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This is a fan­tas­tic way for chil­dren to get in touch with our an­cient his­tory in an ex­tremely vis­ceral way – they are en­cour­aged to touch and feel and walk around the Crannogs to ex­pe­ri­ence the way Ir­ish peo­ple lived, long ago. En­try for two adults and two chil­dren costs €24.85. www.shan­non­her­itage.com/ Crag­gaunowen

Fans of Trac­tor Ted will not want to miss a day trip to Trac­tor Ted’s Lit­tle Farm at Gre­nagh, County Cork. The farm is ex­tremely well equipped for young chil­dren, with lots of play ar­eas and a pet­ting zoo where they can hold baby an­i­mals and learn how cows are milked.

The big­gest at­trac­tion for all lit­tle vis­i­tors to this farm is the trip on Trac­tor Ted’s trailer as he me­an­ders through the grounds where kids can see a real life farm in ac­tion. There is an ex­cel­lent restau­rant on site, so don’t worry about pack­ing a pic­nic. www.visit­the­farm.ie/about/ trac­tor-ted-lit­tle-farm

Take a step back in time by vis­it­ing St John’s Cas­tle in Lim­er­ick. This me­dieval cas­tle has re­cently re­ceived a huge re­fur­bish­ment, re­sult­ing in a state of the art vis­i­tor cen­tre that of­fers touch screen his­tor­i­cal tours, 3D mod­els and an Ed­u­ca­tion and Ac­tiv­ity room that is chock full of me­dieval ac­tiv­i­ties to en­liven young minds. www.shan­non­her­itage.com/ KingJohn­sCas­tle

Smug­gler’s Cove Ad­ven­ture Cen­tre in Ross­car­bery is great fun all year round, but comes into its own dur­ing the sum­mer months when its corn maze grows long enough for hours of ad­ven­ture.Year round, the ad­ven­ture cen­tre has a fan­tas­tic minia­ture golf course and a pur­pose built on-site wooden maze, as well as a fam­ily-friendly café on site. www.smug­gler­scove.ie

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