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A teenage girl carrying her brother on her back through the forest.

Family holidays with teenagers in Ireland

Organising a family holiday in the UK with teenagers can be a tricky task when you’re trying to please everyone. Luckily, here at Center Parcs, we offer something everyone will love. With private, spacious accommodation, hundreds of interesting activities to choose from (both for families and for teenagers on their own), and plenty of amazing restaurants, everyone will enjoy themselves. 

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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Top activities for teenagers

What’s included in your break

  • Free unlimited entry into the Subtropical Swimming Paradise 
  • Up to 400 acres of woodland to explore
  • A sandy beach and picturesque lake – watersports available for an additional charge
  • Selection of restaurants to cater to all tastes
  • Miles of paths to walk or cycle
  • The resort is easy to get around with ramped entrances and walkways in most areas
  • During our Winter Wonderland, festive, and Winter Forest Lights breaks enjoy our Enchanted Light Garden experience
Games room with pool table in Exclusive lodge

Accommodation teenagers will love

Here at Center Parcs we offer a wide range of spacious, private and stylish accommodation perfect for families with teenagers. Nestled in the heart of the forest, you’ll feel calm and relaxed from the moment you unpack, with plenty of space to spend some alone time and come together as a family. Woodland Lodges are stylish, comfortable and equipped with everything you need, while our Exclusive Lodges offer en-suite bedrooms, and your own private sauna, steam room and hot tub.

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See what our guests are saying

The most relaxing holiday

@janiceamurray01- April 2024, Longford Forest

What an absolutely fantastic place. The lodge was very comfortable, well situated, and very well equipped. The safety aspect around the whole place was very obvious to be seen. No cars allowed, which meant the children could happily ride their bikes and play. This helps takes pressure off adults too. There was so much for everyone to enjoy from the two year old to the seventy year old. The staff were unbelievably friendly and helpful, we didn’t encounter one staff member who couldn’t do enough for us, to answering general questions to chatting and laughing with the children (and the adults too). The spa centre was so relaxing. I love the idea of booking everything on line even the restaurants, and having an itinerary to be able to see who was doing what and when. Absolutely brilliant. It was a very relaxing holiday even though we were all kept busy with activities. A real good all rounder and we will definitely be returning.

A great time for everyone  

@Meryvn F - August 2022, Longford Forest 

Excellent two bedroom accommodation, each with en-suite. Comfortable beds and very well equipped accommodation.
Everyone enjoyed the pool complex and slides, particularly the rapids and cyclone.
Teenagers enjoyed other activities such as Aerial Adventure, AquaParc and Segway Experience.
Would certainly go again.

 

 

  • A family going down the water slides in an inflatable.

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise 

Our indoor and outdoor water park, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, is perfect for relaxing or having fun. You'll find:

  • Heated to 29.5C all year long
  • Exhilarating rides and slides
  • Tropical Cyclone raft ride
  • Wave pools
  • Canopy Café for poolside food and drink
  • Private Family Cabanas

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Top tips for the perfect break with your teenager

  • Book early arrival to access your lodge from 2pm
  • Hire bikes (free helmet hire with all cycles), mobility scooters and buy cycling essentials from the Cycle Centre
  • Ensure a hassle-free start by pre-ordering groceries before you arrive
  • Don’t worry if you forget anything, ParcMarket is open daily for any essentials
  • Visit Aquatique for any additional swimming gear
  • Discover adventure playgrounds for all ages
  • For older children who want to spend their own money, buy them a Center Parcs gift card and they can manage their own money during the holiday
  • A family laughing whilst eating a meal at Hucks Restaurant.
  • Plates of food on a table including a pie and chips, sandwiches and cheesy garlic bread.
  • An image of food at a restaurant.

Eating out at Center Parcs

Whether you’re looking for a long, lazy breakfast, a quick, light lunch on-the-go, or a delicious dinner, we have the restaurant for you and your teens. From more casual spots perfect for a quick bite, to fine dining restaurants for special occasions, we’ve got the right restaurant for all your needs.

Fancy a cozy night in? Get your dinner delivered straight to your lodge with our Restaurant Runner service.

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Teenage breaks for every season

 

  • Outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Elveden.
  • Two women relaxing in a wooden Nordic sauna.
  • Two woman eating at Aqua Sana Spa

Feel revitalised at Aqua Sana Spa

Nestled in the trees of our Center Parcs resort, our spa has up to 25 different spa experiences, from wet, to dry, to herbal or meditative, you'll find everything you need to leave feeling relaxed and revitalised.

Teenagers over 14 who are accompanied by an adult can join in the relaxation too.

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Picture perfect moments

 

Frequently asked questions

You must be aged 18 years or over to make a booking at Center Parcs. Under 18s must be accompanied by at least one adult on a break.

There are plenty of activities for teenagers, including indoor, outdoor and watersports activities! Discover our activities for different ages:

Activities for those 15 years and over

Activities for those aged 10 – 14 years

All children under 8 years taking part in activities must have parental supervision unless the activity expressly states it is supervised by us. It may also be requested in other instances.

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!

While older children are off enjoying exciting activities or whilst younger ones are booked onto an unaccompanied session, why not escape to Aqua Sana and indulge in some well-deserved relaxation? Explore up to 25 spa experiences inspired by nature, or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment designed to improve your mental and physical wellbeing and help you to relax. From full-body massages to stylish manicures, you’ll be sure to find the perfect treatment for you.

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All our lodges include a private patio and barbecue stand so you can get everyone together for a family barbecue. Some of our lodges include a private games room, perfect for keeping teenagers entertained!

We advise against bringing your own DVD/games console players. Please remember that any available sockets in your accommodation will not have been electrically tested for equipment like this. This means any accident that occurs as a result of using this equipment would be your responsibility. Additionally, your items will not be covered if they are lost or stolen. We highly recommend that all electrical items you wish to bring are PAT tested before using them at Center Parcs.

Yes, you can order takeaways to your lodge from our on-site delivery service, Restaurant Runner – perfect for a cosy night in after an action-packed day!