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Address: Rath, Tullow, Ireland
Phone Number: 059 9156285
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: 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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2015 Review

Garden Centre - poorly stocked Train Ride - good value and children enjoyed it Homeware/Fashion - most items very expensive, trying a bit too hard t be Avoca but some nice... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Dublin
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Garden Centre - poorly stocked Train Ride - good value and children enjoyed it Homeware/Fashion - most items very expensive, trying a bit too hard t be Avoca but some nice stuff Restaurant - disaster although the food is ok. You queue to order at a buffet style counter. Had to wait 25mins for a kids sausage & chips a... More 

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Carlow, Ireland
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Just this past weekend we booked to go on the Bo-Peep Train ride and I have to say it was fantastic. In fact the kids loved it to bits. From the arrival, the receptionist was very pleasant. While waiting for the time to go we could walk around the shop area, which has so much to offer it would take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We have been here numerous times, and rarely disappoints. Lovely food, fabulous desserts, great place to have dinner with kids as it's self service so no waiting for food. After eating, the kids can play in the playground, family can work off the food with a woodland walk, you can shop for clothing, asessories, furniture, plants and more! There's also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

There were three.of us. I had not been before but.the other two were and liiked it . The. Staff were pleasant . The.food was good and we' presented. Would go back again.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Went here for lunch with family some of them had been here before and liked it. The staff were very nice. The food was lovely and well presented. Would come back again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Fantasy restaurant with fantastic food at a great price. When you've finished eating there's loads to see in their shop & a fantastic forest walk to do after.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A lovely day out but not as good as expected. Definitely for very young children. Some of the elves were using humour more suitable for older children, a lot of sarcasm and teenager style humour which was strange considering it's definitely aimed at young children. Our Santa visit was so quick, we were nearly pushed in and out the door,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was no way a magical experience. Very dissapointed. Travelled 2 hrs to attend but not worth it. The elves were funny and by far the best part of the experience. Won't be going back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Another great time on the Santa Train in Rathwood, 3rd year going, best by far my 3 girls love it, they loved collecting the reindeer food, Mrs Claus story time, helping make Rudolph better by bringing the Christmas cheer back, great quality medals of Mrs Claus for doing so, train was very good, Robyn & all the elves were super,... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Excellent day in Rathwood last Sunday with our 4 year old. From start to end the santa train was excellent. Loved collecting the reindeer food. meeting Mrs Claus, going on the train, walking through the woods and meeting Santa ( who was excellent...). The food in the restaurant top class. Great value for money, lovely Christmas gift. Will definitely be... More 

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