Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum is the perfect place for a family day out that offers plenty of fun for every member of your family, from the littlest adventurers to the young at heart. Whether you’re seeking an outdoor playground for the kids, educational adventures for curious minds, or simply a tranquil space to unwind with loved ones, Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum is the perfect destination. Discover the boundless fun and exploration that awaits you, making this a place where cherished memories are created at every stage of life.


From toddlers to grandparents, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of our favourite family-friendly activities at Woodstock Gardens:

Picnic in the Park: Pack a basket with your favourite snacks and sandwiches, spread a blanket under the shade of our trees, and enjoy quality time together in our picturesque grounds. Remember to be kind to nature and leave no trace by bringing all your rubbish with you when you leave. 


Adventure Playground: Let your little ones unleash their inner adventurer on our playground featuring swings, slides, climbing frames and more. It’s a place where imaginations soar. The playground in the gardens is suitable for children under the age of 14. Parents are asked to supervise their children at all times. Please note due to the surfacing in the playground, dogs are not permitted in the playground area.


Nature Trails: Explore the beauty of Woodstock Gardens through our well-marked nature trails. Discover the wonders of nature and the history of the estate as you walk together.


Slí na Scealta: With author Brendan McDonald’s “Elephant on the Farm” showcased on story panels along the enchanting 1km monkey puzzle avenue, you can immerse yourself in the tale while taking a family walk. Slí Na Scéalta is an outdoor family reading experience brought to you by Kilkenny County Council Library Service. 


Explorer Pack: Actively explore Woodstock Gardens and help them learn all about the plants and history of our wonderful gardens with our beautifully illustrated Woodstock Explorer Pack. Start the family adventure and learn along the way

Download the Woodstock Explorer Pack


Orienteering: For those looking for a bigger challenge than a woodland walk our Orienteering Course might just be the thing for you! It’s a fantastic family adventure that combines physical activity and problem-solving, all set against the backdrop of our picturesque grounds. It’s a fantastic way to encourage teamwork, outdoor exploration, and, most importantly, make lasting memories with your loved ones. Whether you’re a seasoned orienteer or new to the sport, our course is designed to cater to all skill levels.

Download the Woodstock Orienteering Course Map


We look forward to seeing you create lasting memories with your loved ones in Kilkenny’s Natural Escape.