A round up of things to do in Northern Ireland with kids and teenagers

We spent a week in Northern Ireland and, despite the weather not being the best, we found some great things to do and had a brilliant time. I was most impressed by the amount of outdoor activities available as we were also trying to be covid safe. Here is a round up of some great trips and activities around Northern Ireland.

Finnebrogue Woods and Fodder Cafe 

Fodder Cafe and Finnebrogue woods

Finnebrogue woods is an amazing place with a fantastic cafe and beautiful woodland trails to explore. They also offer bushcraft, cooking, woodworking and foraging courses, a wedding venue, farm shop and take away.

The Ulster American Folk Park

The Ulster American Folk park

The Ulster American Folk Park is a living museum with a wealth of buildings to explore and actors to meet on the way.

The Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway

A National Trust site and natural rock formation by the sea that is definitely worth the trip to see. You can either pay to go inside the visitor center or it is free to walk down to the Giants Causeway. 

Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo

If you like animals then Belfast Zoo is worth a visit. Set out on a hillside, there are animals to explore, 2 cafes and a play park with an accessible swing.

Tyrella Beach

Tyrella beach

Overlooked by the Mourne mountains and backed by sand dunes, beautiful Tyrella beach has everything you need for a day by the sea.

Let’s Go Hydro Aqua Park

Let's go hydro

If you are looking for some water based fun, this is the place for you! There is a giant inflatable water park, paddle boarding, swimming, kayaking and wakeboarding.

The Black Bull Run Alpine Coaster and Forest Flyover Zip Line at Colin Glen Mountain Entrance

Colin glen mountain entrance black bull run mountain coaster and forest flyover zip line

Whether you would prefer to fly through the trees or slide down a mountain, Colin Glen mountain entrance has something for you. 

Hovercrafts and Powerturn Buggies at Limitless Adventure Center

Hover crafts and powerturn buggies at limitless adventure center

We loved our visit to Limitless Adventure Center. The powerturn buggies and hovercrafts were amazing fun. If you are struggling to entertain teenagers then this is the place to go.

Downhill Beach

Downhill beach

Downhill beach is an accessible beach that you can drive right on to. Game of Thrones fans will love it as it was used in the TV series. 

Prison Island Belfast

Prison island belfast

Prison Island is great for a rainy day, with plenty of fun challenges to entertain the whole family.

The Robins Nest Airbnb

Robins nest Airbnb

Looking for somewhere reasonably priced to stay? We stayed at Robins Nest Air bnb. You can find our review here

Travelling by ferry to Northern Ireland

Travelling by P&O ferry with an autistic child

Lastly, if you are considering travelling to Northern Ireland by ferry, you can find our experience here including what to expect and things to take into account if you are taking an autistic child. 

A roundup of things to do in Northern Ireland with kids and teenagers
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I have two kids and love to show them the world. We dont let autism limit us in our adventures! I write about our adventures and include tips on how suitable activities were for children with autism. I also write more autism specific posts.

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