Things to do with Children
Its not always easy to keep little ones amused so we have listed all we know that you can do in the town!
- Visit the town park located in the centre of Mullingar and take a swim in the 25m indoor swimming pool. Public sessions held daily except Monday. Tel: 044-9340262 for further details. Adjacent to the pool are two playgrounds suitable for all ages.
- You can’t miss Rock n Bowl indoor play centre and bowling alley which also has Kids Go Karts, American style Pool and Amusements and Cafe. Visit www.Rocknbowl.ie Or telephone 044-9333300. Open seven days a week.
- Children love Belvedere House and Gardens, 160 acres of rolling countryside that they can run free in. Belvedere regularly host specific child centred activities including treasure hunts, sports days, arts and craft workshops, nature trails, and funfairs. There are 2 playgrounds as well as an animal corner, tram ride and visitor museum. Tel : 044-9349060
- If you are feeling active, head to Lilliput Adventure Centre on the shores of Lough Ennell just ten minutes from the town centre. It’s a fabulous, unspoilt location where you can canoe, kayak, hill walk, rock climb, and take part in lots of fun group activities. Log onto www.lilliputadveture.com or tel : 087-8106951 for bookings. Accommodation also available.
- The “Active Travel Mullingar” project is a Westmeath County Council led initiative, part funded by the Department of Transport and is all about getting the people of Mullingar cycling and walking. There are regular events on, check out their website http://activetravelmullingar.ie/
- Try your hand at Golf. Children are welcome at Tullaghan Pitch n Putt on the shores of Lough Owel. Tel : 044-9348319 and Lilliput Pitch n Putt on the shores of Lough Ennell. Tel : 087-1266214.
- Check out Mullingar Arts Centre located on Lower Mount Street in Mullingar, where they have a host of activities for children to suit all ages. You can find out what’s happening from their website which is updated regularly, or contact them on 044 93 47777.
- Coderdojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology. Located at Mullingar Charity Variety Group’s Studio, Forest Park, Mullingar Business Park, Clonmore, Mullingar. They meet every Saturday from 12pm- 2pm. New members registration on first Saturday of the month. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult for the session. See their www.coderdojomullingar.com for more details.
- There are lots of places to go horse-riding for the novice and experienced horse rider:
- Catherinestown Riding Stables, Mullingar. Tel : 086-8384053
- Ladestown Riding Stables, Mullingar. Tel : 044-9348218 ; 086-3847509
- Mullingar Equestrian Centre, Tel : 044-9348331.
- Hop on a bike and take a spin down the Royal Canal tow path or follow the Mullingar Cycle Route which has 3 options taking in the countryside around Mullingar. Maps are available at www.discoverireland.ie/westmeath or at the tourist office in the Market Square in the town centre.
- Take a boat out on the lakes. Boat Hire available from Lilliput Boat Hire (April-Oct) Tel : 087-6492866. For younger children, they will enjoy taking a pedal boat and exploring the lake shore. If you’d like to go fishing, local guides are available to take you to the best places.
- Children and teenagers will love Greyhound Racing. Racing takes place every Thursday and Saturday evening and full restaurant and snack food facilities are available.
- Visit Tullynalley Castle & Gardens. Home to the Earls of Longford since the 17th century. The old walled gardens have been restored and for children there are ducks, swans, llamas and a special discovery trail. Tel : 044-9661159. Located 20kms from Mullingar.
- A new dimension to cycling and Walking in Mullingar and its environs is now available with the development by Westmeath County Council in cooperation with Waterways Ireland & funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport of over 32km of the Royal Canal towpath as a walking & cycling route. The Westmeath Royal Canal Greenway stretches from the Meath county boundary to Coolhahay harbour with several access points along the way. For more information on this route and to view an interactive map click here - http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/tourismartsrecreation/greenway/