Facts About Fort Lucan

About Fort Lucan

Fort Lucan opened in 1993 and has since become one of Ireland’s premier adventure centres. It provides a range of fun and unique attractions for children aged between 2 and 12 years of age.

Fort Lucan prides itself on promoting good old-fashioned activities, which sees kids use their imagination and creativity in scaling walls, climbing ladders and making their way around the Fort’s many obstacles.

The Fort Lucan Story

Before the mighty Fort Lucan was built it had been a family farm for generations. John Martin Smith was looking at ideas to diversify within farming. He visited the Scottish deer farm, which actually had an adventure centre. Once he returned to Ireland and began exploring how it would work, paramount in his mind was security and safety, and he thought that high, high walls were needed, sort of like a fort, and from such humble ideas, Fort Lucan was born.

It was built by a Welsh company called Western Log Company and opened in September 1993. Starting with five staff, including John’s mother-in-law, the Fort soon became an annual attraction in Dublin. Managed now by John’s daughter Gillian, they have constantly explored options to expand and the Fort today is more than four times the size it was in 1993.

Facts About Fort Lucan

  • Over 1.5 million kids have come through Fort Lucan’s doors since it opened in 1993.
  • Approximately 50,000 kids come to Fort Lucan every year.
  • Fort Lucan has a capacity to cater for 600 people comfortably; this is a dramatic rise in capacity from 200 in 1997.
  • Fort Lucan has employed roughly 1500 people since opening 27 years ago.
  • 80 people are employed part time every summer by Fort Lucan.
  • The entire grounds of Fort Lucan measure 6 acres and this equates to three and a half football pitches.
  • Our highest attraction, The Helter Skelter stands at 15 metres in the air.
  • To ensure the highest safety standards in Fort Lucan, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has inspected the Fort every year since 1993.
  • Previous famous faces to grace the Fort’s doors including former Formula 1 Champion Damon Hill, RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan, deceased actor Dennis Hopper, former WBO Middleweight Champion Steve Collins and film actor Jesse Eisenberg.
  • All copper coins received by Fort Lucan are donated to charity.