Previously known as Tayto Park, Emerald Park is a Theme Park and Zoo in Meath, Ireland which has over 100 rides and attractions on offer for you to experience. With such a wide variety of things to see and do, Emerald Park caters for all ages.
Attractions at Emerald Park
Emerald Park is Ireland’s only Theme Park, located adjacent to the Tayto Crisp Factory, the third largest snack manufacturer in the UK. The park offers attractions that appeal to all ages, from thrill-seekers looking for an adrenaline rush to the youngest guests who can enjoy fun and exciting activities. The park first opened in 2010 when 22 hectares of County Meath farmland was transformed into an American-style theme park.
Cú Chulainn Roller Coaster
The largest and most popular ride is the Cú Chulainn Roller Coaster which is Ireland’s first roller coaster and Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster to feature an inversion. In addition to the roller coaster, there are a number of other rides at the park, as well as children’s entertainment, adventure playgrounds and an exotic zoo. Emerald Park offers an exciting mix of white-knuckle and child-friendly rides. It’s the ideal choice for a fun family day out.
The Eagle Sky Adventure Zone plays host to a number of thrilling rides including The Rotator which spins riders 31 metres into the air. Power Surge is another crazy thrill ride, spinning you in all directions and Air Race turns you upside down whilst spinning around. Thrill-seekers will love the £8m Wooden Cú Chulainn Roller Coaster.
Families are well-catered for at Emerald Park. Family rides and attractions include a 5D cinema, Shot Tower, Viking Voyage and Flight School roller coaster amongst many others. One of the park’s newest attractions is the Sky Glider, a first of its kind in Europe with two zip line tracks intertwining.
Children can enjoy Pony Trail, The Grand Carousel and Steam Train Express amongst many other rides and attractions.
Emerald Park Zoo
Emerald Park offers an exceptional and diverse animal collection which features many conservation-dependent species. The zoo is home to a variety of animals, from the largest of the big cats, the Amur tiger, to the elusive and stunning Ocelot. The zoo also has a growing primate collection which includes Squirrel monkey, Red-bellied tamarins Geoldi’s monkey, and the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque. Discover the selection of beautiful and colourful birds, and don’t miss the World of Raptors display featuring birds of prey from around the globe.
Food and Drink
Meals and snacks are served all day at the many restaurants, shops and kiosks conveniently located throughout the park.
Travelling to Emerald Park
Emerald Park is located in Ireland approximately 30 minutes North of Dublin and 1 hour 30 minutes South of Belfast. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction and there is also lots of accommodation available in Ireland. If you are travelling by car then use the postcode A84 EA02.
Travelling by Car from Dublin
Take the M2 towards Ashbourne (exit 5 on the M50 signposted ‘Derry/Slane’). Once on the M2 continue to the very end of the motorway until you come to a roundabout. Take the first exit onto the N2 signposted ‘Slane’ and continue on the N2 for 3.8km before turning left onto the R155 to Curragha (signposted ‘Dunshaughlin/Ratoath’). Follow this road until it brings you to a roundabout at the entrance to Emerald Park.
Travelling by Car from Belfast
Take the M1 Southbound to Junction 9 and exit toward Drogheda/Donore/Duleek. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Rathmullan Park. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit, continue under the bridge and straight through the 3rd roundabout onto the R152. Continue on the R152 for 9.2 miles until you reach the N2. Turn left and continue for a mile until you see the sign for Emerald Park. Turn right at the traffic lights after the sign and continue straight ahead until you see the entrance to the park.
Travelling by Bus
There is a bus service that runs from Dublin City Centre to Emerald Park and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes.
Staying in Ireland
There are loads of places to stay in Ireland. Dublin is the nearest city to the park, you can search for Hotels in and around Dublin on Hotels.com and Travelodge also have a number of great value hotels in Ireland.
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