Festive Family Attractions
Northern Ireland is full of top family attractions for a perfect festive day out. From exploring the interactive galleries at Titanic Belfast to getting in touch with nature at Castle Espie or Belfast Zoo, there's something exciting to do whatever the kids (and big kids) are into.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
#1 Titanic Days Out
A visit to Titanic Belfast is a must on any visit to the city. The whole family will enjoy discovering the story of Belfast's most famous creation through interactive exhibits across nine galleries. While you're there, be sure to also visit the SS Nomadic, once a tender ship to Titanic which has been returned to Belfast and restored to her original glory. Find out about Nomadic's part in the Titanic story and colourful subsequent history through living history characters and hands-on activities. You can even dress up in period costume and have a go at steering the ship!
Like this? You'll also love: The Belfast Barge or Titanic's Dock & Pump-House
#2 Sweets Galore
You just can't beat a sweet treat. Whether it's taking a tour and sampling the goodies at Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory in Belfast, browsing the delights at the Old Tyme Sweet Shop in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, or stepping back in time at the sweet shop at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, County Down, it's sure to be a hit with the whole family.
#3 Animal Magic
Little ones who love getting up close with nature and wildlife? Then be sure to visit Castle Espie near Comber, County Down. With the largest collection of ducks, geese and swans in Ireland and some great viewpoints from the Brent Hide, it is a great day out. Belfast Zoo is always a hit with the whole family - be sure to say hello to Baako, the the first Western lowland gorilla to be born at the zoo in 16 years.
Like this? You'll also love: Streamvale Open Farm, Barrontop Open Farm or Tannaghmore Gardens Farm/Museum
#4 Love Learning
With lots of interactive learning across Northern Ireland, why not have a fun but educational day out? Learn about the Universe, Galaxy and Solar System then take in a show at Armagh Planetarium in Armagh City. To soak up some history, head to the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh, County Tyrone and explore the thatched cottages of Ulster and the log cabins of the American Frontier, or find out about the Gaelic Maguires ad the heritage of County Fermanagh at Enniskillen Castle Museums.
Like this? You'll also love: W5 at The Odyssey, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum or The Saint Patrick Centre.
#5 Things for Teens
Looking fun ideas for teens? Try high-powered indoor karting at Campsie Karting Centre in Eglinton, County Londonderry or the urban thrills at T13 in Belfast - activities include BMXing, skateboarding, breakdancing, urban art and DJing. Teens will enjoy exploring the world of Coca-Cola at the Visitor Experience in Lisburn, County Antrim (suitable for 12 years and above, booked required).
Like this? You'll also love: Dundonald International Ice Bowl / Pirates Adventure Golf, Segway NI or Bangor Aurora.
#6 Free Fun
Some of the best family days out don't have to cost a thing! At the Ulster Museum in Belfast you can come face to face with dinosaurs or meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy. Afterwards relax in the Botanic Gardens with its beautiful Palm House. Down County Museum in Downpatrick is another fun and free excursion. Located in the historic buildings of the 18th century Gaol of Down, kids will enjoy trying their hand at Viking weaving or exploring an early Christian monastery. Riverwatch in Londonderry/Derry is a must for all ages where you can see and learn about all the incredible fish life in our seas and rivers. If your kids love all things trains, visit the unique Headhunter's Barber Shop and Railway Museum in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh and explore the Station Master’s office, booking office, signal box and a huge range of memorabilia.
Like this? You'll also love: Scrabo Country Park, North Down Museum, Bagenal's Castle or The Tower Museum.
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