Get Down To Tayto Park This Weekend
Looking for something to do this St. Patrick’s weekend? Tayto Park, Ireland’s only theme park and zoo, has recently announced that it will reopen its gates for the 2018 season on Sunday 18th March. The County Meath park is gearing up for its biggest season yet with over 100 attractions on site and the promise of more exciting new rides this year. To celebrate its opening weekend on Sunday 18th March and Monday 19th March, Tayto Park is offering a special ‘all in’ €20 ticket which includes entry and wristbands for opened attractions. To find out more go to www.taytopark.ie, call 00 353 1 835 1999 or follow @TaytoPark on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
Owner and founder Raymond Coyle visited Belfast recently to launch the new season, accompanied by a selection of birds of prey from the World of Raptors display – one of the Park’s major success stories of last year. He noted that Northern Ireland visitors account for more than a quarter of all visitors. Last year the park opened the new World of Raptors and Viking Voyage attractions and this year will also see a number of new attractions including Ireland’s first ever driving school for kid, which opens on March 24, and a new spinning coaster which is due to open in June. The park has easy access from Northern Ireland and free parking for cars and buses, there is something for visitors of all ages, whether they be families, couples, groups of friends, schools, birthday parties, or even companies hosting a corporate event. The new attractions will complement existing favourites such as the Viking Voyage water flume ride, the gravity-defying Rotator, the Power Surge and The Cú Chulainn Coaster, Ireland’s first rollercoaster and Europe’s first wooden rollercoaster with an inversion.
Tayto Park Zoo is home to an exceptional and diverse animal collection, from meerkats to big cats like the Amur Tiger, and a growing primate collection which includes the Squirrel monkey, Red-bellied tamarins and the Geoldi’s monkey. The Park also hosts a selection of beautiful and colourful birds from around the globe, as well as the extremely popular World of Raptors birds of prey demonstration. And for kids wanting to travel back in time, Dinosaurs Alive, Ireland’s only life-size animatronic dinosaur exhibition, features the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus.
There are also hopes to build a 32,000 square-metre, 250 bedroom family hotel that will offer accommodation, spa and leisure facilities for up to 1,000 guests. The seven-storey hotel will be built from wood to match the look and feel of the Park and will be in a parkland setting.