Family Hotels in Wicklow, Ireland

by Maureen Katemopoulos

Called "The Garden of Ireland," County Wicklow on Ireland’s east coast, is known also for its historical and sports attractions. Wicklow is a tourist destination that offers a wide range of hotel accommodation. Many hotels include special facilities and activities for families and children. Some are close to family-friendly attractions that offer hours of fun for children.

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The Royal Hotel, Bray

The Royal Hotel, Bray is about 40 minutes from Dublin City. Spacious family rooms with en-suite bathrooms have double beds and up to three single beds. Family rooms offer cable television, direct dial telephones, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel’s Heritage Restaurant provides a junior menu for children. During school holidays, Merrill’s Activity Camp is a complimentary daily service for children of school going age. Activities range from arts and crafts to baking, dancing, team games and talent competitions. The family-style games room includes pool, air hockey, foosball and a junior corner. Ten pin bowling, American pool, a video arcade and a theater are among the attractions at Bray Bowl. Brennanstown Riding School caters to children age six and older.

The Glendalough Hotel

The Glendalough Hotel’s 44 comfortable rooms and suites offer sweeping views of the Wicklow countryside and the historic Round Tower. Learn more at the Glendalough Visitor Centre, adjacent to the hotel. The hotel can arrange activities to suit every family member, including a range of walks from strolls through harsh terrain hikes. Hire bicycles and cycle through the countryside. Go horseback riding, or take riding lessons. Family fun also includes angling, clay shooting, archery, canoeing, sailing, tennis and leisure parks. The Glendasan River Restaurant serves Irish and international cuisine. Ask about the hotel’s special menu for children’s Communion and Confirmation parties.

Ramada Woodland Court Hotel

The family-friendly Ramada Woodland Court Hotel's 86 guestrooms include spacious family rooms for two adults and up to five children plus a cot. The hotel provides special children’s welcome packs and DVD players. Arrange for children’s meals and babysitting too if you need some free time. Try the contemporary, a la carte fare at the Parklands Restaurant. Relax over a cup of tea or coffee or a cocktail in The Lounge, with full bar services and a kid-friendly menu. Private function rooms and special menus suit family celebrations, christenings, birthdays and other happy occasions.

Arklow Bay Conference Leisure and Spa Hotel

The Arklow Bay Hotel offer the comforts of 92 guestrooms. Try the traditional Irish fare at Howard’s Restaurant, enjoy a cocktail at The Ferrybank Lounge and tuck into a Sunday roast at The Ferrybank Carvery. Guests have use of the Leisure Club facilities, including a pool, aerobics area, and gym. The kids’ club combines a Saturday movie with Kids’ Meals. Nearby attractions include the Clara Lara Funpark. Give the children an extra special treat at The Kia Ora Mini Farm, where they can hold and feed rabbits, poultry, sheep and pot bellied pigs, and ride toy farm tractors. For ten-pin bowling and arcade games, visit the Diamond Bowl. Or check out the Greenan Farm Museum & Maze.

About the Author

Based in Northern California, Maureen Katemopoulos has been a freelance writer for more than 25 years. Her articles on travel, the arts, cuisine and history have appeared in publications such as "Stanislaus Magazine," "Orientations," "The Asia Magazine" and "The Peninsula Group Magazine." She holds a Baccalaureate degree in journalism from Stanford University.

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