Walks, Bike Rides & Runs

Estate Parkland

Our 120 acres of parkland are perfect for walks, runs, cycles or for little ones to let off some steam.  Adjacent to our property, running parallel to the forest, is the River Blackwater.

Fairy Trail

Some very special guests now live in our enchanted woodland. Our fairies welcome visitors into the woodland but they can be shy.  However, sometimes you may catch a glimpse of them, so keep your eyes peeled for some magic.

Leisure Centre

Our Leisure Centre features a 20m swimming pool with separate kids’ pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna and steam room, plus fully equipped gym and class studios.

Bike Hire

Enjoy a cycle ride around The Johnstown Estate with its forest and river views or venture a little further and enjoy the newly opened and safe Royal Canal Walkway located close to the hotel.

Playground

Ideal for little ones to explore, situated on our green located at the back of our self-catering lodges.

The Royal Canal Greenway

This is Ireland’s longest off-road cycle route – over 100km between Maynooth and Athlone.  Entry to the route in Enfield is just beside the train station.  The easterly direction stretches 20km to Maynooth and the westerly path continues for 60km to Mullingar, and beyond. Click here for more…

Estate Gardens

The Johnstown Estate is set on 120 acres of traditional garden and woodland, overlooking the River Blackwater. Charming pathways decorated with beautiful blooms, lead to rolling lawns against the groves of 300-year-old Oaks offering the perfect backdrop to the 18th Century Manor. Our beautiful garden is lovingly maintained by our dedicated gardener Carina and her team. Herbaceous borders are a sight to behold in Spring, boasting an impressive collection of over 30,000 bulbs. From vibrant colours to luscious scents, stroll through the garden to discover tranquil seating areas, a romantic pergola, and quiet corners perfect for picnics.  Gorgeous blooms surround a picturesque pagoda, an ideal setting to say, ‘I Do’.  Beyond the old walls of the garden lies the mystery and magic of the forest. Walking paths winding through the cool shadows of the woodland are home to magical fairies. Discover this meandering trail affording views across the River Blackwater to neighbouring Kildare. Each season on The Estate offers beautiful colours around every corner, explore this wonderful setting for yourself on foot or one of our Estate bicycles.

Local Attractions

Tayto Park Theme Park and Zoo

Tayto Park is a theme park unlike anything else in Ireland with over 100 attractions for thrill-seekers.  There is also a large playground and zoo. Click here for more…

Base Entertainment Centre

Features a huge Soft-Play area, Space Bumpers, 8 bowling lanes, American style diner, and Laser maze, all under one roof. Click here for more…

Lullymore Heritage Park

Lullymore is set on 60 acres of breath-taking landscape and explores Irish heritage, culture, and environment with woodland/peatland trails, gardens, and exhibitions. It’s also a great place for the little ones with a state-of-the-art indoor forest-themed play centre, outdoor play area with crazy golf, pet farm, and train trips. Experience a 9,000-year journey through landmark periods of Irish history – the past truly comes to life with the Parks interactive multi-media, replica dwellings, and exhibitions. Click here for more…

Wallaby Woods

Wallaby Woods is a family run Open Farm set in 16 acres of woodland incorporating a number of water features. With 35 species to see and lots of activities on offer, it is a wonderful experience for all ages.

Donadea Forest Park

There are many historical features including the remains of the castle, walled gardens, church, tower, ice house, boat house and Lime Tree Avenue. There is also a 2.3-hectare lake with ducks and other birds and a wonderful display of water-lilies in the summer.

Clonfert Farm

This is small family run attraction which includes crazy golf, a bouncy castle, indoor soft play area, outdoor playground, a petting zoo, go-karts and a café.  This is cute, informal place which feels a little like visiting your very thoughtful and child-friendly Granny’s house for the afternoon. Click here for more…

Irish National Stud and Gardens

The Irish National Stud is a working stud farm, designed to provide thoroughbred horses to the global market.  In addition, visitors may enjoy the beauty of the Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s commemorative Garden.  A playground and café make this venue family-friendly. Click here for more…

Trim Castle

Trim Castle is a Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, County Meath, Ireland. it is the largest Norman castle in Ireland. Click here for more…

Hill Of Tara

The Hill of Tara is a hill and ancient ceremonial and burial site near Skryne in County Meath, Ireland. According to tradition, it was the inauguration place and seat of the High Kings of Ireland, and it also appears in Irish mythology. Click here for more…

Oldbridge

Oldbridge is a townland near Drogheda in County Meath, Ireland. The area is home to the Boyne Navigation, the Battle of the Boyne Interpretive Centre, and the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge. Oldbridge is a townland near Drogheda in County Meath, Ireland. The area is home to the Boyne Navigation, the Battle of the Boyne Interpretive Centre, and the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge. Click here for more…

Enfield Canal Walkway

An easy two hour walk from Enfield to Longwood, Meath passing Hill of Down a townland in County Meath.

Dublin Attractions

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world but has gone through an impressive metamorphosis over the last decade. The most recent addition is the Kaziranga Forest Trail, a wonderful new habitat for the zoo’s breeding herd of Asian elephants. Opening April 12th. Click here for more…

National Aquatics Centre

AquaZone, at the National Aquatic Centre, is one of the most innovative water parks in Europe. A whole host of exciting features means family fun, thrills and something for everyone. Click here for more…

The Dublin Wax Museum Plus

The National Wax Museum Plus is an exciting interactive visitor attraction located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre Temple Bar district. The museum is housed over four floors and 13,000 square feet in a historic landmark building on Foster Place, previously the home of Ireland’s gold and arms store at the turn of the last century. Click here for more…

National Botanic Gardens

Established in 1705 by the Royal Dublin Society, the National Botanic gardens are an asset of plant species. The garden, stretching over an area of 19.5 hectares is home to at least 20,000 plant species. Click here for more…

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse takes visitors on a historical trail of the origin of Guinness, allowing them to explore the ingredients, history, and culture that tell the Guinness story.  The Gravity Bar, Dublin’s highest, allows visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Click here for more…

Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland’s leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. Click here for more…

National Concert Hall

The National Concert Hall is one of Dublin’s premier venues. No matter what your interest in music, the National Concert Hall has events throughout the year to suit your tastes. Click here for more…

Trinity College

The Book of Kells dates from circa 800 AD and is one of the most beautiful, illuminated manuscripts in the world, comprised of richly decorated texts of the gospels in Latin.  More than half a million visitors flock to Trinity College Dublin each year to view the Book of Kells. Click here for more…

Croke Park

Lasting approximately 90 minutes, the Sky Line tour at Croke Park features a specially- walkway suspended above the Croke Park pitch, offering a view of Ireland’s most famous arena from a completely different angle. There are five viewing platforms on the 0.6km rooftop walkway. Admission includes a multilingual audio guide and admission to the GAA Museum. Click here for more…