Discover Family-Friendly Bliss at Dillon’s Hotel in Letterkenny
If you’re planning a holiday to explore the Wild Atlantic Way with your nearest and dearest we’re proud to say that Dillon’s Hotel is the perfect destination. From exploring the natural beauty of Donegal to experiencing the endless facets of our rich local history and culture, Dillon’s and Donegal has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of our top family-friendly tourist attractions to help you start planning your perfect weekend away:
1. Oakfield Park
Just a short drive from Dillion’s Hotel, Oakfield Park is a stunning 18th-century Georgian estate with over 100 acres of gardens, woodlands, and lakes. The park is a haven for nature lovers, with beautiful walking trails, a miniature railway, and even a hedge maze. Kids will love feeding the park’s resident deer and exploring the play areas, while adults can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque gardens.
2. Donegal County Museum
For a fascinating look at the local history and culture, head to the Donegal County Museum. Located in the heart of Letterkenny, the museum features exhibits on the region’s natural history, archaeology, and folk culture. Kids will love learning about the Vikings who once inhabited the area, while adults can appreciate the museum’s collection of artefacts from the Great Famine.
3. Glenveagh National Park
A must-visit for nature lovers, Glenveagh National Park is one of Ireland’s most scenic natural attractions. The park covers over 40,000 acres of forests, mountains, and lakes, and is home to a wide range of wildlife, including red deer, golden eagles, and otters. Visitors can explore the park’s many hiking trails, take a boat trip on the beautiful Lough Veagh, or enjoy a guided tour of the stunning Glenveagh Castle.
4. Arena 7
If you’re looking for some family-friendly indoor fun, head to Arena 7 in Letterkenny. This entertainment complex features bowling lanes, pool tables, a laser tag arena, and a range of arcade games. There’s also a soft play area for younger children and a restaurant serving up delicious food and drinks.
5. Tropical World
Located just a short drive from Dillion’s Hotel, Tropical World is a unique attraction that’s sure to delight kids and adults alike. The indoor tropical garden features a wide range of exotic plants and animals, including parrots, monkeys, and snakes. Visitors can also take a tour of the butterfly house, where they can see dozens of beautiful butterflies fluttering about.
6. Donegal Adventure Centre
For some outdoor adventure, head to the Donegal Adventure Centre in Bundoran. This seaside town is just a short drive from Letterkenny and offers a range of activities, including surfing, kayaking, and rock climbing. There’s also a high ropes course and zip line for those looking for a bit of a thrill.
7. Lurgybrack Open Farm
Kids will love getting up close and personal with the animals at Lurgybrack Open Farm. Located just a short drive from Dillion’s Hotel, this family-run farm features a range of farm animals, including cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and even some exotic animals like llamas and alpacas. Visitors can pet and feed the animals, take a tractor ride around the farm, and enjoy some homemade treats at the farm café. At the end of an exciting day exploring, we know you’ll need a good meal and maybe even a few drinks.
Our highly regarded Bar & Grill offers a range of delicious Irish classics including pan seared Atlantic salmon, fresh breaded scampi and our famous 8oz steak sandwich. We pride ourselves on only using the finest locally sourced ingredients and our menu has something for everyone.
Whether you’re bringing the kids for an exciting weekend away or planning a relaxing romantic getaway for Mum & Dad, Dillon’s has everything you need to brush off the cobwebs and enjoy the fresh breeze of Donegal air. We’re ready to greet you with a smile and we can’t wait to help you experience everything that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.
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