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“Beautiful but spoiled by dogs”

Doneraile Wildlife Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Doneraile
Certificate of Excellence
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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful but spoiled by dogs”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a lovely park with red deer, swans, ducks and other wildlife - it has a great kids playground which is enclosed by a fence and clean and I enjoy taking my child there. However, irresponsible dog owners use this beauty spot as a dogs lavatory. On my last visit we parked and stepped onto the grass to open the boot and just avoided a big pile of dog faeces, as we walked further along the path there was another huge pile right in the middle of the road, further along there was a little girl waiting for her dad to catch up and she was jumping around unknowingly in another pile which was also on the path. Having walked on the lawns its the same situation, you see kids running around on the grass and there is dog faeces around. Many dogs are running around off the leads. I am a dog lover but its such a shame that irresponisble people like this let their dogs do their business all over and dont pick it up. Apart from the play area I would not let my child run on the grass or let go of their hand in doneraile park. Millstreet park is better for children as dogs are not allowed in the central area and you can just let them off and know they are safe and its clean. The tearooms at doneraile are a nice bonus.

Visited February 2013
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cork
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68 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

very family friendly, lots of walks for all fitness levels, has red deer and other animals, historical house attached to the gardens, great place for a visit

Visited November 2011
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“Fun for families and couples.”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Doneraile has a brilliant playground for kids to pre-teens. There's picnic areas, several walking routes with different levels of difficulty, and a new café where you can sit indoors or outside on a dry day. We love watching the deer that live there.

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Cork, Ireland
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29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Great for children”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

This park is a great day out - for FREE! wildlife, playground, nature trails etc Very near Donkey sanctuary so good to combine the two for a totally free day out!

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank veronica j
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Cork, Ireland
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Kids Afternoon Out”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

On a dry day it's lovely to take the kids for a walk there, see the deer and and let them have their fun in the playground after while you set up a picnic. I would like to see more of the water areas fenced off, in particular around the lake area where the reeds make it harder to see the water.. but nonetheless I love the park, it's well looked after, a credit to the opw

Visited August 2011
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