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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
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    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.

  • Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry on a sunny day
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    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
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    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.

  • Group enjoying a surfing demo on the beach with Long Line Surf School
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    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 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.
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    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
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    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.

  • Daffodils in the Spring sunshine at Barnetts Demesne
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    Things to do over Easter

    The evenings are getting lighter and the weather is getting brighter and we’ve lots of exciting things for you to experience over Easter.  Hunt some eggs, track down some ducks or try something a bit different with a zipline!  Here are some of our picks. 

  • Two women in bath robes relaxing on beds at Galgorm Resort's Spa, looking out of the window.
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    Gift an Experience this Mother's Day

    Mother’s Day is on the horizon. It’s on Sunday 27h March, to be exact! Why not treat your lovely mum, impress your mother-in-law or surprise a mum-to-be with a gift voucher? We have gathered some gift voucher inspiration to make your Mother’s Day shopping that bit easier.

  • The front of St Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) in Armagh on a sunny day
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    Things to do over Saint Patrick’s Day

    From festivals, stand-up paddle boarding, gin tasting and a bit of ceili and craic thrown in – however you want to spend your Saint Patrick’s Day this year, we have you covered.  Check out these suggestions.

  • Four people enjoying a drink in front of an open fire at Rostrevor Inn
    Categories: things to dofood and drink

    Your favourite pubs and restaurants

    There’s a giant welcome to be found in our bars, cafes and restaurants. We know that everyone has missed going out to enjoy a drink, having a bite to eat, and enjoying the craic. It’s time to embrace that all again!

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