The 10 Best Things to Do in Navan, Ireland

August 9, 2017 Madelene Haan

The main town of County Meath, Navan is the gateway to “the Heritage Capital of Ireland.” Ancient historic sites and religious ruins abound, and the Iron-Age monuments of the Hill of Tara alone are enough to fill you with awe. There’s so much more, though, like Trim Castle and the Abbey of Kells and the Neolithic standing stones of Brú na Bóinne. Book a guided tour so you can soak up as much as you can.
Restaurants in Navan

Sallins, Ireland
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5 based on 107 reviews

BargeTrip

Experience the Grand Canal the way it was intended and take a leisurely cruise on a restored traditional Canal Barge. Cruises operate from Sallins Harbour which is only 30 minutes from Dublin city center by train and is located just off the M7 motorway. The barge is available for private charter for groups any day of the week and operates up to 6 scheduled cruises daily at weekends. Kildare is known as the Canals County with 120 km of still waters crossing its landscape and linking its towns and villages. The Captain will give you a unique insight into the life and history of the Grand Canal as it winds its way through the county Kildare countryside. You can choose a short one hour cruise to the Leinster Aqueduct where the canal crosses over the River Liffey, or a 2.5 hour cruise through Digby Lock where you'll experience the workings of an eighteenth century canal lock. There's bar service on-board serving a selection on locally brewed craft beers and in summer there are two 1.5 hour evening cruises to McCreevey's Lock. Afterwards you can enjoy a meal in one of the waterfront restaurants in Sallins village. The M.V. Amo is licensed by the Department of Transport and Tourism for 12 passengers. There’s an outdoor Seating on the open decks at the bow and stern and it has a very comfortable interior with ample Seating, toilet facilities and a wood-burning stove. Scheduled cruises operate from March to October and advance booking is essential.

Reviewed By Jeeves1847 - Dublin, Ireland

Great Sunday afternoon for all the family. We took the 1 hour trip but the children aged 14, 10 and 5 would have loved to stay longer. Sallins to the Kildare aqueduct and back. The crew were excellent and took the time to engage the...MoreThanks for the 5 stars! Great to meet you and the family, hope to see ye on board again.

2. Wallaby Woods Donadea

Naas, Donadea, Kildare, Ireland +353 45 909 555
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5 based on 152 reviews

Wallaby Woods Donadea

CLOSED DEC 31st and JAN 1st - AUTUMN/WINTER OPENING HOURS APPLY NOW - SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 11.00 AM TO 5.00 PM Wallaby Woods offers a great day out for explorers of all ages. Our nature trails and woodland walks are a great interactive nature and animal experience. There are lots of very exciting animals to find on our trails including two varieties of Wallabies, Owls and Emus to name but a few. With many rare breeds to be discovered over 1.5Km of beautiful walkways, flora and fauna. After a long day of exploring you can enjoy a relaxing coffee in our coffee shop. OPENING HOURS:- Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 5pm

Reviewed By GPCarlo - Brussels, Belgium

This was worth a trip
Very friendly staff
Great food (scones and pizza to recommend)
Didn't rate espresso but rest was great
The play parks were excellent for children for all ages (there are three parks for kids)
As a play park and great staff ...thoroughly recommend
For the animals I think is poor - some of the cages seem small...
I would go back
No indoor play facilities

3. Causey Farm

Girley, Navan, Ireland +353 46 943 4135
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

Causey Farm

Reviewed By YLMc - Mullingar, Ireland

Very friendly, helpful and smiley staff. The coffee shop only served basic coffee but had a variety of cakes and treats which were of good quality.
Great variety of activities that involved trekking around a farm with various stops and activities. Most of the stops were so warm and cosy even though they were mostly barns and haysheds. All activities were very interactive and quite realistic especially for the little ones. Santa coming down the chimney was a real treat. Santa himself was brilliant, very friendly and jolly - all the kids warmed to him straightaway. Special area set up for receiving presents for Santa - perfect photo backdrop. And the elves were more than happy to take pictures with own phone/camera, which was fantastic. Presents were pretty good - girls loved it.
Only 2 recommendations - improve signage from Clonmellon village as we would definitely have been lost without our SatNav. Secondly, all families had to wait in the same room for the kids to be called out and then their photos taken. Would be nicer and more personal if there was sub-waiting area for this.
All-in-all, this was our best experience yet having been to Christmas Island and Palmerstown (not recommended).

4. Trim Castle

Trim, Ireland +353 46 943 8619
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Trim Castle

Completed around 1220, the Irish Parliament met there several times in the 15th century. It was also used as a mint for the country's currency. In modern times, "Braveheart" was filmed in Trim Castle.

Reviewed By mary m - Belfast, United Kingdom

We had a pleasant walk around the grounds and viewed the Keep with it’s cruciform design from outside.You can arrange tours of the keep if necessary.I can appreciate why the commanding position was used as a set for the film Braveheart.There is a tranquil walk along the River which starts at the castle and there are well marked signs.

5. Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park

Rathangan, Ireland +353 45 870 238
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4.5 based on 157 reviews

Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park

Reviewed By Rebecca H - Armadale, United Kingdom

We spent a fascinating time at Lullymore. I wondered what it would be like in late October but was very pleasantly surprised. We had a guided tour by a very helpful and knowledgeable young man. I was most interested in the early Christian Centre and thought the displays were well presented. Next we had a wander round the animal farm before going on the trip out to the peat bogs. What a fascinating place with a long history. We even had a go at cutting peat! The various Exhibitions have been so well done, I particularly liked the Neolithic Farmstead. Great for a day out. I'd love to see it at Halloween.

6. Burren Perfumery

480 Off of R | Fahee North, Carran V95 KC61, Ireland +353 65 708 9102
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Burren Perfumery

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.

Reviewed By Lara B - Elizabethtown, Kentucky

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.

7. Newbridge Silverware Visitor Center

Newbridge, Ireland +353 45 431 301
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4.5 based on 609 reviews

Newbridge Silverware Visitor Center

The Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is an award winning attractions located just 45 minutes from Dublin and five minutes from the M7 Motorway. It features the flagship Showrooms, the world renowned Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) and the award-winning Café Carleton. The Craft Workshop, where for decades the team have been creating whole ranges of cutlery and jewellery, is adjacent to the Showrooms. The Museum of Style Icons is a permanent exhibition of garments and memorabilia from the collections of the world's greatest stars including: Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and many more. The Visitor Centre is open 7 days and entry to the Museum of Style Icons is from €5.

Reviewed By Winelovin

Very busy Sunday afternoon at Newbridge Silverware but the atmosphere was warm and friendly. Whilst there were queues every staff member we dealt with from the security man saying hello and engaging us in a brief friendly chat to the service staff at the counter and restaurant they were so pleasant and friendly.
We also bought some nice sale items so we enjoyed our Newbridge Silverware Visit.
We would return and also recommend a visit to others. Free car parking available.

8. Irish National Stud & Gardens

Tully, Kildare, Ireland +353 45 521 617
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Irish National Stud & Gardens

Opened 7 days a week from 9am -6pm. Last admission 5pm. This state-owned commercial stud farm also incorporates the world famous Japanese Gardens and wild Irish St Fiachra's Garden as well as the Irish Horse Museum, Living Legend's, Gift Shop and restuarant. It is also home to some of Ireland's most famous racehorses.

Reviewed By tissie63 - Kellyville, Australia

We arrived just in time for a young man named James to give us a guided tour. He was very knowledgable and you could tell he was very passionate about the history and the horses. You can walk around yourselves but was very happy for the tour. The Japanese Gardens are quaint. Perfect place for a quiet coffee. He cafe had great coffee and scones.

9. Belvedere House Gardens & Park

Mullingar | Westmeath, Mullingar, Ireland +353 44 934 9060
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Belvedere House Gardens & Park

Reviewed By emuslushy - London, United Kingdom

We stopped at the house on our way from the West Coast to Dublin Airport.
It was a good stopping point, about another 40 minutes on to the airport.
Ample parking, the house and Gardens were very interesting. Lots of information was provided. The map given away with entrance showed a lake walk, which was not done due to lack of time. However it did look interesting.
There was a fairy garden, set in the main "walled" garden. Good fun for little and big kids. The entrance fare was good value.
There is a restaurant and a few "shops" on site. The coffee was OK, but the food was disgusting and expensive.

10. Clonfert Pet Farm

Maynooth, Ireland +353 87 900 5131
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Clonfert Pet Farm

Reviewed By linda c - Dublin, Ireland

We had our sons birthday party and we had a really great day, 4 hours of so much fun. There is so much to do playground, bouncy castle, zip wire, go karts and so much more easily spend hours here. Loads of picnic benches and lovely little cafe. Staff are so helpful and all so friendly, Really enjoyed our day here. Only minus was there was loads of wasps don't know what can be done about this but didn't really effect our day just a bit annoying.

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