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Family Breaks around Ireland during the School Holidays

Below you will find great family friendly hotels all around the country for your family break or click on the links to find family breaks in Leinster, Connaught, Munster and Ulster. Don't forget to check out our Family Breaks Abroad section for some great sunny locations for your family holiday!

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 City North Hotel, Meath
Join us for an indulgent and magical Christmas break here at CityNorth Hotel. You will be in Christmas paradise as the festive atmosphere takes hold of you and your family. 
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Clayton Hotel Sligo
Clayton Hotel Sligo is set on beautiful grounds overlooked by the spectacular Benbulben Mountain. Within walking distance of Sligo, 2.5 hrs from Dublin & Belfast, and only 45 minutes from Knock Airport. With excellent faciliies including Club Vitae Leisure Club it's the perfect location for your Family Christmas Break. Check out our great Seasonal Offers or Visit website
 Radisson Blu, Cork
Believe in Better Family Stay:
Stay and Save 20% Off two Night Stays - Two interconnecting rooms suitable for 2 adults & up to 4 children or a family room suitable for 2 adults & 2 children under 12
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Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin
Talbot Stillorgan is ideally located to get out and about with the family. Imaginosity is located just ten minutes away in Dundrum. We enjoy the perfect location on the N11 and close to the M50 with a 10 minute direct route to Dublin City Centre, Grafton Street and St. Stephens Green making us perfect when looking for Dublin Hotels. Check out our seasonal offers
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Great National Hotels
If you are planning a family hotel trip, you'll Find Your Escape with Great National Hotels in Ballina, Mayo and Ballykisteen, Co Tipperary. These 4* hotels offer family friendly facilities in lovely settings delivering outstanding service.
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Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown
A shoppers haven …Located in close proximity to renowned Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and retail parks, Liffey Valley shopping centre, the National Aquatic Centre Waterpark and of course Fairyhouse Racecourse is just a short trot away.
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Waterside House Hotel
Nestled on the shores of Donabate beach, The Waterside House Hotel is a hidden gem on the sands of the North County Dublin coastline. It is surrounded by breath taking sea views of Ireland’s Eye, Howth Head and Lambay Island, with each landmark feeling as if it’s on the doorstep.
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Clayton Whites Hotel Wexford
Treasured family memories are made on each and every family getaway to the 4 star Clayton Whites Hotel. Enjoy 2 Night Breaks for €109 pps or an overnight Spa Package from €127 pps.
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 Trabolgan Holiday Village, Cork
Trabolgan Holiday Village in East Cork is the perfect location for your short break or family summer holiday “Where Rain Never Stops Play”. Reopening from the 23rd March for Self- Catering Breaks and Day Trips, the all new look Trabolgan is bursting with amazing special offers and early bird booking discounts,
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The gibson Hotel are delighted to be hosting the most romantic show on RTE2 this year. We've put together a first dates experience for all to enjoy. Whether you will be on your first date or your for 40th we'll be glad to hook you up with the coolest location for a date in town. Find out more
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The Johnstown Estate, Meath
The Johnstown Estate is where Georgian splendour meets modern day luxury. The 1750’s Georgian Rural Residence is set on 120 acres of parkland, overlooking the river Blackwater nestled between the villages of Johnstownbridge and Enfield.
Check out our Spring Family Breaks
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Pillo Hotel & Spa, Meath
February Midterm Breaks from €205. Enjoy complimentary access to swimming pool and leisure centre during your stay. Only 5 minutes’ drive from Tayto Park! *€10 charge for Kids Club.  Check out our seasonal offers
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Citywest, Dublin
Our location on the N7 puts you within easy reach of everything from Dublin City Centre and Airport, each of which is a mere 25 minutes away, to the hills of Wicklow and the plains of Kildare.
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Westgrove Hotel, Kildare
Westgrove Hotel is located within 30 minutes’ drive from Dublin City Centre and 40 minutes'from Dublin Airport. With easy access to Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park and other major attractions we are the perfect location for your family break .
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Delphi Resort, Galway
Check out our 2 & 3 Night Family Breaks for February and Easter School Holidays at the 4* Delphi Resort. View Offers or Visit website
Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort
Escape to Wicklow for a Spring Family Getaway. February Family Break Offers from €195 per night. Easter 2 Night packages from €550.
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 Bracken Court Hotel, Dublin
Family Fun Exclusive Packages for to Funtasia, Dublin Zoo or Tayto Park - 1 & 2 nights Bed & Full Irish Breakfast and passes to Tayto Park, Funtasia or Dublin Zoo for a Family of 4
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 Castleknock Hotel
Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, a part of FBD hotels and resorts is a 4 star hotel close to Dublin city. Named AA Hotel of the Year 2014, the hotel is set in an idyllic country setting but perfectly located just 15 minutes away from Dublin City just off the M50 and beside the Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo. 
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 Hotel Westport, Mayo
Nestled in 7 acres of private woodland and just a short river walk into the centre of Westport town. With families in mind Hotel Westport offers a variety of family accommodation.
Check out our spring Deals for February Midterm, St Patricks, Easter and May bank holidays. Checkout these offers
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 Sykes Cottages, Nationwide
Looking for self-catering accommodation in Ireland? Somewhere where you can discover the country’s rich history, or bask in its beautiful rural landscapes? For your chance to experience the real Ireland, book a holiday cottage from Sykes Cottages with around 900 self-catering holiday cottages throughout Ireland.
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Court Yard Hotel, Kildare
Exclusive offers for Schooldays visitors. Located on the banks of the River Liffey, the Court Yard Hotel combines a stunning location, contemporary accommodation, unique atmosphere and delicious dining to create the perfect getaway in Kildare.
Check out our exclusive Schooldays offers
Talbot Hotels
Planning a Family Break Getaway, Check out some great family offers from the Talbot Hotel Wexford, the Talbot Hotel Carlow, the Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Oriel House Hotel and the Midleton Park Hotel Cork.
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 Clayton Hotel, Galway
Visit Galway this Spring and enjoy a 2 night family break from €204.50 pps. Prices include full use of the leisure facilities at Clayton Hotel Galway and free Clayton kids club for 4-12 year olds (subject to min numbers)
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Hotel Woodstock Ennis
Hotel Woodstock is situated at the edge of the beautiful medieval market town of Ennis, County Clare. Beautifully-surrounded by the lush West coast countryside, yet close to the town centre – giving you the best of both worlds
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Radisson Blu, Limerick
Located on the borders of Counties Clare and Limerick, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick, offers luxury accommodation near Shannon Airport and the heart of the thriving City Centre of Limerick. .
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 The K Club, Kildare
The K Club is the perfect destination for families this Easter to meet our resident chicks and take part in our annual Eater Egg Hunt. Two night package from €450. Find out about our seasonal offers or Visit website

Planning a family break?
Family breaks are a great way to relax and reconnect with your loved ones. We all know how easy it is to get bogged down with day-to-day life and there's no better way to refresh and have some fun with the kids than to get away from it all on a family break.

At, we've brought together a great selection of family breaks throughout Ireland and all at great prices. Specifically designed to coincide with the school holidays and mid-term breaks, our selection of offers ranges from stays at gorgeous countryside hotels to beachfront B&Bs.

We also have information on a selection of kids camps and summer camps, giving you the chance to relax without having to worrying about the kids.

Places to go on your family break
Where you go on your family break depends on your interests and how much time you have. The time of year might also have an influence on your choice of destination.

At, we have information on family break packages in locations all over Ireland and you can choose from self-catering holidays to all-inclusive excursions with access to gorgeous swimming pools and luxurious spas.

If you're looking to spend some time on the coast, take a family break in seaside town. You'll find plenty of family-friendly activities, from exploring the seashore and soaking up a bit of sun, to trying some water sports and even visiting some historical sites.

A family break further inland can also be a great way to spend the school holidays. If you like to spend time outdoors, you may enjoy leisurely walks through the countryside, exploring the sites of the villages or even getting in a bit of shopping.

When's the best time to go on a family break?
Irish schools have a number of breaks throughout the year, all of which provide great opportunities to take a family holiday. To help you schedule your next family break, we've put together a basic guide on when the school holidays happen. You can also check our school calendar for specific school holiday dates. Be sure to double-check the dates with your school, though, as they can sometimes vary.

The summer holiday runs throughout July and August for primary schools, with the addition of June for secondary schools.

The first school mid-term break is the October school holiday - often referred to as the Halloween school holiday - and it is usually the last week of October.

The Christmas school holiday lasts between 17 and 21 days and usually goes from the last school day before the 23rd of December to the first weekday after the 6th of January.

The second school mid-term break lasts from two to five days for primary schools and one week for secondary schools. It's generally taken in the middle of February.

The Easter school holiday lasts for 10 school days (16 days inclusive) and begins a week before Easter. It finishes the second Monday after Easter.

Of course, there are also the nine bank holidays and a number of in-service days, all of which provide a long weekend that could be ideal for a short family break.

Check our school calendar for more specific dates for the current school year.

Find a family break with
Whatever the time of year, you and your children will enjoy the rest, relaxation and fun that a family break brings. And at, we've helped make planning your family holiday even easier. Our selection of family breaks brings together some excellent options, all at great value.

So whether you're looking for an Easter family break, a Halloween family break, or a family break at Christmas, whatever the school holiday, is sure to help you plan your next family break!