Belfast’s attractions have grown alot over the past few years. It’s lively and modern while still celebrating its history.
10 Things to Do with Kids in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
1. Titanic Experience – After 100 years Belfast has its own Titanic museum. You learn about Belfast’s industrial history and how it lead to shipbuilding. There are lots of interactive displays to keep young ones interested and the two hour experience sails by quickly.
2. Ulster Museum – The Ulster Museum has a little of everything from dinosaurs to a changing art museum, with special displays over the summer months. After your visit, have a picnic in the beautiful Botanic Gardens in which the museum sits.
3. Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour – For a whirlwind tour in the open air, join a hop-on-ho-off bus tour. Learn a little about Belfast and its history and enjoy the sights while leaving the driving to someone else.
4. Carrickfergus Castle – Just 15 miles away is this 12th century Norman castle. Do a self-guided tour in any season. During the summer there are often “living history” days. Just across the street is a huge Pirate-themed playground to let the kid burn some energy.
5. W5 – Belfast’s Science centre is a great way to get the kids learning with over 250 interactive exhibits. There are special programs offered during school holidays as well.
6. Maud’s Ice Cream – Maud’s Ice Cream is made in Northern Ireland and is a real treat for the young and old alike. With several locations to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice in deciding your favourite flavour.
7. Aunt Sandra’s Chocolate Factory – Go back in time and try some honeycomb or traditional “Yellow Man” candy. Call ahead and book an Experience Show and learn how the candy is made.
8. Belfast Zoo – Spend a day at the zoo and visit with the animals while enjoying a panoramic view over Belfast Lough.
9. CS Lewis Trail – Follow the trail of Belfast-born CS Lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, and other fine fiction.
10. Titanic Harbour Boat Tour – Learn about Belfast’s maritime history, including the Titanic, while viewing the area from the water.
Whether in Belfast for a few hours or a few years there’s always something new to experience. The people are friendly and the “craic” is good!