Family friendly places to stop on the way to Rosslare

We are certain you will have a fantastic time on holiday in Ireland but the fun doesn’t have to stop as you make your way back to Rosslare to get the ferry home. If you plan to drive back to Rosslare from Dublin or another location north of the port, we have some suggestions of family friendly places to sleep, eat or stretch your legs:

Family friendly restaurants near Rosslare

You’ll be happy to hear finding family friendly cafés and restaurants in this part of the country won’t be an issue. It has been a holiday destination for Irish families for generations so there are lots of child friendly places to stop en route:

1) The Jailers Rest: do your kids love history? Does having lunch in an old prison fill your family with curiosity? Check out the Jailers Rest at Wicklow Historical Goal. If you have time take the audio tour before or after your meal.

2) Katie Daly’s: if you aren’t interested in fast food, than this is a great place to stop in this north Wexford town. With an extensive menu this family friendly restaurant is perfect

3) Karoo Farm Shop and Café: closer to the harbour, this quaint café is home to hearty soups, salads and sandwiches as well as a host of hot food prepared by it’s South African owner. It’s a real hidden gem.

If you eat before you board, don’t forget to leave room for the [snacks and meals]<> available on board your ferry home.

Family friendly hotels near Rosslare

If you want to break up the journey to the port with a night in a hotel, there are lots of family friendly options:

1) Parkview Hotel: if you are looking to stay a bit closer to the capital, Parkview is affordable and conveniently located just off the N11. This family friendly hotel is loved for it’s bright, spacious rooms and friendly staff.

2) Rathmore Holiday Village: although not technically a hotel, this B&B and self-catering accommodation could be a great option for larger families. Set on 200 acres of mature farmland in Co Wicklow, it is a great place for your children to stretch their legs.

3) Amber Springs: located about an hour from the port there are very few hotels in the country with more facilities for visiting little ones. The Amber Springs offers go-karting, mini-golf and a playground and that’s just outdoors! Indoor facilities include a virtual reality games room and play zone so no matter the weather your kids are sure to find something to do.

Things to do on the way to Rosslare

1) Greenan Maze: feel like getting lost for a while? Call into the Greenan Maze in Wicklow and try getting out of their Celtic maze. We bet you will have lots of fun. If your children are a little on the young side, try the Solstice maze where you can keep an eye on them toddling around while taking in stunning views of the Wicklow mountains.

2) Courtown Harbour: call in to Courtown, the family holiday destination for Dublin families for generations, this Wexford town is entirely child centred from Pirates Cove to Crazy Golf, you will find an activity here that everyone will love!

3) Hook Head Lighthouse: take in some stunning views of the Irish coast before joining us on board for more as we sail from Rosslare to Fishguard. Not only is the lighthouse one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, it is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Built over 800 years ago, the stories around this beacon for passing ships will fascinate young and old alike.

As you can see, the journey to the ferry home doesn’t have to be boring eat, stay or play near Rosslare and make the most of that final day. We look forward to hearing about your adventures when welcoming you on board. If you haven’t booked yet, what are you waiting for? Book today.

  • Bernard says:

    The rail line from Dublin (Connolly) through counties Wicklow and Wexford terminates at Rosslare Harbour a short walk from the check-in desk and is well worth experiencing. A breathtaking variety of scenery and scapes are dotted along this route with interesting towns along the way – from Wicklow gaol to Arklow’s maritime museum. Rathdrum is a gateway to the Wicklow Mountains with a bus linking the station to the ancient monastic idyll of Glendalough.

    Wexford town renowed for its opera is a shopper’s delight with speciality local shops and leading names along its main street. The Irish National Heritage Park is just on the outskirts of town – a short taxi ride.

    All-in SailRail tickets are available including your journey on the ferry e.g. Arklow to Swansea; Wexford to Cardiff.

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