See some of our top recommendations for family fun in Belfast from free things to do, to urban adventures and family friendly restaurants to make the most of school holidays this spring.

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Top Family Attractions

There are plenty of entertaining attractions for the young (and the young at heart) around Belfast including W5, Ulster Museum and Belfast Zoo.

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Aslan at CS Lewis Square

Top Free Things to do in Belfast

Looking for places to visit on your trip to Belfast that don't cost a fortune? You're in luck as Belfast has a great range of free attractions, activities and galleries.

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Exploris Aquarium

Family Fun Beyond Belfast

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.

 

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Family Meal at Fratelli

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, perfect for a half-term treat!

 

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Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre

10 Things to do Within Half an Hour of Belfast

Access both countryside and sea shore within a short drive from Belfast. Find exciting attractions, historic houses and amazing scenery in Lisburn, Castlereagh, Ards and North Down.

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Castle Ward

Road Trips in Northern Ireland

Jump into your car and discover hidden gems, geological wonders of the world, secluded bays and real-life fantasy locations, just a short drive from Belfas this half-term. 

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Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast

Top 10 Visitor Attractions

Discover something new this half term from the birthplace of the Titanic to our iconic City Hall, you'll find a cornucopia of historic landmarks and world-class visitor attractions in Belfast.

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Children's Events

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    The Giant Lego Brick Trail

    gps_fixed 16.91KM
    02-31 Mar

    Enjoy the 14 individually designed Lego brick characters, some up to 12 times life size!

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    Tim Peake Spacecraft and VR Experience

    gps_fixed 10.37KM
    26 Feb-12 May

    Tim Peake’s Spacecraft, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, is touring the UK and will land at the Ulster Transport Museum on...

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    Spring into Rowallane this Easter

    gps_fixed 16.6KM
    13-28 Apr

    After a cold winter now is the perfect time to get outdoors, reconnect with nature and see the garden bursting into life over Spring and Eas...

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  • Steam Trains Ireland
    Steam Trains Ireland
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    Easter Eggspress Steam Train

    gps_fixed 0.86KM
    20-22 Apr

    All aboard the Easter Steam Eggspress to Whitehead.

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    LEGO Big Build

    gps_fixed 1.23KM
    13-28 Apr

    Calling all budding builders! Are you ready to unleash your creativity? This Easter join W5 for their brick-tastic LEGO® Big Build event!

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    The Greatest Show For Families

    gps_fixed 1.29KM
    Sat, 20 Apr

    ‘Roll up’ and see songs from the hit musical, amongst other hit shows, brought to life by a talented troop of singers, dancers and aerialist...

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    Pre Match V.I.P. Experience with Pat McGibbon

    gps_fixed 2.27KM
    Sun, 24 Mar

    What better way to warm up for the latest Northern Ireland home match against Belarus than at a Pre Match VIP Experience with former Norther...

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    Marvel Universe LIVE!

    gps_fixed 1.29KM
    08-10 Nov

    Marvel Universe LIVE! returns with an all-new, epic live-action arena experience!

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    WWE Live

    gps_fixed 1.29KM
    Wed, 08 May

    WWE Live returns to Belfast this May!

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  • Event

    Sing to me with Kyle Riley

    gps_fixed 15.22KM
    Sat, 06 Apr

    Join Kyle Riley at Ards Arts Centre for this fun, engaging family concert. With some traditional children’s music and a couple of tunes for...

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    Balmoral Show

    gps_fixed 16.21KM
    15-18 May

    Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank is Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, promising a fun-filled day out for all the fami...

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    Run Rampage Weekender

    gps_fixed 50.05KM
    27-28 Apr

    Head off to the Jungle where you can run RAMPAGE across one of Ireland’s coolest obstacle adventure races.

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    The Lord Mayor’s Day

    gps_fixed 0.01KM
    Sat, 13 Apr

    Join Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, as she hosts a free family fun day to celebrate both her year in office and our amazin...

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  • Event

    Mini Moon

    gps_fixed 0.55KM
    02 Feb-21 Dec

    A sensory disco for ages 0-7 with any kind of disability supported by Children in Need.

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  • Jungle NI
    Jungle NI
    Event

    Easter Egg Hunt

    gps_fixed 50.05KM
    20-23 Apr

    Join the Jungle NI Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday in a daring quest against time. You will be given a number of clues and puzzles and mu...

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  • Ark Open Farm
    Ark Open Farm
    Event

    Easter Extravaganza The Ark Open Farm

    gps_fixed 16.28KM
    19-23 Apr

    Take part in their brand new for 2019 bunny trail and enjoy all the fun in the new fairy tale forest full of nursery rhyme themed scenes.

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  • Event

    Milkshake Live!

    gps_fixed 18.72KM
    Sat, 20 Apr

    Children’s favourites Fireman Sam, Noddy and Milkshake Monkey will be singing and dancing their way to Bangor, the only Northern Ireland loc...

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  • Event

    Baby Daddy

    gps_fixed 0.55KM
    Sun, 23 Jun

    Baby Daddy is a show for babies aged 6-18 months with an all-male cast. It features 3 male performers, each playing a live instrument, and t...

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  • Event

    Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

    gps_fixed 2.47KM
    25-27 May

    The magnificent masts of Tall Ships return to Belfast’s quaysides, signalling the start of one of the city’s most popular family events, the...

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  • Event

    Arts Night At The Museum

    gps_fixed 18.23KM
    Fri, 29 Mar

    Every nook and cranny of this historic North Down Museum building will be filled with Arts activity to experience, participate in or observe...

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  • Event

    The Wonderful World Of Disney On Ice

    gps_fixed 1.29KM
    03-05 May

    Audiences will relive the magic and memories of their favorite Disney animated films when The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice skates into B...

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  • Event

    Dubshed 2019

    gps_fixed 16.89KM
    06-07 Apr

    Northern Ireland’s largest car show,where nearly 700 cars and 10,000 attendees will descend on Eikon Exhibition Centre on the 6 and 7 April...

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  • Event

    ‘My Tribute’ Celebrity Football Match

    gps_fixed 2.19KM
    Sun, 14 Apr

    A star-studded line up is coming to The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Sunday 14 April.

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  • Event

    Bubble Show: Milkshake And The Bubble Flower

    gps_fixed 0.81KM
    22-23 Apr

    Milkshake’s bubble flower cannot survive a cold winter without bubbles so she must get help from Dr Bubble – and quick! Smoke bubbles, giant...

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Family Friendly Attractions

  • Exploris Aquarium

    gps_fixed 34.51KM

    Located in Portaferry on the shores of Strangford Lough, you can enjoy a diver's view of marine life from around the world.

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  • Titanic Belfast
    Titanic Belfast

    Titanic Belfast

    gps_fixed 1.92KM

    Titanic Belfast is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and a must-see on any visit to Belfast and Northern Ireland.

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  • Ark Open Farm

    gps_fixed 16.28KM

    If you enjoy the great outdoors and lots of interaction with animals of all kinds, then the Ark Farm is just the place for you. Young and ol...

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  • Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory
    Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

    Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

    gps_fixed 2.24KM

    Take a trip back in time at Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory and watch old-time candy making at its best.

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  • Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

    gps_fixed 10.37KM

    Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you experience life from over 100 years ago.

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  • Giant's Causeway
    Giant's Causeway

    Giant's Causeway

    gps_fixed 80.38KM

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant's Causeway is a magnificent, mysterious geological formation on the North East coast of County Antri...

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  • Jordanstown Loughshore Park

    gps_fixed 9.86KM

    Located in Newtownabbey on the shores of Belfast Lough, enjoy panoramic views from Belfast to Bangor at the first stop along the stunning Ca...

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  • Mount Stewart

    gps_fixed 22.35KM

    Mount Stewart is one of the most inspiring gardens in the National Trust's ownership and the neoclassical house oozes opulence.

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  • Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
    Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre

    Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre

    gps_fixed 16.91KM

    Castle Espie's tranquil setting offers the best views of Strangford Lough, County Down and is home to Ireland's largest collection of native...

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  • Cave Hill Country Park
    Cave Hill Country Park

    Cave Hill Country Park

    gps_fixed 5.18KM

    Visitors to Cave Hill Country Park can enjoy panoramic views across Belfast from vantage points on the hillside.

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  • Castle Ward

    gps_fixed 34.03KM

    See the gothic and classical collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th century mansion resting on a rolling hillside.

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  • CS Lewis Square
    CS Lewis Square

    CS Lewis Square

    gps_fixed 2.54KM

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

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  • Cockle Row Cottages
    Cockle Row Cottages

    Cockle Row Cottages

    gps_fixed 22.19KM

    Only 10 minutes from Bangor, these old fisherman's cottages now house a heritage display, visitor information and weekend family events.

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  • Drumglass Park
    Drumglass Park

    Drumglass Park

    gps_fixed 2.94KM

    Drumglass Park is located between the Lisburn and Malone Roads in south Belfast. It is popular with families and young children.

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  • Argory
    Argory

    Argory

    gps_fixed 49.95KM

    This handsome Irish gentry house is surrounded by its 130-hectare (320-acre) wooded riverside estate.

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  • Antrim Lough Shore Park

    gps_fixed 24.18KM

    Situated on the shores of Lough Neagh, Antrim Lough Shore Park is an area of natural beauty with many attractions and activities to enjoy.

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  • Botanic Gardens
    Botanic Gardens

    Botanic Gardens

    gps_fixed 1.64KM

    Botanic Gardens is an important part of Belfast's Victorian heritage and a popular meeting place for residents, students and tourists.

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  • SS Nomadic

    gps_fixed 1.63KM

    RMS Titanic's tender ship and the last remaining White Star Line vessel has been restored to her original glory.

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  • Belfast Zoological Gardens
    Belfast Zoological Gardens

    Belfast Zoological Gardens

    gps_fixed 6.39KM

    Belfast Zoological Gardens is home to more than 140 species of animal, many of which are in danger in their natural habitat.

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  • Millisle Beach Park

    gps_fixed 26.49KM

    Millisle Beach Park is a rural beach off the Ballywalter Road on the Ards Peninsula.

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  • Belfast Castle Estate & Cave Hill Visitor Centre
    Belfast Castle Estate & Cave Hill Visitor Centre

    Belfast Castle Estate & Cave Hill Visitor Centre

    gps_fixed 5.17KM

    Belfast Castle is located in the Cave Hill area of north Belfast. It was built in the 1860s and is one of the city's most famous landmarks.

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  • Ulster American Folk Park
    Ulster American Folk Park

    Ulster American Folk Park

    gps_fixed 91.97KM

    Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life.

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  • Ballymenoch Park

    gps_fixed 8.9KM

    A beautiful park perfect for families, located only a short distance from Holywood.

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  • Streamvale Open Farm

    gps_fixed 7.58KM

    A family run petting and dairy farm with outdoor and indoor activities for all ages and an on-site cafe with homemade ice cream.

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  • Ballyholme Beach and Park
    Ballyholme Beach and Park

    Ballyholme Beach and Park

    gps_fixed 20.28KM

    Paddle in the surf along the mile long beach, a long time favourite for families to take a dip and build sand castles.

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