W5 is the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey in Belfast. With over 250 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events and has a daily programme of live science demonstrations.
Situated in the atrium at the heart of W5, Climbit is an unusual mixture of physical fun, exploration and art! This huge multi-storey climbing structure is a cross between a maze and a jungle gym. The first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, Climbit is a unique, visually elegant, three dimensional sculpture specially designed for climbing.
Discovery, a special area for eights and under comprises 16 themed areas which house over 50 interactive exhibits. Take a walk round Discovery and you will find the Art Studio, the Beach, The Health Centre, the Farm and the Park, to name just a few. Discovery, is supported by the Outlet Village, Banbridge, and alongside old favourites, like the Spar Store, it introduces the Donnelly Group Garage with its new Fiat 500. Other exhibits include the Art Machine, virtual rock pool, digital storybooks and many more.
W5’s 2 main exhibition floors house hundreds of immersive activities in a series of themed areas. From Crime Lab to Naturequest and Get Creative to Weather Watch.
W5’s events and activities are FREE with admission and tickets are valid all day. W5 has a coffee shop and there are picnicing areas for families who prefer to bring their own packed lunch meaning a day out at W5 offers an incredible variety of activities and excellent value-for-money.
2011 Winner – UK Theme Park & Visitor Attraction Awards – Education Visitor Attraction of the Year
2014 Award - Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014
2014 Winner - NI4Kids Family Awards Large Visitor Attraction
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Opening times:Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00 (last admission 1hr before close)
Concession £7.00, child under 3 free.
Location / Directions
W5 is part of Odyssey, Northern Ireland’s Landmark Millennium Project, based in the Abercorn Basin beside the River Lagan in Belfast. By Foot W5 is less than a mile from Belfast City Centre.
Odyssey is clearly signposted on all major approach roads. There is on-site car parking for up to 1,500. All parking is under the control of Odyssey Trust Company Ltd.
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
- Gift Shop
- Euro Accepted
- Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
- Baby Changing facilities
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