Lough Boora Discovery Park
Lough Boora Discovery Park
4.5
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Lough Boora Discovery Park is made up of more than 2,000 hectares of cutaway boglands have been rehabilitated to provide a world class resource of scale which is open access for people to enjoy 365 days a year. It is a haven of flora and fauna for nature lovers, the Sculpture Park provides a platform for international artists to use the park as inspiration for their works of art while off-road cycling and walking tracks provide families with a safe recreational area to enjoy the tranquillity and vastness of the open space. The lakes provide local angling clubs with the perfect location for fishing. The park provides local employment and a venue for clubs and groups to host their events alongside visitor centre organised events such as family days.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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EMJ5311
County Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We finally made our long awaited visit to Lough Boora Discovery Park on 2nd Nov 2023 during schools' autumn mid term break. It was very disappointing. The café was closed and even allowing for the time of year it was badly maintained, e.g. too many information signs were old, weathered and often difficult to read. The maps were next to useless and gave no indication of where one was in the area, a simple “you are here” indicator would have been helpful. Some trails went outside the actual “park” area but again this wasn’t always clear. Toilets at the visitor centre, that were open earlier, but were closed at 15:55 even thought the car park was to close at 16:30. A notice that other toilets were available at the pavilion (approx. 1km away in the opposite direction to the carpark) was a joke. Any notices about the carparking charge only referred to a €5 cash payment for a token, yet at the exit barrier payment by card was possible.
Written 17 November 2023
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Passenger263045
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Visited Lough Boora with a Group of approx. 40 people from Moycarkey, Two-Mile-Borris and Littleton in Tipperary.It was an ideal place for our biodiversity class which we found very interesting. We had pre booked the organic kitchen cafe where we were greeted by Julie and her staff who prepared and served refreshments. They were extremely professional and welcoming. All thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we hope to return in the near future.
Written 22 October 2023
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John M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Used the venue to meet with retired colleagues from around the country. 7 of us had a very enjoyable experience over 4 hours at the location.
Written 18 August 2023
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Queenie
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Lough Boora is a lovely family day out with lots to see and do. However €80 to hire 5 bikes and a seat for a 6 year old for 2 hours was pricey . Previous bike shop owner Pat would have charged €50 for same number of bikes. It would discourage me from going back.
Written 12 August 2023
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Funcargo
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really cool spot, lovely walks and interesting things to see. Defo worth a visit. Open 24 hours so no closing time which is handy.
Written 11 August 2023
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allie
Wexford, Ireland63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Lovely place for a big walk or cycle. Make sure to pick up a route map before you head off on your walk or cycle as there's not too many signs once you leave the main area. Lots of nice areas to have picnics. Make sure to bring water with you.
Written 24 July 2023
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EwanPhoto
Clonakilty, Ireland118 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I nearly missed the car park entrance as Google Maps was taking me beyond it. This may be the reason there were less cars in the €5 car park than parked for free in areas at the side of the road, or of course those in the know may just be avoiding the €5 charge!

I wouldn’t mind paying the €5 if it goes towards better maps and signage. Ditch the cartoon maps please and give visitors an accurate map. Why there is no “You are here” marker on the big map in the car park is anyone’s guess. It took me an hour to orientate myself.

The bird hide I wanted to use was full of birds, maybe they were hiding. Swallows have nested in the hide and there is droppings everywhere . I guess it’s wrong to complain about wildlife taking over on a wildlife park.

The area is beautiful and worth a visit, but don’t expect good info.
Written 8 July 2023
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Lina K
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Nice trails away from the city and definitely worth a visit, but where are the signposts ? Such a shame.
Written 8 April 2023
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Evelyn G
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Had an enjoyable 10km walk around the park yesterday with a couple of friends & our dogs (on leads) However, the poor quality guide maps and minimal wayfaring information made for a very frustrating/confusing visit. Added to this the Visitor Centre & Café were closed so no information available there. While I understand that it may not be economically viable to keep a Café open all year round, there was no indication on the official website that these facilities would be closed at this time nor when they would reopen. Luckily for us we brought a picnic but would have loved a coffee at tge end of our walk& there was nowhere else for miles around. Overall it was a disappointing experience. The maps & Visitor info really need to be improved. Disappointing after making a 80km journey from Kilkenny.
Written 5 April 2023
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Grainne M
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We completed the longest walk in the park, 15.8km - it was nice but we would have benefitted from a trail map and more information on the bogland - the signs in the park all said to visit the visitor centre for trail maps and more tips for your time in the park. However, the visitor centre was closed, as was the cafe, despite the website saying they are open daily. We hadn't brought lunch with us as we'd planned on eating at the cafe and spending the whole day at the park. In the end, we left after our 1st walk due to nowhere to get food.
Also, the toilets beside the cafe weren't open when we got there at 10am, though were open around 2pm when we got back from our walk. We managed to find some other - very basic - toilets, with no soap, near the pavillion.
We met some locals who told us the cafe only opens at weekends, and they directed us to a petrol station about 10minutes drive away for food as there aren't any cafes in the area either.
We recommend packing a picnic for your visit as there are plenty of picnic benches about, and also don't park in the main car park - which costs €5 for the day. If you go 250metres past the main entrance you can park for free and make the short walk back through the park to the visitor centre/cafe (if they are open!)
Written 12 September 2022
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