Rainy day fun in Northern Ireland

July 7, 2014

Posted by
Jane

Don’t let a bit of rain spoil your break in Northern Ireland, whatever the weather, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Check out some of our top suggestions for things to do on rainy days.

Armagh Planetarium

Why not see the stars this weekend at Armagh planetarium, visitors can use interactive displays to learn about the cosmos and watch the latest space news in real time. During your visit why not design, build and launch your own rocket? Sounds impossible? Thousands of visitors have enjoyed this exciting activity and made it one of our most popular attractions.

T-13 Skate Park

If you fancy some peace and quiet from the kids this weekend – off load the kids at T-13 Skate park  located in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. T-13 was used as a location in Rhianna’s No. 1 Hit ‘We Found Love’, the park boasts excellent facilities for learners & more experienced individuals. Whilst the kids are brushing up on their skating / BMX skills adults can take a trip upstairs to relax in The Lounge and enjoy a coffee or spot of lunch.

Belleek Pottery

Go west this weekend with a trip to one of Northern Ireland’s oldest & fascinating attractions. Belleek Pottery is world famous for it’s parian china – visitors to the centre in Fermanagh can take a full pottery tour learn all about the history of Belleek. Whilst your in the picturesque village – take a trip up to the Thatch a cosy Coffee shop located on the main st. for some sweet treats!

Titanic Belfast

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.

The Linen Green

How about a bit of retail therapy?  The Linen Green in the historic linen village of Moygashel, boasts a number of internationally renowned Irish designers and is a great way to pass a rainy afternoon. After you’ve picked up a few bargains, treat yourself to a yummy lunch and coffee in one of the centre’s delightful cafes.

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

Even if it’s not raining, why not get soaked anyway? Check out Northern Ireland’s biggest indoor water sports centre, the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn, featuring a vast family pool and sunken pirate ship complete with water cannons and mast. Also cascading around the pool are a variety of the longest, fastest and most exciting water rides to be found anywhere in Ireland.

Exploris Aquarium

Enjoy the wonders of Exploris, Northern Ireland’s public Aquarium and seal sanctuary

Discovery pool demonstrations, run by experienced guides, at regular intervals throughout each day give you the opportunity to interact with a variety of living marine animals. The Aquarium presents the wonders of the Irish Sea through an enjoyable and interactive experience.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts.

Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars.

The Old Bushmills Distillery

Blow off the cob webs this weekend with a drive up the North Coast & a trip to Ireland’s oldest working distillery. Watch whiskey making take place at the Old Bushmills Distillery and enjoy a wee taster too as you unlock the secrets of 400 years of distilling at the home of Irish whiskey.

Ulster Museum

From dinosaurs to an Egyptian Mummy, a trip to the Ulster Museum in Belfast can be a great way to introduce your family to the world of science, nature, history and art.  Think of this as learning, but in a unique and fun environment.

This is something that all the family will enjoy – your children will enjoy the many great exhibits on display, and parents, well you’ll all learn something new.

Riverwatch Centre

Riverwatch Aquarium and Visitor Centre is a great tourist attraction located just outside Derry-Londonderry City Centre and with Free Admission it’s a must do for families and visitors. Watch the fish swim about the tanks and learn about our local wildlife. We have lobster, crabs, starfish. coalfish, blenney’s and lots of other marine and freshwater fish and shellfish.

W5 Interactive Discovery Centre

W5 is an Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the centre has over 160 amazing interactive exhibits which are housed in five action packed exhibition areas – WOW, START, GO, SEE & DO.

Attractions including a lie detector, laser harp, building bridges, a giant racetrack, robot building plus lots more. W5 offers an everchanging programme of special events, shows and temporary exhibitions.  A fantastic place to entertain children of all ages rain or shine!

Climb It!

Something new, unique and really rather spectacular has just arrived at W5 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
‘Climb It’ is an unusual mixture of physical fun, exploration and art and 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!

The first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, Climb It is created from oval platforms suspended from steel pipes and cables allowing visitors to traverse over, under and through the amazing structure.


With so much to explore in Northern Ireland, why not turn a great day out into a short break away from it all. Check out our fantastic special offers here: discovernorthernireland.com/offers/

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