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Rathwood

Rath, Tullow, Ireland
+353 59 915 6285
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Fantastic place

We loved this place had a great time walking around the garden centre part an then the shops... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Aisling C
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Waterford, Waterford, Ireland
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Picnic without teddy bears!

So after a visit today I couldn't understand why the teddy bears weren't there for the picnic. They... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
899885
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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Rath, Tullow, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We loved this place had a great time walking around the garden centre part an then the shops, coffee shop is lovely an very reasonable prices park is lovely an the train ride was nice an relaxing aswell we walked around for a little while...More

Thank Aisling C
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So after a visit today I couldn't understand why the teddy bears weren't there for the picnic. They greeted us on arrival to the picnic area for a quick photo, everyone sat on there blankets and the bears waved bye and where gone. My child...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful rural location. Has a great restaurant. All the food is locally sourced. A great play area for kids here also. The staff are very accommodating. Particularly good around Easter and Christmas.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good day out with small kids plenty to do and not rushed. Staff are friendly. Huge shop and garden center, the restaurant is over priced, however the food is excellent.

Thank Eddie W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for breakfast and a look around the gift shop. The restaurant is top quality and has plenty of choice with fresh homemade food. The cakes looked delicious. The gift shop is beautifully presented and there are plenty of activities for young children....More

Thank Aoife M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At Christmas we booked to meet santa and go on train experience . I highly recommend it. Best to go late in the evening to enjoy lights in wood. Present was lovely and entertainment. Lovely shopping after it and as it was close to Christmas...More

Thank 3ce
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous grounds, there is a choice of 3 different walk lengths. Lovely garden Centre and bespoke boutique shopping. There is a restaurant or you could bring a picnic. There is also a maze in the shape of Ireland. We didn’t get time to do this....More

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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Loved the atmospere in Rathwood. My wife and I came with our 4 month old daughter to enjoy a walk in the forest and a coffee with cake. The cake in Rathwood is something special, huge selection of homebaked goodness! I highly recommend the baked...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

We visited rathwood for Cinderella’s tea party. It’s was brilliant the kids loved it. We had some fabulous food in the restaurant. I found it to be good value for money. And will definitely be back to do some of the walks.

Thank Trim25
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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

The paths at the back of the garden centre are used for the 5km park run so good for walking, cycling and running. Loose gravel mostly. Different length routes. Picturesque. Can feed geese at geese loins. Saw wild deer. Finish activities with food or drink...More

Thank DDF14
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Marcella N
June 18, 2018|
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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
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galwaygirl27
March 31, 2018|
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Response from mollieNorthEast | Reviewed this property |
I have only been in it once and as far as I remember the shops plus restaurant area are all on the flat. We did go for a walk round outside with the kids but I cant remember if it would be accessible for people with... More
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galwaygirl27
March 31, 2018|
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Response from Gfamily66 | Reviewed this property |
This amenity is extremely suitable for people with disabilities. The walks are all level and so there would be no difficulty for wheelchairs or people of reduced fitness. Well recommended.
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