A top, free attraction in Belfast, the Ulster Museum captures the imaginations of old and young visitors alike. Temporary exhibitions include Art of the Troubles and Posters of the First World War, Costumes Parisien as well as all of the usual collection of natural science and human history. Don’t miss Takabuti, the Theban mummy.
The Titanic Experience spans 9 galleries telling the story of the Titanic through interactive special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative features. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.
Ulster Transport Museum
Immerse yourself in majestic locomotives, horse-drawn carriages, vintage motorbikes and cars, along with exhibits of historical materials, including photographs of the Titanic. You can easily reach the museum via NI Railways on the Belfast to Bangor line, getting off at Cultra Halt which is a 2 minute walk to the museum.
Go bowling with friends or family, the ideal activity for a rainy day. Try your hand at Xtreme Bowling at Dundonald International Ice Bowl, with glow balls and ultra violet lights for the extreme bowling experience.
Don’t let bad weather spoil your plans, head to Northern Ireland’s first TrackMan Driving Range at Colin Glen – complete with a state-of-the-art Indoor Suite, 15 heated outdoor bays, 27” touchscreens and elite golf simulation software. TrackMan is also jam-packed with family-friendly interactive golf games for beginner and seasoned golfers alike, so bring the kids along and enjoy a different day out this bank holiday!
W5 is Belfast’s award-winning science and discovery centre and provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. With exhibits and experiences covering everything from climate change and nature to film and TV production, optical illusions, built engineering, medical science and much, much more.
Dundonald International Icebowl
Get your skates on at Dundonald International Ice Bowl with public sessions 7 days a week. Northern Ireland’s only public Olympic sized ice rink, Dundonald is the training ground for the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey team. There is a 30 lane tenpin bowling centre with glow in the dark extreme sessions and Indiana Land, a wild, jungle inspired playground for under 12s.
Do you find yourself backflipping out of bed or scaling your drainpipe whilst brushing your teeth? You need to go to We Are Vertigo. Vertigo Titanic Park is Ireland’s only indoor skydiving centre and Ninja Master Course – both located in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
Check out We Are Vertigo , home to the world’s largest Inflata-Park, indoor ski slopes and an alpine themed adventure centre at Newtownbreda.
This indoor family-run 21-hole golf course + a BONUS HOLE has been designed with only the golfer in mind. Golfers of all ages and sizes, regardless of talent, should feel like they can bring out their inner child and get that rivalry to an all-new high! This is the perfect boredom cure for a rainy day.
Enjoy an adrenaline filled afternoon at Game Locker as you test your skills against friends and family. Play all the major gaming titles on a console of your choice, whether you prefer XBOX, PlayStation, driving simulators, VR or the Nintendo Switch, Game Locker has something for everyone! Game Locker even has a unique Virtual Reality platform to transport you into immersive experiences.
Lost City Adventure Golf
Enjoy an epic adventure at The Lost City Adventure Golf – food, drinks and indoor fun for all ages. Open seven days a week from 10am, including Sundays, experience two indoor 18-hole jungle themed adventure golf courses, complete with incredible special effects and interactive obstacles. A great activity for the whole family on a rainy day!
High Rise Indoor Adventure Centre
High Rise is an adventure centre in Lisburn with lots of activities for all the family. Clip ‘n Climb is for kids aged 4+ (and adults!) and soft play is for little adventurers up to age 8. The centre has been designed to be inclusive and accessible to allow the whole family to enjoy outings together, and includes a Changing Places accessible toilet. Located just 10 minutes from Belfast and just off the M1 at Sprucefield, High Rise should be top of the list for anyone planning a family day out in Northern Ireland.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
Stay out of the rain and go swimming instead! Based in the heart of Lisburn City, the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex boasts the largest leisure pool in Northern Ireland. Dominating the vast free form family fun pool area is a great sunken pirate ship complete with water cannons and mast.
Andersonstown Indoor Aqua Park
Andersonstown Indoor Aqua Park is the largest centre of its kind in Northern Ireland, offering three high speed water slides, a surf simulator and children’s adventure aqua play area.
Family Friendly Restaurants in Belfast
With special menus and activities for little ones, have a look at some of our suggestions for child-friendly restaurants in Belfast.