48 hours of family fun

February 14, 2013

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It’s great to get a trip away with family, everyone gets excited in a new place! Swing by a zoo on a hill, have a Titanic experience, make an escape to the epic North Coast and venture onto the Giant’s Causeway. You could enjoy more big family adventures as there are hotel deals starting from £49 per room.

Day 1 – Titanic Fun in Belfast

Titanic Town

Begin in the big city with a trip to the unmissable Titanic Belfast. Your little darlings will love playing in the interactive galleries, peering at the wreck on the ocean floor and marvelling at the full-scale reconstructions. The Titanic Experience takes visitors on a journey through no fewer than 9 galleries  from the late 19th century, right up to the present day. Visit late 1800’s Belfast, meet the men who worked on Titanic and experience what life on board was truly like from the joy of  boarding to the devastation at saying goodbye to loved ones. The visitor experience will take you to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean – the final resting place for what was in 1912 – the largest  moving object ever created by man. The centre is home to bars, restaurants, gift & souvenir shops & has already welcomed over half a million visitors so far this year!

Belfast Zoo

After a morning of huge history, a trip to Belfast Zoo will be the icing on the cake. There’s all kinds of animals, so take the time to have a good look around. Don’t miss the anteater, spider monkeys, lions and red kangaroos.

And for something completely different

Visit recently re-opened Crumlin Road Gaol. The Gaol Tour comprises of a qualified guide exploring the prison with your allocated group. The tour will cover all aspects of the Gaol from the tunnel linking the courthouse on the other side of the Crumlin Road to the Hanging Cell, the Historic Holding Cells, Governors Office, Centre Circle, C-Wing, Hospital and Graveyard. Family admission £22

Check into a great family-friendly hotels. La Mon Hotel & Country Club is just one on the outskirts of Belfast and comes with family suites, a swimming pool and family mealtimes. You can get some relaxation while the children enjoy kids menus, movies, games and cookies and milk before bedtime!


Day 2 – North Coast


Land of Giants

No family trip in NI would be complete without a visit to the Giant’s Causeway. This is an unforgettable place of myths, legends and mind boggling vistas so take time to explore it. The fantastic new Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre is kitted out with all kinds of kid-friendly wonders, from giant animations to fantastic audio guides. Explore the centre and then head outside to take in the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk on the famous stones and gaze out at the sea views. Afterwards, cross the amazing Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge – if you dare! With stories, legends and sky-high adventures this is a day your kids won’t forget.


De Tour

Why not take the scenic route and stop off at Carnfunnock Country Park just outside Larne. Carnfunnock Country Park covers 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, walking trails and spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel. The walled garden with its unique sundials and wooden sculptures is open all year round along with a maritime themed outdoor adventure playground, golf driving range and academy, way-marked walks, orienteering course, geocaching, wildlife garden, public toilets and picnic sites.


There’s no need to worry about having the kids cooped up in the car all day as journey times from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway only take 1hr & 40 minutes. You can find more family inspiration for the Mid term break here: discovernorthernireland.com/Family-Fun


Make a break of it

Northern Ireland has some super family friendly hotels, with large rooms, children’s dining options and even organised activities with kids clubs running at different times throughout the year. Check out our top family hotel picks: Roe Park Resort Limavady, La Mon Hotel and Country Club or Killyhevlin Hotel and Spa with many offers starting from £49*per room.


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