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Things To Do & Days Out near Downpatrick
Downpatrick and County Down Railway (1 miles)
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 Ward (6 miles)
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!
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens (6 miles)
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!
Tyrella Beach (6 miles)
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!
Murlough National Nature Reserve (8 miles)
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.
Tropicana (12 miles)
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.
Newcastle Centre (12 miles)
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.
Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre (13 miles)
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.
Dinos Den at Comber Leisure (15 miles)
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.
We are Vertigo (17 miles)
We are Vertigo Welcome to Northern Irelands premier Trampoline Park, Ski and Adventure Centre and Spa. Join the Adventure Today!
Happy Town (17 miles)
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!
Streamvale Farm (17 miles)
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.
Jumping Jacks (18 miles)
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.
Clip n Climb Dundonald (18 miles)
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.
Indiana Land (18 miles)
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.
Dundonald International Ice Rink (18 miles)
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!
Dundonald International Bowling (18 miles)
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.
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park (18 miles)
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!
Pirates Adventure Golf (18 miles)
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.
Belfast Activity Centre (18 miles)
Belfast Activity Centre Climbing, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, vertical challenge, orienteering, team games and high ropes course including surprise features like a trapeze!
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex (18 miles)
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...
Wallace Park (18 miles)
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!
Stormont Park (19 miles)
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!
Ark Open Farm (19 miles)
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!
Botanic Gardens and Palm House (19 miles)
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!
Aunt Sandras Candy Factory (19 miles)
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!
Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens (19 miles)
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 Ozone and Indoor Tennis Centre (19 miles)
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.
Laser Zone (19 miles)
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!
Victoria Park (19 miles)
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!
The Belfast Mystery Treasure Trail (20 miles)
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?
SkyTrek (20 miles)
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!
Odyssey Bowl (20 miles)
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!
W5 (20 miles)
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.
Titanic Belfast (20 miles)
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.
Shankill Leisure Centre (21 miles)
Shankill Leisure Centre Swimming pool with wavemaker machine plus corkscrew slide and children's pool with mushroom umbrella and dolphin slide.
Eddie Irvine Sports (21 miles)
Eddie Irvine Sports Karting School for 8 years plus, and laser combat for the same (but for groups). Indoor circuit 300m long.
Grove Wellbeing Centre (21 miles)
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.
Snakes n Ladders (21 miles)
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.
The Wigwam Roller Rink (22 miles)
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.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (22 miles)
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!
Bangor Aurora (22 miles)
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.
Drumawhey Junction (22 miles)
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!
Pickie Family Fun Park (22 miles)
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!
Cave Hill Playground (23 miles)
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!
Belfast Castle Visitors Centre (23 miles)
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.
Cockle Row Cottages (24 miles)
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!
Belfast Zoo (24 miles)
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.
Playzone (24 miles)
Playzone Outer space themed multi storey play area with slides, flumes, a climbing wall and much, much more: you will have a funtastic time!
Glengormley Sports Bowl (25 miles)
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!