Free things to do in Northern Ireland

January 19, 2016

Posted by
Jane

You don’t have to break the bank to have a great day out in Northern Ireland. We have lots of free activities, magnificent places to visit and some inspiring ideas for weekend fun. Here’s a list of just some of the top free attractions & places to visit!

 

The Great Outdoors

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

Explore the scenic walking trails of Lough Neagh and find out all about the area and its wildlife in the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.

 

Cole’s Monument

Enjoy an afternoon in Forthill Park & climb the historic Coles Monument. A series of 180 spiral steps lead to a viewing platform with magnificent views of Enniskillen and the surrounding area.

Scrabo Tower

Visit Scrabo Tower overlooking the beautiful Strangford Lough in Co. Down. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent views and explore the scenic walks and surrounding countryside.

Peatlands Park

Discover the woodland wonders of Peatlands Park close to the shores of Lough Neagh. Amongst the attractions in the park are an outdoor turbary site where visitors can get the feel (and the smell!) of cutting turf, as well as over 10 miles of paths through the many and varied habitats within the park.

Roe Valley Country Park

The scenic and tranquil Roe Valley Country Park on the outskirts of Limavady offers spectacular riverside views and woodland walks along with opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

A 10km drive around the slopes of Slieve Gullion offers visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Whilst you’re there take a walk around the magical walled garden!

Art & Culture

Alley Gallery Strabane

The Alley Gallery is now home to some of the most prestigious exhibitions touring the UK and Northern Ireland. The Gallery is FREE to attend, with exhibitions normally lasting between 4-6 weeks.

Ulster Museum

The Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and free to all visitors.  From ancient relics to hands on activities, the museum offers something for everyone, from the simply curious to the enthusiast.

Historic Places

Beaghmore Stone Circles

Delve into our historic landmarks – a visit to Beaghmore Stone Circles in Co Tyrone is a must for history enthusiasts! Discovered during peat cutting in the 1940s the site at Beaghmore consists of 7 stone circles.

The Walled City

A walk around the historic walls of Derry-Londonderry reveals a splendid city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene – the perfect way to explore the city.

Headhunters Rail Museum

A trip to Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum in Co. Fermanagh is like taking a remarkable journey into the past bringing the golden age of the railway vividly to life. Why not combine your visit with a unique opportunity to have your hair professionally styled in the most nostalgic surroundings.

North Down Museum

Uncover the story of the North Down area from the Bronze Age to the present day through a series of rooms, each dedicated to a particular era of history.

City Sights

The MAC Gallery

The MAC, a world-class venue in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is home to all kinds of exhibitions, blockbuster performances, experimental works and endless goings-on. The MAC is somewhere with something for all ages and interests. With free entry to all the galleries, it’s easy to while away an afternoon in this stunning space.

The Craft Village – Derry-Londonderry

Dickensian in appearance and delightful in it’s layout, The Craft Village is a hidden gem in the city. Visitors can browse through many local crafts in a unique setting.

Make a Break Of It

With so many attractions to explore why not make a night of it in Northern Ireland. We’ve got some great value accommodation breaks. Visit discovernorthernireland.com to find out more.

 Photo: Armagh City Hotel

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