Offaly beckons you this Easter with a wide range of events and outings suitable for families.
Now part of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands, Offaly is literally a “hidden gem” with its wide open spaces, historic and scenic locations, not to mention stunning nature, offering you the opportunity to switch gears and really relax and enjoy yourself.
Waiting for you and your family this Easter are fairy trails, bike rides, mountain treks and Easter Egg hunts!
An extremely popular outing for children is the Fairy Trail in Lough Boora Discovery Park. Home to fourteen fairies, this is a one and a half kilometre trail suitable for small children and sure to be a hit.
And there is so much more - Lough Boora Discovery Park is a family friendly environment with a host of free activities for all ages.
There are also picnic and play areas which are all accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Why not hire a bike and explore the sculpture part?
Or just enjoy walking on the many off road trails.
As a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts interested in its unique flora and wildlife, the Sculpture Park’s route is enhanced by 24 innovative works of art that dramatically change the landscape with varying contrast depending on the weather, throughout the seasons and over time.
Industrial materials of the bog, such as locomotives, rail line, timber and stone have been developed into magnificent sculptures.
The wonderful thing about the Slieve Bloom Mountains (besides being the most unspoilt and uncongested in the country) is that you’ll find trails to suit every ability; from the experienced hiker to the casual stroller.
Whether you take on the long-distance Slieve Bloom Way or opt for one of the shorter looped trails, you’ll be rewarded by spectacular views stretching across the midlands of Ireland and on a clear cloud free day you can see the four highest points of each of the four provinces.
Finally, Birr Castle Demesne is one of Ireland’s most extraordinary places.
Created over generations it is an environmental and scientific time capsule, a living breathing and evolving place of beauty and inspiration.
Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00, a visit to Birr Castle Demesne includes seven science galleries, Ireland tallest treehouse, the Great telescope, Forest bathing, a gift shop, the Courtyard Café, open daily offering seasonal sweet and savoury treats, and 120 acres of parklands and gardens for you to explore.