Budget-friendly family adventures in Belfast

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Posted by Mags

Published March 14, 2017

Think having an action-packed family adventure together has to break the bank? Think again! Check out our top tips for budget-friendly family activities in Belfast.

Cheap things to do for families

Spending time with the animals in Belfast Zoo

Mobile Family Adventures

Spend a morning or afternoon at Shaw's Bridge in South Belfast where Mobile Team Adventure offer family-friendly open canoeing sessions on Saturday at 9am from just £12pp.

With no need to pre-book, all equipment provided and no experience necessary, it's guaranteed to be a hassle-free adventure for the kids and parents, too!

Once back on dry land swap paddling for peddling on the free to use Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails.

Let your imagination run wild as you wind your way through paths and over gentle inclines, or whizz along the flat towpath beside the River Lagan - perfect for the novice cyclist.

Having worked up an appetite grab a slice of pizza from Piccolo Mondo, a classic Citroen van with a wood-fired pizza oven in nearby Minnowburn car park every weekend.

You could even climb the steps to the Giant's Ring and have pizza with a view.

Cave Hill Treasure Trails

For something a little bit different, why not try a literary adventure?

Less than 5 miles away at Colin Glen the kids can take on the role of 'mouse' and experience the forest as he would meeting the silly old fox, owl, snake and, of course, the amazing eight foot tall Gruffalo, on a 0.6 mile (free to use) walking trail.

Or for the curious among you, don your deerstalker and be a detective for the day with a Treasure Trail.

These self-guided themed trails allow you to explore the history and heritage of the city while solving a mystery as you walk. The handy text message clue service will help you solve the clues, only if you get stuck, of course!

W5: Who, What, Where, When, Why

Spend an afternoon at W5, the interactive discovery centre at The SSE Arena.  

Events, interactive exhibitions and live science demonstrations thoughout the day means you can while away an afternoon and keep the little ones busy.

Great Explorations and Adventures

No family trip would be complete without an historical adventure, and where better than the Ulster Museum.

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy or explore legends of yesteryear. Open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday, admission to the museum is Free.

Discover more about the 140 species of animal - many of which are in danger in their natural habitat - at Belfast Zoo.  From Asian elephants, giraffes, sea lions and penguins, to the ring-tailed lemurs, Malayan tapirs and Sumatran tigers, the zoo promises to be a great day out for all the family. Open winter (1 October - 31 March) 10am to 4pm daily and summer (1 April - 30 September) 10am to 7pm daily.

With lots more activities to see and do throughout the city, why not make a break of it and stay over for a second, or even third, fun-filled day of adventure.


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