Murlough Bay beach, County Down.

There's plenty to do over New Year's in Northern Ireland – whether its family days out,  pure indulgence or getting active. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Indulge yourself

Image courtesy of Galgorm Resort and Spa

After all the exciting festive parties and glitzy galas, its time to wind down this New Year in a more relaxed atmosphere with an  Afternoon Tea  at one of our many stunning locations or treat yourself to a tranquil Spa Break.

2. Retail therapy

If shopping is your thing, Northern Ireland offers an unrivalled retail experience.  In Belfast, check out the main shopping centres of Victoria Square and Castlecourt. There are lots more fantastic bargains for you at various Shopping Locations throughout Northern Ireland.

3. Get active over New Years

Wrap up warm and take a New Year's Day Walk  in the magical gardens of Mount Stewart, County Down.  

4. Dog-friendly trails

Take an exhilarating walk with your four-legged furried friends along one of our stunning beaches or a take a trek up any of our majestic mountains, the view is worth it. Check out some dog walking breaks  for quality time away with your best friend.

5. Get your winter skates on

First dates, family days or meet up with friends - Enjoy some Winter Skating  at the home of the Stena Line Belfast Giants, SSE Arena, Belfast. (Sessions running to 6 January 2018).

6. Tots and toddlers family days out

Enjoy a day out with your Little Ducklings at Castle Espie, County Down (6 December 2017 - 3 January 2018). Step on-board the New Year's Day Train Ride  at Drumawhey junction miniature railway, County Down.

7. Discover the Game of Thrones® tapestry

For Ulster Museum and Game of Thrones® fans alike, the Game of Thrones tapestry exhibition, Belfast is a must-see. Now displaying its 7th season, this 80 metre long fascinating, hand crafted piece of art brings to life the story of one of the worlds' most famous hit series so far.

8. Waltzing in Vienna

Join Ulster Orchestra at Belfast Waterfront  (5 - 6 January 2018) and start the New Year with a glittering tribute to Vienna and Strauss with whirling waltzes and sweeping melodies.

9. Delve into Belfast's maritime history

Visit the Titanic Quarter - First stop is the world's leading tourist attraction Titanic Belfast, the biggest and best experience of the most famous ship in the world.  Don’t forget to step aboard Titanic’s little sister, SS Nomadic, which carried passengers to the mighty ship and the beautifully restored treasure trove of maritime history that is HMS Caroline.

10. Explore Belfast's street art secrets

Learn about the stories and secrets behinds Belfast's city wall murals. Take a gently paced, two-hour long guided walking tour showcasing the current street art located in Belfast's city centre.


11. Step into the Seamus Heaney experience

Step into the Seamus Heaney experience  and explore his beloved home place, Bellaghy, County Londonderry. Discover the life and literature, and the faces and places that inspired Northern Ireland’s most famous son.

See our Events  or Immersive Experiences  section for more ideas what to do over New Year's.