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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 family ideas!

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

Blessingbourne Bike Trail
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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

Belfast

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.

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.

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast

Belfast

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

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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

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?

We are Vertigo

We Are Vertigo

Belfast

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

UM Exterior at night

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Navan Centre

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.

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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.

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.

Special Offers - Family

Manor House Marine Boat Hire,

50% discount on 2nd week

Valid in the following periods:
Up to and including 6th May (finishing date).

Any date on or after 2nd September (starting date) to 31st December 2017

This offer is not available with any other discount offer.

Non Saturday/Wednesday starts are only available in Season A

To book call (028) 6862 8100
Until 6 May 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£49.00
€65.17
Per room

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City - Queens Quarter,

Winter Warmer From £49

Holiday Inn Express Belfast Queens Quarter – Winter Warmer from £49

Don’t be left out in the cold this Winter, get your accommodation booked with the Holiday Inn Express Belfast from as little as £49

Includes Free Wi-Fi, Complimentary Breakfast & Free Parking

Always Book Direct for the Lowest Rate Guarantee

www.hiexpressbelfast.com

To book call (028) 9031 1909
Until 31 Jan 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£195.00
€259.35
Total price

Treetop Apartment - ground floor,

St. Patrick's Weekend

Come and celebrate St. Patrick's (our favourite holiday of the year) in beautiful Co. Fermanagh. Explore the lakes using our complimentary sit on top kayaks and in the evenings, wrap up in front of the large wood burning stove in the living area. Our two bedroom apartment sleeps four people.
This price is for three nights and includes all bed linen, towels, electricity, central heating and free wifi. So just bring yourself and friends and some food.

To book call (07980) 584 088
16 Mar 2017 - 19 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£750.00
€997.50
Per unit

Riverview Penthouse,

Riverview Penthouse

Stay for 3 to 5 nights and get 15% discount - Stay for 6 nights and get 20% discount - Stay for 7 to 13 nights and get 25% discount - Further discounts for longer stays are available.

*See website for details: www.riverviewpenthouse.com

To book call 07759882074
Until 31 May 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£275.00
€365.75
Total price

Fassagh House,

Fassagh House

The main farmhouse 4 star NITB approved, offers visitors luxurious accommodation encased in traditional surroundings coupled with breathtaking views across the Fermanagh countryside, Private luxury hot tub, sauna, steam, games room, go karts, books, toys, WiFi
barbeque, garden furniture.

Come and Enjoy hospitality at its best.

Prices from £275 to £350, 2 or 3 nights

To book call (028) 6865 9886
Until 31 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£130.00
€172.90
Total price

Treetop Apartment - ground floor,

Weekend Getaways for four

Steal away this winter to our beautiful two bedroom apartment. Wrap up in front of the large wood burning stove and enjoy a complimentary basket of logs. Or explore Upper Lough Erne as the morning mist burns off in the morning sun.

Our price includes all bed linen, towels, electricity, central heating and free wifi. So just bring yourself and friends and some food.

To book call (07980) 584 088
Until 31 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability

Manor House Marine Boat Hire,

10% discount on the 2nd week and/or 3rd week

Valid from starting 6th May 2017 and finishing on 2nd September 2017.

To book call (028) 6862 8100
6 May 2017 - 2 Sep 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£49.00
€65.17
Per person sharing

Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre,

Winter Warmer From £49

Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre – Winter Warmer from £49

Don’t be left out in the cold this Winter, get your accommodation booked with the Holiday Inn Belfast from as little as £49

Includes Free Wi-Fi & Discounted Parking

Always Book Direct for the Lowest Rate Guarantee

www.hibelfastcitycentre.co.uk

To book call (028) 9024 2494
Until 31 Jan 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£39.00
€51.87
Per room

IBIS Belfast City Centre,

Winter Warmer From £39

Ibis Belfast City Centre – Winter Warmer from £39

Don’t be left out in the cold this Winter, get your accommodation booked with the Ibis City Centre from as little as £39

Includes Free Wi-Fi & Free Mid-Week Parking

Always Book Direct for the Lowest Rate Guarantee

www.ibisbelfastcity.com

To book call (028) 9023 8888
Until 31 Jan 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£340.00
€452.20
Per unit

Serenity,

Winter offer

January / February special offer 1 week or more in superb 4 star accommodation. No hidden extras - Towels, Heating, Electricity, Wi-Fi and Sky TV all included. Welcome pack provided. Special offer for other lengths of stay contact the owner. 2 night offers £190 represents 16% discount. No Smoking, No Pets & No Parties.

To book call (028) 3884 2023
Until 3 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£229.00
€304.57
Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing

Lodge Hotel,

Family Inclusive Package

From Only £229 - £259
Enjoy an inclusive two night break with breakfast and main course evening meal for all the family on both days. Up to two adults and two children per room (children 12 years and under)

To book call (028) 7034 4848
Until 30 Nov 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£160.00
€212.80
Total price

Arch House - Tullyhona, Florencecourt,

3 nights for the price of 2

Stay 3 nights at 4 star Arch House B&B & only pay for 2!

Pay only £160 for 2 people, the 3rd night is FREE!

Excludes bank holidays

Restaurant menu available if requested.

To book call (028) 6634 8452
Until 31 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability - excludes bank holidays
From
£49.00
€65.17
Per room

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City - Queens Quarter,

Winter Warmer From £49

Holiday Inn Express Belfast Queens Quarter – Winter Warmer from £49

Don’t be left out in the cold this Winter, get your accommodation booked with the Holiday Inn Express Belfast from as little as £49

Includes Free Wi-Fi, Complimentary Breakfast & Free Parking

Always Book Direct for the Lowest Rate Guarantee

http://www.hiexpressbelfast.com/

To book call (028) 9031 1909
Until 31 Jan 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£550.00
€731.50
Total price

Tornaroan Cottage,

February Half-Term

February half term low season price (£100 off per week or £20 off per night)

To book call
11 Feb 2017 - 18 Feb 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£399.00
€530.67
Total price

Glendarragh Self Catering,

Autumn/Winter Deals

Weekly special offer for £399. Accommodation for 6 in modern five star cottage outside Cushendall. Includes bedding, towels, heating, wifi, free sat tv and a welcome basket provided.
Weekend breaks for 2 nights £190.
Three nights £210.
Horse riding available 15 minutes away and Golf available in Cushendall Golf Club.
Walkers and cyclists welcome.
Other offers available on request.
Please quote special offer Autumn/Winter Deals.

To book call
Until 31 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£140.00
€186.20
Per person sharing

Shearwater,

Shearwater eco - tours

Enjoy your own tailor made, half day eco tour with an expert guide and enjoy and explore the wildlife and natural history of the North Down coast and countryside. Contact Shearwater to discuss options and your interests e.g. birds, seaweed (ID, cooking and baths!) family fun eco activies, environment art,foraging etc
Free wi fi and local produce welcome pack plus many other extra facilities
Based on a minimum of four people sharing (sleeps six) £140 per person per week or £120 for five nights.

To book call
Until 1 Apr 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£89.00
€118.37
Per room

Cordia Serviced Apartments,

Winter Warmer From £89

Cordia Serviced Apartments – Winter Warmer from £89

Don’t be left out in the cold this Winter, get your accommodation booked with the Cordia Apartments from as little as £89

Includes Free Wi-Fi & Free Secure Parking

Always Book Direct for the Lowest Rate Guarantee

www.cordiaapartments.com

To book call (028) 9038 0900
Until 31 Jan 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£250.00
€332.50
Per unit

Ballycanal Self Catering Cottages - Canal Cottage,

Winter Weekend Offer

Stay Friday and Saturday in Two bedroom cottage and receive a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival and 10% discount voucher for The Tannery Moira. Offer includes Station/Swan cottage, sleeps 5-6 persons.

To book call (028) 9261 1923
Until 5 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£99.00
€131.67
Per room

Lodge Hotel,

Family Sleepover

From £99 - £129 per room
Stay with us for one night in a spacious family room with breakfast for everyone! Up to two adults and two children per room (children 12 years and under)

To book call (028) 7034 4848
Until 30 Nov 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£630.00
€837.90
Per unit

Ballycanal Self Catering Cottages - Canal Cottage,

Winter offer

Stay one week self catering and receive a complimentary 10% discount voucher for the Tannery Restaurant Moira. Offer also includes complimentary breakfast pack containing local produce.

To book call (028) 9261 1923
Until 4 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability

Manor House Marine Boat Hire,

Early Booking 10% Discount

Early booking reduction of 10% if booked strictly before 31st January 2017 (not available with the Noble Emperor)

To book call (028) 6862 8100
Until 31 Jan 2017 | Subject to availability
From
£340.00
€452.20
Per unit

Serenity,

Winter offer

January / February special offer 1 week or more in superb 4 star accommodation. No hidden extras - Towels, Heating, Electricity, Wi-Fi and Sky TV all included. Welcome pack provided. Special offer for other lengths of stay contact the owner. 2 night offers £190 represents 16% discount. No Smoking, No Pets & No Parties.

To book call (028) 3884 2023
Until 3 Mar 2017 | Subject to availability

All offers subject to availability.
Terms & Conditions apply.

Giant Lego Trail at Castle Espie

Giant Lego Trail at Castle Espie

11 February - 02 April, Co Down

The giant LEGO brick trail is returning to Castle Espie Wetland Centre. Through this trail, the WWT is using the world's most popular toy to encourage kids (and big kids) to build a better future for nature.

Winter Wildlife Walk

Winter Wildlife Walk

11 February, Belfast

Join the friendly team at Belfast's Window on Wildlife (WOW) for a guided tour of this haven for nature, nestled in the bustling Harbour Estate.

The Arenacross Tour

The Arenacross Tour

27 January - 28 January, Belfast

Arenacross Tour is back for 2017 and once again the high-octane action will be returning to Belfast! The SSE Arena will host two rounds of the Tour so make your way to there on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 of January for two action packed...

Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

15 February - 16 February, Belfast

The much-loved Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang take center stage in an all-new family musical, Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, presented by Warner Bros.

Cirque Berserk

Cirque Berserk

28 February - 05 March, Belfast

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre.

The Winterland Express

The Winterland Express

27 December - 29 January, Belfast

The Winterland Express departs on extra dates!
 
The Winterland Express departs on selected dates from Tuesday 27 December 2016 - 29 January 2017.
 
Take a journey to the fairytale world of Winterland with a trip on the Winterland Express, ...

Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championships

Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championships

17 February - 19 February, Co Down

Make a big splash this February at Castle Espie by entering the Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championships.

NI Science Fest: Off the Rails Trail

NI Science Fest: Off the Rails Trail

25 February, Belfast

A family friendly trail, where you get to explore the Titanic Quarter (TQ) searching for clues to the area's shipbuilding and maritime heritage past all with a scientific twist.

Babies love MAC - Creative Toddlers

Babies love MAC - Creative Toddlers

29 January - 05 March, Belfast

Now your little one is up and walking, there'll be no stopping them!

Join this adventurous class as they explore new worlds of sound, dance, colour and fun.

Annie The Musical

Annie The Musical

19 January - 04 February, Co Londonderry

Annie, the world's best loved musical comes to the Riverside Theatre for sixteen thrilling performances. Ballywillan Drama Group celebrate their 65th anniversary in 2017 with a brand new version of the musical under the direction of Brian Logan.

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Outdoors

 

"A Night with the Stars" at Armagh Planetarium

Museums