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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 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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Holywood

Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum and step aboard majestic steam locomotives 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 a range of archaeological and environmental information.

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 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 through our freshwater and marine aquariums and exhibitions.

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier.

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.

Life Adventure Centre,

The Mourne Region offers a stunning setting and cycling destination with its famous mountains, golden beaches, enchanting forests and quaint villages.
Nestled amidst the foothills of the Mourne Mountains within minutes from the bustling market ...

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