Free things to do in Northern Ireland

January 3, 2014

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 & some inspiring ideas for weekend fun. So if you’re planning a break in Northern Ireland – don’t worry you can fill your days with lots of free fun things to do! Here’s a list of some of our top free attractions & places to visit!

 

The Great Outdoors

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

Explore the scenic walking trails of Lough Neagh & find out out all about the area & wild life 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 one of our most well known landmarks – Scrabo Tower overlooks the beautiful Strangford Lough in Co. Down, Visitors can enjoy the magnificent views & explore the scenic walks & 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 a miniature railway and an outdoor turbary site where visitors can get the feel (and the smell!) of cutting turf.

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!

Grey Abbey

Spend an afternoon in the grounds of the Cistercian Abbey church in Co. Down which was founded in 1193. Visitors are free to explore the historical ruins & lawns & can even enjoy a picnic.

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

Visit Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and free to all visitors.  From Ireland to the South Pacific, ancient relics to hands on activities, the museum offers something for everyone from the simply curious to the enthusiast.

Void Art Gallery

Visit one of the key art spaces in Derry~Londonderry – well worth a visit!

Historic Places

Beaghmore Stone Circles

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

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.

Ballymoney Museum

Explore 9,000 years of history at Ballymoney Museum. On display are rare finds from the Bronze and Medieval periods as well as exhibits associated with the political history of the region.

Garden Paradise

Botanic Gardens

Explore our Victorian heritage at the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Belfast. Amongst the gardens you’ll find the Palm House, the Tropical Ravine, as well as a children’s playground, a bowling green, walking routes, a rose garden and assorted tropical plants, mature trees and flower beds.

Glenarm Walled Garden

Visit one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens in the stunning Glenarm Estate on the north Coast. Open from May until the end of September the garden is filled with exciting flowers and specimen plants to interest the keenest garden enthusiast.

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.

Oh Yeah Music Centre

For music a fans a visit to the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast is a must! View the permanent music exhibition in the centre or simply chill out in the cafe & soak up the music vibes!

The Walled City

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


With so many attractions to explore why not make a night of it in Northern Ireland – we’ve got some great value accomodation breaks starting at £45. Find out more here: discovernorthernireland.com/offers

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