Family Breaks Galway

When you’re planning your family trips and activities, you’ll be glad you chose the Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway. We have so many family friendly activities on our doorstep or within a short drive. Come rain or shine, you can be sure there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Here are a few options to whet your appetite (please note some activities may have restricted offerings due to Covid limitations):

Indoor Activities

Busy Bees Oranmore

A two-minute stroll from our front door, this is a wonderful children’s activity centre for kids from 7 months to 12 years. It’s a hive of activity!

Babies and toddlers have their own soft play area. Older children have a huge choice of climbing and navigating, slides, ball pools, mazes and bouncing castles. There are indoor basketball and soccer courts for play and practice. Bees on Skates is a roller-skating disco for children from 7 years up. Teddy Mountain runs soft toy workshops where creative kids can make their own while after dark laser fun will appeal to the secret shooters in the family.

IMC Cinema Oranmore

Make it a night at the movies! Right beside the hotel, the cinema is a fabulous family option – and we’ve made it even easier with a family meal deal with discounted tickets included. Check with reception for details.

Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland

Bigger, brighter and better than any other aquarium in the country, Galway Atlantaquaria to over 170 species of fish. Overlooking the Atlantic in Salthill, it’s two floors of swimming, scuttling and squirming sea life. Check out the giant 60-foot Fin Whale skeleton (Grainne Whale), explore a model submarine, meet Moon Jellyfish, octopus and baby starfish! Try the touch tank where you can hold spider crabs if you dare. Find Nemo if you can.

Jump Lanes

Let your whole family jump for joy at Jump Lanes indoor trampoline park. It’s energetic, it’s exhilarating – and it’s pure fun for everyone. Between ten trampoline lanes, an artificial ice rink, two giant pool tables (kick soccer sized balls to score), regular pool tables and table tennis, you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s strictly over 5s only, except for Saturday morning toddler sessions. Note that denims are not permitted.

Outdoor Activities

Loughwell Farm Park

Take a trip to Moycullen in the Connemara countryside and visit Loughwell Farm Park with acres of indoor and outdoor fun for everyone. Get up close and personal with all sorts of birds and animals – ducks, geese, Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, ponies, turkeys, donkeys, goats, horses, sheep, lambs, calves, rabbits and chickens. Take a nature walk, try a sand pit or test your skills on the timber obstacle course. There are go-karts, a zip wire, mini-golf, swings and the brilliant barrel train. If weather drives you indoors, you’ll find a large climbing structure, a four-lane wavy astra slide and the famous vertical drop slide as well as skittles lanes, ride-ons and giant Lego.

The Burren Nature Sanctuary

Head south along the Wild Atlantic Way and just outside the picturesque village of Kinvara you’ll find The Burren Nature Sanctuary on a 50-acre organic farm. It’s a slower paced way to discover the magic of the Burren. Explore the woodland trail and find fairies along the way; see the incredible karst “moonscape”; meet Cookie the donkey and Frisky the feral goat. Visit the botany bubble and have fun in the outdoor playground and indoor soft play area. Afterwards, take time to browse the Avoca shop and eat in the fantastic cafe which boasts a ‘no fizz – no fryer’ policy. This place has it all and we genuinely love it!

Turoe Pet Farm

An easy journey just 4km from Exit 16 (Loughrea) on the M6, Turoe Pet Farm is a great day out no matter what the weather brings. Kids can feed pigs, ponies, cows, donkeys, goats and sheep (animal feed is provided). Visit the aviary, cuddle rabbits in pet corner, meet Larry the Llama, Curly the Alpaca and Dundee the crocodile or make a wish in the wishing well. Additionally, an all-weather, buggy-friendly nature trail means getting outside is always possible.

Renville Park

Just 5 minutes drive from the hotel is this hidden gem, a wonderful park created around an ancient castle and a historic demesne. The paved walkways are perfect for buggies, bike and scooters and boast spectacular views of Galway Bay. Discover the old castle ruin, a large playground and a walled garden. Picnic tables, BBQ areas, nearby toilets and a coffee/ice-cream van in high season make it a great place to spend an afternoon outdoors.

Galway City Karting

Adrenalin junkies – look no further! Galway City Karting is fast, frantic and fantastic fun! Everyone can try karting, from seven years and upwards. Believe us when we say it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Take up the challenge of a “friendly” family race to get the blood pumping through your veins. Or play it safe and watch from the designated spectator area. Either way, you can be sure you won’t miss out on the fun!

Salthill Prom

The iconic diving tower at Blackrock overlooks Salthill Prom and the family-friendly beach. The walk along the promenade and seafront is reminiscent of all that’s good in family seaside holidays. Stay on the ground and watch the fun unfold or if you’re feeling adventurous, take the plunge of those dramatic diving boards!

Salthill is located within walking distance of Galway city centre and is enormously popular during the summer season. While you are there check out the crazy golf at Leisureland – filled with fun activities for everyone.

Family-Friendly Activities For All Ages

Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre

Located in the heart of the Burren in County Clare. Forty minutes from both Galway and Shannon. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountainside. The Burren is a place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre gives your family a chance to explore its weirdly shaped underworld and enjoy unexpected freedom with majestic Birds of Prey. The Birds of Prey Centre is home to one of the largest and most varied collection of birds of prey in Ireland – Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures.

Rathbaun Farm

While there tour the farm, barns and farmyard or sign up for some traditional Irish baking with a scone making class. Make sure to visit the farmhouse with its original thatched roof and stone walls. Activities at the farm include bottle feeding the baby lambs, sheering some sheep and see a sheep dog demonstration. Dinner is available with traditional Irish music playing.

A Day at the Beach

As with all good things, Galway’s got them in abundance. From rocky shores to sloping strands, there’s just about every variety of beach for you to choose from dotted throughout the county. Here are some of our very favourite spots to get your feet wet… there are so many of them we had to give them their very own page – click here to read more about Galway beaches.

Curry’s Fun Park Salthill

Curry’s Fun Park is a great activity for a family to do on a sunny day with something for the whole family from young to old to do. At the park choose from the Ferris wheel, Merry go round, fun house, bumper cars, giant inflatables, Miami Surf, Caterpillar train, Waltzers, Zorbing balls, teacups, flying elephants and many games to win fun toys. The electric atmosphere will excite the kids and the big kids. Guaranteed to have a fun family day out. Curry’s Fun Park is opening daily during the summer from 12.00pm.

Corrib Princess

Get some sea legs on board the Corrib Princess and see the city of the tribes whilst navigating the Corrib. It is an all-weather activity with seating indoors and outdoors so perfect for the West of Ireland weather. It sets sail from Woodquay in the heart of Galway and there is parking alongside it. The journey takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto Lough Corrib providing visitors with unsurpassed views and natural beauty making it a spectacular trip. Suitable for all ages.

Distance from the hotel : 9.7km/ 15 minutes

Brigit’s Garden

This is the place if you want your little ones to fall in love with nature. Explore a range of wildlife habitats in the woodland, lake, garden & meadows – all of which are home to a wide range of species. If you want to challenge yourselves along the way take part in the Earth Quest Trail which is solving science-based challenges as you explore the Garden. With a natural play area, sandpit, slide, see saw and climbing frame there is plenty to discover and explore!

Slieve Aughty Centre & The Enchanted Forest

Slieve Aughty Centre is the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Activities on offer include horse trekking and lessons, cycling, walking with or without a donkey, crafting, the Enchanted Forest and more. The enchanted forest is where the fairies, gnomes and trolls live in harmony with the animals of the wood. It is a lovely trail and the children get welcomed with a forest map, wishing tree hanger and fairy dust for them to help them explore. For the wee ones, the toddler playground includes a playhouse, swing set and sand area. The craft room is a self-serve recycled room, a piece of art in itself, with tons of materials to make and do.

Contact Us

To find out about our latest family offers, visit our special offers page, phone our friendly reservations team on +353 (0)91 792 244 or email info.galway@maldronhotels.com. We would love to assist in planning and booking your family holiday in Galway.

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Common Questions

  • General Hotel Information

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is from 4pm on the day of arrival. In the case of earlier arrival, we try our very best to accommodate our guests where possible. Please note that an earlier check-in is subject to room availability and that additional charges may apply.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 12pm on the day of departure. In the cases of late departure, we try our best to accommodate our guests where possible. Please note that a late check-out is subject to room availability and that additional charges may apply.

    Does the hotel offer baggage storage?

    Yes, you can leave your luggage with the reception until your room is ready or you are ready to depart.

    Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Oranmore is pleased to offer complimentary WiFi in all public areas and bedrooms.

    Does the hotel provide laundry/dry cleaning?

    Yes, dry cleaning can be sent out by the hotel in the morning and can usually take a full working day and is brought back to the room once cleaned.

    What do I do if I accidentally left some items in the hotel?

    If you have left any items behind following your stay at the hotel, please contact our hotel reception directly via phone on +353 (0)91 792 244 and our team will be happy to organise collection or postage if the item is found.

    Are pets permitted in the hotel?

    No, pets are not allowed in the hotel, with the exception of guide and assistance dogs.

    Is the hotel reception desk open 24 hours a day?

    Yes, the reception desk is operating 24 hours day.

    What is the hotel’s smoking policy?

    At Maldron Hotel Oranmore, we operate a strictly non-smoking policy throughout the entire hotel. A deep cleaning fee will be charged to guests who are found to be in breach of our no smoking policy.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering very good levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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    Do you sell gift vouchers?

    Yes, gift vouchers are available to purchase at the hotel reception desk or online. Gift vouchers can be used in all Maldron Hotels, in our sister brand, Clayton Hotels and selected partner hotels, The Gibson Hotel, The Belvedere Hotel and Hotel 7, meaning a choice of over 40 hotels in Ireland and the UK.

    Do you provide printing facilities for boarding passes?

    Yes, our reception team can assist with printing your boarding pass.

    Does the hotel offer currency exchange?

    No, we don’t offer currency exchange at the hotel, but we will be happy to direct you to the nearest facility.

  • Location & Parking

    How far is the hotel from Galway City?

    Maldron Hotel Oranmore is located 10.4km and a 21-minute drive from the heart of Galway City. For more information, please visit our location page.

    Are there any airports nearby?

    Yes, we have two airports that are close to the hotel. Shannon Airport is only 50 minutes’ drive away and Ireland West Airport is just 60 minutes’ drive away from Maldron Hotel Oranmore. There are excellent bus facilities which service both routes.

    Are there any shopping areas nearby?

    Yes, Oranmore Village has a selection of boutiques and homeware shopping. We’d also highly recommend a visit to the city (it’s only a short drive away) as there are lots of diverse and high street options available. Galway Shopping Centre in Headford Road is located 9.1km from the hotel or Eyre Square shopping centre is located 9.4km away in Eyre Square.

    How close are public transport links to the hotel?

    There is a bus stop just a 5-minute walk away at the Oran Town Shopping Centre. This serves Galway city (404) and many other destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher (350) as well as the CityLink to Dublin.

    Oranmore Train Station is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi journey away.

    Is there a car rental station near the hotel?

    Yes, Budget Car Rental is located just over 15 minutes’ drive away from the hotel in Eyre Square in Galway City.

    Is parking available at the hotel?

    Yes, we offer complimentary car parking to all of our guests and visitors.

  • Rooms & Amenities

    What room types does the hotel offer?

    Maldron Hotel Oranmore boasts 113 spacious and comfortable hotel rooms. Depending on your needs, you can choose between 5 different room types, including double rooms, twin rooms with a double and single bed, triple rooms, executive queen rooms and family rooms.

    Are there wheelchair accessible rooms available?

    Yes, we have 2 fully wheelchair accessible rooms with walk-in showers and support railings.

    Does the hotel have family rooms?

    We have a variety of family rooms available at Maldron Hotel Oranmore. Depending on how much space you need, we offer family rooms for two adults and one child which feature a double and a single bed in each of them. For families of two adults and two children, there are two bedding options, a double bed with two single beds or a double bed, single bed and pull out couch. We also have large family rooms available which comfortably sleep up to two adults and three children which will need to be booked directly with the property.

    Does the hotel provide cots?

    Yes, we have cots available. Please note it in the comments or give us a call on +353 (0)91 792 244 at the time of your booking to reserve one and avoid disappointment on arrival.

    Do you have triple rooms for groups at the hotel?

    Yes, we have three single beds in our triple rooms. In total, we have 14 rooms which make us the perfect location for group getaways.

    Are the hotel rooms air-conditioned?

    No, unfortunately, our bedrooms are not air-conditioned.

    Do the bathrooms have a shower or a bath?

    All bedrooms have a bath except for our wheelchair accessible rooms.

    Does the hotel offer wake-up calls?

    Yes, we do offer wake-up calls. Please speak to a member of the reception team to arrange.

    What amenities are included in the room?

    Our hotel rooms feature hairdryer, iron, ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries. Mini fridges are available upon request. Please note it in the comments or give us a call on +353 (0)91 792 244 at the time of your booking to reserve one.

  • Dining

    What dining options are available at the hotel?

    At Maldron Hotel Oranmore, we offer a wide variety of dining options. From Vitality Breakfast with lots of healthy options, the delicious Q Bar menu to the Grain & Grill restaurant, there is something to choose from for every taste and occasion.

    Does the hotel offer breakfast?

    Yes, we are renowned for a great selection of breakfast options available each morning. Choose from traditional grilled breakfast items as well as healthier and nutritious options to kickstart your morning. Breakfast is served 7 days a week in our Grain & Grill restaurant, Monday to Friday from 7am to 10am and weekends and bank holidays from 7:30am to 11am.

    If breakfast isn’t included in your rate, you can still purchase breakfast at reception.

    What time is dinner served?

    Dinner is served daily from 6pm to 9pm in our Grain & Grill restaurant which is renowned for its exceptional dishes and extensive á la carte menu created from seasonal and local ingredients. Alternatively, you can visit our Q Bar which has a wide range of bar food available.

    Does the restaurant cater food for allergies?

    Yes, all of our menus have a full allergy listing. Please inform your waiter if you have any allergies, vegetarian or dietary requirements and our kitchen team will be delighted to assist.

    Does the restaurant offer a dedicated kid’s menu?

    Yes, we offer a separate kid’s menu for our younger diners.

    Do you provide room service?

    Yes, we provide room service 24 hours a day with a tray charge of €7.50. You can order from our Click & Go menu, available through our Guest Service Platform. The food can be collected at the collection point in our restaurant at your requested time.

    Is there a reservation for dinner required?

    No, a dining reservation is in general not required. However, we advise you to reserve your table to avoid disappointment. To pre-book, please contact our team on +353 (0)91 792 244.

    Do you cater for large groups? Can I book a private dining space for a special occasion?

    Yes, we cater for large groups in both private or semi-private dining rooms. To enquire, please fill out our online enquiry form or call the hotel on +353 (0)91 792 244 to speak with a member of our events team.

  • Leisure Facilities

    Does the hotel offer a swimming pool and gym facilities on-site?

    Yes, our leisure centre has a 20m heated swimming pool with a separate kiddies pool. We also have a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room on-site. For our more active guests, we also provide a fully equipped and state-of-the-art gym catering for cardio, core and strength training. Whether you want to maintain your workout routine or plan to relax and unwind, you can do both in Club Vitae at Maldron Hotel Oranmore.

    What are the opening hours of the swimming pool and gym?

    The leisure facilities at Maldron Hotel Oranmore opens from 6am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 9pm on weekends and bank holidays.

    Kids are welcome up to 7.30pm daily.

    Is there an age limit for using the leisure facilities?

    Yes, children under 16 are not permitted to use the jacuzzi, sauna, steam room or the gym. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must be fully supervised when using the facilities.

    Is the use of the leisure facilities complimentary for guests?

    Yes, the use of our leisure facilities is complimentary to all of our guests.

  • Meetings & Events

    Are there meeting and event room facilities available at the hotel?

    Yes, we have a dedicated conference centre on the 1st floor, providing 6 bright and flexible meeting rooms suitable for small meetings, interviews, training days or courses.

    Does the hotel facilitate conferences?

    Yes, our hotel does facilitate conferences.

    How many people do your meeting rooms accommodate?

    Our meeting rooms can accommodate up to 20 people boardroom style in our smaller meeting rooms and up to 100 people theatre style in our large meeting rooms.

    Please note our capacities have been greatly reduced to 20 delegates n our large meeting rooms with the introduction of social distancing requirements.

    What equipment is included in the meeting rooms?

    All our meeting rooms are equipped with flipcharts, pads, pencils and a projector. In addition, our meeting rooms have national daylight and black-out blinds. Free high-speed WiFi will be provided complimentary in all meeting rooms as well as air conditioning. 

    Are there food and beverage options available?

    Yes, we have a variety of dining options as well as customised menus available for meetings to suit your budget and requirements. For more information, please contact our meetings team via phone on +353 (0)91 792 244 or email mroyal@maldronhotels.com.

    Do you have corporate rates available?

    Yes, corporate rates are available. Should you wish to inquire about setting up a preferred agreement, feel free to contact a member of our sales team on +353 (0)91 792 244.

  • Families

    Does the hotel offer any family facilities and activities?

    Yes, our Games Room is located on the first floor of the hotel and it is a hidden treasure with lots of toys, games and books to enjoy. It has a soft seating area, ideal for your little one to sit and play a game or read a storybook from our new library. We also have a new imaginative play section, with a dual oven kitchen for the budding chef, and a wooden garage for the little mechanic. For the older children there is a full-size air hockey table and a full-size pool table – always guaranteed to keep the boredom at bay.

    To allow for social distancing we recommend pre-booking your preferred times when you arrive at the hotel. Our reception team would be delighted to assist you with this on check-in. We also have a fantastic playground which is located just outside the Club Vitae Health Club.

    Does the hotel run a kids club?

    Yes, our Crafty Kids activities are available during all school holidays and run nightly between 5pm to 10pm. It’s suitable for ages between 4 and 12 years of age. Different activities are planned to ensure there is a variety.

    Please note that due to Covid-19, we’re not running our Crafty Kids Club until further notice.

    Is there a babysitting service available?

    Yes, we have a number of reliable Garda vetted babysitters on hand. Simply speak with any of our reception team to get one organised.

    Do you have any special family hotel deals or packages?

    Yes, to avail of all our special offers, please visit the ‘Offers’ section on our website where all of our current deals and packages will be listed. Alternatively, you can also contact us directly via phone or email for more information.

  • Booking & Cancellation

    What is Make It Maldron and how do I sign up?

    Signing up and being part of Make it Maldron means you can save €10/£10 per room per night every time you book directly on our website (excludes selected sale and promotional special offers). To sign up, visit our ‘Make It Maldron’ page and join in 3 simple steps to ensure your discount is applied to all future online bookings.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Yes, we are delighted to confirm that all Maldron Hotels are registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. That means if you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see revenue.ie for more information and details.

    What is the best way to make a reservation?

    The best way to book is online on our website where you can easily see our best rates and what exclusive offers and packages are available. Alternatively, you can call us on +353 (0)91 792 244 or email info.galway@maldronhotels.com.

    What should I do if I haven’t received a booking confirmation?

    If you have not received your booking confirmation, try to check your spam/junk folder. If you still haven’t received it, please contact our reservations team on +353 (0)91 792 244 and they will be happy to help.

    What payment methods does the hotel accept?

    Maldron Hotel Oranmore accepts all major credit/debit cards, cash as well as contactless payments.

    What is the hotel’s credit/debit card policy?

    A valid credit/debit card is required to secure all bookings made online or over the phone, unless in cases where this is otherwise stated. Please note nothing is charged to the card at booking stage when booking directly with the hotel (with the exception of advance purchase offers or bookings that require a deposit. This will be clearly noted on the booking offer).

    For all rooms that are being paid for in cash must be accompanied with photographic ID. No rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

    What age are children for the purpose of hotel packages?

    Under 12’s are considered to be children.

    How do I make a group or multiple room booking?

    To make a group or multiple booking, please email your enquiry to res.galway@maldronhotels.com or call us on +353 (0)91 792 244 to speak to our reservations manager.

    Are there any age restrictions when booking a hotel room?

    To book a hotel room, you must be at least 18 years old. All under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian or parent.

    Can I show up at the hotel without a booking?

    Yes, you can, however, we would always recommend to call ahead to the hotel or booking online prior to arriving to secure your reservation and to avoid disappointment.

    Can I extend my stay?

    Yes, depending on availability, we’ll be happy to accommodate you for further nights at an additional cost. Please contact our reception team if you plan to extend your stay.

    How can I amend or cancel my booking?

    If you have booked directly with the hotel, you can amend or cancel your booking by visiting the ‘Manage Booking’ section on our website by using your confirmation number and email address. Alternatively, you can call us directly on +353 (0)91 792 244 or res.galway@maldronhotels.com to cancel or amend your booking.

    How can I cancel my reservation if I booked via a third-party website?

    If you have booked via a third-party, you will need to contact the third party directly to amend or cancel your booking as we cannot do that on your behalf. Please note that they have their own cancellation policies, so please refer to your confirmation email.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, Maldron Hotel Oranmore offers free cancellation up to 2pm the day prior to arrival unless advance purchase non-refundable rate was selected. Please note that some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer and date.

    What does the “no-show” policy entail?

    If a guest makes a reservation and fails to show up and doesn’t cancel the reservation successfully then we will take payment for the first night’s stay from the credit or debit card provided at the time of booking. If your booking is advance purchase, the total amount will be non-refundable and you will incur a 100% penalty charge for the entire duration of your stay.

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