Hookless Holiday Homes are designed to be family friendly and we’ve got lots to offer kids of all ages. Hook Peninsula offers a host of family fun activities and in this article, we’re sharing our top picks with you so you can plan what to do on your holiday in Ireland.

Playing and getting active at Hookless Holiday Homes

Our private, peaceful 5-acre site offers lots of space to play and have fun! There are play areas for younger children, plus tennis courts and sports pitches for older children. As we’re so family friendly there are always other kids around, so your little ones will make friends and really feel at home.

There are lots of family friendly activities on Hook Peninsula including Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre, crazy golf, 3D archery and you can even try your hand at horse riding at the Old Court Stables.

A little further away are a whole host of play areas – inside and outside, to enjoy whatever the weather. These include the Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre with pools, high rope courses, climbing wall, zip wire, laser tag and archery. There’s even the entertainment centre Pirates Cove with mini golf, bumper boats, bowling, go-karts, games arcades and more, which is best visited in the summer, when all the attractions are available.

Walk to a beautiful beach

Kids love the beach! Whether it’s building sandcastles, exploring rock pools, swimming in the sea, or playing ball, a trip to the beach is a highlight of any family holiday. When you’re staying at Hookless Holiday Homes, you’re within easy reach of one of the most beautiful beaches in the area – Sandeel Bay. Access is easy by foot, the water is clean and we believe it’s one of Ireland’s best kept secret beaches. There are also many more beautiful beaches within easy reach of the Hookless Holiday Homes, check out our blog for our recommended beaches in Wexford.

Visit Hook Lighthouse

All the family will enjoy a trip to the world’s oldest operational lighthouse. It is an impressive place, with epic views and a fascinating history which you will learn about at the visitor centre and during your tour. There’s a gift shop and café too, plus regular events including art workshops and classes make for a fun family day out.

Take to the water

We are in an incredible location right on the seafront, with panoramic views over the sea, so your holiday in Wexford needs to involve water in one way or the other. We’d recommend taking the Passage East Car Ferry over to Waterford for the day, as it’s a lovely journey which the kids will enjoy. If you need more adventure, then you can hire a kayak or SUP down on Baginbun beach for a sunset paddle, or to explore sea caves. You could even learn to kitesurf or paddleboard down at Duncannon beach, and head home with a brand-new skill. Last but not least you could join a boat trip for a whale watching experience, try your hand at fishing, or simply be out at sea with the family and spot the local wildlife.

Talk to the animals

The beautiful countryside of County Wexford has lots of great places to visit where you can enjoy the great outdoors and see some beautiful animals. These include the popular Blackwater Open Farm where your little ones can see bunnies, chicks and other farm animals. They can even milk a model dairy cow, ride on a tractor, play on the playground and bounce on the bouncy castle.

The Secret Valley Wildlife Park is another place where you can see a huge range of animals and even feed baby goats and ride on the pony. As well as seeing donkeys, llamas and goats, they have animals including meerkats, raccoons, prairie dogs and lemurs. There are also indoor and outdoor play areas, crazy golf and activities and events like adventure hunts.

You can also visit Kia Ora Farm, where kids are welcome to interact with a wide range of animals. As well as holding and feeding the animals there are play areas, a go-kart track, maze, sports pitches and you can even try your hand at riding tractors and operating real diggers.

Last but no means least you can help the charity Seal Rescue to feed and care for their rescued seals, as part of their seal enrichment and feeding experience. These are all highly recommended for all the family.

Learn about the past

There are a wide range of activities and experiences where kids can learn about this area of Ireland’s rich history and have fun at the same time. These include the Irish National Heritage Park, which has lots of interactive experiences to bring history to life and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross. This is an award-winning historic attraction where you can climb aboard an authentic reproduction of the ship which took emigrants to the United States in the 1840s. You can also visit castles, stately homes, beautiful gardens and many more historical attractions during your holiday in Ireland.

We look forward to welcoming you to our family friendly self-catering holiday homes and helping you have the best family holiday possible. Please browse the Hookless Holiday Homes website for more information or contact us with any questions.