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Budget Family Fun

A little information and inspiration is all it takes to plan the perfect budget family day out in Northern Ireland.  From free attractions, great outdoors or simply good value for money attractions where you can easily spend the entire day.

Northern Ireland is packed with ideas for the whole family. Below is just a taster to get you started.


Places To Visit

Pickie Fun Park, Bangor

Following a major facelift and an investment of £2.6 million, Pickie Funpark has reopened in style and is now back on the must visit attraction list.

Traad Ponds Golf and Fishing, Magherafelt

Situated on the edge of Lough Neagh, it is surrounded by a conservation area and abounds with wildlife. The nine hole course has water features and a 'links' feel due to the sandy nature of the landscape.

Barry's Amusements Limited, Portrush

Established for over 70 years, Barry’s is the largest amusement park in Ireland with the very latest rides for indoor and outdoor entertainment.

Waterworld, Portrush

For fun and entertainment that's wetter and better, enjoy a family visit to Waterworld. Northern Ireland's No. 1 indoor water attraction boasts an unrivalled range of features in its superb adventure pool.

Ulster Museum, Belfast

As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art. Explore the museum’s wide range of exhibits including ceramics and glass collections and even a real life Egyptian mummy.

Belfast Zoo, Newtownabbey

'Winner' of Best Visitor Experience, NITA Awards 2013. Belfast Zoo is situated on a breath-taking 55 acre hilly site with panoramic views over Belfast Lough. The zoo acts as a safe haven for more than 160 species of rare and endangered animals.

Carnfunnock Country Park, Ballygally, Larne

Carnfunnock Country Park covers 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, walking trails and spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel.

Watertop Farm, Ballypatrick, Ballycastle

Watertop offers a range of family activities from camping to pony trekking...

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Holywood

Discover town and countryside with cottages, farms, schools and shops to explore in the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum.

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber, Newtownards

Ireland's largest collection of ducks, geese and swans. Viewing from hides, waterfowl gardens, woodland walks. Extended gardens and woodlands with a gift shop, home made food, art gallery and coffee shop.

Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

Exploris is Northern Ireland's public Aquarium and seal sanctuary. Discovery pool demonstrations, run by experienced guides, at regular intervals throughout each day give you the opportunity to interact with a variety of living marine animals.

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Tower Museum, Londonderry/Derry

The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions The Story of Derry and An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera as well as other temporary exhibitions. The top of the Museum provides an open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre.

An Creagán, Sixmilecross, Omagh

Situated at the foothills of the Sperrins, An Creagán is distinctively designed to mirror the archaeological sites of the area and give you the opportunity to step back in time. It also offers archaeological, environmental and cultural tours.

Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House, Seaforde, Downpatrick

A hornbeam maze at the centre of an 18th century walled garden is the focus of interest at Seaforde. Set in the lush splendour of the Gardens, the Tropical Butterfly House features a large flight area with hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies.

Cocos Adventure Playground, Newcastle

Large indoor adventure playground. Kids under 14 years will have a funbelieveable time on our large selection of slides, eg Free Fall, Snake Slide, Astra Slide, Assault Courses, Activity Tower, Cable Ride, Ball Pools and Soft Play Area.

Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory, Belfast

A visit to the shop is like taking a trip back in time where visitors can look in on the whole production process and see how hand made chocolates and hand made fudge are made, most of which can be sampled as it's produced.

The Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick

The Saint Patrick Centre is the starting point for any visitor who wishes to know more about Ireland’s patron saint. The exhibition Ego Patricius – The Story of St. Patrick, explores Patrick’s legacy, and recalls the saint’s story, in his own words.

Hillsborough Forest, Hillsborough

Hillsborough Forest, set within the historic landscape of Large Park, offers the visitor 150 acres of mixed woodland in which to walk and relax with nature.

Barrontop Fun Farm and Pony Trekking, Dunamanagh, Strabane

An open farm with a large variety of baby animals and rare breeds. Large indoor soft play area and bouncy castle, adventure playground, tearoom and gift shop. Optional extras include cart rides, face painting and pony rides.

Tayto Castle Factory, Tandragee, Craigavon

The Factory is inside the castle grounds which belonged at one time to the Duke of Manchester. Potato storage techniques and the process that turns potatos into crisps. Shop, Wheelchair access limited and € accepted.

Riverwatch Visitor Centre & Aquarium, Londonderry/Derry

Riverwatch offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to explore and discover the wonderful natural resources of the Foyle and Carlingford Loughs. Learn about the incredible life of the salmon and much more.

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life.

The Navan Centre, Armagh

The Navan Centre interprets one of Ireland’s most important ancient monuments, Navan Fort, the ancient capital and seat of the Kings of Ulster.

World of Owls, Randalstown, Antrim

Northern Ireland's only owl and bird of prey conservation educational centre. Owls from around the world, falcons, hawks, etc. Petting Park . Make friends with small animals, including our Alpacas, miniature donkey and Soay sheep.

Tickety Moo Ice-cream, Irvinestown, Enniskillen

Tickety-moo's Jersey Cows enjoy living the easy life, chewing and mooing on the lush green vales of Lough Erne. Oblivious to the fact that their milk is taken and hand-made into the most divine ice cream.

Life Adventure Centre,

Located within the Castlewellan Forest Park in the Market Town of Castlewellan, offering a fantastic venue for everything from a Church Outing, to Corporate BBQs or even a full on Adventure Challenge!

The centre is located in a stunning ...

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