4 based on 68 reviews
A wide selection of women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, gifts, jewellery, books, stationery, beauty, kids, homeware and lifestyle, and of course Avoca's signature range of throws and knits. At Avoca Dunboyne we also have Joeanna Caffrey Flowers and Howbert and Mays Garden Centre. Avoca to-go meals, Fresh fruit and veg, Avoca Butcher, Avoca Bakery, Deli and Salad Bar, Cheese and Charcuterie Counter, Wood Fired Pizza Van, Poulet Bonne Femme Rotisserie, Nature’s Gold Health Foods, Mitchell and Son Wines, Kish Fish, Sprout and Co Kitchen, Artisan Quality Foods. Fork Cafe is a self-service cafe, which takes guests on a unique farm to fork experience. The Cafe features our largest indoor Seating Terrace amidst our very own kitchen garden, where we grow many of our own ingredients. Oh, and there's wood-fired pizza from the terrace's own authentic Italian Pizza Van for a truly unforgettable visit.
Visited with small kids over Children over Christmas period and have to say it was fantastic food portions for the kids were perfect and the cookies that we got went down a treat. Service was quick which made the waiting time with small children easy and enjoyable
4 based on 82 reviews
Great place, large outdoor playground with water slides. It's small but practical and the kids loved it. Good value for money
4.5 based on 432 reviews
Free Admission. Open daily all year. Working factory. Free Film. Gardens. Shop. The Burren Perfumery is located in the heart of the Burren in County Clare and is Ireland's longest-established perfume house. Since opening its doors 43 years ago, the Perfumery has drawn inspiration from the flora and beauty of the Burren landscape to create its signature scents, which are hand-blended and bottled on the Perfumery's premises. Today, the Burren Perfumery creates its artisan range, which includes hand-crafted soaps, certified organic creams and candles, using the very best natural and organic ingredients sourced from all around the world. Visitors are welcome to come along and experience the Burren Perfumery first-hand. A busy working factory, visitors are welcome free-of-charge and all-year-round to check out its home and hub in Carron, County Clare. Open from 9am to 7pm in the Summer and from 10am to 5pm in the Winter, visitors can observe the Perfumery team members as they go about their daily work in the Manufacturing Workshops and browse the Perfumery's products and offerings in its Gift Shop. For visitors interested in gaining some insight into just how special and spectacular the Burren's natural offerings are, a beautiful, locally-shot short film (free of charge) featuring the unique local flora and landscape of the Burren truly sets the scene. The Perfumery's Tea Rooms, which are open Summer-long, offer an opportunity to relax and unwind over a selection of freshly baked organic cakes, garden soups, tea, herbal teas and coffee, while visitors can also meander through and enjoy the Perfumery's organic show Garden.
The trip to the Burren Perfumery is very scenic in itself, as it is situated off a winding road. You will be glad you went, for the the quaint tea room with picnic style tables and cheery decor offers a delicious stop before shopping for lotions or perfumes. Enjoy the flowers and peaceful surroundings before going in to either the tea room or shop. We had the vegetable soup. It was quite good, and we enjoyed the brown bread and cream butter that accompanied it. The tea room is child-friendly and the hostesses were very nice. The perfumery has some lovely scents. Frond is heavenly. Enjoy a little stop and shop in the beautiful Burren region. You may not be back that way for a while, and it is worth the time to get there.
4.5 based on 21 reviews
This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
This is a must do tour. What a great place. Learnt so much. Tour guide was great (even over the annoying kid!) and our children loved it.
Scary to hear about the conditions people lived in!
Highly recommended and have lunch at dolce vita next door for the best value meal in Dublin.
4 based on 181 reviews
Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is located just off the M50 (exit 7 M4 towards Sligo). It's a great location for a pitstop between Dublin and the West of Ireland. A great choice of cafes, restaurants & fast food, plus a large M&S food store. For shopping, it's one of Ireland's premier shopping centres and for those staying in the city it is easily reached by bus with Routes 13 & 40 also serving other great tourist spots like Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, MOMA, Kilmainham & Phoenix Park. For those looking for a girls weekend of shopping and fun, it is served by Flybus straight from the Airport and has a Clarion Hotel located across the road.
Not the biggest shopping center, very similar shops to you would normally find in the UK. However, this is lovely and clean and very good customer service including lots of great restaurants. If you are going to a restaurant though, make sure you book in advance or you may be turned down!
4 based on 45 reviews
As we had been visiting Castle Town House nearby we thought we'd venture over to see this landmark also. We couldn't get it on the sat nav in the car so we followed Google maps, but still couldn't locate it. While driving around (following google maps) we did not see one sign for it anywhere in Leixlip. We ended up driving into a rugby pitch off a roundabout (which was very close to the barn) but the couple of people we stopped to ask for directions didn't know how to get to it. As it turns out, there is absolutely nothing at the entrance to indicate that the Wonderful Barn is down a little road that is barricaded and accessible only to walkers or cyclists. We found out after that anyone with an allotment can gain access with their car. It's extremely disappointing that this landmark is not signposted; if it is we did not see one sign and thus is something the town needs to look into.
The Wonderful Barn is a lovely structure--but that's it; there are no facilities in the area (no shop, cafe, toilet, etc). You won't gain access to the building either, and there are no information signs posted giving you info about the barn, pity how some things are so neglected by the State.
3.5 based on 188 reviews
AquaZone, at the National Aquatic Centre, is one of the most innovative water parks in Europe. A whole host of exciting features ensures that there is lots of family fun, thrills - and something for everyone. If you crave extreme thrills, raging water adventures, flying through the air, or just an enjoyable day with your family, AquaZone at the National Aquatic Centre has Europe's biggest and best water rides and attractions waiting for you !!
Took the family here (3 kids). They had a decent enough time, but don't expect the thrills and excitement you'd get from a water park on the continent.
Everything is heavily regulated and policed. There's a sign on the way in that lists a full 21 things you aren't allowed do. There are lifeguards everywhere (even though the deepest water is only 1.2m) and the blast of a whistle punctuates the air every 5-10 secs.
There are 3 water slides, all of which are pretty long, but they won't let you start your run until the person who went ahead of you has completely left the chute at the bottom, so queues are long (I was there on a Tuesday afternoon). I went on one slide. I felt like I was being prepared for surgery by the lifeguard at the top before being let go (he insisted I remove my goggles).
The wave pool is pretty good, but it only runs for 5 mins every 30 mins. No doubt the insurance mandarins have calculated that running it more frequently will result is carnage.
There isn't anything for adults to do, so expect to spending a lot of time sitting around watching your kids.
Lots of signs of wear and tear and lack of maintenance in pool area (lots of rust), but changing area and toilets are clean and well kept, albeit there wasn't enough showering facilities.
Cost for 5 of us was €60, which I didn't consider particularly good value.
5 based on 14 reviews
3rd time visiting Julia's Day Spa and as usual it was fabulous. The massage was brilliant, particularly the back massage and they wrap you up and keep you so cosy. Nice relaxing music, and staff are very professional and friendly. The facial was so nice and they incorporate a facial massage and shoulder massage into the facial with really delicate touch to relax you even further after your massage. On one visit I dozed off while mask was on. Such good value for money, can't wait to return.
With the current offer of full body massage, facial and choice of head massage/candling I would recommend the head massage over the candling.
4 based on 28 reviews
Ice Skating Blanchardstown is the premier ice rink in Ireland at 800sq metres! With a separate kiddies rink, rink side cafe, Penguin skating aids and lots of special events, Ice Skating Blanchardstown has something for all the family!
Visited the ice rink today and had a great time. Prices are higher if you pay on arrival would definitely recommend booking online, ice skating sessions last about an hour with fun music playing. Lockers are available for €2 a go but make sure you don’t need to go back to them and get something as the money is not returned. Was quite quiet tonight (went at the 9pm slot) but I expect it will get very busy on the lead up to Christmas. Staff very friendly and immediately on hand if you fall. Ice was in good condition with the smoothing machine used before each session starts. Food and drinks are available and some little rides for the young ones. Separate rink with skating aids are available for young children. Would recommend and only wish it would stay permanently!
4.5 based on 12 reviews
Beautiful urban park immortalized in James Joyce's "Ulysses."
We caught the bus here several times during our stay and enjoyed the tranquility of wandering through at our leisure.
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