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Sustainable Tourism

Discover Northern Ireland the green way. Find ideas for car-free days out, great green places to stay and how to get around Northern Ireland sustainably. There are also tips on how to 'green your holiday' in our Green Travel Code.

March 2015: Three Northern Ireland tourism businesses have been successful in the 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.  Find out more

Go Wild with the Rangers

Go Wild with the Rangers

19 August, Co Londonderry

A morning of fun and adventure with our National Trust Rangers. We will help you complete some of your '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4'. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential.

From an Abbey to a Stately Home Tour

From an Abbey to a Stately Home Tour

23 July, Co Down

See one of the finest Georgian country houses in Ireland and explore the nearby Cistercian abbey on this tour visiting two of the area's architectural gems. Enjoy a guided tour of Grey Abbey House and tea and scones before visiting the Abbey.

National Meadows Celebrations

National Meadows Celebrations

02 July, Co Fermanagh

Saturday July 2nd is National Meadows Day and it provides a perfect opportunity to explore one of Fermanagh’s finest meadows.

Copeland Bird Observatory Exhibition

Copeland Bird Observatory Exhibition

04 June - 25 June, Co Down

Learn more about the work of the Copeland Bird Observatory in this exhibition. Founded in 1954, and still going strong, Copeland Bird Observatory is Northern Ireland's only working bird observatory.

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Allianz Garden Show Ireland

06 May - 08 May, Co Antrim

Antrim Castle Garden’s will be all abuzz from 6th - 8th May 2016 as Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns to the beautiful venue for a three day festival of flowers, food and fun.

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Big Wild Sleep Out

23 July, Co Down

This summer the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra will once again host RSPB NI’s annual Big Wild Sleep Out event, which is expected to attract more than 200 people from across the country.

Mid-summer Solstice Walk

Mid-summer Solstice Walk

19 June, Co Antrim

Rise with the lark to enjoy the longest day of the year at the Giant's Causeway.

Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day

20 May, Co Antrim

Belfast Zoo is home to some of the world's most endangered animals.

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

11 June - 14 August, Co Down

Take time away from the fast pace of everyday life to enjoy the magnificent scenery and fascinating wildlife of Strangford Lough. See where St Patrick first came ashore, view landscapes used in Game of Thrones filming and hear tales of Viking raids

Butterfly Safari

Butterfly Safari

23 July, Co Antrim

Join local Biodiversity Officer, Rachel Bain for a leisurely safari through the sand dunes at Whitepark Bay hunting for the colourful and coastal butterflies and any other creatures we may encounter

Kid's Minibeasts Nature Trail - Portaferry

Kid's Minibeasts Nature Trail - Portaferry

02 May, Co Down

Join local naturalist "Woody" for a creative exploration of Nugent's Wood. Look out for the "mini-beasts" that make the parkland their home and find out about the flora and fauna.

Butterfly Safari

Butterfly Safari

13 August, Co Londonderry

Great for kids - It's the season of butterflies and moths. Do you know what a Cinnabar moth looks like?

Hillmount Kids Gardening Club

Hillmount Kids Gardening Club

07 May, Belfast

The Hillmount Kids Club is a free gardening club where youngsters aged between 4 - 11, learn about plants, wildlife and the environment.

Kid's Mini-beasts Nature Trail - Killynether Wood

Kid's Mini-beasts Nature Trail - Killynether Wood

06 August, Co Down

Join local naturalist "Woody" for a creative exploration of Killynether Wood. Look out for the "mini-beasts" that make the parkland their home and find out about the flora and fauna. Meet at Killynether Car Park.

Kid's Sea Creature Nature Trail - Millisle

Kid's Sea Creature Nature Trail - Millisle

02 July, Co Down

Join local naturalist "Woody" on a beachcombing adventure to uncover the numerous types of sea creatures who live on the shores. See how and where they live and what salty treats they like to eat.

50 things to do launch

50 things to do launch

29 May, Co Antrim

Join us to discover what awe-inspiring challenges you should aim to complete before your tween-age. Build bee boxes with our conservation team.

Bank Holiday Giant Duck Hunt

Bank Holiday Giant Duck Hunt

30 April - 02 May, Co Down

Castle Espie are going on a duck hunt during the May Bank Holiday weekends: Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May and Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May.

You'll need to search high and low and use all your hide-and-seek skills to find the rubbery yellow...

Bluebell walk

Bluebell walk

07 May, Co Londonderry

Come along for an afternoon stroll around the Bishop's Gate gardens and glen to see the bluebells in full bloom.
Join the estate Ranger who will highlight the latest developments around the wider demesne and show off the hidden gems in the gardens.

Butterfly Safari

Butterfly Safari

23 July, Co Londonderry

Join the National Trust Rangers on the hunt to catch and identify the dunes' fluttering residents.

Portstewart Strand Orchid Walk

Portstewart Strand Orchid Walk

18 June, Co Londonderry

A beautiful walk for the whole family. Amazing sand dune system is host to a range of orchids.

Strangford Lough Twilight Boat Tour

Strangford Lough Twilight Boat Tour

27 August, Co Down

Enjoy the colours of the summer evening, take time away from the fast pace of everyday life and soak up the magnificent scenery and fascinating wildlife of Strangford Lough on this evening cruise.

More Information

  • What is Sustainable Tourism?

    Sustainable tourism is tourism that takes account of environmental and social issues as well as economic factors.

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