Charleville town is a historic market town located in the heart of the Golden Vale. Visit the many boutiques and family owned shops in the town and take a refreshing walk in the town park.
The Charleville Park Hotel is surrounded by many historical attractions and the Ballyhoura Mountain range which has an excellent list of services to offer all our guests, both young and old.
We have our Top Ten to do list for families when visiting Charleville Park Hotel, enjoy! (please note due to covid restrictions some of the activities may not be available at the moment) or click into our activities video here
1. Ballyhoura Bike Trails
2. Doneraile Wildlife Park
Doneraile Wildlife Park was named this June 2017 as Ireland’s fourth-most-popular ‘free to enter’ attraction of 2016 by Fáilte Ireland, attracting over 480,000 visitors last year!
The Park comprises approx. 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of 18th Century landscape. The park is a place for all ages & the pathways are generally accessible for people with special needs. Explore the numerous trails and walks as well as a number of deer herds which can be viewed along many of these walks, have a picnic by the lake while watching the swans or letting the kids enjoy the playground.
Doneraile Court has opened its doors once again and resumes its rightful place at the heart of this great estate. The OPW is delighted to partner with the Crawford Art Gallery to share some significant works from the Gallery’s collection at Doneraile. From 27th March 2020, book a tour with one of our experienced guides to learn more about the fascinating history of the house and estate
For more information click here http://doneraileestate.ie/opening-hours/
Distance: 22 km /25mins
3. Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of 440,000 visitors. It is currently the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster.
A definite must visit for all families. No ordinary zoo, here you can come face to face with free roaming animals and birds.
Distance: 76 km/1hr 10mins
4. The Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll
Knockardbane Farm is an Open Farm and it is home to 134 donkeys. This farm is open to the public 365 days a year. There are beautiful walkways to enjoy with stunning scenery and donkeys and mules to admire. There is a Visitor Centre and picnic area on site and welcome over 50,000 visitors per year. Admission and parking are free with a visitor’s ’information Centre with Tea/Coffee machine, picnic area as well as a disabled access and toilet. www.thedonkeysanctuary.ie
Distance: 19.2 km/20mins
5. Charleville Town Park
Just a short walk from the hotel, it’s ideal for the kids complete with Playground for babies/ toddlers up to old children. Some of the features include swings, seesaw, 2 storey play house, play train, hop scotch, play cars, slide, swing baskets and climbing frame.
Older children may enjoy playing football or basketball in the Astroturf pitch.
Distance: 2 kms/3mins
6. Terra Nova Garden
Terra Nova Garden is a dynamic space full of the unexpected. Home to an exotic Thai House with tropical plantings, a magical woodland where pixies, fairies and other elementals live in shady places, sensational seasonal plantings throughout the garden, a Hobbit Tea House based on Bilbo’s Bag End and Ireland’s Largest Fairy Gift Shop.
Become part of the adventure that has been enthralling visitors for over 20 years. Terra Nova – Past Winner of Best Garden in Ireland.
Distance: 16 kms/16mins
7. The Farm, Grenagh
Whether our visitors are young or just young at heart, there really is Something for Everyone here at The Farm. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to pack our farm with family activities and attractions to keep everyone entertained. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Cork with kids, you’re in the right place. Read on to see how they have developed the farm to become one of the areas top family attractions. Learn more about the family activities on offer at The Farm.
8. Ballyhoura Horse Trekking
Ballyhoura Horse Trekking offers a friendly and relaxing trekking experience. It is located in Kilfinane and offers treks through forest trails with breathtaking views of the Ballyhoura, Galty and Knockmealdown mountain ranges.
They offer one-hour treks for beginners and two- and five-hour treks for experienced riders. Available for families of all sizes and groups also.
9. Ballyhoura Walking Trails
10. Clay Pigeon Shooting
In a hidden gem of breathtaking scenery, lies the best Sporting Clay bird Ground in Munster.
Clay bird shooting is where an individual shoots at special flying targets known as ‘clays ‘with a shotgun. It is a thrilling experience, demanding concentration, a keen eye and quick reactions. Perfect your aim and timing your shots and soon you will be notching up your ‘kills’. Of course these are not real birds and no one gets hurt! www.lazydogshooting.ie
Distance from Charleville Park Hotel: 25km/30mins