Five family friendly activities to enjoy during the Easter holidays in Westmeath

With the warmer weather approaching families are seeking exciting adventures and memorable experiences.

Westmeath offers an extensive range of family-friendly activities that cater for all interests and all generations. From scenic greenways to stunning parklands to cultural exhibitions, Westmeath has something for everyone irrespective of the weather and some of these activities are completely free of charge. Here’s a roundup of our top five family activities to enjoy in Westmeath this year.

Visit Athlone Castle

Athlone castle dates back to the 12th century and holds a wealth of history within its walls. The tour of the castle is fascinating and well presented with 3D figures and interactive exhibitions perfect for educating all age groups. The visitor centre offers so much information and is a great day out for families and small groups.

Athlone Castle, Westmeath

So irrespective of the weather this is something to do for everyone. For more information on these free family activities and attractions, visit https://www.visitwestmeath.ie/ and start planning your summer adventures in Westmeath today. And don’t forget this is a county with many accommodation options and multi-award-winning restaurants.

Cycle or walk the Greenways with two great options in Westmeath

Royal Canal Greenway, Westmeath

Royal Canal Greenway

Embark on a picturesque journey along Ireland’s longest Greenway, the historic Royal Canal Greenway, spanning 130km alongside the 225-year-old canal. Whether walking or cycling, families can explore the scenic beauty, rich heritage, and abundant wildlife along the trail. With designated shorter routes and numerous access points, the Royal Canal Greenway offers an unforgettable experience for all.

Old Rail Trail Greenway, Westmeath

Old Rail Trail Greenway

Discover the heart of Ireland on the Old Rail Trail Greenway, a 43km off-road trail stretching from Athlone to Mullingar. Mostly flat, the trail is suitable for all the family – fly past restored station houses and under stone arched bridges, with stops along the way for rests, refreshments and play. Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park is a must-see attraction on the trail and great options for rest and refreshments are available in Athlone, Moate, Streamstown, Ballinea and Mullingar en-route. Bike hire is available in Athlone and Mullingar. Make sure to visit Athlone Castle when you are there.

Explore a number of short family 5KM trails

Stunning family trails in Mullaghmeen and Portlick Millennium Forest and the Shannon Banks Walks

These include the beautiful Portlick Millennium Forest exploring wooded glades and farmlands along the shores of Lough Ree, with stunning views and opportunities to spot diverse wildlife, as well as the Shannon Banks Walk & Nature Trail, a serene 5km looped path following the tranquil banks of the River Shannon in an area rich in biodiversity or Cloncrow Bog and Village Trail where you can explore intact raised bogs and delve into the area’s architectural and historic heritage. The 3.5km trail promises encounters with unique flora and fauna, offering a memorable experience for families.

Visit one of many playgrounds

Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, Westmeath

Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park

Westmeath is a county of playgrounds with many dotted throughout. You could visit one everyday!

Streamstown playground, located along the Athlone to Mullingar Old Rail Trail Greenway provides endless fun for children. Complete with a fully equipped play area and a nearby coffee shop, it’s the perfect pit stop for families on the go.

Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park in Moate, is another winner offering 27 acres of parkland and various attractions, including a heritage trail, pet farm, playground, and tea rooms. Mollie Moo’s Pet Farm offers a fantastic day out for families, where your little ones can meet cows, pigs, sheep and alpacas. It is fully wheelchair accessible, and also offers Crazy Golf, Go-Karts, Sandpit, and Mooville – an Interactive Village.

St. Feichin’s Way, Fore, Westmeath

St Feichin’s Way, Fore, very popular with families, is a 3km Looped Walk around the beautiful and historic landscape of Fore village, allowing visitors to explore this early Christian settlement. The trail also includes a pretty fairy village along a woodland section of the route.

Luan Gallery Athlone at Night, Westmeath

Luan Gallery, is stroll across the bridge in Athlone nestled on the right hand bank Showcasing the most interesting artists from the midlands, Ireland and abroad. The building itself is a modern work of art in its own right, displaying an eclectic and balanced mix of media from painting to sculpture to textiles.

Visit Belvedere House

Belvedere House, Gardens & Park Mullingar, Westmeath

Belvedere House, Gardens & Park is a Georgian house and estate owned and operated by Westmeath County Council and situated just outside Mullingar Town.

Within 160-acres, visitors can enjoy a self-guided visit, lakeshore walks, woodlands trails and stunning Victorian Walled Garden. There’s so much to see, do and experience for all ages. Come join us and experience fascinating history brought to life, nature at its best, woodland walking and family fun – for everyone.

 

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