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A mother & her infant on holiday, swimming in the Subtropical Paradise

Baby friendly holidays and breaks in Ireland

Holidays with your baby are the perfect chance to create precious memories to cherish. Designed with little ones and babies in mind, Center Parcs is the ideal setting for your first holiday with your baby. You’ll find lodges designed for little ones, water play areas in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, baby-friendly restaurants and activities tailored for tiny adventurers, all in a peaceful forest setting. Ready to make special memories together?



Longford Forest

Nestled in 400 acres of beautiful historic forest just five kilometres from Ballymahon, Longford Forest is our first resort in Ireland. You’ll find plenty of activitiesrestaurants and accommodation options tucked away amongst the trees, offering everything you need for a perfect short break. 

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Holiday activities for tots

Why not introduce them to the joys of being in the water in our Baby Dolphins session or let them get hands on and creative in Fun Pots for Tots.

  • A family swimming together in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.

What's included in your baby-friendly break

  • Fully equipped family-friendly lodges
  • Free entry to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise
  • Outdoor adventure playgrounds
  • Up to 400 acres of woodland to explore
  • Pushchair-friendly pathways
  • Free Baby Dolphins session for under 3s
  • A sandy beach
  • Complimentary Ella’s Kitchen baby food in selected restaurants
  • Free Leisure Bowl Mini Disco

More about what's included

  • A lodge dining area showing a high chair
  • A lodge living area showing a baby gate

Baby-friendly lodges

Center Parcs lodges are thoughtfully designed for baby-friendly holidays, with separate bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Each one includes:

  • A cot (you’ll need to bring your own linen)
  • Toddler step in the bathroom
  • Bed rails available upon request
  • Highchair for mealtimes
  • Ample storage space for your pushchair
  • Spacious layout with separate lounge area for when little ones are napping
  • Stairgates in two-storey lodges
  • Chalkboard for creative minds - little ones and adults alike
  • Woodland views for wildlife spotting

Please be aware that some lodges have steps to the entrance, so check this when booking.

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See what our guests are saying

Great first stay, already want to book again

@Amy F - July 2023, Longford Forest

It was amazing. We stayed in a 3 bed lodge just near the pancake house. We had two family’s 4 adults 4 kids, aged 6, 4 and two 1 year olds.
It had everything you could possibly need, high chair cots, the pool had kids life vest etc. the water was so lovely and warm it was like a warm bath, our babies stayed in for 2 hours straight it was great. Loved all the activities you have and can’t wait to try more next time. The restaurants we tried were great too the pancake house, hucks and the Indian was incredible so so tasty. The shops were amazing too our kids loved the toy shop and sweet shop and the supermarket had way more than I had anticipated it was so good and very reasonably priced, it even had lil kids trolleys and you could by Krispie Kreme doughnuts that the kids thought was such a big treat. I would only think that a slight improvement would be to have a place you could was and dry clothes even at a cost, as it was very rainy wen we were there and it would of been a help. But besides that it was 10/10 and I’d recommend to anyone

Great experience

@Nancy beirne - June 2023, Longford Forest 

We had a wonderful time at Center Parks Longford. It is a real family orientated park. The lodges were clean and beautiful. The cot supplied for our baby was perfect. Staff throughout the park were great. There was a BBQ out the back which we didn't use but will certainly avail of it on our next trip. The swimming pool was amazing for young and old. Loads of things to do and would recommend it for any family break.



A baby going down a slide.

Swimming with your baby

With free entry to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, heated to 29.5c all year round, it’s the perfect place to introduce your baby to water play. You’ll find:

  • Dedicated splash pools and children’s sensory water play areas for endless aquatic adventures
  • Free use of swim jackets (these are swimming aids and not lifejackets)
  • Complimentary Baby Dolphins play session for under 3s (reserve your place)
  • Spacious family changing rooms, with baby changing, large lockers and a buggy park
  •  Refuel at Canopy Café with poolside snacks, meals and drinks
  • Play pens and highchairs in the pool area

Top tip: hire a Family Cabana for a cosy, peaceful retreat – perfect for naptime!

View Subtropical Swimming Paradise

  • The soft play area inside the pancake house.
  • A table with a selection of dishes from the Restaurant Runner menu

Baby-friendly dining options

Each village has a range of cafes and restaurants designed with babies in mind:

  • Space for highchairs and prams
  • Free Ella’s Kitchen baby food
  • Activity sheets and crayons
  • Children’s menus
  • Play areas (selected restaurants)
  • Facilities to warm milk or baby food
  • Allergen information is available

Top tips:

  • Book restaurants in advance, especially for popular early evening slots
  • If little ones need an early bedtime after a busy day, don’t worry - order delicious food delivered to your door with Restaurant Runner

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  • Two women relaxing in a wooden Nordic sauna.
  • Outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Elveden.
  • A woman in a pool relaxing under a water jet.

Visit Aqua Sana during your break

Indulge in some adult relaxation time at Aqua Sana Spa. Each Center Parcs village has its own spa with unique spa experiences to discover, all in the heart of the forest. You can visit as part of your break – and did you know you can visit Aqua Sana Spa on a Spa Day or Spa Break even when you’re not staying at Center Parcs? With up to 25 nature-inspired spa experiences to explore and a wide range of treatments, take some time out for you in a spa like no other.

Babies and toddlers from 3 to 23 months can be booked into the Center Parcs Crèche & Activity Den for up to 3 hours.

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A father showing his baby an unpainted pottery train

Top tips for the perfect break with your baby

  • Book early arrival to access your lodge from 2pm
  • Hire a pushchair, cycle or trailer from the Cycle Centre
  • Treat yourself to some relaxing "adult-time" by booking your little ones into the creche (up to 23 months)
  • Pre-order groceries before you arrive
  • Buy baby essentials from ParcMarket including baby milk and food, nappies and swim nappies
  • Swimwear and accessories can be purchased at Aquatique

Read top tips from our guests


Frequently asked questions

Any age! A Center Parcs break is a great way to create special memories with your little one.

Our lodges are all baby-friendly, with everything you need for a relaxing break with your little one. Whether you’re staying in a Woodland Lodge, a Treehouse or anything in between, you’ll find a cot (you’ll need to bring your own linen), highchair, toddler bathroom step, super-sized storage cupboard for your pushchair, and forest views so little ones can spot wildlife. Please be aware that some lodges have steps to the entrance, so check this when booking. 

Our policy states that behaviour should not be excessive, noisy or disruptive, especially at night. If you have any concerns about noise levels during your stay, please let us know by contacting Guest Services.

All our restaurants are child and baby friendly. You’ll find plenty of space for multiple highchairs and prams, free Ella’s Kitchen baby food (subject to availability), feeding stations for warming up milk as well as indoor or outdoor play areas at some of our restaurants. We also have baby changing areas at various locations at each of our villages. Please check your village map to find your nearest baby facilities. 

Yes, most of our pathways are buggy-friendly, you’ll find buggy parks around the resort and large cupboards to store prams and pushchairs in your accommodation.

Our First Aid Centre colleagues provide immediate first aid and emergency treatment only. They can also signpost you to local medical services, but these are most often accessed through NHS 111. The First Aid Centre is open daily 9am to 9pm. Please call the First Aid Centre for an appointment.

If your baby requires immediate hospital assistance, dial 9 for an outside line from an internal telephone then dial 999 or 112. Alternatively, contact Guest Services to make the call on your behalf.

If you do not have a phone in your lodge (phones are in apartments only at Longford Forest) and mobile signal is limited, please use the emergency telephone boxes located around the village and highlighted on the map.

Please let us know if you dial 999 direct so we can ensure that the emergency services get to you as soon as possible. If you contact an Emergency service yourself, please make us aware via the emergency number.

If you need to leave early due to an emergency, please let our colleagues at Guest Services know via the emergency number and they will do their best to support you with anything you need help with. If it’s outside of the emergency number hours, don’t worry, your call will go through to our Security team who will be on hand to help.

You’ll find plenty of things to do that are great for keeping babies entertained. Head to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and discover baby pools, sensory water play areas, splash pools and mini slides.

There are also lots of activities that your baby will love. From exploring their senses in Sensory Play Babies, to water activities like Baby Dolphins and sporty activities like Baby Balance Bike Buddy, there’s so much fun for little ones!

See our full list of activities

 Around each of our villages, there are a number of indoor and outdoor play areas for your little ones to explore. As well as outdoor adventure playgrounds, there are indoor play areas where you don't need to pay or book - just turn up and let your little one explore to their heart's content.

 All of our restaurants are child friendly, with plenty of space for highchairs and pushchairs, children’s menus with healthy and tasty dishes, activity packs to keep them entertained and play areas in some of our restaurants where they can run around and play.

You can also hire a wide range of cycles, including Balance Bikes, Tag-a-longs, Children’s Bikes, Trailers and Pushchairs from the Cycle Centre. There’s something for the whole family!

Our Crèche Session will keep your little ones entertained for 3 hours. Whilst they’re off having fun, why not enjoy some well-deserved relaxation at Aqua Sana, our spa in the heart of the forest. Or spend some quality time together nestled in nature in the comfort of your lodge, embrace your inner adventurer in one of our thrilling activities or enjoy a tranquil cycle ride through the forest.


Picture perfect moments


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