There’s loads to see and do with the family in Belfast this January. From toddlers to teens, check out these things to do and make some magical New Year memories.


Top 10 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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Christmas Pantomimes

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a pantomime! Belfast’s venues have a cracking line-up of pantos for all the family – oh yes they do!

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W5 is a science and discovery centre, not a museum, so visitors of all ages are free to let their imagination turn, twist and fly through more than 250 hands-on permanent exhibits.

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Winter Skate

15 December - 4 January

Skate at the home of the Stena Line Belfast Giants in SSE Arena Belfast. Or enjoy a special Site Pass for ice skating, a visit to W5 and a Belfast Giants ice hockey game!

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Belfast Zoological Gardens
Belfast Zoological Gardens

Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoological Gardens is home to more than 140 species of animal including Asian elephants, Rothschild's giraffes, penguins, giant anteater and Visayan warty pigs.

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Dippy the Dinosaur

Dippy on Tour

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton, takes up a temporary home in Belfast's Ulster Museum.

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Titanic Belfast

 Visit the birthplace of Titanic. Titanic Belfast is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience, exploring the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way through the nine interactive galleries of theTitanic Experience.

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Dinosaur at Ulster Museum

Top Free Things To Do

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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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.

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Children's Events

Find top events for all the family in Belfast this January.

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Carousel ride

Giant Ice Slide & Carousel Rides

Until 6 January

Experience magical entertainment in Belfast City Centre including the Giant Ice Slide outside Belfast City Hall on Donegall Place.

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Family Meal at Fratelli

Family-friendly Restaurants

It’s the season to eat, drink and be merry! Belfast is full of family friendly restaurants, many with special Christmas menus and offers. Tuck into a whole range of cuisines in some of the city’s cosiest places to eat out.

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Family on Translink Metro Bus

Family Bus & Rail Offers

Travel with Translink during the festive period and save on bus and rail travel. The Metro and Glider Family Ticket is just £5 for 2 adults and 4 children. Or the Family & Friends Ticket, also for 2 adults and 4 children, can be used across the Northern Ireland bus and rail network for £18.

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