Northern Ireland in detail

Travel with Children

Northern Ireland's compact size and child-friendly attractions makes it ideal for travelling with kids. Wherever you are, you're rarely more than an hour's drive from your destination, meaning day trips can be fun-packed and varied.

Trains are easy to manage with pushchairs and small children; most stations have lifts. Urban buses have spaces for pushchairs but on Goldline express services you'll need to put pushchairs in the luggage holdall beneath the bus.

In cities and towns pavements are usually in good condition and easily managed with a pram, but rural areas and country roads sometimes have no pavements at all.

Most restaurants and cafes have children's menus and high chairs, and bathrooms with baby-changing facilities.

Visitor attractions often offer family tickets – usually two adults plus two children – for less than the sum of the individual entrance charges.

In Belfast, children aged three to 11 will love the interactive science centre W5; it's great for a rainy day. Don't miss the Ulster Museum, with its kid-friendly exhibits, and if you're in town in March, check out the Belfast Children's Festival. For a special treat, take the little ones to Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory.

A great day out from Belfast is to take the train to the Ulster Folk Museum in Cultra. Combine it with an afternoon by the beach at Pickie Funpark in Bangor, on the same train line.

Other family-friendly attractions in Northern Ireland include the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh in County Tyrone, the Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh and the fabulous 'secret swamp' adventure playground at the Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre in County Down. Northern Ireland's National Trust properties – especially Castle Ward Estate and Florence Court – make a great day out with kids. In south Armagh, local Celtic myths are brought to life at the Giant's Lair children's story-book trail through the enchanted woods at Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

Activities for sporty children and teenagers include canoeing, cycling, pony trekking and surfing on the north coast.