Our day out at the Irish National Heritage Park [with Slideshow]

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My parents-in-law bought a mobile home in Rosslare.  There was a family history of mobile homes in the sunny South East so they didn’t hesitate to pick that part of the country.  The mobile was installed in October 2014 in a park in Rosslare Strand but as the park closed for the Winter we were all left waiting until March 2015 to get a turn to check the mobile, and surrounding area, out.

We headed down for Easter weekend.  The weather, given the time of year, was not too bad and on the Saturday we looked for things to do.  Cue Wexford native Sinead from Bumbles of Rice who conveniently had previously blogged 7 Things to do in Wexford with kids.

I scanned the list and liked the look of the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, Wexford.

Tower at the top

Tower at the top

The park comprises of 16 reconstructed sites designed to reflect life from Pre-Historic Ireland, through Early Christian Ireland and the Age of Invasion.

On arrival we checked in at reception and were given a map and detail of the sites.  The kids got their own map with a number of tasks that they were to complete, including panning for gold.  The gold they found needed to be brought back to earn a certificate.  My kids were beside themselves with excitement.

There is a fully guided tour or you can choose to self guide.  With three hyper bunnies we decided to self guide and headed off.

The park is really nicely laid out, well signposted and a really fabulous place to visit with kids.  Weather is obviously key.  The whole park is outdoors so it is definitely a fair weather spot but provided it’s not raining I’d say it is a good bet.  We got very lucky with the weather and the sun shone.

The kids adored doing their challenges and loved the large Viking boat towards the end of the list of sites.  They were also treated to some fun adventure play areas at the top of the hill.  The views from up top were stunning and there was some Archery being offered (extra charge) and my husband and oldest girl decided to give it a try to much amusement.

While awful at the time, it is certainly a sign of a great day out when you end up with a complete meltdown from the 3-year-old when it’s time to go home.

 

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They recommend at least 2 hours to get around. We spent about half the day there.  We probably could have spent longer.  Correction, I know we could have spent longer.

We finished our visit with a visit to the cafe for a coffee and cake.  Full meals are available but we had brought some sandwiches so had already eaten.  There is also another, smaller, adventure playground beside the cafe allowing parents to enjoy their coffee in peace while able to keep an eye on the kids playing.

Overall we had a great time. We were really pleasantly surprised at how the kids really enjoyed it.  At €25 for our family ticket it didn’t completely break the bank either.

I have no doubt that it will become a popular spot to visit over the years as we take advantage of the mobile home.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  I was not asked to write this review.  We paid for our own ticket.

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5 Comments

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  2. Nicola Naessens

    June 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    The Heritage Park is lovely, I vaguely remember the day it opened, way back in the 80’s, the national school I was in formed the guard of honour! One of my girls can’t stand it! The other kids enjoy it though and they do a lovely Santa visit at Christmas time too, it’s great fun!
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      June 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      I had never heard of it until Easter time. Didn’t realise it’s there that long. It’s a little gem. Santa visit sounds lovely, although I probably won’t be down that way around Christmas!

  3. Jill

    July 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    We did the easter trail there, it was fantastic! Even though I’m a wexford native too, it’s definitely been 20 years since I’d been there and I’d highly recommend it.
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      July 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      It was great over Easter. Although we hadn’t signed up to the formal hunt there was a great buzz about the place.

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