Fodor's Expert Review Center Parcs Longford Forest

Center Parcs, Newcastle Rd, Ballymahon, Longford, Co. Longford, Ireland

Rising out of the flat bogland and forest, Center Parcs is a huge new family-friendly resort that may have been developed for the Irish family travel market, but its wide variety of accommodations, amenities, and activities makes it a great option for visiting families with kids who might want a break from the typical castles-and-cliffs Irish vacation. Putting the Midlands on the map as a family-friendly destination, Center Parcs offers accommodation for 2,500 guests spread over a staggering 466 self-catering lodges and 30 hotel-style apartments. Most come with log burners and private patios, while the more expensive options are equipped with saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms, and a games room. There is no shortage of activities with mini tennis, ziplines, and laser combat as well as cycling, painting, and the revitalizing Aqua Sana spa. Underneath the weatherproof dome is a subtropical swimming paradise, a vast indoor swimming pool made up of a lazy river, slides, and rides, rapids, a whirlpool, and a wave pool. The minimum stay is a weekend break of three nights, a four-night midweek break, or a seven-night stay. Download the app, which holds your itinerary and maps, and enables you to book activities and time slots.

PROS

  • luxury accommodation
  • biggest water park in Ireland
  • wide range of activities

CONS

  • minimum three-night stay
  • restaurant reservations essential
  • many activities cost extra

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 1890-995–588

HOTEL DETAILS

466 cottages, 30 apartments
Rate Includes: No meals

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