So what is it?

A theme park for all ages.

Where is it?

Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Who went?

Me, my husband, the little one; 3 and the littlest one; 11 months.

Where did we stay?

Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath

Was the hotel nice?

Yes! The family room was amazing – a large L-shaped room with a double bed, two single beds, a sitting room area with two couches. There was loads of room for toys and a crawling baby.

The hotel also has a lovely swimming pool – just remember to bring your towels down from the room as they don’t provide them in the leisure centre. Beautiful hotel. I can completely understand why it’s such a popular place for weddings.

Getting to Tayto Park

We entrusted Google Maps with the task of getting us from the hotel to Tayto Park and this was where it brought us:

I have no idea why! I can only assume that this is the back arse of Tayto Park’s furthermost border? It may be better to follow the directions they provide on their website or enter in the GPS coordinates: 53.543011 – 6.46172.

Parking

There’s a couple of car parks with loads of spaces so no problems there.

Tickets

Entry – €15

Entry and Wristband – €30 or €28 online

Children UNDER 3 are free.

What tickets should I get?

For the children:

Firstly, measure your child(ren)! If they are 1.1 metre or above they can go on the kids rides alone. If they are 84 cm or above they can go on the kids rides accompanied by an adult.

If your child is above 84 cm, pay the €30 or €28 online to get a wristband. A wristband covers all rides and entry into the circus.

For the Adults:

If you will only be going on rides to accompany your child between 84cms – 1.1M you do NOT need additional tokens or a wristband.

Just pay your €15 entry and it’s another €5 for the circus. When we were there they took cash at the circus, so you don’t have to worry about getting tokens.

If, however, you’ll be going on some of the grown-up rides, like the Cu Chulainn Coaster or Viking Voyage, it’d be better value to get the wristband for yourself too.

As a reference 84cms is the height of an average 22-month-old girl and a 20-month-old boy but that’s just a guideline so make sure you measure your little ones first.

Rides for smallies

All the rides for smaller kids are in one area and separate from the big kid and adult rides which is great.

And there’s loads of rides for smallies;

  • Train ride around the park
  • Air jumpers
  • Small ferris wheel
  • Tug boat
  • Honey pot bears
  • Leap frogs
  • Pony ride – imagine the ponies from a carousel broke free and took a meandering tour through beautiful greenery – I loved this!
  • Carousel

My 3-year-old was over 84 cm so either myself or her dad joined her on all the rides. She mentioned numerous times how it was the best day of her life and the phrase ‘Oh my goodness!’ got a serious using.

There’s nothing really for an 11-month-old, but she loved the music and watching her sister on the rides.

Circus

The circus is about 40 minutes long and my 11-month-old absolutely loved it. My 3-year-old did too but the popcorn was her favourite part. I, on the other hand, was terrified thanks to an irrational yet crippling fear of clowns. (I must really love my children…)

Food

We had pizza at ‘Pizza Place.’ It was really tasty and good value for money with a 16″ Pizza and 4 drinks for €20.

What we didn’t have time for

The Zoo and World of Raptors. There’s so much there we just didn’t get to fit everything in. Next time!

Other Highlights

Meeting Mr. Tayto.

Chatting with the talking tree.

My husband braved Cu Chulainn twice and thought it was a brilliant roller coaster. I would’ve gone on it too but, ya know, someone had to mind the girls and my neck was a bit stiff and my glasses could fall off and without them I wouldn’t see much and….look the circus was enough terror for one day, OK!

It was all topped off with a free packet of Tayto’s from the little hut on the way out.

The Staff

The staff definitely need a special mention – they were all just so lovely and so good with the children. It really makes the whole experience extra special when your children are smiling and laughing before even getting on the rides.

Conclusion

We had an epic day. I would highly recommend visiting Tayto Park.

For more information visit Tayto Park’s website.