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Family Breaks in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is great for families, whether you want to experience the outdoors, fun unique attractions and activities or great value family breaks. Get some trip inspiration here for some memory-making breaks. 

Great value winter ideas!

Make the most of it in Northern Ireland with wonderful hotel getaways. Click on one of the tabs above for some great inspiration for your winter break.

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WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre

Co Down

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.

Couple at the Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim

Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Co Antrim

The world famous Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and is a must see for visitors.

SS Nomadic, courtesy of Nomadic Charitable Trust

SS Nomadic


Built in 1911, Nomadic provides the story of Titanic's little sister, the only tangible surviving link with the world's most famous ship and the last White Star Line vessel in the world.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Adventure Playpark and The Giant's Lair

Co Armagh

Slieve Gullion is Ireland's Mountain of Mystery. The Forest Park offers walking trails, a scenic drive, an Adventure Playpark, Giant's Lair children's story trail and Courtyard with coffee shop.

Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park

Co Tyrone

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.

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast


Titanic Belfast is a 'must see' visit in any tour of Belfast, and is now Northern Ireland's top visitor attraction.


Seascope Lobster Hatchery and Marine Research Centre

Co Down

Seascope provides an interactive experience with Lobsters at all stages and other marine wildlife. Our visitor centre and hatchery offer opportunities for all ages to learn more about the local fishing industry and sustaining the marine environment.

We are Vertigo

We Are Vertigo


We Are Vertigo is Northern Ireland’s number one family entertainment complex, featuring a Trampoline Park, Ski and Adventure Centre, and Spa.

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Stewart

Co Down

Mount Stewart is a stunning estate in the beautiful scenic area of Strangford Lough. The Formal Gardens are ranked as one of the top ten in the world and the within the house there are collections of national and international significance.

The Navan Centre

The Navan Centre


The Navan Centre interprets one of Ireland’s most important ancient monuments, Navan Fort, the ancient capital and seat of the Kings of Ulster.

Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo

Co Antrim

'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.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Co Down

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.

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Springhill House

Co Londonderry

Step back to 1912 as you experience the Lenox-Conyngham home on the morning they left to board Titanic. See the exhibition, featuring pieces from the Titanic era, including 11-year-old Eileen Lenox-Conyngham’s letter, written on Titanic headed paper.

Armagh Observatory

Armagh Planetarium


Armagh Planetarium is quite simply “out of this world”. Watch an amazing Digital Theatre show where you can relax and experience our planet and beyond. During your visit why not design, build and launch your own rocket?

UM Exterior at night

Ulster Museum


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.


Oxford Island

Co Armagh

Oxford Island National Nature Reserve is a peninsula created by successive lowering of Lough Neagh. Four miles of footpaths, five birdwatching hides, woodland, ponds, wildflower meadows, picnic and play areas.

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Belfast Christmas Market

Belfast Christmas Market

19 November - 22 December, Belfast

The Belfast Christmas Market returns to Belfast City Hall on Saturday 19 November from 12 noon.

A Magical Christmas Experience

A Magical Christmas Experience

18 November - 23 December, Belfast

Step back in time, join Father Christmas and explore Titanic Belfast's traditional Christmas street scene from 18 November at their magical Christmas experience!

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Night at the Museum

09 December - 10 December, Belfast

Moving Pictures are hosting a Night at the Museum. The night will begin with a lighted tour of the Museum including an artefact recently introduced to the Museum, the golden tablet of the lady Takabuti,

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Christmas Market at Raceview Mill

10 December, Co Antrim

Raceview Mill's Indoor Food and Craft market will turn all festive on Saturday 10th December from 11:00 - 15:00, with a host of artisan market traders. Joining them will be Santa and some Carol Singers. Bring the entire family even the dog.

The Santa at Sheans Experience

Santa at Shean's Experience

09 December - 18 December, Co Antrim

Wander through the Elves’ forest to the Village Square, meet Mrs Claus in her kitchen, catch the Santa Express bus and post your letter at Santa’s official mountain top Licenced Post Office, before getting to meet Santa with your family.


Santa’s Cottage

05 December - 18 December, Co Armagh

Santa and his elves are already very busy making all the toys for the boys and girls, so has asked us to be his extra helpers and make sure you get booked in to visit him!

Santa’s Magical Solstice Christmas

Santa’s Magical Solstice Christmas

03 December - 22 December, Armagh

Santa’s Magical Solstice Christmas at the Navan Centre & Fort will take you on an enchanted Christmas journey to the magical land of Lapland as day quickly turns to night and the wonder of the Solstice takes place.

Santa at the Stables

Santa at the Stables

03 December - 04 December, Co Down

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre is expecting a very special visitor on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December. Children's activities and crafts and Christmas shopping and treats in the Stables mean there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Santa's Grotto at CastleCourt

Santa's Grotto at CastleCourt

19 November - 24 December, Belfast

Santa is very busy at this time of year but he has kindly set aside time to visit CastleCourt!

Santa makes his big appearance at CastleCourt with a fun filled programme of activities, festive stories and arts and crafts this Christmas season.

Christmas at the Zoo (19 - 21 Dec)

Christmas at the Zoo

10 December - 18 December, Co Antrim

Visit Santa in his grotto. There’s festive fun for all the family, at Belfast Zoo, this Christmas!

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Santa Steam Train - Belfast to Whitehead

03 December - 18 December, Belfast

All aboard the Santa Steam Express!

A return journey of festive fun, with an on-board visit from Santa and presents for children.

Santa Sunday Buffet Lunch

Santa Sunday Buffet lunch at Stormont Hotel

04 December - 18 December, Belfast

The Stormont Ballroom transforms into a supreme festive venue, with decorations, a spectacular five course buffet, live music and even a visit from Santa Claus himself.

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The Lapland Express

26 November - 18 December, Co Down

Board the Lapland Express at Downpatrick Station for a magical steam train trip out to the Loop Platform where Santa's special North Pole workshop train is waiting, so change trains and children get their present direct from his workshop.

Snow Tube With Santa

16 December, Co Armagh

Get into the festive spirit as you race down the slopes.


Santa at Mount Stewart

02 December - 22 December, Co Down

We are delighted to announce the return of our annual Christmas Experience. Come and visit Santa and Mrs Claus in the wonderful setting of Mount Stewart House.Christmas at Mount Stewart.

Santa Steam Train - Belfast to Whitehead (2

Santa Steam Train - Portadown to Lisburn

11 December, Belfast

All aboard the Santa Steam Express!

A return journey of festive fun, with an on-board visit from Santa and presents for children.

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"A Night with the Stars" at Armagh Planetarium