We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Review Highlights
Went to set Santa

Went to see Santa it was a very wet day but Rathwood tried their very best to make it good... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
John O
Waterford, Ireland
via mobile

I have to say i enjoyed my experience of santa at rathwood,all the staff were very friendly and i... read more

Reviewed December 19, 2018
brendan c
via mobile
Read all 396 reviews
All photos (121)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible9%
Travelers talk about
“santa train”(71 reviews)
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...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
See all hours
Rath, Tullow, Ireland
+353 59 915 6285
Improve This Listing
Reviews (396)
Filter reviews
395 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews santa train teddy bears picnic santa experience train ride garden centre next year cookies free hot chocolate meet santa kids and adults from start to finish an apple face painting baby bear nice restaurant easter egg hunt christmas experience
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 395 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see Santa it was a very wet day but Rathwood tried their very best to make it good especially for the children.must say we enjoyed it. There was some crowd there.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank John O
Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

This was just fantastic! Santa,Mrs Claus and all their hyper Elves made us laugh out loud from start to finish. I had never been here before but I'll be going back again in summer to walk the maze and shop. On arrival the whole place...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Karentipp
Reviewed December 20, 2018

I had never been to the Santa Experience before. We arrived early so we checked in, got a hot Chocolate in the Restaurant with a coffee and scone for mammy and daddy. The shop is beautiful. So many lovely things to look at. Very Christmassy....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Carmel F
Reviewed December 20, 2018

When to see Santa on Friday evening for 7 p.m. So disappointed with the event. Given that the tickets go on sell in September with weekend slots go very quickly my expectations were high. Mrs Clause was really very very bad, she had a microphone...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Cathy K
Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

I have to say i enjoyed my experience of santa at rathwood,all the staff were very friendly and i would recommend

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank brendan c
Reviewed December 18, 2018

We arrived having heard great things about the Santa experience but it went downhill quite quickly. The train itself is ok but nothing very magical about it. The elves in the sorting office were so annoying and rude. They just shouted at each other and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Seiko_11
Reviewed December 18, 2018

It saddens me to write this review as I have brought my son to see Santa here before and he loved it but it seems the standard has dropped big time or maybe it was just a bad day but it seemed a bit of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ken1112015
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

Totally unsuitable for young children (<4years). As far as I recall there was no age recommendation on the booking page. They were bored at the Mrs Claus section because they didn't understand the jokes or spelling contest. Sorting office wasn't much better. After a long...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jenirl
Reviewed December 16, 2018

Booked this back in September and based on the difficulty to get availability I was expecting a lot, but was very disappointed. Positives: Staff very polite and entering, Santa gifts very of good quality and age appropriate. Cafe on site was very good. Negatives: Mrs...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wayned81
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

We brought our granddaughter to the Santa expierence here at Rathwood today . We had purchased the tickets in October as it was advised. Very well organised Santa train very good and staff very good at the entertainment of the young children. We went back...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michael D
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
1,609 reviews
2.90 miles away
Ballykealey Manor Hotel
72 reviews
6.22 miles away
Countrywide Inns - Madelines Guesthouse
87 reviews
8.23 miles away
Dinn Ri Hotel
132 reviews
11.60 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 9 nearby restaurants
The Tara Arms
140 reviews
3.13 miles away
Cafe de Mode
28 reviews
6.03 miles away
Sha-Roe Bistro
194 reviews
7.13 miles away
Tinahely Farm Shop and Restaurant
30 reviews
7.85 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 9 nearby attractions
Altamont Gardens
338 reviews
4.81 miles away
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland
120 reviews
.05 miles away
Woodlands Falconry and Bird of Prey Centre.
21 reviews
.03 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
December 16, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Tracy P | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but there might be the option of including it, if so I didn't see it when I was booking so you might have to book separately
September 7, 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Annesophie1989 | Reviewed this property |
The day time train is for the teddybear picnic, the night time train rides are in December for the Christmas season. Both are lovely and child friendly.
Marcella N
June 18, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from toughtalker | Reviewed this property |
Hi there unfortunately I did not have any kids so not sure however I would very much believe that the cost of making a bear would be extra