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The most famous stories told to children in Ireland are those related to the Chronicles of Narnia for the British writer CS Lewis and since he was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, it became the place where some locations decided to honor him with creating this Narnia trail in Kilbroney Park as well as the Narnia and CS Lewis Square with the different sculptures that honor his work (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrNh2d768tM).
Those who will be coming to visit the Kilbroney Park will get the chance to follow the Narnia Trail that was created in this park (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaSIk8rdWCo) and this will not only give you the permission to enjoy nature that is complimented through this place, but you will also get the chance to experience important parts of your favorite story series.
These trails in Kilbroney Park were created in order to bring the story of Narnia to life, along with those other different stories that are related to the special area of the Mournes. The Narnia Trail is not a long one and thus it would suit all the different family members - even those with kids like us - and entering or starting this loop trail will happen through what looks like a wardrobe that will take you through the magical world and lead you to different destinations with different themes, such as the Tree People, the Beavers' House, the Citadel as well as other things.
The Chronicles of Narnia is one of the different stories that CS Lewis wrote and which was dedicated for kids; it consists of a series of seven fantasy novels and is considered a classic of children's literature. The Chronicles of Narnia is a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals; the series actually narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world.
CS Lewis was actually inspired by different things while writing and creating the Chronicles of Narnia to the world; he was inspired by Christianity and he also borrowed characters and ideas from the Greek and Roman mythology as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales. Not just that, but Lewis was also inspired from his personal life and that appeared from the different stories of the characters; he was inspired by the large house he moved to at the age of 7 in Belfast, he was affected by the death of his mother and having to attend a boarding school, he was also influenced by the evacuation of children in World War II and those who stayed with him at his own home - The Kilns near Oxford - so it ends up that those magical stories which CS Lewis wrote at the end to the children were actually inspired from different things he passed by in his own personal life.
Even though Narnia and CS Lewis Square in Belfast is considered the most famous (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w2rhI9sSw4), the Narnia Trail in Kilbroney Park is also famously known and children love to visit it in order to meet those characters and places which they have read about and came across in the stories they used to read. The interesting thing is that the Chronicles of Narnia was not just a story, but it has been adapted several times through different ways - sometimes complete and other times in parts - such as being used for radio, television, for stage, and for films - so if your kids are not yet well informed with the Chronicles of Narnia and the different characters and events of it, you could let them read the books or give them the chance to watch the films.
Since reaching Narnia Trail mainly happen through the Kilbroney Park, this is usually a trail that one will follow usually through a walk with the family or even with friends - in our case it was all about the family - and it will bring several features that will tell you more about the story of Narnia and even those myths and legends associated with the mystical part of the Mournes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkoFJbiQqPA).
As much as this trip to the Kilbroney Park was mainly intended for the kids to enjoy their favorite series of stories, it was also interesting for us the adults to walk through these features and see what this place has to offer us - we enjoyed it all! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxTWDC4JHRA).
If you happen to be a fan of CS Lewis and you have already visited the Narnia Trail then it is now the time to think about visiting and checking the Narnia and CS Lewis Square in Belfast which is also interesting with those featured sculptures for the characters he wrote about in his stories (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QDltVJ13jE).
Have you ever been to any of these two destinations? Which one did you enjoy the most?
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