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Rath, Tullow, Ireland
059 9156285
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Tullow
Type: Shops, Shopping
Owner description: Rathwood is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland with charming activities that...
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Type: Shops, Shopping
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Having heard so much about how good and magical this was I was really looking forward to going with our 6 and 4 year old. Went at 6.30 on a cold Friday evening so had all the atmosphere. Started off well in little holding room and with Mrs clause story's but dramatically downhill after that. Jack Frost appeared and all... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just back from our visit to the Santa Train in Rathwood today,hugely dissappointed.To think we had to book tickets for that experience back in September is unbelievable.How they recruit the elves for this place,i dont know.They were rude,abrupt,cheeky and definately not the right people to have entertaining children.Many of the children including my own were actually frightened by them.Apart from... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Would advise strongly bringing kids to Rathwood Santa train, started off good with Mrs Claus but went downhill after that. Male elf's in their late teens, early twenties are a terrible idea. Young kids, not just ours were scared by them. They were loud and not suited to entertaining children. Really disappointing for our lads. Whole experience leaves you feeling... More 

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County Kildare, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I heard so much about R.Wood, On first arrival I was impressed and expected it to be a great experience for my family. The reindeer food was great along with the face paints, then onto Mrs. Clause who was great & the doctor. Out to the train with Jack Frost who looked homeless and was very "in your face". When... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

It was our second visit to Rathwood and a disappointing one at that compared to last year were we felt more effort and attention was made whereas this year it was more hurried and lacked effort - more money driven, get them in and out as quick as possible type feel to it, Jack Frost was loud and in your... More 

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Tullamore, Ireland
16 reviews 16 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

It's like a magical wonderland!! From the trails to the shop and the restaurant! Everything was fabulous!

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Dublin, Ireland
4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

What a lovely place, they really made an efford with the santa train. Thie Santa train staff are amazing, great energy and fun. It was very well done and my two boys had a great time. We went back the next day and had lunch, the food was OK I expected more from the lunch, it was a little disappointing.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Last year we went to causey farm and had a great experience. Rathwood was recommended to us by a friend so we decided to give it a try. And we regret it. The opening is ok, you wait in a holding area and then get a warm up by Mrs Claus and her Doc helper. To be honest they were... More 

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Mullingar, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We recently brought my 3 & a half year old daughter & 19th month old son to Rathwood Santa train. My daughter really enjoyed it from collecting food for Rudolph to meeting Mrs Clause & trip on train to see Santa. The only let down was the toys received,my daughter received a teddy & my son a toy that straps... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Travelled from Co. Louth specifically for the Santa Train, stayed over locally and did the train yesterday. Well worth the trip. Decent food in the restaurant for lunch, play area for the kids before the train and a well organised and novel way to meet the great man himself. Kids, aged seven and three, loved it. Didn't have a chance... More 

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