Free Things to Do in Northern Ireland

January 4, 2017

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You don’t have to break the bank to have a great family 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 things to do and places to visit.

Free Things to Do in Northern Ireland

Ulster Museum, Belfast

The Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and is free to all visitors. See an Egyptian mummy or get up close with dinosaurs!

Free things to do Belfast

Sandcastles on the Beach

Northern Ireland is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, so why not get out and explore them! Most are free to visit including the Blue Flag Whiterocks in Portrush, Co. Antrim.

Causeway Coast Beaches

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

Experience the great outdoors and explore the scenic woodland, walking trails of Lough Neagh. Find out all about the area and its wildlife in the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre at Oxford Island, Co. Armagh.

Free Things to Do in Northern Ireland

The Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry

Take a visit to the Walled City and explore one of the most iconic buildings – The Guildhall. Fashioned in a neo-gothic style, the building is home to the Council’s Chamber and Mayor’s Parlour.

The Guildhall Things to do Derry Londonderry

Hill Of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre

Awash with medieval history, it’s thought two castles used to stand on the Hill of the O’Neill, Co. Tyrone. Take a trip to the top of the glass tower where you can see across seven of the nine counties that make up the province of Ulster.

Things to do Tyrone

C.S Lewis Square, Belfast

Step through the wardrobe and into a world of magic with the new C.S Lewis Square in East Belfast. Dedicated to the Narnia writer, the space is home to seven infamous characters from the children’s books including the magnificent lion, Aslan.

Narnia Northern Ireland

The Peace Maze & Animal Wood, Co. Down

The Peace Maze at Castlewellan Forest Park is a large, permenant hedge maze guaranteed to provide hours of family fun. Beside the maze you’ll find Animal Wood, a brand new play structure.

Peace Maze Castlewellan

(Image: Courtesy of Outdoor Recreation NI)

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.

Headhunters Barber Shop Railway Museum

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Home to an adventure play park and ‘The Giant’s Lair‘ fairy tale walk, the family will love Slieve Gullion Forest Park in Co. Armagh.

Ring of Gullion

Beaghmore Stone Circles

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

Make a break of it

With so many attractions to explore why not make a break of it with a family short break? Visit to find out more.



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