Top family-friendly things to do in Belfast

  1. Occupying a mile-long peninsula on the Atlantic coast around an hour’s drive from Belfast, Portrush offers sweeping sands and white cliffs that are a draw for surfers, sun-seekers and families alike. The swell at Whiterocks beach is a focus for watersports, while Waterworld provides all manner of flumes and pools if you just can’t get enough of the water!


  1. One of Britain’s World Heritage Sites, the natural wonder of the Giant’s Causeway is on the north-east coast of Country Antrim, 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive north of Belfast. It’s a spectacular array of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were caused by an ancient volcanic eruption.


  1. Twin a day trip from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway with one of the other major attractions in the area, including the Bushmills Distillery and Carrick a Rede, a tiny island joined to the mainland by a 100ft (30m)-high rope bridge.


  1. Step into a thrilling world through a narrow rock entrance and follow The Gobbins – a footpath along sheer cliff faces on the coast 50 minutes’ drive from Belfast. Constructed in Victorian times, this dramatic coastal path makes for an exciting adventure.


  1. Head up to Cave Hill where you can get amazing views over Belfast, and explore Belfast Castle. Cave Hill’s most famous feature, known locally as Napoleon's Nose, is believed to have provided inspiration for Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.

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