We have been going to Muckross house and gardens for as long as I can remember – We went every summer as kids and even chose to go their on our communion days ! There is something so peaceful and beautiful about the gardens and I would really encourage you to go – The kids love to explore the shoreline of the lakes and skim stones , eat picnics and roll down the hills of the lawns that overlook the lake .
The one place we had never been on these visits was the Traditional Farm ( Usually because we were there too early and it wasn’t open ) So a few weeks ago on a beautiful sunny day we made it our mission to go and visit . The excitement started before we went in when a fox cub came straight onto our path and even posed for photos for tourists ! The pricing for this is actually quite good €9.00 for adults €6.00 for children 3-18 and children under 3 are free . We always try and make the most of Emilia being under 3 .
The farm houses are very well done , vey similar to those you would see in Bunratty . The smell of the turf fires and the freshly baked soda bread lingers in the air , which are two of my favourite smells ! The kids were so excited to see hens , geese and turkeys walking around and were fascinated by sounds they were making ! We also saw a mommy pig and her piglets , a donkey , calves and horses . My two are animal mad and they just loved watching them all .
There is a really nice little playground about 3/4 of the way round , very well laid out and very safe . The kids had a ball and we had to bribe them away with a promise of ice cream ! There is a lovely little school house .. though I think Noah was afraid he would be left there ha ha , I believe that Santa makes an appearance there in December as well 😉 There is also a horse and carriage that you can get a spin in , we didn’t do it this time as the kids just wanted to run around .
All in all we spent two hours here and our legs were tired from all the walking !
- There is quite a walk for little legs from the entrance to the first farm house , it is an uneven , uphill path ( we had a faller with cut knees ! ) I saw some buggies struggling so if you have a carrier or wrap for your little ones I would recommend using them !!
- There is no shop or tea room within the farms so I would recommend bringing drinks , snacks or even a little picnic.
- There is not a lot of shade so if it is sunny , bring sun cream and hats , same goes for wet days , bring rain jackets / wellies .
- Also toilets are not very well signposted and there is only one in the farm at the big farm house !
- The gift shop has toys , so you may have a few tantrums on the way out ( we certainly did ! A certain little boy had to be carried out crying !! )
We would highly recommend a visit here , the kids absolutely loved it !
Have you been ?