Family Christmas Gift Ideas

Family Gift IdeasIs anyone else in the trying to free up more space around the house to accommodate the oncoming avalanche of toys due to hit shortly?

This year why not ask your family and friends to club together for an annual pass to one of your special places that the whole family will enjoy all year long or that you can visit more than one place over a year and go on many family outings…….. Here are some of my favourite family gift ideas!

  1. Membership Shannon Heritage

Shannon Heritage manages some of the most popular visitor attractions in the country.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to visit these over and over and still save money?  The Shannon Heritage Annual Membership Programme gives you this option.

  • Free admission & parking at all Shannon Heritage Visitor Attractions for 1 calendar year from the date of purchase. (Attractions are Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Craggaunowen, King John’s Castle, Dunguaire Castle and Malahide Castle & Gardens).
  • 10% discount on all purchases at Shannon Heritage Tearooms, Retail Shops including Shannon Heritage gift shop at the Cliffs of Moher and Gift Voucher sales.
  • Family Membership – €125.00 (includes free admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children)
  • Family Membership – €140.00 (includes free admission for 2 adults and up to 6 children)

To purchase an annual membership call +353 (0) 61 360788 or email or buy a ticket on our Online Booking System family breaks clare2. Family Heritage Cards

The Heritage Card provides for free admission to all fee-paying State managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country for one year from the date of first use (with the exception of Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney).

Having the card allows you to visit places like Bru-na-Boinne on separate days so you can explore Newgrange on one day and Knowth on another, ensuring the kids don’t burn out, and enabling everyone to take in more because of the slower pace. As young kids can sometimes hit the point of no-return without much warning, the card enables families to leave when they need to, without parents feeling that they have to stay longer as they’ve already paid for the tickets. Leave the site, do something different, feed the kids, and return later that day or the next for no extra cost.

  • Family €60.00 (Max. 2 adults & a reasonable number of children under 18 years)
  • At certain locations, parking facilities and ancillary services are provided by other bodies or agencies.
  • Other sites include Castletown House, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Clonmacnoise, Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir (The Blasket Centre) and Muckross House.

The quickest and most convenient way to purchase an OPW Heritage Card is to buy it at the first OPW fee-paying site you visit (click on this link for a list of our fee paying Sites List of Fee Paying Sites .


3.   Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix Park is Ireland’s Number 1 Family Attraction s and one of the very best places for a family day out, combining fun with some learning about the world we live in. Kids of all ages will love the huge range of animals on view – from the City Farm to the African Plains. Allows free admission to Dublin Zoo for one year. Dublin Zoo annual pass holders are also admitted free to Fota Wildlife Park (Cork), as well as Chester Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo and Paignton Zoo in the UK!

  • Pass holder + 3 Adults or
  • Pass holder + 2 Adults + 2 Children or
  • Pass holder + 1 Adult + 4 Children or
  • Pass holder + 6 Children
  • For more information on Annual Pass please contact

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4.   Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork is a special zoo and Ireland’s premier wildlife attraction. In Fota Wildlife Park wherever possible they have chosen animals, which thrive in a free-range environment are allows to roam free, while mixed with other species and with us human visitors!

  • 1 Adult + 2 Children from €120.00
  • Consevration Membership – Member + 2 adults + 2 kids  from €180.00
  • Free Admission to Dublin Zoo
  • One visit per year to Edinburgh Zoo, Highlands Wildlife Park and Belfast Zoo (card & receipt must be produced)
  • Admission concession to (as of date of print): Paignton Zoo, Newquay Zoo, and Living Coasts (card & receipt must be produced)
  • For more information on Annual Pass please contact

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5.     The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Cork just outside the village of Liscarroll in Ireland.Over 5,200 donkeys from all parts of Ireland have been taken into our care here in Ireland since The Donkey Sanctuary in Ireland was set up. Many donkeys have been abandoned or put in a field and given little or no attention after having worked for their owners for years, hauling peat or pulling a cart. Great care is given to ensuring that each donkey has individual attention.

  • Free admission
  • Free Parking
  • Adopt a donkey for a year as the perfect Christmas gift and go visit him/her when you can!
  • Your adoption of €25 will last 1 year. By adopting one of these nine donkeys, you will be helping us in our work of improving the lives of countless donkeys throughout Ireland.An official certificate
    A pencil drawing
    A bio sheet
    A twice yearly report
  • To choose which donkey to adopt just click here!

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