Around the Playgrounds

August 6, 2018
Family and Children

One of the best memories of being a kid is going to the playground, a place to meet your friends or even make new ones. A place where running, chasing, climbing and playing is paramount. What is even better is a chance to get something sweet afterwards. So we have put together a list of playground and place close to them, where you can get a something sweet and for the grown up a nice coffee (and something sweet too). It is important that coffee and tea is never far away.

Ballydehob - Location 

The location of this playground is wonderful, looking out on the Bawnaknockane river, which flows through the iconic old Ballydehob railway bridge. The playground consists of swings, climbing frames, seesaw, slides and springers as well as having plenty of green areas for running and chasing. There is a car park just to the side of the playground making it easy to get children to and from the car. This playground is only a short 5 minutes walk to Budds where you can pick from the "Cool Cats" Kid's menu. Where you can get ice cream, nickerbockerglorie and much more. Also, the coffee and cake are great for parents too. Budds - Read More

Ardfield - Location

A bit of the beaten track but absolutely worth the trip. A modern playground, full of slides, swings, roundabouts, zip line and climbing frames. There is plenty to keep the kids happy here and when you (eventually) get them to the car, take a wonderful scenic drive (10mins) to The Fish Basket where you can look out at the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way with a coffee, hot chocolate and maybe even a fish and chip or cakes. The Fish Basket - Read More

Baltimore -  Location

The playground has beautiful views looking out on the Atlantic Ocean and it is a lovely playground for children of all ages. With swings, springers, slides and climbers it is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Baltimore was invaded by pirates in 1631 and the town shows its history where it can, including the playground where you can find a pirate ship for climbing on. There is plenty of parking around by the pier and close to the playground. And within just a two minutes walk is La Jolie Brise where you can get a coffee, hot chocolate and even something to eat. La Jolie Brise - Read More

Bandon - Location

Possibly a forgotten playground be should not be overlooked. Slightly hidden from the busy town, Bandon's playground has plenty to offer with Springers, Slides, Swings and Climbing frames. The playground has plenty of parking so it is easy to get everyone in and out. When all the playing is finished head over to the Warren Allen (5 minutes walk) cafe where you can get sweet treats, hot chocolate and a lovely cup of coffee. Warren Allen - Read More

Bantry - Location

This playground is located very close to Bantry town but just enough outside to be away from the busy town life. A lovely playground with lots to offer like Springers, Slides, Swings, Climbing frames. There is a Car park right in front of the playground away from the main road, so it is nice and safe. After a busy time running, climbing etc take a short walk from the playground to a wonderful cafe called Organico. Here you can get lovely sweet treats, coffee, hot chocolates and many healthy items. Organico - Read More

Castletownbere - Location

Located in the middle of the village, a small playground with lots to offer. It has Swings, Climbing frames, Slides and still plenty of room for running and chasing! Although the playground itself has no car park there is parking around the town. A short 5 minutes walk will get you to the lovely Fuchsia cafe which offers a whole range of sweet treats, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Fuchsia Cafe - Read More

Clonakilty - Location

This playground is quite large with Climbing frames, Swings, Slides, Seesaw, Springers and loads of space for running. It is located off the bypass of Clonakilty away from the town itself making it easy to access and there is plenty of parking at the playground itself. The playground is slightly out of the town but a short walk (less than 10 mins) is the Sticky Bun Cafe. The Sticky Bun has lovely hot chocolate and sweet treats and beautiful coffee. Sticky Bun - Read More

Courtmacsherry - Location

Located looking out over the water, a small playground but has exactly what any good playground has including Slides, Swings, Climbing frames. There is a car park located beside the playground. Then going from a playground that children love to a cafe that children love you can't pass without going to the Golden Pheasant where you can get amazing hot chocolate, ice cream and sweet treats. Golden Pheasant - Read More

Glengarriff - Location 

A wonderful wooden themed playground, with lots to entertain the kids including Slides, Swings, Seesaw, Climbing Frames. There is no dedicated car park but there is parking on road available close to the playground. When you are finished in the playground, Jim's coffee house is a great place to unwind after your trip to the playground, not only popular for hot chocolate they also serve sweet treats and lovely teas and coffee. Jim's Cafe - Read More

Innishannon  - Location 

A super new playground that has lots to offer including Swings, Springers, slides, climbing frames, zip line, roundabouts and more. Make sure not to pass this playground the kids will love it. The playground has a car park and is very safe. Just a 2 minutes walk is the Found out Cafe, a great little cafe that has a selection of Coffees, Tea, Hot chocolates and lots of sweet treats too. Found Out Cafe - Read More

Kinsale - Location

The playground is located in the middle of the town and has lots to offer such as Swings, Slides, Climbing Frames and much more. It is a convenient playground as it is near all the amenities the town has to offer. It is a short walk to a lovely the lovely Poet's corner cafe. The kids have to try the sticky hot chocolate. There is a great selection of cakes, coffee and teas. Poet's Corner - Read More

Rosscarbery -  Location

This playground is located on the beautiful Rosscarbery Lagoon, it has a lot to offer Seesaw, Swings, Slides, Springers, Climbing frames as well a green area, tennis court. There is a car park in front of the playground making it easy and safe to get to and from the car. The Celtic Ross is only a 5 min walk and it perfect for both parents and children. Plenty to offer from hot chocolate and cakes to coffees and tea. Celtic Ross - Read More

Schull - Location

Once voted one of the best playgrounds in Ireland this is a lovely playground with Springers, Climbing frames, Swings as well as plenty of space for running. Only a stone's throw away (not that we encourage throwing stones!!) is Newman's Cafe/Bar which is very popular for its hot chocolates so don't miss out if you are in this playground. Newman's Cafe/Bar - Read More

Skibbereen - Location

This is a large playground with Seesaw, Swings, Slides, Climbing frames and nice green areas for running around. There is plenty of parking near the playground and is only a short walk 8 min walk to Apple Betty's cafe where you can enjoy some wonderful hot chocolate, coffee and cakes. Apple Betty's - Read More

Union Hall - Location

Last but not least is the Union Hall playground again, maybe not the first place that comes to mind but worth a trip. The playground has Springers, Climbing Frames, Swings. A short 5 min walk is a great cafe the Coffee Shop which has wonderful coffee and a range of sweet treats that will be perfect after all that running around! The Coffee Shop - Read More

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