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Ness Woods, County Londonderry

Budget Family Fun

Enjoy a perfect budget family day out in Northern Ireland. 

From the great outdoors to free attractions or simply good value for money attractions, there are plenty of places where you can halve a great day out.   

Below are just some ideas. 

 

Places To Visit

Pickie Funpark, Bangor

Pickie Funpark is one of the top ten visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. The park provides a fun day out for all: An 18-hole mini-golf course, giant pedal swans, Pickie Puffer train, children's play area, children's electric car track and more

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

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences.

Carnfunnock Country Park, Ballygally, Larne

Packed full of fun family activities and attractions, Carnfunnock Country Park offers over 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, way-marked walks and spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel.

Glenariff Forest Park, Glenariffe, Ballymena

Glenariff, the "Queen of the Glens", is home to the spectacular Glenariff Forest Park. The unique Waterfall Walkway, a popular tourist attraction since it opened 80 years ago,has been significantly upgraded along its 3 mile length.

Watertop Farm, Ballypatrick, Ballycastle

Watertop offers a range of family activities from camping to pony trekking all within the most scenic area of Northern Ireland, the Glens of Antrim.

Lough Neagh Discovery and Conference Centre, Lurgan, Craigavon

The Lough Neagh Discovery and Conference Centre boasts 3 conference rooms, Tourist Info,footpaths, bird watching hides, woodland, ponds, wildflower meadows, picnic and play areas. Enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the Lough from the loughside café.

Peatlands Park, Dungannon

Peatlands Park, close to the southern shores of Lough Neagh, was the first of its type in the British Isles and was specifically established to promote and facilitate peatland awareness and issues.

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.

Castlewellan Forest Park & Peace Maze, Castlewellan

Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most oustanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Aboretum attract tree enthusiasts from around the world.

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 a range of archaeological and environmental information.

Gortin Glen Forest Park, Gortin, Omagh

The forest drive is 5 miles long offering breathtaking views with vista parks along the way. There are 3 way-marked trails. Sika deer enclosure, wildfowl. € Accepted.

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, sports court 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 Farm, 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.

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

World of Owls, Owls, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons & Vultures: Groups, schools, parties, seminars, corporate and team-building days are catered for. Outreach visits and various courses are available on request. Light refreshments on site.

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.

Ness and Ervey Woods Nature Reserves, Killaloo, Londonderry/Derry

Set in the Burntollet Valley within Ness Country Park, this nature reserve provides the opportunity to explore peaceful woodland, a gorge and high waterfall.

Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails and Pump Track, Fivemiletown

This 6km blue trail flows superbly around the estate with some more technical red loops splitting off at various sections.

Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails, Belfast

On the outskirts of Belfast, Barnett Demesne boasts mountain biking trails to suit all ages and abilities.

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