20 Best Things To Do In Belfast Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Belfast

Birthplace of the RMS Titanic and home to one of the best zoos in the UK, the capital of Northern Ireland is packed with great family days out. Let’s explore some of the top things to do in Belfast together.

Start the day at Titanic Belfast, which takes you through the Titanic story using special effects, dark rides and full reconstructions. Brace yourself as the iceberg hits and relive the sinking as the beast that was Titanic splits from underneath you.

 Try your hand at all things science at W5, home to over 250 fun and interactive exhibits over four exhibition areas to discover. There’s even a special area for the mini scientist under 5. No wonder W5 was voted the best educational day out in Northern Ireland at the 2019 Family Favourites Awards

If you love all things wild, a visit to Belfast Zoo is an absolute must. It’s one of the best zoos in the UK and a perfect day out for animal lovers of all ages. 

Want to get the kids outdoors? Check out Belfast Castle - there may not actually be a castle to explore, but their award-winning adventure playground is a firm family favourite. There young adventurers (3-14) can go looking for Napoleon’s Nose and climb, jump, swing and slide their way through any excess energy!

If the weather isn’t on your side, you’ll have a huge choice of rainy day activities too, from bouncy trampoline fun at We Are Vertigo  to jungle-themed soft play adventures at Roar and Explore and swimming at Shankill Leisure Centre.


There are lots more beautiful and exciting places to visit in Belfast but if you feel like travelling a little further, here are some of the best places to visit in Northern Ireland.

Find your perfect day out

People on Banana Boating at Waves Leisure Complex in Craigavon

Waves Leisure Complex

  • Craigavon
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

In the mood for a splash around? Grab your costumes, get the goggles out and head on down to Waves Leisure Complex for a day spent splashing around w...

People on inflatable course on lake at Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre in Lurgan

Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre

  • Lurgan
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre is a great facility that boasts Northern Ireland's only outdoor artificial ski slope, plus three golf courses, a floodl...

Butterfly at Gutterfly House and Seaforde Gardens in Downpatrick

Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens

  • Downpatrick
  • Indoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

The Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House features an awesome flight area with hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies alongside Ireland's oldest maze...

Sunset at Oxford Island in Craigavon

Oxford Island

  • Craigavon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Oxford Island can be found on the shores of Lough Neagh, and has a great variety of habitats to explore, such as wildlife ponds, open water, meadows,...

Families at Waterside Museum in Craigavon

Waterside Museum

  • Craigavon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Waterside Museum is dedicated to preserving the social and industrial history of the Craigavon area. It is free to visit, and set on Oxford Island Na...

Toddler soft play area at Scallywags in Lurgan

Scallywags

  • Lurgan
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Scallywags is the biggest, and in their customers' opinion, the best party and play centre in the Lurgan area, only 3 mins from Rushmere Shopping Cen...

Tannaghmore Animal Farm

  • Craigavon
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

The charming Tannaghmore Animal Farm offers close encounters with many animals and is suitable for a range of ages depending on which angle you take...

Train at Downpatrick and County Down Railway

Downpatrick and County Down Railway

  • Downpatrick
  • Indoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Downpatrick and County Down Railway is located in the beautifully scenic Downpatrick Marshes and offers the best views available of Downpatrick Cathe...

Maze garden at Carnfunnock Country Park in Larne

Carnfunnock Country Park

  • Larne
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Carnfunnock Country Park has something for everyone. If you can't explore all the 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, walking trails a...

Outside view of Castle Ward in Stangford

Castle Ward

  • Strangford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Castle Ward is a unique 18th century house with a Gothic tone set in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough. Within the 820 acre walled lan...

Role play farmers shop at Quality Time in Banbridge

Quality Time

  • Banbridge
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Quality Time the first play centres of its kind in Northern Ireland - a new theme takes over each month and with it come new costumes, decorations an...

Soft play slide at Fun Factory Ballymena

Fun Factory Ballymena

  • Ballymena
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Fun Factory has a large multi level climbing frame for adventurous 5 to 12 year olds comprises 3 slides - of the free fall, astra and spiral varietie...

Indoor soft play frame at Scallywags Banbridge

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  • Banbridge
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Scallywags, Banbridge is an indoor party and play centre where kids up to the age of 11 are free to roam. Parents can have some quiet time with free...

Go karts at Raceview Karting in Ballymena

Raceview Karting

  • Ballymena
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Raceview Karting has now been open for 13 years and even has an F1 simulator which is the only one in the UK that is available to the public. Boastin...

ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre

  • Ballymena
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The ECOS Centre was created amidst 150 acres of rich river flood plain to showcase environmental issues, which they do with an eye to it being aimed...

Apple sculptures at The Peoples Park in Ballymena

The Peoples Park

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Peoples Park is a great venue for free family fun, whatever the season, with a number of events to participate in and enjoy throughout the year....

Air hockey table at Peter Pans Neverland in Portadown

Peter Pans Neverland

  • Portadown
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Peter Pans Neverland provides a safe indoor environment for children to run, jump, climb and have fun; to stretch both their physical abilities and t...

Lemurs at C and Js Animal Park in Craigavon

C&J's Animal Park

  • Craigavon
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

C and Js Animal Park is a great place to take the kids to meet a wide variety of animals, from farm animals to reptiles, and aviary birds to arachnid...

A girl at The Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail, Ballymena

The Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

With just a sprinkle of fairy dust and a little imagination, watch as The Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail comes to life before your eyes. Everyone say it...

Clear day at Murlough National Nature Reserve in Dundrum

Murlough National Nature Reserve

  • Dundrum
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Murlough National Nature Reserve Fringing one of Northern Ireland's most popular beaches equally delightful for visiting, this bay is overlooked by t...

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