Family-Friendly Things to Do in Belfast
There are so many things to do in Belfast! Soak up the lively atmosphere, stroll along fine Victorian streets, enjoy world-class visitor attractions and indulge in a cafe, restaurant and entertainment scene that can rival any city in Europe.
With so much on offer, Belfast is a great choice for a city break or family day out!
If you do one thing in Belfast with the kids, we recommend this. Do you fancy launching a rocket, or flying a plane? Want to sneak up on a butterfly or discover what’s inside the rock beneath your feet? At W5, your imagination and curiosity are the keys to unlocking worlds you’ve only imagined!
W5 is a science and discovery centre, not a museum, so visitors of all ages are free to let their imagination turn, twist and fly through more than 250 hands-on permanent exhibits in the four incredible exhibition areas – Discovery, Go, See and Do.
Meet Robo Thespian, W5’s life-sized, humanoid, interactive robot who can move, speak, educate, interact and entertain! Or have an adventure on ClimbIt, a huge multi-storey climbing structure, which is a cross between a maze and a jungle gym.
Make sure to check the events schedule as there is a constant programme of temporary exhibitions and events, as well as a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows included within the admission price.
Admission is valid all day and you can stay as long as you wish, which means a day out at W5 is good value for money – always useful on a family day out!
Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Tour
From a walk around the Titanic Quarter to hopping off at the award-winning zoo, wrap up all that’s brilliant about Belfast on one of the City Sightseeing Belfast Hop on Hop off Tours.
Firstly, over 20 tour stops, keep your eyes peeled for a few of the city’s 2,000 political murals which have become a powerful symbol of Northern Ireland. Belfast has traditionally been a hub of industry and the centre of Irish rope-making and shipbuilding. That much is evident in the Titanic Quarter – with its fantastic old factories and docks, it’s one of the world’s largest waterfront developments and well worth a nosy.
Kids will love the stop at Belfast Zoo with its curious creatures. From here spend some time strolling around the Botanic Gardens, or tour Belfast Castle which sits proudly on the slopes of Cave Hill Country Park. The Ulster Museum is also a great stop off (plus it’s free!) before enjoying a bit of family fun at W5 Interactive Science Centre.
Titanic Belfast Visitor Attraction
You can’t come to this family-friendly city without visiting its most famous export – Titanic.
Explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the real legend of Titanic in the city where the story began. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, filled with movies, interactive exhibits, memorabilia and fascinating facts, Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction.
The Titanic experience takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The galleries are innovative and interactive to tell the story in a fresh and insightful way. You also get to go on a ride through an atmospheric shipyard (although if you have young children, it’s worth checking busy periods as queues can be as substantial as the thrills).
Whether or not you are interested in Titanic, you’ll find this an imaginative exploration of Belfast in the early 19th century, and watching the footage of the wreck today is a sobering experience.