Don’t wait for the dreaded “I’m bored”. Check out our ultimate guide to summer holidays in Belfast and start planning your family daytrips, weekends and summer getaways. Belfast is full of fun activities for your little thrill seekers, intrepid explorers, and aspiring Attenboroughs come rain or shine.

Family Friendly Outdoor Activities

Take a walk on the wildside at Belfast Zoo, or get up close and personal with cute critters at Ark Open Farm. For adrenaline fueled, energy burning adventures try the Alpine Coaster at Colin Glen Forest Park or make a splash at Let’s Go Hydro, Ireland’s largest aqua park.

Feeling Adventurous

Belfast and beyond has all the right ingredients for an exciting day out this Summer. Enjoy city tours, water sports, family activities and more.

  • Belfast Zoological Gardens
    Belfast Zoological Gardens

    Belfast Zoological Gardens

    6.46 KM

    Belfast Zoological Gardens is home to more than 120 species of animal, many of which are in danger…

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  • Let's Go Hydro
    Let's Go Hydro

    Let's Go Hydro

    8.93 KM

    Let’s Go Hydro is Ireland’s largest aqua park and alternative accommodation resort. A beautiful and brilliantly designed resort…

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  • Colin Glen
    Colin Glen

    Colin Glen

    10.05 KM

    Go Black Bull Runnin’ and 'Flyover' the Belfast Hills at Colin Glen. From Alpine coasteering to laser tag,…

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  • Lagan Adventures – Belfast Hydrobikes
    Lagan Adventures – Belfast Hydrobikes
    Outdoor attractions

    Lagan Adventures – Belfast Hydrobikes

    1.01 KM

    Explore Belfast’s River Lagan with the Hydrobikes At Lagan Adventures where you will be taking cycling off the…

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Go on a Tour this Summer

Explore Belfast and Northern Ireland with a sightseeing tour led by an experienced local guide. Choose from walking, bus, boat, bike and taxi tours, as well as themed tours on Titanic, Game of Thrones, Giant’s Causeway, and food and drink.

Kabosh Belfast Bred Tour (3)

Quirky & Unique Tours

Discover Belfast in a unique way. Hop into a taxi and get transported back in time, head on a food tour and taste local cuisine, see what nature offers in foraging tours or experience augmented reality tours. Enjoy the fun and wacky ways you can learn about our history and culture.

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Derry Girls Tour

Discover the sites you’ve seen in Derry Girls by hopping into your very own private taxi on a 2-hour tour, driven by a local expert driver-guide?! On tour, you will get to explore many filming locations featured in the world of Erin, her friends, and her family.

Enjoy Sunny Family Walks

Get out in the fresh air and enjoy a relaxing walk with the family in Belfast, and beyond this summer. Stroll through some of Belfast’s famous parks and gardens or head out further afield, enjoy the wildlife and take in some breathtaking views.

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Family Things To Do Indoors

Don’t let bad weather stop you from having a fantastic time in Belfast! See our top suggestions for rainy day activities and attractions for all the family.

Exploris Aquarium

Family Fun - Belfast Plus

Discover family fun attractions in Lisburn and Castlereagh and Ards and North Down, just minutes from Belfast. See our top suggestions for a fun-filled day out.

Family Friendly Events & Festivals

Make new memories with your loved ones. Discover the top family fun events and festivals happening in Belfast and beyond. From live entertainment, family days out, sports, arts & more.

Where to Eat

For a city the size of Belfast the choice of places to eat is surprising. You will be sure to find a place to eat or lunch or dinner this summer with the whole family.

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Family Friendly Restaurants in Belfast

Discover the top family friendly restaurants in Belfast. Casual dining and delicious menus will make the kids feel right at home.

Back to Belfast Family Little Wing

Restaurants Open on Monday & Tuesday

During the summer any day of the week can be a great excuse to eat out, especially on a Monday or Tuesday. Find out what restaurants and cafés are open on Monday and Tuesday in Belfast! Coffee, lunch, brunch or dinner, find a place right for you.

Getting Here

There is a network of transport options to choose from when visiting Belfast.

Translink Goldliner bus

By Bus

Leave the car at home, relax and travel with Translink, Northern Ireland’s main provider of public passenger transport.

Translink is Northern Ireland’s public transport provider. Metro and Glider services operates in the Belfast area, with Ulsterbus and Goldline bus services connecting the rest of Northern Ireland.


Translink Enterprise Train

By Rail

Within Northern Ireland: Translink operates Northern Ireland Railways which connects Belfast to various cities and towns in Northern Ireland. Within Belfast, the main train stations are Great Victoria Street Station and Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station).

From Dublin: The Enterprise Train service connects Dublin and Belfast. It is jointly operated by Translink and Irish Rail.

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