Making plans for the midterm break?
How about a fun filled break in Northern Ireland!
This Autumn is packed with fun days out, spooky festivals, outdoor adventures and more! Check out our guide to short breaks and great days out for all the family this Autumn.
Spooky, dazzling, jaw-dropping and brilliant… it must be Derry~Londonderry this Autumn – your perfect getaway for a mid-term break and some unforgettable family memories.
Get ready for the ten-day Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival, Europe’s biggest and spookiest Hallowe’en carnival taking place on 31st.
Derry-Londonderry is a fantastic city to walk around with many of the top attractions only minutes from each other.
Explore the historic city walls, stroll across the Peace Bridge, to explore Ebrington Square and discover the famous warm welcome for yourself!
Kids will love the Tower Museum and Riverwatch Aquarium and you’ll love that it’s easy to get there and great value to stay so, get booking!
Explore the Causeway Coast
This 120-mile driving route (with nine scenic loops) running along the coast between Northern Ireland’s two main cities was voted 5th in the world’s top scenic views (Jacobs Creek, 2006) and when you drive it, you’ll see why.
There’s plenty of great stopping points along the way that will keep the whole family entertained, first stop is The Giant’s Causeway, an unforgettable place of myths, legends and mind boggling vistas so take time to explore it.
The fantastic Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre is kitted out with all kinds of kid-friendly wonders, from giant animations to fantastic audio guides, why not explore the centre and then head outside to take in the beauty of Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site.
After your adventure and walking in the footsteps of the Causeway’s famous giant, Finn MacCool, jump in the car and head down the road to the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Here you can take the thrilling rope bridge challenge and cross over to Carrick Island, which offers stunning views of the North Antrim Coastline.
With stories, legends and sky-high adventures this is a day your kids won’t forget.
Belfast City Breaks
Begin in the big city with a trip to the unmissable Titanic Belfast.
Kids 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.
If you’re planning on visiting Belfast and the fabulous Titanic Belfast this half term, be sure to check out the Into the Deep Marine Festival from 25 October – 2 November.
The festival will focus on some of the largest and most exciting sea creatures that can be found on our doorstep and will host an exhibitions of life size inflatable marine life, marine survival demonstrations and talks from marine experts.
You’ll also be able to partake in your own science experiments, marine themed arts & crafts and experience an interact marine touch tank.
For something a bit different, visit the famous Crumlin Road Gaol.
With a qualified guide, you will get to tour the museum and uncover all aspects of the Gaol from the tunnel linking to the courthouse on the other side of the road to the Hanging Cell, the Historic Holding Cells, Governors Office, Centre Circle, C-Wing, Hospital and Graveyard.
No family visit to Belfast is complete without a trip to Belfast Zoo, which is home to over 1,000 animals & 150 species.
Highlights include a giraffe & elephant enclosure, rain forest house & bird park. The zoo also offers picnic & play areas, gardens & souvenir shop.
The zoo is a perfect family day out & one of our best loved attractions with picnic & play areas, gardens and a souvenir shop.
Stop off at W5, Belfast’s popular science and discovery centre.
Promising a full day of fun and exploration with nearly 200 interactive exhibits in four dynamic areas – START, GO, SEE and DO – there is lots to see and do.
Whilst at the Odyssey Arena, why not let the kids have a go on ‘Climb It‘.
An unusual mixture of physical fun, exploration and art, Climb It, is a brand new exhibit soaring three stories high, where visitors can explore a custom designed climbing structure – which is a cross between a maze and a jungle gym!
Next up is a visit to the Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, home to many engaging displays and hands-on activities – everything from Ireland to the South Pacific. There’s something to interest the whole family.
The Great Outdoors
With so many great outdoor attractions and activities available in Northern Ireland, go on an adventure this half term with the kids.
Situated on the banks of the breathtaking Strangford Lough, walk or cycle your way around the impressive grounds of Castle Ward Estate, where you’ll be able to discover sheltered woodlands, spot some local wildlife or alternatively go canoeing on the lake with Clearsky Adventure Centre.
If you have time stop off at the enchanting Tollymore forest, the perfect spot for a family walk!
For an adventure with a difference, take a trip to The Jungle NI where both you and the kids will be able to take in a tree top adventure course and partake in a range of activities such as archery, zorbing, segway-ing and much, much more all of which can be enjoyed by anyone over 4 years old.
Step back in time this midterm at the Ulster American Folk Park.
Immerse yourself in the world famous story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life.
Follow the emigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship leading to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.
Delve into the history of Enniskillen Castle in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, this historic castle hosts many family fun living history days throughout the year – which are perfect for any family day out.
Armagh Planetarium in Armagh City is also well worth a visit, with a range of shows suitable for all the family. Kids will also love exploring the nearby Astropark, a scale model of the universe where visitors can walk around the Solar System and into the Milky Way and beyond.
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, so why not make a break of it.
We’ve got lots of great value family offers for staying over starting from £52*per room.
For more family fun ideas check out our top 10 family attractions guide: discovernorthernireland.com/10-family-fun-attractions/