Covid 19 Update – Where is Open for Family days out in Northern Ireland?

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With families being largely confined to their homes, gardens and local area for walks during the Covid 19 period, it’s good to see places throughout Northern Ireland now starting to open up again for families to visit. If you’re wondering what’s open for kids across Northern Ireland now, you’ve come to the right place!

This page outlines some of the places that are now available to visit. Each will have it’s own guidelines around access and possible requirements around booking. Many places that did not require advanced reservations now do. Please check with each venue directly before you travel and ensure that you follow all government guidelines.

We will add more venues and destinations as they become available. If you want your venue or destination featured, please drop a note to contact@familytravelpro.co.uk and we’ll do our best to add you.

Stay safe!

National Trust Properties

National Trust properties throughout Northern Ireland are now starting to reopen. Mount Stewart, Castle Coole gardens, Portstewart Strand, Rowallane Gardens and many others are now reopening, although all houses remain closed.

You can find out which properties are open and how to book your visit over on their website, as well as lots of helpful FAQs to make the most of your visit.

Giant’s Causeway

The Visitor Experience at the Giant’s Causeway will reopen from 3rd July 2020. You must book a ticket in advance, and by 3pm the day before your visit. National Trust members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Tickets will be released every Friday. For more information, please see the Giant’s Causeway website.

Castle Espie

A year-round favourite of the Family Travel Pro team, Castle Espie near Comber is opening up on Tuesday 7th July. Tickets must be booked in advance online and bookings for the following week open up on Wednesday mornings. We’ve made a booking already – it was super simple – and we can’t wait to get back!

Hillsborough Castle

Outdoor spaces and the beautiful gardens have now reopened at Hillsborough Castle, and if you haven’t yet taken your family to visit the stunning destination, we would highly recommend a visit. The gardens are immaculately kept as well as having lots of woodland space for the kids to really burn off some of that corona virus lockdown energy!

For all the latest information on booking and planning a visit, please visit the Hillsborough Castle website.

Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail

Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail reopens on Saturday 3rd July! The fairies are all ready and waiting to welcome you back! There are some new additions too – Fairy School, Mud Kitchen, Flutterville and more. Bookings must be made online in advance of your visit.

National Museums

Reopening dates have now been confirmed for the Ulster Museum (30th July), Ulster American Folk Park (13th August), Ulster Folk Museum (13th August) and Ulster Transport Museum (20th August). More details on reopening are available on the NMNI website.

Montalto Estate

The beautiful Montalto Estate will reopen its trails and gardens on 3rd July 2020 (1st and 2nd July for members only). All visitors must prebook a ticket online in advance. Their natural play area is now open again too!

Titanic Belfast

Relaunching on 1st August 2020, Titanic Belfast is the jewel in the crown of Northern Ireland’s visitor attractions. Families will love the care and attention Titanic Belfast have given to their reopening, including a Customer Confidence Charter, which outlines all of the measures being taken to ensure the health and safety of visitors and their own teams. Tickets must be booked online in advance.

Forest and Country Parks

Forest and Country parks across Northern Ireland are now open, and many of the parks now have toilet facilities available, making a family day out now more feasible! Why not check out:

  • Castlewellan Forest Park
  • Drum Manor Forest Park
  • Glenariff Forest Park
  • Parkanaur Forest
  • Tollymore Forest Park
  • Castle Archdale Country Park
  • Ness Country Park
  • Peatlands Park
  • Quoile Countryside Centre
  • Roe Valley Country Park

Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo is set to reopen on Sunday 5th July, with a phased approach. Book your ticket by telephoning them directly on 028 9077 6277. 

Pickie Fun Park, Bangor

Pickie Fun Park in Bangor is reopening on 3rd July and tickets are bookable online now. Tickets include access to the majority of facilities, including the Pickie Puffer, mini golf and the Swans, but the playground remains closed.

Exploris Aquarium

A favourite of the FamilyTravelPro team, Exploris aquarium in Portaferry reopens 3rd July 2020. Most facilities will reopen but with limited service in the cafe and the soft play remains closed.

We have booked tickets for the reopening week and the process was smooth and simple, with specific time slots throughout the day.

Air-tastic

Airtastic entertainment centres in Bangor, Belfast and Craigavon open back up on 7th August. Book online in advance. We can’t wait to get back to one of our favourite places to burn off extra energy!

Let’s Go Hydro

Let’s Go Hydro is back now! There are so many activities available at Let’s Go Hydro, from the Aqua Park, to cable water sports and a drive in cinema. You can even book to stay in their onsite accomodation including glamping pods. Check out all of their activities online and make sure to book in advance!

Streamvale Open Farm

Streamvale Farm has now reopened. This family-favourite is a great day out especially for younger kids and we know you’ll get a warm welcome when you return! We found their booking system super user-friendly too.

The Ark Open Farm

Between Bangor and Newtownards, the Ark Open Farm is back open now! A lovely day out for the family, the kids will also enjoy the great play activities too!

We are Vertigo

We are Vertigo is reopening from 7th August 2020. You can book activities now though for bookings after this date! Both their Titanic and Newtownbreda sites are reopening.

We will keep adding new opening details as we get them, but in the meantime, please let us know of any information you’d like us to share!

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