If you’re thinking of booking your holiday breaks in Ireland, the chances are you’ll have the family in tow and are already considering what to do once you arrive in the Emerald Isle. If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of great events taking place all over the country during the school holidays, including loads of brilliant Easter egg hunts.
To help you narrow things down, we’ve put together a list of the very best Easter egg hunts and trails, a few of which are totally unique, being held soon across a fantastic range of local attractions.
When: 18 - 22 April
Where: Croke Park, Jones Road, Dublin 3, D03 P6K7
Price: €11 children, €9 adults, €35 for 2 adults and 2 children, €40 for 2 adults and 3 children, free for children under 3
Croke Park, conveniently located in the centre of Dublin, is among the largest and best-known sporting venues in all of Ireland. This may seem like an unusual place to hold an Easter egg hunt, but the fact that last year’s weekend-long event completely sold out should be enough to tell you how impressive it is.
This day out at one of Dublin’s premier landmarks will be almost as much fun for parents as it will be for the kids, with your ticket also allowing you to enjoy a tour of the stadium and a visit to the on-site GAA Museum, which explores the rich history of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Easter is really all about the little ones, though, and they are sure to love the egg hunt that will involve them having to listen closely to a guide so that they can pick up clues to successfully complete the trail. If they do, they can look forward to receiving a tasty Cadbury’s egg.
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When: 20 - 22 April
Where: Belvedere House, Mullingar, County Westmeath, N91 EF80
Price: €8 children, €6 adults, free for children under 3
The Belvedere House and Gardens is one of the most fascinating country house attractions in the country and can be found about five miles away from the town of Mullingar, County Westmeath, right in the centre of Ireland. This is always a great place to go with the family, whatever the time of year, but visiting whilst their Easter Treasure Trail is on is sure to be extra special.
Another carefully planned egg hunt, this challenge will see the children completing various games and tasks and gathering clues from different costumed characters before being rewarded with chocolatey treats. All those who complete the trail will be given their gift by the Easter Bunny himself, so it’ll certainly be worth the trip! Tickets for this event always sell quickly, so don’t delay - book your tickets as soon as you can.
Click here for more info about the Belvedere House and Gardens Easter Treasure Trail.
When: 13 - 19 April (excluding 14 April)
Where: Nore Valley Park, Annamult, Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny, R95 RXR4
Price: €11.50 children, €8 adults, €37 for 2 adults and 2 children, €47.50 for 2 adults and 3 children, €58 for 2 adults and 4 children, free for children under 2
A nature attraction that is both fun and educational, Nore Valley Park in County Kilkenny has it all, including a delightful pet farm. Visit in the week leading up to Easter Sunday and you will also be able to take part in the site’s excellent Easter Egg Hunt, which is bound to put a spring in the step of your whole family!
There’s no set time at which your kids must complete the hunt; you just need to be there between 10 am and 4 pm and allow around two hours to find all the treats. With the chance to meet loads of adorable animals and earn some yummy chocolate, this is surely the ultimate Easter day out.
After you’ve finished the trail, why not enjoy a tractor or trailer ride, ride around on the pedal go-karts, try to escape the 3D maze or take on the 18-hole crazy golf course? One thing’s for certain: you’ll never be short of things to do here!
Click here for more info about the Nore Valley Park Easter Egg Hunt.
When: 13 – 28 April
Where: Birr Castle, Rosse Row, Birr, County Offaly, R42 VO27
Price: €5 children, €9 adults, €7.50 seniors/students, €25 for 2 adults and 2 children, free for children under 4
The historic Birr Castle is the most famous attraction in the lovely town of Birr, County Offaly. This brilliantly educational attraction has a full fortnight of activities planned over the holidays, with the intriguing Easter Family Quest being held every day.
What you may not have known about Birr Castle is that its grounds were once home to the world’s largest telescope, and this rich heritage is what inspired the creation of its interactive on-site Science Centre. The Easter quest will include lots of science-based fun (as well as some amazing wildlife discoveries in the gardens), and the successful questers will, of course, find a sweet treat waiting for them at the end.
Also planned for Easter Sunday itself is a traditional egg hunt, where the little ones will meet not just the Easter Bunny but plenty of other characters like Henny Penny, Larry the Lamb, Quackers the Duck and the Mad Hatter! Additional activities such as complimentary face painting and a chance to explore Ireland’s biggest treehouse will ensure a totally unforgettable day out for all.
Click here for more info about the Birr Castle Easter Family Quest and Egg Hunt.
When: 21 April
Where: Tayto Park, Kilbrew, Ashbourne, County Meath, A84 EA02
Price: €15 children, €15 adults, €12 seniors, €12 for special needs and carers, free for children under 3
You may not have thought that a theme park inspired by a brand of crisps could ever be a roaring success, but the fantastic Tayto Park in Kilbrew, County Meath has become one of the most popular family attractions in Ireland since opening in 2010.
This Easter, the park will be hosting a very special egg hunt, which will ask participants to ‘crack’ a secret code – one letter at a time – that will eventually reveal a hidden message showing where to find some chocolate goodies! The trail will wind its way around Tayto Park’s zoo, so will also let the kids get up close to tigers, leopards, lions, vultures, alpacas and many other fascinating animals.
Click here for more info about the Tayto Park Easter Egg Hunt.