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Rathwood

Rath, Tullow, Ireland
+353 59 915 6285
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Not as good as last year

Having had a really good visit last year, we were left disappointed after this years visit. It felt... read more

Reviewed yesterday
TheIrishWanderer
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Dublin
Santa train rathwood center.

What a joy! We visited Santa yesterday with our 4 year old daughter . It was fantastic... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
eleanor m
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Ireland
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Rathwood is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland with charming activities that everyone from Grandparents to Grandchildren can enjoy together; free children’s playground, Express train, woodland walks, birds of prey centre and restaurant as well as an array of shops. There is something for everybody. Rathwood, is particularly famous for its Express Train which takes you around the extensive forest grounds, watch out for the deer and sheep along the way and see if you can spot their newly born offspring. It even has a little stop off at the pond to allow you to feed the ducks and geese with food provided by the Train driver. In addition, Rathwood offers attractions such as the Falconry, which is an outdoor educational Bird of Prey Centre where eagles, hawks, falcons and owls from around the world can be seen on display; free Forest walks, with two easy trails that the whole family can enjoy; free children’s playground; cookery classes for both adults and children; deer park and much, much more. Furthermore they house an excellent restaurant which offers an array of delicious lunch dishes and tempting home baking. They are famous for their scrumptious chocolate mud pie and double layered pavlova and all Rathwood's cakes are baked daily by their talented Pastry Chef Margaret, who has been with them for over 18 years. Special diets eg coeliacs are catered for with a delicious selection of gluten free meals and treats. Rathwood hosts a number of special seasonal events throughout the year and advance booking is highly recommended eg The Santa Train - Ireland’s most popular Santa visit with magic and interactive fun with Santa, Mrs Claus and the Elves. The Rathwood Centre in addition to their attraction host an array of shops for you, your family, home and garden. Rathwood has something for the whole family that will make you want to return time and time again.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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Rath, Tullow, Ireland
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+353 59 915 6285
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Reviewed yesterday

Having had a really good visit last year, we were left disappointed after this years visit. It felt a lot more rushed this year. Story time with Mrs Clause wasn't done as well as it was last year (script, storyline and execution were not as...More

Thank TheIrishWanderer
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a joy! We visited Santa yesterday with our 4 year old daughter . It was fantastic. Everything ran on time, staff were brilliant, so helpful , so accommodating. Value for money , worth every penny! Staff were sooooo happy and brilliant with every child!...More

Thank eleanor m
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have seen a number of poor reviews for this but I can honestly say that this was one of the best Santa experiences we have had. My daughter fully enjoyed the mini-panto, the train rider, the letter distribution centre, and of course Santa. Santa...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First and last time to visit the santa train. The whole experience was poor. I don't get the appeal of this place at all. There's very little to it all. A bit of lets pretend by a load of kids dressed as elves. The train...More

Thank Gerard G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I never write reviews. But this place warrants it. Please do not book this place for your special santa experience. Santa was shocking, elves were terrible. No effort and Christmas feel to this place. Kids 8yrs and 3 yrs were not blown away considering this...More

Thank panna1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely terrible place to bring children to. I am not one for writing reviews but feel I need to tell people what they are in for. We visited on Saturday night at 19.30 and I need to write this as a warning to others. There...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked santa train,everything was fine apart from crazy acting elfs,lack of traing and picking up adults instead of children for some short activities,train ride is very short and fast so not much pleasure at all and the hot chocolate is made from water not...More

Thank Stanky217
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited restaurant with family. Ordered curry as main meal. Spaghetti and chicken goujons for kids. I don't get it how you can serve such a simple meal in so bad way. How difficult is it to cook fresh, light thai style curry? Apparently very difficult...More

Thank michal t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A BIG well done to all the staff of Rathwood on given my children ( as well as my wife and I) a wonderful time. The staff were always courteous and funny. They held back no where. It took a lot of energy to keep...More

Thank Dermot R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was going to talk about how cold and badly run this place is, but I was taken aback by all the negative reviews already on Rathwood. So what I must mention is how FULL the place was. Full that is of the less discerning...More

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Rathwood, Front Office Manager at Rathwood, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Thomas, thank you for taking the time out to review Rathwood. We value all feedback but some of your points are a little unclear, we would be happy to discuss the specifics of some points in further detail. If you wish you can contact...More

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JessOus
9 April 2017|
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Response from Rathwood | Property representative |
Hi Jess, Yes there are picnic benches located at the entrance to the woods in the lower car park
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edel m
2 September 2015|
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Response from 2Deedal | Reviewed this property |
Hi My kids are 10 and 6 and this is our second year going. My friend goes every year and she had a 16 year who never misses it. I really found it enjoyable last year the Elves make everyone laugh. I Hope when my 10... More
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