Northern Ireland has really developed as a tourist destination since I used to live there, and there are more things for families to do than ever.
Of course you can't go to Norn Irn without visiting the Giant's Causeway, and my kids have enjoyed several visits here. The causeway itself is free to visit, and children of all ages will enjoy clambering over the hexagonal stones and making up their own stories about how they got there.
The other place that's great for a day out is the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra. This is an outdoor museum recreating historical life. Children of school age and above will love it.
Here are some more ideas for family days out happening this Spring in Northern Ireland:
Castle Espie Wetlands Centre on the shores of Strangford Loch is a great day trip for all ages. You can find out all about their upcoming events here. Over the next few months, highlights include:
- a chance to get up close and personal with creatures such as Barn Owls, Great Eagles and hedgehogs at on Sunday May 9.
- If you want a little birdsong with your breakfast why not consider the Breakfast and Birdsong event at Castle Espie's on Saturday 15 May. Starts at 9pm. Cost is £12 which is payable on the day.
- Or for something treelightful, Castle Espie presents a weekend when trees will be in focus. Taking place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May from 3pm each day the event carries no extra charge to standard admission.
- Why not take the chance to see cute ducklings. Watch how these little creatures emerge from their shells between 12 and 2pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout June.
Go Learn To offer a number of educational activities and short trips around Northern Ireland, including:
- Rock Climbing
Discover the challenging activity of Rock Climbing in the tranquil Mourne Mountains. More details can be found here.
- Mountain Biking
Discover this exhilarating activity in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland on this 3 day, 2 night beginners learn to mountain bike course. Full details and how to book here.
- Open Canoeing
Discover the awesome activity of Open Canoeing in the mystical Fermanagh Lakelands. Find out more here
- Power Boating
You can also go Power Boating in the Fermanagh Lakelands in Northern Ireland on this short course. All the details are here.