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

Boy on go kart at Superdrive Karting in Armagh

Superdrive Karting

  • Armagh
  • Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

According to popular vote Superdrive Karting is home to some of the fastest, most exciting outdoor karting and rally tracks in Northern Ireland! Your...

Ice skate arena at The Rink in Portadown

The Rink

  • Portadown
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

The Rink features an awesome super modern multi sports surface used not just for ice skating but also gymnastics, plus ball and roller sports! So it'...

Clear day at Tyrella Beach in Downpatrick

Tyrella Beach

  • Downpatrick
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Tyrella Beach and conservation area is a small, enclosed dune complex within scenic Dundrum Bay, perfect for a simple beach day with the family. It i...

Aerial view of Glenarm Castle

Glenarm Castle

  • Glenarm
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Glenarm Castle features one of Ireland's oldest walled gardens and a wealth of immaculately landscaped themed counterparts including water features,...

View on Tayto Factory Tour in Tandragee

Tayto Castle Factory

  • Tandragee
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Don’t be a couch potato, but instead visit some real potatoes. Take your bite-sized kids (5+) to the Tayto Factory Tour, and see how crisps get so go...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

Glenarm Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a small harbour beach in Northern Ireland to take the kids to? We’ve got you covered - head down to Glenarm beach, you may get lucky and...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

Newcastle Beach

  • Newcastle
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to the ever popular Newcastle beach in Northern Ireland, and discover this sandy and pebbled beach - t’is a great spot for families looking...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

Carnlough Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Carnlough Beach in Northern Ireland, a popular sandy and pebbled beach with a nice harbour.  Don’t forget to bring along your beach esse...

Outdoor swimming pool at Tropicana in Newcastle

The Tropicana

  • Newcastle
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Is your child not quite ready for the sea, but you want to introduce them to the water? Check out Tropicana: A pair of heated shallow pools looking o...

Newcastle Centre

  • Newcastle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

The Newcastle Centre is a powerhouse of family fun with so many activities and sports on offer you’re spoilt for choice! Get set for a busy day start...

Kids on logs at Peatlands Park in Dungannon

Peatlands Park

  • Dungannon
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Peatlands Park was specifically established to raise awareness of peatland habitat issues so it's a great stop for secret schooling as well as for a...

Kids on low rope bridge at Loughgall Country Park

Loughgall Country Park

  • Loughgall
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The exciting adventure play area and Junior Adventure Trail are styled like a mini assault course with swinging steps, Burma Bridge and Tram Tracks (...

Laser room at Space Quest in Newry

Space Quest

  • Newry
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Fancy the thrill of your life? Set a course for Space Quest! This super modern combination of hide and seek and laser rifles is an epic war game with...

Outside view of The Argory in Dungannon

The Argory

  • Dungannon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Argory is an atmospheric Irish gentry house surrounded by its 130 hectare (320 acre) wooded riverside estate. A tour of this Neo-classical master...

Kids on climbing walls at The Jungle Magherafelt

The Jungle Magherafelt

  • Magherafelt
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

There'sso much asThe Jungle! For children over 1 metre tall, the Mowgli (Kids) Tree Top Adventure Course is an obstacle course 25ft above the ground,...

Kids running on a sandy beach

Waterfoot Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for a great family day out at the beach, head to Waterfoot beach in Northern Ireland, with a shore that stretches out for 1km, ther...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Cushendall Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

At Cushendall beach in Northern Ireland, you’ll find a picturesque sandy and shingle beach that’s perfect for little explorers, plus there’s some spe...

Astronomy exhibition at Armagh Planetarium

Armagh Planetarium

  • Armagh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Armagh Planetarium, the whole family can use interactive displays to learn about the cosmos and watch the latest space news in real time. Activiti...

Aerial view of Annaginny Farm Park in Dungannon

Annaginny Farm Park

  • Dungannon
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Annaginny Farm Park is a lovely family ran business, with an exciting range of animals! Come visit the giant Emu’s and say g’day to the Wallabies! Th...

Gullivers Soft Play

  • Armagh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Gullivers Soft Play is for tots and toddlers and children of primary school age (A height restriction of 134 cm applies). The ultimate play experienc...

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