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“A Great Attraction for the family”

John F. Kennedy Arboretum
Ranked #12 of 115 things to do in County Wexford
Certificate of Excellence
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“A Great Attraction for the family”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

My wife and I have visited regularly over the past 10 years. Stunning in May when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in flower, and in the autumn don't miss the fiery acers. They've some fine embothriums in flower in May, too, not far from the Visitor Centre.

What we like most is the opportunity to get a good walk off the busy and sometimes dangerous roads in the County. Sadly, walking is an activity that is very under-developed in Ireland compared to England with its vast networkd of public footpaths and rights of way.

The is a great place for the young able bodied, the less mobile elderly and young families alike. One memorable visit was on a very cold day when the frost glistened on the trees.

What a wonderful way to honour and commemorate one of the greatest figures of the 20th century, whose ancestors came from close by. A visit to the county and indeed the country should always inlcude a visit to this fine arboretum.

Visited September 2012
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Dublin
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38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great for a day trip with children”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

We visited the JFK Arboretum after a very nice lunch at the Horse and Hound Pub which is a short drive away.We needed a nice walk and it delivers this in spades-there are endless paths to follow all weaving in and out of the specimen trees and shrubs which the park has been planted with.There is a small lake with ducks and there is also a mini railway which you can take a ride on.The cost for 3 adults and 2 children into the park was €8 which is really good value. There is an excellent playground suitable for children up to 12 years. Surrounding the playground is parkland dotted with picnic tables and there is also a cafe if you haven't brought your own refreshments. All in all it is a great day out and I would imagine that in autumn and winter it is also an attractive place to visit.

Visited August 2012
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Dublin
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful calm place & good for kids”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stopped in here shortly before closing and wished we'd come earlier in the day. There are lots of beautiful walks thru the trees, or up the hill to the lookout. There is a central area with a cafe, toilets, parking, large kids playground, maze. The maze is only just built. The bushes are very sparse, so you have to use your imagination. The kids found it too easy, since there are very few side branches, you just run round the path to the middle and back out again. But they seemed to enjoy it. You have to pay extra to ride the pony & trap.

Visited August 2012
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Limerick, Ireland
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“nice and calm”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

This is a lovely place to visit if you want peace and tranquilty. If you have children it is also a lovely place there is loads of space for them to go mad and they have a really good playground including special swings for disabled children.

Visited July 2012
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Midlands
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great space for kids”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Lost a point for the train being awol and all the wasps at the restaurant but otherwise we just love JFK park, plenty of space for the kids to run around and places for picnics. Has lots of potential however for a much better interpretative centre.

Visited July 2011
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