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.
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.
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.
Get lost during a rainy day in Belfast! Go to Prison Island where there are 25 different prison-themed challenge cells, using a mix of physical and tactical skills where a live scoring system will let you know how you are doing against your challengers!
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.
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.
Visit Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex, leisure waters with flumes and sidewinder slide and three swimming pools.
If you’d rather catch a wave, then check out Andersonstown Indoor Aqua Park, where you can test your skills on the surf simulator, or for even more thrills try Ireland’s first vertical drop water slide.
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.
Whitehead Railway Museum
This fascinating gallery museum allows you to rub shoulders with the giants of the steam engine age. You can step on the footplate of an engine, get on board several historic carriages and locomotives from the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s collection and watch as restoration work takes place. Visitors with a valid rail or bus ticket will receive 20% off their ticket price. The scenic coastal line to Whitehead NIR is just a 10 minute walk from the Museum.
Located in Portaferry on the shores of Strangford Lough, you can enjoy a diver’s view of marine life from around the world. Explore the colourful coral reefs of the Tropical Ocean and see if you can find ‘Nemo’ and ‘Dory’ before entering the smugglers cove where sharks circle above you!
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.
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!
North Down Museum
North Down Museum is located in the picturesque grounds of Castle Park in the centre of Bangor. This free attraction is popular with all ages. The displays reflect the pivotal role nearby Bangor Abbey held in early Christian Ireland and throughout Europe. Discover how the monks met their fate at the hands of the Vikings and visit the full-sized Monk’s Cell and Viking Long-house.
Belfast City Centre is full of shops and shopping centres you can duck into during a downpour. CastleCourt is the ultimate shopping experience with all your favourite shops under one roof right in the heart of Belfast, with over 80 great stores and 15 great food places. Victoria Square boasts fantastic shops split over four levels with covered streets and topped by an iconic dome, with panoramic views across the city, the river Lagan. Between Friday and Sunday call into St George’s Market, the UKs best indoor market, filled with fresh food, local merchandise and mouth watering food.
The Cathedral Church of St Anne’s is over a century old, consecrated in 1904. With an imposing façade and Romanesque architecture, you can’t help but notice the Spire of Hope, added in 2006. Enjoy the audio guide which takes you on an intimate, 40 minute tour of Belfast’s magnificent cathedral. Point by point you’ll find out how the Cathedral’s story is intertwined with that of its home city, discover its rich historic artefacts, and be introduced to the people who helped to shape this sacred place. You’ll find hidden gems from the unique craftsmanship and architecture to the stained glass and stonework.