Tayto Park is a theme park, located in Kilbrew, near Ashbourne in County Meath (30 minutes from Dublin City Centre) in the Republic of Ireland. The park was opened in November 2010 and its name, logo and mascot are due to Tayto crisps and its company. The park is a unique mix of a theme park, activity centre, zoo and educational facility, all rolled into one. This mixture attracts over 240,000 visitors a year.
There are no themed areas but the park is divided in two main areas. The mechanical attractions and the Zoo. The first has rides like Tayto Twister, where visitors are invited to climb the tall tower before spiralling to the ground through the 20m-high tubular slide, Sky Walk, where you can tackle the large climbing walls or conquer the high ropes of the park. Or even better still, the 212 metres Zip Line, where you can experience the thrill of flying through the air. But of course in this section the main attraction is The Cú Chulainn, a world-class roller coaster with an inversion. The coaster opened on June 5th 2015 on Tayto Park in Ireland and reaches speeds of 100km per hour with a vertical drop zone of 31 metres. It is a one in a lifetime rollercoaster experience!.
The other section is dedicated to wild life where you can find nine different breeds of wild cats, ranging from the small meerkats to the much larger mountain lions, leopards and tigers. These wild cats look remarkably calm as they stroll casually through their secure compounds. However, on our visit where were treated to a rare glimpse of their incredible speed and power when one of the staff members feed them a piece of fresh meat.
There were also an exhibit of dinosaurs when we visit in June 2016, some food stalls and a gift shops.
But we felt the park lacks some more unique attractions (apart from the rollercoaster nothing else caught our attention) and some creativity (to be honest a potato crisp is not a very good theme to start with). We here at the park for no more than 4 hours and we saw almost everything. Off course it’s all clean and green (like almost everything in Ireland), the parking lot is free and entrances are cheap (one ride at the rollercoaster pays off the park’s entrance).
In 2017 the park is opening a new Viking-themed flume ride called Vicking Voyage.
But again is to little for the only main theme park in Ireland.
By Ana Rita Mendes, Ana alegria, Sandra Nunes, Rosa Ferreira and Carlos Canaes. Updated 14/5/2017
Location: A84 EA02, Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Ireland
Opens daily from the end of March through the end of September
Entrance from 15€ AdultsTop Rides
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