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Top Tips for Family Fun in Belfast

Whether you're a local family looking for an adventure filled kids day out on your doorstep or are visiting the capital and want kids activities to keep the wee ones entertained, when it comes to outdoor activities you will be spoilt for choice in Belfast. The city's range of activities is proof that adventure is most definitely not confined to the countryside!

Be sure to check out our extensive list of activity events and activity experiences in Belfast. No experience required, no specialist equipment needed, you don’t need a big group or lots of organisation.  Just make a quick call or email to the activity providers to begin your adventure.

Do something completely different and head over to Shaw's Bridge in South Belfast and take part in one of Mobile Team Adventure's canoe and kayak open sessions. They will provide you with everything you need to have a splashing good time on the water including all necessary equipment and expert tuition. If you prefer your feet on solid ground they also offer a range of family friendly activities including archery, climbing and orienteering providing the perfect opportunity for some action packed quality time together.

For fun activities the whole family can enjoy hop in the car and just 20 minutes from the city centre you will find Breckenhill Activity Centre where the choice is your's whether you want to take on the challenge of the low ropes cours, take aim during an archery session or scale the climbing wall to name just a few. 

If you and the kids love biking then the Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails are a must. Situated very close to Shaws Bridge at Mary Peters Track the off-road trails are completely free to use and are a great place for a kid's day out together on the saddle without worrying about traffic. You'll forget you're anywhere near the city on these easy going green and blue trails ideal for families wanting to give mountain biking a go. Bike Hire is also available for ages 11 and up so you don't have to stress about fitting everything into the car!

Just a short drive up Belfast Lough you will soon arrive at Ballyhome Yacht Club and Sailing School where you can learn to sail under the instruction of your very own fully qualified instructor who will teach you the basics to confidently set sail in the bay.

Make a Break of it! 

With so many great outdoor activities happening in Northern Ireland it makes sense to create a short break around the fun! 

From chic, city boutique hotels to rustic rural retreats and from self-catering apartments to outdoor glamping, Northern Ireland has a wonderful variety of accommodation for all tastes & budgets!

To book a short break or to find out about Northern Ireland’s visitor attractions, accommodation and things to do, visit

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