Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park Kildare
Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park Kildare is a multi-award winning Park set on 60 acres of breath-taking landscape. Explore Irish heritage, culture and environment with woodland/peat land trails, gardens and exhibitions. It’s also a great place for the little ones with a state of the art indoor forest themed play centre, outdoor play area with crazy golf, pet farm and train trips.
Experience a 9,000 year journey through landmark periods of Irish history, from the arrival of the early Mesolithic settlers, the dawning of Christianity and through to turbulent times of rebellion and famine – the past truly comes to life with the Parks interactive multi-media, replica dwellings and exhibitions.
The new Biodiversity Boardwalk, the first of its kind in Ireland, meanders serenely through glassy lakes and rejuvenating peat land of birch, heathers and bog cotton. It tells the story of how the Irish midlands great raised bogs, 10,000 years in the making are at the dawn of a new era.
Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park’s very own Pet Farm boasts some fun pet animals. The Lullymore pet farm is getting bigger and bigger with new additions been added year after year.
Visit our kiddie’s corner where you can see the wallabies, rabbits and goats. See the animals grazing and relaxing in the fields and call them over to the fences to give them a friendly rub!
Don’t forget about our Beautiful Falabella horses, Alpaca’s from South America and also our Vietnamese potbellied pigs.
There is something for everyone, young & old in Lullymore’s Pet Farm.
Funky Forest Indoor Play Centre
The Funky Forest has been part of Lullymore Heritage Park since 2005 and in the past couple of years has built up a reputation as one of the finest play centres in the country. This activity centre is a large spacious building with themed rooms and play areas.
Our fantastic Indoor centre has something for everyone to enjoy, even the mums and dads! The hard play area which is perfect for older kids includes, climbing nets, rope bridges and a speedy cable run.
The large ball pool and soft play area provides much laugher for younger children and is a great source of entertainment. Other activities in the Funky Forest include; air hockey, table tennis and fuzball tables in leisure area. Other great facilities include a brilliant tot’s area, a giant pirate ship and soothing water feature with aquarium.
The length of stay in the indoor play area averages 1.5 hours which makes this a very worthwhile attraction.
At Christmas time the indoor play area is transformed to a Christmas winter wonderland complete with Santa’s grotto and Santa himself is on hand to meet all the children. Watch out for themed characters!!!!
Outdoor Play Area
Fionn MacCumhaill’s Adventure Playground has been part of the park since 1998 and offers a great range of outdoor activities for all the kids. Climb the wooden castles, fly on the swings or try out some of the rope bridges and all within the safety of a soft ground to land on.
All ages are catered for in the play area with a sand pit thrown in for good measure. Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park has an extensive 18 hole Crazy Golf Course with a Heritage Twist. See what happens when you take on some of the challenges. Watch out for The Castle, Barge and Horse Shoe holes! Try and make or beat par in fewer than 40 strokes.
Sit back and enjoy the sights on one of our regular train trips around Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park. Travel through the heart of Ireland’s largest bog land, The Bog of Allen in Kildare. The train trip also takes you past the beautiful picturesque gardens on its way through the bog.
While traveling take a view to the left of the cut away bog and the old Tougher Road which is thousands of years old or view the mythical Hill of Allen where Fionn MacCuhmaill once resided.
The Funky Café in Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is the place to go to unwind with a coffee and light lunch or feed the hungry little ones with tasty snacks. Quality hot lunches, sandwiches, salads, desserts and a variety of good coffee, teas and sweet shop are available. The Café is open every day and last orders for hot food is at 5.30pm each day.
Welcome to Foran’s Wood – a diverse mineral and bog woodland habitat. The wood is named after the last family who lived and farmed the land where the Park is now located.
Much of the wood has remained as it is today for at least a couple of hundred years. Indeed our historic local poet, Matthew Farrell may well have planted some of the trees you’ll see on the trail in the 1820’s as he states in his poem “Lullymore”.
The bog land part of the woods (where you will feel the ground get bouncier as you enter) is full of silver birch, Froghan (wild blueberry) and heather. Insect life is abundant here in the Summer. Look out for the dragonflies, butterflies and of course our honey bees.
On the mineral rich part of the woodland keep an eye out for old Beech trees, Mountain Ash and huge Holly trees. You may also get a glimpse of a pair of red squirrels which recently moved in. Others to find include frogs, newts and a huge variety of bird life.
These two habitats host a vast variety of plant and animal life.
The Parks gardens are renowned for their vibrant colours during the summer.
There is much to see in the themed gardens which are dedicated to Ireland’s heritage and local historic figures of note. Featuring stunning flowers, shrubs and herbs with ponds, the gardens offer visitors a place to relax and unwind.
It’s also a nice place to stop for a picnic, with readily available picnic tables, before seeing the rest of what Lullymore has to offer.
The Theme Gardens are home to our ‘Fairy Tree’ or “Lone Bush” where the fairies may grant you a wish. You can also see our model of Newgrange one of the finest megalithic tombs in the world, a model of a Dolmen of which there are 350 in Ireland, as Crannog Garden and a Fulacht Fia which means ‘cooking place in the wild’ and is a method of cooking dating back to Bronze Age Ireland.
The Theme Gardens also feature a special Literary Garden in honor of three local writers, Matthew Farrell, who wrote the poem ‘Lullymore’ and who also provides a special audio tour of the Heritage Park, Maura Laverty the author of the novel ‘Never no More’, and the poet William A.Byrne whose poem ‘The Purple Heather’ reminds us of the beauty and value of the boglands.
The Treasure Hunt is a great way for families to have lots of fun while exploring the Parks nature trails and exhibitions.
All you have to do is ask for a Treasure Hunt form (just in case you get lost…. map of the Park is printed on the other side of the form) at the Admission Kiosk and follow the clues to find letters hidden throughout the Park. Once you’ve found them all try to solve the riddle and return the form to the kiosk to enter a monthly prize draw.
Special Treasure Hunts are run annually for the Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween Happenings Event.
This is the perfect outdoor family fun game for all the family!
Test your skills on our extensive 18 Hole Crazy Golf Course with a Heritage Twist. See what happens when you take on some of the challenges.
Crazy Golf at Lullymore Heritage Park is great fun for kids of all ages. Navigate your way through the 18 holes of twists and turns and plenty of laughs are guaranteed along the way.
The crazy golf course is located next to the outdoor play area and close to the pet farms. The magnificent Bog of Allen surrounds the course and the castle turrets are overlooking.
Watch out for The Castle, Barge and Horse Shoe holes! Try and make or beat par in fewer than 40 strokes.