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Address: Rath, Tullow, Ireland
Phone Number: 059 9156285
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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Teddy Bears Picnic fun!!

A lovely little trip, good fun for all ages, great banter between Goldilocks & the Bears. Each child got a bear & picnic bag.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Rathwood exceeded all my expectations. There is something here for all the family, parents included. Top quality furniture & clothing & household stuff for mums, garden centre, paving centre for dads, fabulous restaurant with great quality food, lovely coffees & desserts. The kids absolutely loved the maze of Ireland and the teddy train & picnic. Can't recommend it enough. I... More 

Thank DConlon
Waterford, Ireland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Recently took my daughter <nearly 3> and my niece <nearly 9> on the Teddy Bears Picnic. From start to finish they both loved it. Lovely atmosphere right from the start, the staff dressed up as Goldilocks & the three bears did a great job and were very interactive with the kids and adults. The highlight for both of them was... More 

Thank kipclo
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely little trip, good fun for all ages, great banter between Goldilocks & the Bears. Each child got a bear & picnic bag.

Thank AORiordan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great day at the teddy bears picnic even though it rained. The children were met by sister bear who took them to see goldilocks. In goldilocks's house everybody got to make a bear which the children really enjoyed. Then they set aboard the train to find baby bear, there was singing on the train and the usual feeding... More 

Thank osullivandebby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this place last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a walk around the forest taking in the lake with the ducks and geese, and because it was a 2.5k walk we really felt we earned the coffee and homemade banoffi pie in the cafe. We then browsed the shops and picked up some nice bargains to boot.... More 

Thank joanWexford
kilkenny, ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch there my dad had lovely soup and bread. I had chicken pitta. Which consisted of large dry chicken breast with a bit of lettuce and a tiny bit of sauce. Very disappointed as often had this before and was delicious. Deserts are fantastic

Thank sweety1960
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day very well ran by staff, teddy bear picnic was great fun, the 3 bears and goldy locks were fun, loved the sign along while traveling on train so much fun for the children and adults too to sign along, also enjoyed making of teddy bears even though the house was a bit to small for everyone to fit.... More 

Thank maccamac
Henfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here recently for the full Irish breakfast which when we visited was on special so is great value. You select up to nine options so you certainly get a plate full. Food was hot and good quality and as a deal you can't get better. I remember this place since the early days and has changed tremendously since... More 

Thank ian239
Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first impression of the place was how friendly and helpful the staff were. We went for the beautiful long woodland walks. We took a lovely train trip around the woods which cost €3 a head. The train driver stopped and fed the deer for all the kids to see and even gave the kids bread for the ducks at... More 

Thank Declan O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best money ever spent. Had a wonderful day in rathwood, so much to see and do. The cafe has a big selection of food for all ages. The maze the playground, such a nice day out. Well done to all the staff.

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