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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. 

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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?


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 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.


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.

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.

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Footsteps in the Forest - Lúnasa Festival

Footsteps in the Forest - Lúnasa Festival

26 August - 27 August, Co Armagh

It’s High Summer at Slieve Gullion, and the mythical creatures who live within our Forest are coming together for their annual meeting. Step in, and step outside the world as you know it.


Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival

24 September - 25 September, Co Down

A three-day festival, sponsored by Finnebrogue Artisan, in honour of Sir Hans Sloane, inventor of milk chocolate, held in his home town of Killyleagh, County Down.

Guided Walking Tours of Armagh City

Guided Walking Tours of Armagh City

15 June - 27 August, Armagh

You’ll walk through Armagh’s rich history as you hear stories and anecdotes about the area, learn about the City’s renowned Georgian architecture and stroll along the distinct cobbled streets as you unearth some of the City’s hidden gems.

Belfast Mela Festival

Belfast Mela Festival

27 August - 28 August, Belfast

There will be more than a taste of the exotic in store this summer as Northern Ireland's biggest celebration of cultural diversity prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary in colourfully eclectic style.

Belfast Mela will bring a wonderful ...

Air Waves Portrush 2016

Air Waves Portrush 2016

03 September - 04 September, Co Antrim

Ireland's biggest airshow with lots of entertainment for all ages.

Portaferry Fun Days

Portaferry Fun Days

02 July - 27 August, Co Down

Don't miss the free family fun day at Portaferry Visitor Information Centre, every week there will be something different for everyone to enjoy.

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Sailor Puppets: Family Drop in Craft Activity

20 August - 29 August, Belfast

Take inspiration from the surrounding sailor style and create your very own Sailor Puppet. This free activity, using recycled materials, will take place on board HMS Caroline (standard entrance fees apply).


Steam Jazz Train

05 June - 02 September, Belfast

Get out the glad rags, dust off the straw boater - it's Jazz time! Join our restored 1960s steam train at Belfast Central Station.

Family Multiculture Day

Family Multiculture Day

29 August, Co Tyrone

Mexican Dancing Workshop, Columbian piñata workshop, Polish Puppets workshops, Wonder Wagon, Releasing Rhythms Drum Circle, Multicultural Storytelling, Ethnic Crafts for sale.

Outdoor Explorers

Outdoor Explorers

26 August - 27 August, Co Down

This two day bush craft event is perfect for families looking for their first wildlife adventures. Our Rangers will show you how to safely build shelters, light camp fires, explore countryside and track some of our most mysterious animals.

August Lazy Sundays

07 August - 28 August, Co Tyrone

Come and join us every Sunday in August for laid back tunes and relaxation. Chill in the Courtyard
while the kids are entertained and feast on our summer BBQ.

13.00 – 16.00
Normal Admission Members Free


Gruffalo Hunt

25 June - 27 August, Belfast

Join us for a Gruffalo Hunt at Colin Glen Forest Park this Summer! Enjoy a story telling session of the best selling Children’s Book before meandering through the forest on a guided forest walk from our energetic staff.

Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

23 July - 04 September, Co Down

Free weekly family entertainment in historic Cockle Row Cottages, located at the pretty Groomsport Harbour.

Family Entertainment at Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

Family Entertainment at Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

23 July - 27 August, Co Down

Free entertainment for kids to enjoy every Saturday this summer from 14:00 - 16:00

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Family Attractions

Archery with dad in Northern Ireland



"A Night with the Stars" at Armagh Planetarium