You can get some fresh sea air in the charming coastal village of Blackrock, only five minutes' drive from the hotel. Hire a bike or stroll along the promenade and stop for a coffee at a café with a view of the water. if you're feeling more adventurous, you can brave the surf with a kiteboarding lesson. Or maybe you'd prefer to just settle down with a pint of Guinness in a traditional pub.
Visit County Museum Dundalk, in a restored 18th-century distillery 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. It's free Birth of a Nation exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Irish nationhood and runs throughout 2016. You can see fascinating displays of weapons, memorabilia, personal possessions and documents that paint an evocative picture of this significant moment in Ireland's history.
If you want to tap your feet to some proper Irish music, try the Sunday night Traditional Music Sessions at The Spirit Store on George's Quay, around 4 km from the hotel. The Oriel Centre at the Old Dundalk Gaol also hosts weekly Thursday night traditional sessions in summer, and it's worth checking out their monthly shows of traditional, choral and contemporary music too.
You can take your children to hunt for the delicate 'fairy houses' along the enchanting Giant's Lair Story Trail at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, 25 minutes' drive from the hotel. It's a key location in the story of legendary Irish hero Cú Chulainn. If you fancy a longer walk, follow the park's hiking trails to discover standing stones and tombs, and take in panoramic views of the countryside.
Get your adrenalin pumping at Carlingford Adventure Centre, 30 minutes' drive from the hotel, where you can hire a kayak or a sailing boat to explore Carlingford Lough on the water. On land, you can try zorbing: tumbling downhill inside a giant, transparent ball, whizzing through the trees on a zip line or scaling the towers and swinging across rope bridges in the Skypark.
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Located only a 5 minute drive from Crowne Plaza Dundalk, Racing packages include transfer to Dundalk Stadium, Racing and Overnight Accomodation at Crowne Plaza Dundalk. The ven Dundalk Stadium is Ireland’s first all-weather racecourse and the first with floodlights. It is a combined horse and greyhound racing facility and is in regular use throughout the year. Dundalk comes into its own during the winter months when staging Flat racing on at least one occasion each week.
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From brave knights, castles and round towers to tales of emigrants, monks and ancient civilisations, Ireland’s Ancient East is brimming with stories, culture, attractions, festivals and fun. Boyne Valley is the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East and has some of the world’s most mythical landscapes. The rich valley is home to a range of heritage sites and monuments including Ireland’s largest Anglo-Norman Castles. Explore Boyne Valley’s abundance of heritage sites by boat, bike and foot.
Visit Carlingford, Carlingford, Louth
Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth, Ireland, located just over an hour’s drive from Ireland’s two major cities of Dublin and Belfast. In 2008 Carlingford was honoured wih the award of Ireland’s European Destination of Excellence. Carlingford is a magical village full of character and is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Ireland. A stunning location that provides wonderful walks trhough hills, mountains and seaside.
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Dundalk Institute of Technology is a 90 acre campus situated between Dublin and Belfast (each approximately 50 miles away). The campus is 1/2 mile from the main Dublin Belfast road and 3 minutes drive from the M1 motorway to Dublin. Dublin Airport is a 35 minute drive by car. Dundalk is served by the Dublin Belfast Train corridor and Dundalk's Clarke Station is approximately a 20 minute walk (or 6 euro taxi ride) from the campus.
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The County Museum, Dundalk is located in a beautifully restored late 18th century warehouse in the Carroll Centre at Roden Place in Jocelyn Street. Funded by Dundalk Town Council the museum opened in 1994 and offers an extensive programme of permanent exhibitions, temporary displays, drama presentations, music recitals, lecture and film.