and feels a world away from 'civilisation', yet it's just 10 minutes drive from Ballinkeele & so close to Castlebridge - the home of the Guinness Book of World Records.  A nice easy walk for all the family.  Parking is limited, so you might want to car pool.  Enjoy a lovely walk then head for a well earned pint and a bit of grub in The Porter House after - the perfect day!

Curracloe & The Raven

Our families favourite place and just 15 minutes from Ballinkeele. This is a stunning beach and you could walk for hours here.  The beach with it's dunes is heaven for children and The Raven offers a sheltered woodland walk and is great with bikes and buggies. Their are public toilets and The Surf Shack for coffees and pizzas at the main entrance - called 'White's Gap'.  The Raven is signposed on the road down to  Whites' Gap - there's coffe van her during peak times, It's 12km long, so no matter how busy it is you can have your own private spot!!

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