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Address: Rath, Tullow, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 59 915 6285
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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We went to see Santa it was such a special evening. We built and Elf first then ate some lovely food in the restaurant had our free hot chocolate and then met Jackie frost and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have to be honest. My two boys did enjoy it but I feel very let down from the experience. Firstly I don't know why they hype up the train when you are only on it for a total of 5 mins !. So you start by seeing Mrs. Clause & Jackie Frost - they were good , got the... More 

Thank yvonnecc29
Dublin, Ireland
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to see Santa it was such a special evening. We built and Elf first then ate some lovely food in the restaurant had our free hot chocolate and then met Jackie frost and Mrs Clause for the start of a special evening following which we boarded the train to see Santa. What fantastic staff and atmosphere it was... More 

Thank Molly101
Cork, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited above on 27th November, Person playing Santa was brilliant,Girls playing Eli's hugely impressive, however when compared with Leahys Farm Dungourney Co Cork Santa , and all of the other indoor and outdoor, and animals and activi Shopping centre , plus a garden centre , with an hour of outdoor( weather permitting)activities meeting Santa in the woods , Santa and... More 

Thank Leslie M
Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with 2 boys ages 9 and 5 last night on probably the last Santa train of the evening at 9 o clock last night. From start to finish it was great, I thought that the staff would be tired and jaded at the end of the day, but not so, it might as well have been the first... More 

Thank gerudki
Wexford, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have gone to Rathwood for a number of years and often picked up little treasures. I found it expensive but I always found it enjoyable.I was there his week with my daughter and can safely say won't go again.I found the shops to be a total rip off.I had been in Kilkenny the day before and I wanted placemats.The... More 

Thank Plaiinspeak
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

meh.. I was left disappointed by this highly recommended experience. I think that the elves and Mrs Claus were great do not get me wrong. The eleves were funny and entertaining but the visit to see reindeer ( guy in a suit with the back open) and santa left little to be desired. Santa was not engaging at all and... More 

Thank dkellyl
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our third visit to the Santa Experience at Rathwood today...It was even better than last year..>They have built a new house, to visit on your trip, and have revamped the "Santa Claus" story to keep things fresh for returning guests...I can understand, why this is considered one of the best Santa visits in Ireland...Its lovely to visit the... More 

Thank FeeFeeTT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an amazing day at the Rathwood Santa Train!.. Are booking was at 3.30pm and we were there an hour early so we had a drink and a piece of cake in the restaurant which was very nice!.. there was also a shopping area with lovely bits & bobs. So we were taken about 3.15 to check in and a... More 

Thank Sarah O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

EXCELLENT!! 110% recommend!! Kids loved it!! Special shout out to one of the young lads playing the elf down there, mad as a brush and very funny, kept everyone entertained!!

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Far far away
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

As we had visitors for Halloween we decided to take them on the Rathwood Halloween Train. We went around 4.30pm and it started to get dusky, which really adds to the atmosphere without being too scary for the 5 and 6 year old. The next time though, I would probably try to go around 5.30, just so it's a bit... More 

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