Hi we would love help planning an itinerary for early July 2019. A must see place is Galway, I have family there and would like 2 days there. We plan to fly into Dublin and leave from Shannon. We probably only want one night in Dublin. My husband has been several times there and isn’t sure there’s much too different for the kids. ( we live outside of NYC). We will rent a car. Kids are 11,14,16. We would like to not over do too many activities or more than 3 hours driving into a day. Top requests from kids is spending 1 night in a castle. Other than that we’d just like to experience Irish culture and scenery. We are flexible on the number of days, if we need more than 7 could do 8-10. Thanks
I highly recommend booking the hawk walk at Ashford Castle. It was the highlight of our trip. My husband and son also did archery on site while my daughter and I did horse back riding. We stayed at the Lodge at Ashford which was great and on the same grounds as the castle but much more affordable.
I’m sure your children have been to the numerous and wonderful museums in NYC. But there is a museum display In Dublin that they wouldn’t see in the States. The archeology museum has a number of mummies that have been found in bogs. Totally different than those from Egypt. That museum also has interesting info on the interaction between the Celts and the Vikings. Just ideas if that is the sort of thing that would interest your family.
Since you mentioned castles, the Trim Castle north of Dublin was used to film Braveheart. The tour provides great information on how castles were built and changed as time and need changed.
If your family likes Game of Thrones, there are numerous GoT tours, one of which I believe you can take from Dublin.
As for scenery, you probably already know that it’s hard to beat Kerry, Dingle or Beara. Since your kids probably won’t want to spend a lot of time in the car, you might want to pick one or two of them, base yourself in one central location and take day trips from there.
If your family is st all "horsey"
I'd recommend a day at the national stud
Thank you all, these all look like great suggestions. Yes my family likes horses, and the museum in Dublin sounds really interesting.. I’m going to research all these ideas. Just seems like there is so much to do in Ireland! Hope we can fit in everything with a goal of not feeling too overwhelmed. My youngest tends to lose steam so we try not to jam in too much per day. Thanks!