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A mother and daughter play sword fights in Carrickfergus Castle

The best Castles and Gardens for families

If you're searching for fun things to do with the kids, alongside scenic walks, coffee and a dash of interesting history and heritage to keep everyone's head nodding, then look no further than the bountiful supply of castles and gardens across Northern Ireland.

  • A mother and daughter play sword fights in Carrickfergus Castle
    Categories: things to do

    The best Castles and Gardens for families

    If you're searching for fun things to do with the kids, alongside scenic walks, coffee and a dash of interesting history and heritage to keep everyone's head nodding, then look no further than the bountiful supply of castles and gardens across Northern Ireland.

  • Bedroom in The Cuan in Strangford County Down
    Categories: accommodation

    New & amazing accommodation

    We all look forward to a staycation, and if yours is in Northern Ireland you'll find plenty of ideas for that much longed-for short break in this blog. We’ve pulled together a list of the newest, most amazing accommodation on offer in 2022, and update it every quarter.

  • A sneak peek of some of the amazing exhibitions inside Linen Mills Studios

    A trip to the Game of Thrones Studio Tour

    Thrones mania is set to erupt all over again this year with the premiere of House of the Dragon, the prequel drama depicting the Targaryen dynasty’s rise and conquest of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. So it’s a perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with that world, on a visit to Northern Ireland’s newest state-of-the-art visitor attraction...

  • Family day out at Gosford Forest Park
    Categories: Family Friendly

    Budget family adventures

    Northern Ireland has a ton of family activities and adventures to enjoy and we promise they won’t burn a hole in your wallet or purse. Here are a few budget friendly ideas for starters.

  • Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry on a sunny day
    Categories: things to do

    The most Instagrammable spots in Northern Ireland

    The most Instagrammable spot in Northern Ireland is probably here, there and everywhere. For a relatively small place it’s got massive Insta-potential given the stunning natural landscape, impressive industrial heritage and a contemporary street culture and vibe that’s arguably second to none. We’ve picked some of our most Insta-friendly places that are well worth a visit, a snap and a selfie. 

  • Car driving near the Black Arch on the Causeway Coastal Route
    Categories: things to do

    Coastal Short Breaks in Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland has just under two-hundred-and-fifty miles of coastline packed full of natural beauty, scenic drives, and stunning beaches. Whatever you’re on the lookout for, be it thrills or just the chance to chill, a short coastal break with friends or family will surely fit the bill.

  • Family looks over the walls of Tower Museum, with Guildhall visible nearby

    Family Holidays in Derry~Londonderry

    Northern Ireland’s second city is compact enough to travel on Shanks’s mare (i.e. by foot) but it has giant heart, as does the rest of this glorious county. So, enjoy the craic wherever you happen to find yourselves across Derry~Londonderry!

  • Group enjoying a surfing demo on the beach with Long Line Surf School
    Categories: things to do

    Young & Fun Short Break Ideas

    Short breaks packed with adventure.  No matter how short your break, when you visit Northern Ireland, you can pack loads of fun in. Whether you’re taking a short break, a long weekend or a day trip - there’s nowhere quite like Northern Ireland for giant adventures. Here’s three ways to make the most of three perfect days. 

  • A couple chat on a bench overlooking strangford lough, on the Castle Ward grounds

    Scenic staycations in Northern Ireland

    Whether you like to spend your nights sleeping under the stars, your days striding through the heather-washed slopes of the Sperrins or your weekends spotting seabirds on the rocky outpost of Rathlin, there is lots to see and do during a scenic staycation in Northern Ireland. 

  • A mother, daughter and son walk across a rope bridge among the trees as part of the Treetop Adventure at The Jungle NI in Moneymore, County Londonderry.
    Categories: things to doFamilies

    Bank Holiday ideas for families

    Here are the best three pieces of advice we can give you about a Bank Holiday trip to Northern Ireland: plan, plan, plan. Thankfully, tere’s lots for families with kids of all ages, whether they be teeny or teens, and here’s a just a taster.

  • Olympic and Commonwealth Athletics Legend Lady Mary Peters at Belfast Castle
    Categories: things to do

    My Northern Ireland...with Lady Mary Peters

    Olympic and Commonwealth Athletics Legend Lady Mary Peters recently chatted to Tourism Northern Ireland about the memories she has of growing up in Northern Ireland, and her favourite things about living here today.

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