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Morning Shopping Spree

Start the day with a shopping trip! Belfast is packed with family friendly brands where you can find clothing, homeware and gifts for all ages.

CastleCourt Exterior


CastleCourt is designed to be easy and fun for all the family. Park in a designated parent and child space and let the kids run wild in the play area on the ground floor, while you sip on a coffee from nearby Insomnia. Then go to Matalan for men’s, women’s and kids wear, and get footwear for little ones in Schuh Kids.

Explore Hawkin’s Bazaar, Bargain Books or The Entertainer for toys, books and games for the whole family, and visit Debenhams for gifts and homeware. Finish off with a snack from Auntie Anne’s or the American Candy Shop, or visit the food court. Sign up to CastleCourt’s Kids Club for exclusive news, events and offers.

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Victoria Square

Shop for the whole family in House of Fraser with all kinds of branded men’s, women’s and kids clothing across four floors. You’ll find everything you need for newborns in Mamas & Papas, teddy bear-making fun in Build-a-Bear and girls’ accessories in Claire’s.

Take a break from shopping to visit the Dome or sit down for a family movie screening in the Odeon (see family offers here). Enjoy kid-friendly dining in TGI Fridays, Frankie and Benny’s and Pizza Express, where you can also book Kids Pizza Making parties for special occasions. Keep up to date with family offers on Victoria Square’s website.

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Afternoon Activities

With plenty of attractions and parks in close proximity to the city centre, there’s time for a fun afternoon activity too.

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Botanic Gardens and Tropical Ravine

Stroll to the stunning Botanic Gardens to relax in the sun and enjoy a family walk. Visit the Palm House and Tropical Ravine to see rare plants, hanging displays and flowering vines.

Boy Examining a Dinosaur Skeleton at Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum is a treasure house of the past and present. Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces, all with free admission.



Wander to the Titanic Quarter for fun family activities like W5, Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre. New for this summer is the Land of Legends exhibition, a technological space where you can escape with wonderful, mythical creatures.

Odyssey Bowl

Odyssey Bowl

It’s game on at the Odyssey’s ten-pin bowling; a state-of-the-art 20-lane alley with pool tables, an arcade and a licensed bar serving hot food to your lane. Visit Wednesday to Saturday for glow in the dark bowling!

The Lost City Adventure Golf

Lost City Adventure Golf

Escape to the jungle at Lost City Adventure Golf, where players of all ages can test their crazy golf skills amidst simulated thunder and lightning storms, rainforest animals and moving walls! With two 18-hole courses and interactive obstacles along the way, expect an epic adventure for all the family.

Aslan at CS Lewis Square

CS Lewis Square

Rediscover The Chronicles of Narnia with a walk through CS Lewis Square, a public space commemorating the Belfast-born author, CS Lewis.

Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

See how chocolates, sweets and fudge are made, most of which can be sampled as it’s being produced. A viewing window into the small quaint factory allows visitors to enjoy tastes and smells of old-time candy making.


Vertigo Titanic Park

Do you find yourself backflipping out of bed? Desperately looking for walls to vault on your daily commute? It sounds like you might be a ninja warrior. Not for the faint hearted, try 110ft of athletically obstacle course.


Finish the day with a tasty meal together in one of Belfast’s many eateries.

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Family Friendly Restaurants

With special menus and activities for little ones, have a look at some of our suggestions for child-friendly restaurants in Belfast.

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