Ultimate family getaway

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For the ultimate three day family getaway, you have some great choices: you can base yourselves at the Clonmel Park Hotel which has a kids’ cinema club, or check into the Georgian built Hotel Minella. Both hotels have swimming pools which are guaranteed to keep most kids happy!

Spend Day 1 at the fabulous Blackwater Kayaks and Canoes – pick your preference and get out onto the water supported by Dennis’s expert tutoring. Grab lunch at Barron’s Bakery in Cappoquin where they serve all sorts of soup and sandwiches but stand out for their tasty scotch brick oven baked bread.

Take yourselves off to the Fethard Country Horse Museum on Day 2 for all you need to know about the historical and modern day importance of horses throughout the county. The museum has some great interactive information points just perfect for kids. Don’t visit Fethard without eating at Dook’s Fine Foods. This is truly fine dining where you can order anything from mouthwatering sausage rolls to hot smoked salmon, served up with fresh, local vegetables.

After that, it’s worth visiting the Tipperary Museum of Hidden History to learn about sustainability in previous decades, the history of local waterways and stories of the otherworld. They hold regular exhibitions so there’s always something going on.

Start Day 3 with the wind in your hair as you cycle along the Suir Blueway. The routes take you along the river’s Blueways and are ideal for families, so hire bikes locally and go as far as you like along the 21km marked trail which ends at Carrick-on-Suir. Once you’re back in Clonmel, stop at Coco’s Café which pleases even the fussiest of little eaters with everything from healthy salads bowls to venison hot dogs and American style pancakes.

You’ve got time for a spot of shopping around Clonmel, a really pretty town with a good range of quirky little gift shops

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