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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Family Attractions

Archery with dad in Northern Ireland

Outdoors

 

"A Night with the Stars" at Armagh Planetarium

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