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Tullyboy Farm

 At its scenic location on the plains of Boyle, County Roscommon, Tullyboy Animal Farm gives an authentic and fun taste of life on an Irish farm. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely time observing, petting, and feeding over 30 different kinds of animals, such as deer, ostriches, pigs, and horses. Then have a leisurely picnic in the orchard, or relax with refreshments in the authentic old-fashioned coffee shop and restaurant, located in one of the attractive limestone buildings situated around the farm.

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Swords Castle and Park

Located at the end of the main street of the North County Dublin suburb of Swords, this medieval castle was the residence of the archbishops of Dublin. Today its park extends over 220 acres, boasting picnic areas, pleasant tree-lined walkways, a babbling brook, a public playground, sports pitches and both public and private tennis courts. Recently restored (the walls, not the interior rooms), admission to Swords Castle and the adjoining park is FREE.

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Lismore Heritage Centre

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Reginald's Tower

Reginald's Tower has been standing on Waterford Quay, in the centre of Waterford City, for nine hundred years. An impressive circular tower, it formed a key part of the city's defences when it was built in the early 13th century, and was added to in the 15th century. The tower retains its original, narrow spiral staircase, which may be difficult for some visitors to ascend if they have mobility problems. Kids, however, typically enjoy climbing the steps. Once at the top, the tower boasts great views over the town of Waterford. Medieval jewellery, pottery and other artefacts can be seen in exhibits inside the building.

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Armagh Planetarium

The Armagh Planetarium showcases a wide range of exhibits and observation opportunities that combine to unravel some of the mysteries of the heavens and chronicle the history of modern space travel.

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Loughs Agency and Riverwatch Aquarium

Located on Victoria Road in Derry City, this unique facility showcases the fish and wildlife resources of the region, particularly the River Foyle and the Carlingford Loughs. Visitors  to the Riverwatch Aquarium can enjoy aquatic life up close in the interactive exhibits, which are divided into different habitats.

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Lifford Old Courthouse

Built in 1746, the Courthouse and Gaol in Lifford, County Donegal is one of the oldest in Ireland, but serves today as a museum and local event venue. In a fun "live" tour, visitors mingle with actors playing 19th century prisoners and officers, who guide them around the building's original dungeons. Museum-goers thus get to experience what it was like to be a prisoner, and to be arrested by the prison guard. Tour guides assist them through the charging and fingerprinting processes. Some may get (briefly) thrown into solitary confinement, or even into the stocks! The experience is particularly fun for kids, who enjoy the scariness of it all.

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Ards Forest Park

Ards Forest Park is a large, publicly-accessible area of parklands located on the northern coastline of County Donegal. Near the town of Dunfanaghy, the park encompasses perhaps the widest variety of landscapes of any of Ireland’s many forest parks. The park stretches to 118,00 acres (480 hectares) -- more than one hundred thousand football fields.

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Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh is the largest lake of fresh water in the islands of the UK/Ireland. The waterway is an integral part of the area's economic development, providing income for the locals and recreational opportunities for visitors. The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre schedules guided tours and nature walks, as well as bird watching sessions. It features an excellent café and craft shops that sell creations of local artists. The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre is located on Oxford Island, which is really a peninsula, on the southern shore.

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Tyrella Beach

Tyrella beach in County Down is one of Northern Ireland's most scenic beaches, situated under the beautiful Mourne Mountains. It is also one of Ireland's cleanest, and regularly wins Blue Flag Awards, Seaside Awards and Green Coast Awards. At about 1.5 miles / 2 kilometres, Tyrella offers a long strand that is popular with both walkers and water sports lovers. It has clear water and brisk, cool waves. Unlike some other Irish beaches, no cars are allowed on Tyrella's open and expansive strand, which makes it more pleasant to experience -- and there is a car park nearby, with a direct ramp to the beach, so those with wheelchairs / prams / buggies can access.

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