Kids survey finds Kerry top for family-friendly hotels

KERRY has emerged as the county which leads the way in terms of family-friendly hotels, a survey has found.

Four hotels from the county feature in a new top 10 list of family-friendly hotels as voted for by more than 2,000 readers of 4kids, a free children’s activities guide for families in Ireland.

Editor, Maria Finnan, said that while readers put the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney well ahead of the rest, placing the other top hotels in numerical order proved impossible because voting was too tight.

The manager of the Falls Hotel and Spa in Ennistymon, Co Clare, said he was delighted to be included in the list.

“Our hotel is ideal for families, due to the large grounds, tennis court, leisure facility, large family rooms, self-catering options and value for money and we are absolutely delighted that parents in Ireland have recognised this,” said Michael McCarthy.

According to the survey the 2010 top five family friendly attractions in Leinster were Dublin Zoo, Belvedere House Gardens and Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath; National Aquatic Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow, Newgrange, Co Meath and Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, Rathangan, Co Kildare.

The 2010 top five family attractions in Munster are Fota Wildlife Park, Co Cork, Crag Cave, Co Kerry, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Co Clare, Aillwee Cave, Co Clare and Aquadome, Co Kerry.

4kids has also asked readers to vote for their 2010 favourite family supermarket.

While all of the major supermarkets were nominated by readers in the new category of favourite family supermarket, it was Tesco who secured the most votes.

4Kids, an independent publication run by Ms Finnan and her sister, Christina Iden, is based in Limerick.

There is a summer and winter edition of the 4kids magazine covering Munster, Leinster and Dublin.

The sisters also have a website,, that has an up to date what’s on guide.

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