When I was doing research for our trip to Tayto Park I really struggled to find a guide that outlined the simple things I needed to know like ………
Does a 3 year old need a wristband ?
Cash only on site ?
Nappy Changing stations ?
Benches to rest our weary feet ?
Food options ?
Rides for under 5’s ?
So to help other frazzled moms I have put together the ultimate guide to Tayto Park for under 5’s !
Eagles Nest : Wristband / Tokens needed
The first tip I have is to get there for opening , this means that you can head straight to the Eagles Nest to avail of the rides before the queue starts , especially important if your kids want to go to the Nissan driving school , Important to note that there is a height restrictions on this ride and they are very strict on it – 1.1 metres or above so my 4.5 year old was ok but my 3 year old was just under it , Q lots of tears !
Emilia went on every ride bar the Ladybird , Driving school and Shot tower making the wristband a great purchase for her , we really got our monies worth . In this area there are toilets , baby changing and plenty of benches to sit if like me , you are pregnant and can not stand or walk ha ha ! There is also a snack station with the much needed coffee for parents – We spent around two hours alone in the Eagles Nest section and the kids absolutely loved it ! Now , my kids are daredevils and have no fear , IF your kids are not then some of the smaller rides may not suit such as the Tug Boat and the Leap Frogs ( They bounce up quite fast for a kids ride 😉 )
You will need to either have a wristband or tokens for all rides in this section with the exception of the Steam Train which is free .
Zoo : Free – World Of Raptors Show Wristband /Tokens needed
Noah is animal mad and had been asking to go to the Zoo from the second we arrived , I was not expecting this to be as nice as it was , there is a nice variation of animals PLUS the kids got to feed crazy goats and sheep in the petting farm section , Important note for this , kids have to be over 3 and you if you want to feed the animals have a euro coin handy ! There is a World Of Raptors section here as well which the kids loved and there is a bird show which is quite like the show that is on in the Ailiwee caves in the Burren . Important Note , if you are going to this show you will need either a wristband or tokens ( 5 tokens per person = €5 ) this was not noted on any signs at the show arena . A few things I noticed here is that there are toilets and seating in the main areas but there are none the further you go into this section and this can be a little annoying if you have a smallie who needs a toilet every few minutes OR you need a bench to rest on while the kids look at the animals 😉
Dinosaurs Alive : Free
This was Noah dreams scenario as he is Dinosaur mad ha ha These are really life like and move , make noise etc as the kids pass …. word of warning … some of them splash water at you ! This is quite a small section and I think that it would only occupy your kids for about 10-15 minutes but it is free so if you don’t have a wristband then its fine !
Playgrounds : Free
There are small playgrounds scattered around the park which are great to get a five minute breather and a sit down ! The smaller of the playgrounds are suitable for small kids / Toddlers , However the largest and coolest of the playgrounds is situated by the Eagle Lodge restaurant would be for older kids ( 6 +) due to the huge climbing frames etc During the summer there are little water fun play areas which are great for cooling down BUT bring a change of clothes in case they do not dry off !
Tayto Factory Tour : Free
This is a free tour of the factory and you can view how the famous crisps are made ! Important note , this is not open on Sundays or Bank Holiday Mondays and You have to cross a busy road to get to it – However , they do stop traffic for this .
Circus :Wristband / Tokens needed
For the summer you can go to Fossetts circus – There are four shows a day and it is a welcome break from all of the walking 😉 They do advise it is from age 4 upwards but are not very strict on this .
Face Painting : Free
There are loads of restaurants , coffee areas and snack areas throughout the park – Food range is limited to burgers , chips , pizzas etc so I highly suggest that you bring snacks and a picnic because if your kids are anything like mine then they will want to eats constantly and it is expensive !
What to bring
Cash ( alot of the kiosks , gift shop etc are cash only !)
Spare clothes for the water play areas ( Great on a hot day )
Buggy ( If your kids are very young as there is a lot of walking )
The kids absolutely loved it here and wanted to go back the next day ! I would advise that you should be prepared to spend the entire day here , we spent over 6 hours here and only left as the kids were starting to get really tired , my husband joked that they should have had nap pods in the park ha ha