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Rath, Tullow, Ireland
059 9156285
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Tullow
Type: Shops, Shopping
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We visited Rathwood for the first time. Well worth the trip. ( from galway). We had beautiful food in the restaurant. Did some shopping in their fab shop. The Santa Train was very well organised, the elves were brilliant and great fun. Would highly recommend it!

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

First Christmas to go on the santa train, it was brilliant, very well taught out, my 7 year old loved it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Rathwood is a nice place to visit: it is a good shopping destination and has an excellent restaurant. Each Christmas, an added attraction is Santa's Train. This includes collecting reindeer food for Rudolph, face painting for all, meeting Mrs. Claus, and finally taking the train to meet Santa, who takes ample time to speak to each child, before giving them... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Travelled down from Dublin to go on the Halloween Pumpkin Train and were totally disappointed with the experience. We were seated in the forth carriage of the train and the girl who,was acting out a part spent her time in the first and second carriage so we could hear nothing she was saying as speaker reception was useless. The girl... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Plenty to do, Have a look around The Falconry, Go on a Train journey through the forest, Lovely food and great shopping. We were there the week before Halloween and it was brilliant fun.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We went for a lovely walk here and you couldn't fault how well kept the entire area is. The scenery is beautiful. Didn't have anything to eat or drink here so that made it absolutely free for us. Would have liked to see the train on more than twice a day as children would love it.

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Portlaoise, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I brought my son to see Santa in Rathwood back in 2010 and I must say its an impressive place there is plenty to do for all the family from shopping instore killarney crystal to impressive restaurant and an outdoor playground to meeting Santa from the train and you walk along the woods to meet Santa in his house and... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Is this this a garden centre or a boutique? Do you realise that Rob Roberts coffee is a terrible tasting coffee? The childrens playground is nice but its a long way to go to realise that maybe it might only be worth going here for Xmas!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Another enjoyable visit with my family including five year old granddaughter and eight year old grandson, they loved the train ride especially feeding the geese! we all loved the maze (and the crazy maze keeper!) Had a great meal in the restaurant which I thought was very reasonably priced and the kids had a whale of a time in the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visited recently with friends and six year old daughter. She loved the train ride through the forest and the highlight was feeding the geese. Great fun for young ones. We then took the tour through the new maize, which is shaped like Ireland and we had to mark each county as we found it. Great way of learning. Very... More

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