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Things To Do & Days Out in Ulster
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Belfast Zoo Have fun at the zoo where you'll see more than 1200 animals plus a play park and a kids' farm. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Northern Ireland.
Botanic Gardens and Palm House includes a children's playground, giant bird feeders, rockery, rose garden and sculptures. Make sure you visit the Palm House with its mini jungle of exotic plants and birds of paradise!
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens Experience the beauty of free flying tropical butterflies or challenge your sense of direction in Ireland's oldest maze! Or simply relax and enjoy the fine collection of trees and plants in the gardens while the smaller ones enjoy!
Riverwatch Aquarium Discover the wildlife thar live in the surrounding local habits, with aquariums representing each one, including rockpools and freshwater environments. You will see eels, lobsters, rays, starfish and more! Free actitivity packs for kids and free to visit!
Streamvale Farm A family run dairy farm situated on the edge of Belfast, with play area, extra animals and beautiful views over the city and its surrounding hills.
Clementsmount Fun Farm With a children's farm full of domestic friendlies, miniature train and pony rides, pedal go karts, indoor adventure play, sand diggers, trampoline and a crazy golf course too!
Ark Open Farm is home to over 200 different animals,including some rare and endangered species, plus indoor and outdoor play areas, scenic farm walks and an awesome new Creepy Crawly Loft feature!
Tannaghmore Animal Farm Rare and traditional breeds to visit, plus barn museum with craft demonstrations, nice nature walks and a playground. Plus it's free to visit so a great option for the little one's first farmyard foray to see if they like it!
Annaginny Farm Park Come and see their animals close up: llamas, alpacas, wallabies, black swans, doves, mice and aquariums. Have a BBQ inside or out and then a bounce on the bouncy castle.
Watertop Farm is a family farm in the Glens of Antrim. Family activities include Pony Trekking, Boating, Pedal Karts, Quad Train, Paddi wagon. Plus camp and caravan site, sheep racing, shearing demos, Assault Course, Tea Room and scenic walks and new indoor play area are also available!
Sperrin Fun Farm With indoor and outdoor play, loads of beasties to visit with big and small, feathered and furry, plus quad train, farm walks, aviary and Heritage Viewing Gallery. A lovely day out for smalls!
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum The outdoor Folk Museum and indoor galleries tell the story of life in early 20th century Ulster; plus The Transport Museum displays Ireland's largest and most comprehensive transport collection! An all day-er!
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre shows visitors the major challenges facing our planet in a fun and dynamic way! Interactive displays teach how global problems are being tackled and what we can do to help. Plus play parks, ecosquiz, toy tractors and great nature trails!
Armagh Planetarium Offers interactive displays and galleries, a state-of-the-art Digital Theatre and outdoor exhibits in the landscaped grounds. Great idea if you're looking for family days out in Ulster!
whowhatwherewhenwhy has 25 interactive elements in 4 differing discovery zones with highlights including den building, build and race a little car, use a lie detector, see optical illusions and make your own film or weather report! Bonkers!
W5 With over 250 fun and amazing interactive science exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages and a special area for under 5s.
Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces, from Ireland to the South Pacific. The museum offers something for everyone, from the simply curious to the enthusiast. Free to visit.
The Inniskillings Museum Discover the story of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards through the displays full of interactives, movies, quizzes and more. Your ticket will get you into Fermanagh County Museum too!
Fermanagh County Museum Discover the history of Fermanagh and of Enniskillen Castle through displays full of interactives, movies, quizzes and more. Your ticket will get you into The Inniskillings Museum. Several free admission days held throughout the year.
Tower Museum Discover the fascinating history of one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Ireland, from monastic times to present day. All exhibitons use displays and interactive techniques to present the story of Derry. See a shipwrecked Armada ship too!
Waterside Museum Discover the historical heritage of the Craigvon area through a variety of interesting objects. You can also see a barge that was built in 1900! Set in a Natural Nature Reserve. Free to visit.
Tropicana Splash out at Tropicana, Newcastle's outdoor heated leisure pool with a giant flume water slide. There are paddling pools just for toddlers and an outdoor sea water rock pool too.
Waterworld Splash around at this indoor leisure centre with water playground, 6 slides, two 80m waterslides, water cannons and two spa pools. Plus tenpin bowling when you want to dry off.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex The Leisure Pool has the longest, fastest and most definitely wettest water flumes around, including: The Space Bowl; The Falling Rapids; Rubber Tyre Ride; Drag Racer; Master Blaster; Spa Pools; Sunken Pirate Galleon; Bubble Loungers; Dancing Water Fountain, and now featuring Aqualand interactive water play...
Shankill Leisure Centre Swimming pool with wavemaker machine plus corkscrew slide and children's pool with mushroom umbrella and dolphin slide.
Waves Leisure Complex In addition to standard swim facilities, offers a learner pool with water features especially popular with small children.
Bangor Aurora Flagsip aquatic and leisure complex in the heart of Bangor, with 3 swimming pools, and leisure waters with flumes, inflatable fun, and Northern Ireland’s only ‘Sidewinder’ slide! Extensive gym facilities, plus loads of different sports to take part in.
Bundoran Waterworld Indoor but seasonal facility, offering a wealth of kiddie features plus plenty of thrill slides for the big kids (including you!).
Fun House Let the kids loose in this well equipped indoor adventure play centre with something for toddlers through to your fun loving 12 year olds! Plus new laser tag on the same site!
Fun Works Play Centre A massive 5 floors of adventure play structure each featuring even more crazy activities than the last! They've also got some epic slides, ball cannons and a great zone for the smaller kids with regular Funworks Toddler Club too. Yay!
Alley Cats Indoor Play Centre One of largest Indoor Play/Party Centres: three level 5+ frame: corkscrew slide, mega-super slide, lookout tower, cargo bridge and more. Two level under 5’s frame: boggle-ball, ball-shower, carwash and more. Private birthday party alleys. Sit back and watch the children have fun and exercise. Cafe,...
Peter Pans Neverland Features include a separate adventure play frame for the older children, a 60sq metre sports court, a 4 metre freefall drop slide, king-size trampoline and Ireland's first automated disco room!
Indiana Land Become Indiana Jones for a day and go wild in this awesome jungle inspired indoor playground. Available to toddlers and children under 12 years old and 5ft in height, Indiana Land offers 3 levels of fun play equipment for the bravest explorer.
Jumping Jacks features a toddler area with mini football court, kart track area and slides; and a large adventure frame for the older children including a drop slide, rope bridge, 4 lane Astra Slide and sports area.
Playzone Outer space themed multi storey play area with slides, flumes, a climbing wall and much, much more: you will have a funtastic time!
Snakes n Ladders boasts the largest play frame in Northern Ireland, mini 6 a side football pitch and mini go karts. Suitable activities for babies up to 11 years old in a secure monitored area.
Cheeky Chimps Clean, modern, spacious multi level adventure soft play packed with classic fun features to entertain and exhaust, in full sight of the parents' area.
Fun Factory Large and small adventure play frames with age appropriate thrills including ball blast, vortex slides and pedal tracks.
Happy Town A fully themed play centre featuring huge play frames, the UK's first roller slide, Kids' Gym, Niteclub and Role Play areas like the Happy Town shop, Library, Fire Station and loads more!
Grove Wellbeing Centre Friendly zoo themed soft play area offers fun for children aged one to 11. Full of clean, bright tunnels, slides, ball pit, climbing nets, rollers and a magic ball juggler! There is also a toddler’s splash pool. Birthday party package available.
Lunarland Amusement Park Space themed adventure soft play with ride ons and toddler area, plus arcade for middle kids and proper gaming equipment for big ones.
Dinos Den at Comber Leisure Slides, ball juggler, roller squeeze, biffbash forest and log ramp. Suitable for toddlers to 10 year olds. Set within a leisure centre offering plenty of sporting opportunities.
Gullivers Soft Play The ultimate play experience in Armagh with 3 fantastic storeys of exciting Soft Play with lots of new features to entertain children up to primary school age.
Aladdins Kingdom Play Centre is a children’s adventure playground and party world which includes a spiral slide, swings, aerial gliders, rope bridges and a cool haunted house!
Kidz Ahoy at Roe Valley LC Multi level adventure play zone with modern and classic fun features, plus a dedicated toddler zone, all with a pleasingly nautical theme with skull n crossbones and treasure chests aplenty! Yarr!
Scallywags is a new indoor 3 tier soft play area with a larger than normal toddler area and offers a range of party packages for all budgets. A healthy eating cafe, Johnsons coffee, free wifi and Mullins ice cream makes it perfect for adults too. Midweek offers available.
Treasure Island Exciting pirated themed indoor 3 level play area for kids up to 12 years. Includes ball pool and ball cannon, spiral slide, soft play area, and a treasure hunt. Yar! They do parties too.
Marble Arch Caves is one of Europe's finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
Belfast Castle Visitors Centre Offering an award winning adventure playground for 3 to 14s with loads of fun features and structures, plus go looking for Napoleon's Nose in the surrounding Cave Hill Country Park. No actual castle access.
Carrickfergus Castle one of Ireland's finest and most impressive Medieval castles with a rich history of military actions, sited on the shore of Belfast Lough. Audio visual exhibitions and other displays await you full of fascinating facts!
Giants Causeway and Visitors Centre A World Heritage site and National Nature Reserve maintained by the National Trust. The Visitors' Centre is a good starting point where you can learn about the origins of the Causeway: the mythology, the science and the nature.
Palace Stables Heritage Centre Explore the lovingly restored 18th Century Stables of the Palace Demesne; interrogate costumed tour guides, visit a Victorian schoolroom and walk in the Garden of the Senses. A lovely day out with youngsters!
Florence Court is one of Ulster's most significant 18th century houses and offers specific Children's Tours with Victorian Toys, Stories and more to discover! Surrounded by parkland, gardens and woodland too, with breathtaking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains.
Castle Ward The kids can immerse themselves in the Victorian Past with period dress up and toys! There's also a farmyard to visit and 2 adventure play areas with toy tractors in the barn!
Ulster American Folk Park Immerse yourself in the emigrant trail: board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, meet an array of costumed characters and see vast collections of relevant antiques.
Glenarm Castle Features one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens and a wealth of immaculately landscaped themed counterparts including water features, herb garden, yew circle and much more. Very limited castle opening.
Titanic Belfast Extends over 9 galleries which include special effects, dark rides, life sized reconstructions, new Ocean Exploration zone and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story. Some elements may be distressing to young children.
The Wildlife and Heritage Centre A re-habilitation facility educating people to care for their environment, providing rehabilitation and release for injured or stressed Wildlife. Plus farming exhibits and over 300 taxidermist mounted specimens. Booking required.
St Columbs Cathedral Visit one of Londonderry’s most historic buildings, full of information about famous people, plus a number of interesting artefacts. Recently renovated, and stunning to look at. Small museum inside. Open daily and free to visit.
Cockle Row Cottages Historic site with atmospheric buildings offering tours and insights into the life of ye olde fisherman, with the added bonus of some free family entertainment laid on every weekend from April to August from craft workshops to live music and shows!
The Argory Unchanged since 1900 the house is a charming visit with a quirky history and has kids' quiz and interactive elements. Outside you've got the adventure playground, blackberry picking, Ranger Adventure days and award winning tea rooms. Nice!
Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre Offering lessons and open sessions in dry slope skiing and snowboarding, with tubing also available for over 5s. Golf range and putting green also on site.
Dundonald International Ice Rink offers loads of public sessions plus lessons for all and Ice Tots class for the smalls. Kids can also use Penguin Skate Aids and hit the DJ led sessions! Also on site: indoor play, bowling and seasonal events!
The Wigwam Roller Rink Get your skates on at The Wigwam Roller Rink, the only roller skating rink in Northern Ireland. Roller skating is suitable for all ages and abilities which makes it a great family activity.
The Rink A super modern multi sports rink ideal for a non frosty ice skate! A variety of session types and additional padding hire are available, so everyone of every level is welcome and catered for!
Clip n Climb Dundonald is a uniquely themed indoor climbing arena with 24 different attractions. It is suitable for all abilities from beginners to professional climbers and is designed to challenge the mind as well as provide a healthy work out.
Belfast Activity Centre Climbing, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, vertical challenge, orienteering, team games and high ropes course including surprise features like a trapeze!
AWOL Adventure Activities A truly ENORMOUS range of options including wet and dry, indoor and outdoor, from the whimsical like treasure hunts and crazy golf, to the intently purposeful like archery, abseiling and laser tag!
East Coast Adventure Water activities from Banana Boating, Pier Jumping, Jet Ski Rides and Canoeing to Yacht Trips and Power Boat Trips. Official Bike Hire and Up Lift Service providers to the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails.
Creggan Country Park A centre providing angling, outdoor pursuits, and watersports, with something for all ages. Activiites include Canoe Fun Sessions, canoe and kayak lessons for under 16s , plus the Aqua Station!
The Jungle Amazing selection: kids' high ropes, archery, Gruffalo Trail, Zorbing, Rocket Building (a real one!) (yes, really!), Segway and mountain biking! Well worth checking out the Kids' Adventure Packages!
The Ozone and Indoor Tennis Centre Bruiseless shoot em up fun in Laser Zone, climbing wall with easy routes, tennis courts and classes for all ages.
SkyTrek is a high ropes activity centre based in the heart of the Belfast Hills. SKYTrek caters for everyone from 5 years and up with a high and low ropes course, 30ft multi-level rockface climbing wall, ultimate power fan descender and Ireland’s first 90m zip lines!
Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre A huge range of wet and dry, indoor and outdoor pursuits, plus workshops, programmes, camps and courses, all well worth looking into for the active family.
Kinnego Marina Visit the largest marina on Lough Neagh, offering a variety of water based fun, including boat trips. There is also man made pond that is full of wildlife to enjoy, including dragonflies and waterfowl.
We are Vertigo Welcome to Northern Irelands premier Trampoline Park, Ski and Adventure Centre and Spa. Join the Adventure Today!
Foylehov Activities For small ones: foot golf, laser clay pigeon shooting, laser tag and Junior Archery! Over 13s can drive hovercrafts at 40mph, plus Powerturn Buggies for the over 15s. Awesome!
Brunswick Movie Bowl Your kids can't fail to find something to do at this entertainment complex: cinema, bowling, pool tables, video games and indoor play park!
Dundonald International Bowling A centre for all the family to enjoy, Dundonald International Ice Bowl has skating, bowling, an indoor adventure area for children as well as a new adventure golf course. Great idea if you're after things to do with kids in Ulster.
Glengormley Sports Bowl 16 lanes of top class Tenpin bowling provided by Brunswick, the Rolls Royce of bowling equipment. Kids' bowling balls and ramps are available on request. Also on site kids' quads, karts and an indoor play area!
Odyssey Bowl Classic family friendly tenpin bowling with gutter guards and bowling ramps to give the kids a chance. Also do glow bowling for an extra edge!
Speedway Indoor Karting A friendly and supportive indoor racing track with 270cc Honda powered Karts and mini motos race experiences for racers over 4ft8in. Groups can access bonus activities like the supreme Grand Prix race!
Eddie Irvine Sports Karting School for 8 years plus, and laser combat for the same (but for groups). Indoor circuit 300m long.
Nutts Corner Circuit Enjoy Speeds of up to 50mph on Northern Ireland's only European Standard Kart Racing Circuit. There is no age limit, only a height restriction of 150cm. Try Arrive and Drive, Time Attack or group racing!
Superdrive Karting Home to some of the fastest, most exciting outdoor karting and rally tracks in NI, with 160cc and 270cc karts for kids over 13 years.
Campsie Karting Centre Indoor karting in professional adult and kiddie karts. Their exciting circuit has been professionally designed to incorporate a number of fast straights, technical corners, and a chicane that if you get it right can save you up to 2 seconds per lap!
Raceview Karting is a centre available for anyone from the age of 9 and upwards. Various races on indoor and outdoor go karting tracks. A private party room is also available in the “Monaco” room which overlooks the circuits. Cafe facilities.
The Belfast Mystery Treasure Trail There’s no better way for you and the kids to explore Belfast than with this mystery themed self guided Treasure Trail. Can you find the answers to the clues based around the Trail route to eliminate the suspects to solve whodunit?
Drumawhey Junction Have fun taking a ride on this 71/4" gauge railway ride with electric, petrol and steam engines on offer! You'll whoosh over bridges and through a tunnel with interesting gradients elsewhere too. An inspiring example of community effort!
Portrush Sea Tours Is a popular attraction offering sightseeing experiences by RIB. You will have the opportunity to see the local wildlife: birds, seals, porpoise and, if you're very lucky, dolphins and whales. This will most definitely be a trip to remember and an added bonus: children under 5 go free!
Downpatrick and County Down Railway Enjoy unparalleled trackside views and get close up to the restoration work and sit in a vintage carriage, plus kids can drive a model train and enjoy the railway themed play area! Plus special Halloween Trains and Santa Service too.
Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre With indoor and outdoor play areas as well as birds to visit, educational trails, outdoor climbing wall, bird observatory and visitor centre with pond dipping kits, this is a fantastically rounded park experience ideal for families.
Carnfunnock Country Park Colourful gardens and walking trails, a fun packed family fun zone, a large activity centre and golf activities to name a few.
Wallace Park Now boasting the region's flagship Adventure Playground as part of it's refurb, huge with loads of state of the art equipment; plus Soccer Pavilion and floodlit Tennis Courts!
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park Featuring international camellia trials, a walled garden, a Japanese style garden with water features and a great children's playground with orienteering and eco trails too!
Stormont Park Pleasing public green space with adventure playground and varying length way marked nature trails, plus picnic spots and BBQ facilities. You can also visit the Parliament Buildings further up the estate!
Cave Hill Playground Suitable for children aged 3 to 14 and includes loads of classic play equipment plus for older children, there's a spectacular space net and aerial runway. Plus archaeological sites, Cave Hill Visitor Centre, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes!
Victoria Park Home to a range of photogenic water birds such as swans, geese, ducks and herons. Plus play park, soccer pitches, traditional bowling green, cycling and BMX track too!
Loughgall Country Park Featuring children's playground and Junior Adventure Trail plus trim trails, EcoTrails, cycle routes, fishing, golf, tennis and basketball. Oh, and a park!
Murlough National Nature Reserve At the edge of a popular beach the dunes are splendid for exploring and wildlife spotting. Self guided trails available, activity pack etc downloadable in advance.
Drum Manor Forest Park Great for a family hike, picnic or ramble; take binoculars and camera, good views and some natural wildlife spotting opportunities.
Peatlands Park The park is rich in insects, particularly butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies and many woodland and wetland birds and various species of nest here. Badgers and hares are also present, while lizards and newts can be found in the open bog areas.
Roe Valley Country Park Offers spectacular riverside views and woodland walks along with opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering
Castle Archdale Country Park Hiking, biking and nature trails, plus a wildflower garden, butterfly garden and local deer. The Archdale Centre offers significant local historical exhibits and interpretive displays.
Glenariff Forest Park A forest park covering over 1,000 hectares, half of which is full of trees, the other a mix of small lakes, open spaces, and waterfalls. Several trails to follow, including the Waterfall Walkway. Free to visit.
Oxford Island A National Nature Reserve with a number of habitats to explore and plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Trails to follow, plus a marina full of activities, and a museum to visit.
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre A good starting point for a family visit to Oxford Island Nature Reserve, with lots of information available from leaflefts and knowledgeable staff. Great views of the island and over Lough Neagh. Free to visit.
The Peoples Park A great park that is free to visit and has a well equipped play area, a bowling green, picnic areas and tennis courts. A number of events held during summer. Also has a Teddy Toddler Walk, ideal for young kids.
Tyrella Beach The award winning beach offers a car free zone, off beach parking, safe bathing, dog free area, amenities, walks and tourist information. RNLI Lifeguards patrol the beach daily during July and August too: yay!
Ballycastle Beach Sandy beach with spectacular views, good for sandcastles, shallow swimming and taking boat trips for bird watching and diving down to the shipwrecks around the island.
Portrush Whiterocks Beach 2013 Blue Flag Awarded sandy beach with summer lifeguard cover. Take a boat trip into the amazingly structured caves visible from the beach, or visit nearby Dunluce Castle.
Downhill Beach Blue Flag Awarded sandy beach, plus wildlife nature walks against the backdrop of cascading waterfalls, towering sand dunes, and the prominent Mussenden Temple! Cool!
Portstewart Strand Blue Flag award winning 2 mile sandy stretch is great for sand castling and activities such as surfing, swimming and scenic walks. Plus the dunes are a haven for wild flowers and butterflies.
Aunt Sandras Candy Factory Take a visit to this candy shop that looks just as it did when it opened in 1953 and tour the factory with an excitable guide to see candy being handmade!
Pickie Family Fun Park Already a top family destination with adventure playground, go karts, railway and paddling pool, plus recent new and exciting additions include a splash pad, children’s electric cars and an 18 hole nautical themed mini golf course. Awesome!
Tayto Factory Tour Take a Tour round the Tayto Factory and see how your favourite snacks and treats are made, plus meet Mr Tayto the life sized mascot himself!
Newcastle Centre features Pedalo Swans, Go-Karts, Bowls, Tennis Courts, Pitch and Putt plus Crazy Golf! There are also an indoor baby sensory room and outdoor adventure play park available.
Barrys Amusements 6 rides for younger kids and another 8 for older types, including splash ending roller coaster, ghost train, mini and maxi dodgems and the frankly terrifying Looping Star roller coaster!
Johnny Rockos Fermanagh’s premier indoor play centre and party venue. Soft play areas, TenPin Bowling, Kiddy Go Karts and an American themed diner ensures hours of fun for all ages no matter what the weather is like.
Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre Kids' equestrian adventures, from lessons and livery to family hacks and pony parlour, plus kids' groups and saddle club.
Arena 7 Featuring the titular high tech laser tag arena, Wayne's World Kids' Adventure Zone, pedal karts with kiddie tracks, pool tables, football pitch and arcade! Loads for all age ranges!
Space Quest Awesome laser tag venue with 4000 sq ft of play space including glow in the dark features, fog and sound effects plus a choice of battle scenarios to suit you! Plus indoor play zone and tenpin bowling!
Laser Space A futuristic man hunt with harmless laser guns, with a cool atmospheric play arena and special effects! Great for over 7s, plus black light mini golf on site too!
Laser Zone is a multi level space age labyrinth full of hidden corners and elevated attack areas for you to stalk your opponents through, armed with your trusty laser cannon!
Pirates Adventure Golf Two dastardly pirate golf courses played in the shadow of their ghostly fully rigged pirate schooner complete with firing cannons! Great effects.
Gravitee Golf Ireland's first Black Light Mini Golf course puts your putting to the test in semi darkness with super glowing neon features! Great for brave kids, plus laser tag on site too!