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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.

  • 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!

  • A silhouette of a couple with their backs towards the camera, looking out to the sunset over the waters at Birr Point in County Down.
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    Valentines 2022

    For Valentine’s day 2022 we're encouraging you to share the love with local Northern Ireland businesses by taking part in their fun filled plans! Whether you're planning on spending the day with friends or want to show someone special how much they mean to you, we've lots of great ideas to enjoy locally.

  • James Kavanagh and his parents in a hotel bedroom at The Harrison
    Categories: things to doBelfast

    James Kavanagh's Guide to Belfast

    Social media star James Kavanagh recently visited Northern Ireland’s capital for a whirlwind tour of the city, which is just under two hours travel time from Dublin. 

    If you are looking for city break inspiration, look no further. Here are James’s recommendations on what to see, stay and do...

  • Rachel Ivie toasts marshmallows at Belfast Christmas Market

    Rachel Ivie's festive weekend in Belfast

    ‘Tis the season to embrace the festive spirit!
    Belfast is the ultimate destination for a weekend away in the build up to the most magical time of the year. Discover NI invited Dublin teacher and blogger, Rachel Ivie, to mark the festivities with a girl’s getaway to Belfast. 

  • Bloggers Marty, Lynn and Jackie say cheers as they enjoy a beverage on their adventure along the North Coast

    Embrace the Causeway Coast and Glens this Winter

    Discover NI invited Northern Ireland food and travel bloggers Dish You Were Here, Eating Ideas and Jackie’s Blog Spot on a trip to the Causeway Coast and Glens. Otherwise known as Marty, Lynne and Jackie, the group made their way from Belfast to find out what the area had to offer.

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