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Ireland holidays for children aged 4-11

Center Parcs offers unforgettable holidays for children. Make special memories on a weekend or midweek break, ideal for families with children between the ages of 4 and 11. With cosy woodland lodges, a sandy beach beside the lake, a variety of fun activities and the Subtropical Swimming Paradise offering indoor and outdoor pools, rides, and slides, there’s something for everyone.


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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Activities for the whole family

Young girl on the adventure playground

What's included with your break

  • Fully equipped family-friendly lodges
  • Up to 400 acres of woodland to explore
  • Free entry to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise water park
  • A sandy beach and watersports lake
  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Picturesque picnic areas
  • Smooth, wide pathways for cycling

More about what's included

  • The external view of a lodge in the forest
  • The kitchen and living room of a Woodland Lodge.
  • Exclusive lodge games room
  • Twin bed bedroom at Sherwood Forest.

Family lodges children will love

Thoughtfully designed to offer a perfect getaway for all ages. All lodges have separate bedrooms, a spacious lounge area and a fully equipped kitchen.

  • A woodland patio, ideal for family barbecues
  • Bed linen, towels, and kitchenware
  • An open-plan layout, perfect for family time

Choose from a selection of lodges to suit your family's needs, from Woodland Lodges to Executive Lodges with ensuite bathrooms and TVs in every bedroom. Exclusive Lodges offer extra special and luxurious features such as a games room and outdoor hot tub.

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See what our guests are saying

Great family break

@Explore436900 - April 2024, Longford Forest

We must have been the last family in Ireland to try Centreparcs and we’re sorry we’re waited so long. Fantastic long weekend here. We’ve already booked to return in Autumn to a spa lodge! The staff are brilliant and they make the place. Lodge was lovely and open fire was a treat coming from our heat pump home! Restaurants are super family friendly and everyone is so nice. Pool is great and we cycled everywhere and did loads of fun activities (wall climbing, tennis, meeting owls, driving little range rovers, bowling). We made great use of indoor play areas and outdoor playgrounds. Even sideways rain didn’t dampen our fun.

Excellent, relaxing and fun stay! We will be returning

@Chillaxer1979 - February 2024, Longford Forest 

Relaxing, exciting and well cared for would be the words we would use for our stay here! From arrival to the last evening we have had a ball. Accomodation is so well appointed. We are in Maple and really like the distance from the centre (10 minutes walk only) Its really relaxing and quiet here. We ate in Sports Bar, Hucks, and got the restaurant runner which is BRILLIANT where you have varied tastes. Delivery to the lodge was such a treat. The pool, archery (thank you Al) the fairires (Thank you Harmony), ariel adventure, bowling (Thank you Aaron), mini golf were al brilliant. Customer services (Very and Jordan) helped us with various bits and bobs for which we were really grateful. We will be back and while I have named a few people - everyone we met was really lovely and couldnt help more. Security were so helpful too when I locked myself out!!! Felt safe, relaxed and I feel that it is well worth the money. Feb is such a lovely time to be here.



  • Plates of Chinese food
  • A young girl eating chips.
  • Soft play with a variety of soft toys

Restaurants for all the family

From quick pit-stop lunches to sit down dinners, enjoy mealtimes with your children in our family-friendly cafes and restaurants. Here's what you can expect:

  • Children’s menus
  • Activity sheets and crayons to keep children entertained
  • Play areas (selected restaurants across the village)
  • Ample space for pushchairs
  • Free Ella’s Kitchen baby food available (subject to availability)
  • Allergen information is available

Top tips:

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

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Child breaks for every season

  • A family swimming together in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
  • The interior of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longleat Forest.
  • A school aged boy going down a slide in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.

Splash in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

  • Heated to 29.5c all year round
  • Children’s water play areas
  • Rides and slides
  • Tropical Cyclone raft ride
  • Wave pools and whirlpools
  • Canopy Café serving poolside food and drink

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

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  • The pool with jets at Aqua Sana Spa, Elveden Forest.
  • Two women relaxing in a wooden Nordic sauna.
  • Outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Elveden.

Feel revitalised at Aqua Sana Spa

Need some time to recharge? Why not visit Aqua Sana Spa and enjoy a relaxing spa session during your break?

Nestled in the trees of our Center Parcs villages, each of our spas have up to 25 different spa experiences inspired by the natural world. From wet to dry, herbal or meditative, you'll find everything you need to leave feeling relaxed and revitalised.

The minimum age for booking into the spa is 14 years. Under 18s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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  • A family riding their bikes together on a path alongside the forest.

Top tips for the perfect break

Frequently asked questions

Center Parcs is open all year round, so whatever the weather you can enjoy a spectacular seasonal break. See the forest in full bloom in springtime, soak up the sunshine in summer, see the vibrant colours of the autumn forest and discover magical Winter Wonderland and Winter Forest Lights breaks. With a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather!

Yes, there’s plenty of fun for children at Center Parcs! Visit the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and explore thrilling rides and slides, spot wildlife in the forest and explore lots of fun activities available on your break that the whole family can enjoy together.

Around each of our villages, there are a number of indoor and outdoor play areas for your children 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 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!

Yes, all our Center Parcs villages welcome dogs! If you would like to bring a dog, you need to book a dog-friendly lodge, and please note that dogs are not permitted in certain restaurants or areas of the village.

We welcome guests with restricted mobility, disabilities, medical or particular care requirements. We aim to ensure that our services are as accessible as possible. If you have any questions or are experiencing any difficulties, please contact Guest Services who will be happy to help you. Detailed information about accesibility can be found in our Access for All policy.

Our adapted lodges are designed to cater for your accessibility needs. You’ll find dedicated disabled parking nearby, perfect for those with reduced mobility and ramps built-in to your accommodation and around the village for smooth access. You’ll also find open plan living, fully equipped kitchen with lowered worktops, handrails throughout the accommodation, spacious bedrooms featuring one electric bed per lodge and bathrooms with walk-in/wheel-in showers.

For those who’ve booked one of our Exclusive Adapted Lodges, you’ll find a hoist for the hot tub and saunas and steam rooms with wider access. Please bring your own sling as slings are not provided.

After booking your break let us know about any additional requirements with our accessibility form.

We have a number of unaccompanied activities in the Activity Den including a Crèche. Our professionally trained, DBS checked staff will keep your little ones safe and entertained whilst you enjoy a well-deserved break – why not escape to Aqua Sana, our spa in the heart of the forest?

If your child becomes ill during your break, The First Aid Centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm. You can call the First Aid Centre for an appointment and our First Aid and Emergency Technicians will be on hand to offer first aid assessment and advice. If you need to see a GP, we can help you contact local medical facilities, who will assess you and offer further advice, access to medical care, or suggest a route for you to access care.

Center Parcs is open all year round, so whatever the weather you can enjoy a spectacular seasonal break. See the forest in full bloom in springtime, soak up the sunshine in summer, see the vibrant colours of the autumn forest and discover magical Winter Wonderland and Winter Forest Lights breaks. With a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather!


You may cancel your break at any time. However, the amount refunded to you will depend on whether you have Flex Your Stay Protection. Flex Your Stay allows you to cancel your break for any reason and receive a full refund up to 28 days before your arrival date. From 27 days up to 2 days before your stay you can still cancel your break and receive a reduced refund.

View Flex Your Stay terms and conditions to find out how Flex Your stay compares to our standard terms and conditions. 


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