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Address: Rath, Tullow, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 59 915 6285
11:00 - 18:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

Rathwood is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland with...

Rathwood is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland with charming activities that everyone from Grandparents to Grandchildren can enjoy together; free children’s playground, Express train, woodland walks, birds of prey centre and restaurant as well as an array of shops. There is something for everybody. Rathwood, is particularly famous for its Express Train which takes you around the extensive forest grounds, watch out for the deer and sheep along the way and see if you can spot their newly born offspring. It even has a little stop off at the pond to allow you to feed the ducks and geese with food provided by the Train driver. In addition, Rathwood offers attractions such as the Falconry, which is an outdoor educational Bird of Prey Centre where eagles, hawks, falcons and owls from around the world can be seen on display; free Forest walks, with two easy trails that the whole family can enjoy; free children’s playground; cookery classes for both adults and children; deer park and much, much more. Furthermore they house an excellent restaurant which offers an array of delicious lunch dishes and tempting home baking. They are famous for their scrumptious chocolate mud pie and double layered pavlova and all Rathwood's cakes are baked daily by their talented Pastry Chef Margaret, who has been with them for over 18 years. Special diets eg coeliacs are catered for with a delicious selection of gluten free meals and treats. Rathwood hosts a number of special seasonal events throughout the year and advance booking is highly recommended eg The Santa Train - Ireland’s most popular Santa visit with magic and interactive fun with Santa, Mrs Claus and the Elves. The Rathwood Centre in addition to their attraction host an array of shops for you, your family, home and garden. Rathwood has something for the whole family that will make you want to return time and time again.

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Easter Train

This is our second time to book the Easter Train while in Ireland for Easter. Our 6yo was really looking forward to it as he remembered it from our last trip when he was 4. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gillian H
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a beautiful place- grounds stunning. The museum is so interesting and well done- you would need hours to get through it all properly. We did the egg hunt there and it was brilliant. Lovely cadburys egg for each child at end. Cafe and gift shop lovely too. Would highly recommend and we cant wait to return.

Thank trifle
Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just to let you how disappointed we were with Easter Bunny Train, I felt it was a total rip off no effort was put in at all. we spent more time waiting in a room for the train to return to pick us up. They was no interaction with the children at all. The bunny could not even see them... More 

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Kildare, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with my two young sons from Kildare. Id been told this was a great day out. The venue is lovely and the shops on site has some nice products with reasonable prices. The restaurant was disappointing though. No indicator on the paper menu of coeliac options and no option of gluten free bread or wraps, prices were a... More 

Thank Tina m
County Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love Rathwood the food is fabulous in the restaurant catering for breakfast lunch and dinner. Great garden centre for plants flowers and shrubs. Rathwood also has great walk ways around the lake to see deer goats and other animals. Fantastic santa experience also.

Thank anndY3005XA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our second time to book the Easter Train while in Ireland for Easter. Our 6yo was really looking forward to it as he remembered it from our last trip when he was 4. It didn't disappoint! It's great value (€12 kids & €6 adults). The staff were enthusiastic and friendly. It was well organised with every child receiving... More 

Thank Gillian H
Bagenalstown, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Easter train on Tuesday 11th April with 4 kids and 4 adults. Very disappointing visit. We were ten minutes late going in n then when we got to first activity we were rushed and didn't get to finish as we were told to get on train. Train was terrible frightening for smaller children as driver was going so fast.... More 

Thank Katherinelong20
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once again disappointed had lunch here four adults two children . roast dinner not worth standing in the que for rock hard veg meat very tough children's chips over cooked never seen chicken nuggets like these ones children didn't touch them adults had desserts once have had nicer .Rathwood is a lovely garden and shopping center just not for food... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family day out to rathwood for the easter train experience. Well worth the trip. We had a beautiful sunny day for it. Couldn't find a fault if I tried. Everything and all the staff were great Looking forward to going back again probably for the Christmas experience

Thank Sharon R
Waterford, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable day today at the Easter Train. Daughter loved it and is was a pleasure to good around with her. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The event ran smoothly with no time delays. Nice size groups and excellent young lady as our guide. There was no rushing in the different areas. Will be returning again for another visit. Outside... More 

Thank Patrick-Waterford
Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family loves Rathwood and the owner and staff always make you feel so welcome. No trip is complete without a tour of the shops followed by some great homemade food and desserts to beat all comers. It's an amazing place in the middle of nowhere but certainly worth a visit. Lovely shops, food, gardens. Santa train is fab I... More 


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