There are plenty of activities to keep the family busy while visiting County Westmeath.

Activities For Families

There are plenty of activities to keep the family busy while visiting County Westmeath.

Horse lovers will enjoy the Mullingar Equestrian Centre, a renowned show jumping venue with shows running throughout the year. The indoor arena provides a covered area protected from the elements providing visitors with a comfortable area to watch show jumping events at any time of the year. The Centre’s three day, show jumping festival is the high point of its event calendar and takes place each year in the first week of June. Check the Centre’s website for more information about upcoming events.

For maximum excitement, the family with love Baysports Water Park, Ireland’s largest inflatable waterpark. Located about an hour’s drive from Castle Varagh Hotel, the water park features award winning floating slides, rockers and challenges that are suitable for all ages and abilities. Bring a picnic or grab a coffee at the BayCafe to refuel after an action-packed water adventure. 

Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park, a captivating outdoor adventure park 50 minutes’ drive from Castle Varagh Hotel. The Park features a special nature reserve, a sensory butterfly garden, an “Art in the Park” collaborative project between local school students and established artists, Irish music traditions, a picnic area and playground, and a fascinating insight into how Irish rural communities lived in the past.

Families will also enjoy a visit to Girley Bog where history and nature come together. A raised bog that is rare in Europe, Girley Bog has been developed as a six-kilometre looped eco-walk (with a shorter internal walk of 1.5 kilometres) that meanders through forest and bogland, revealing a vast array of birds, plants and wildlife. Girley Bog is an EU Life Site situated a half hour drive from Castle Varagh Hotel on the N52.