Family Holidays in Northern Ireland 2017

Holiday Parks, Caravan Parks, Cottages and Family Friendly Hotels in Northern Ireland.

Family Holidays in Northern Ireland 2017

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Northern Ireland may not be the obvious choice for a family holiday, but there are lots of things for families to enjoy there. There are the well-known tourist destinations such as the Giant's Causeway, fabulous unspoilt beaches and historic locations including Carrickfurgus Castle and Dundrum Castle.

However there has been a recent surge in the popularity of holidays in Northern Ireland. This is firstly because of it's extensive use as filming locations for the massive hit TV series Game of Thrones. Secondly the opening of The Titanic exhibition in Belfast which coincided with the 100th anniversary of that ill-fated ship's voyage.

Holiday Parks In Northern Ireland



Cottages In Northern Ireland

Top 10 Places to Visit in Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

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  1. The Giant's Causeway is managed by the National Trust and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The absolute must-see if you are holidaying in Northern Ireland.
  2. Titanic Belfast is an iconic peice of architecture and the world's largest Titanic visitor experience, exploring the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. See the slipway where the Titanic was launched and visit the Titanic Quarter to try anything from a segway to a boat trip around the harbour.
  3. Ulster Folk & Transport MuseumStep back in time 100 years and discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum. Then climb on and off majestic steam locomotives at the Transport Museum which is bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars.
  4. Game of Thrones Tours are a must for fans of George R.R. Martin's books and the massively popular TV series that they spawned. See the filming locations with knowledgable guides and they will even lend you a costume to wear while you are on the tour.
  5. Belfast Zoo  is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species, the majority of which are facing increasing danger in their natural habitats. See elephants and giraffes, reptiles, birds and primates.
  6. The Parliament Buildings, Stormont is the home of Northern Ireland's devolved governnment. Housed in one of the most striking pieces of architecture in Northern Ireland, you can also find out about the work of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
  7. Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle in County Antrim. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
  8. Ulster American Folk Park is  the world famous story of Irish emigration to the United States. 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. 
  9. Dundrum Castle in County Down is an important example of Norman architecture stands on the top of a rocky hill commanding fine views south over Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.
  10. City Sightseeing Tour of Belfast Book a hop-on-hop-off ticket valid for 48 hours and you could see everything Belfast has to offer. From the Titanic Quarter to the Ulster Museum and the Botanic Gardens as well as the W5 Interactive Science Centre and Belfast Zoo, one of Northern Ireland’s top visitor attractions.

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