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Visiting Belfast with 2 young children

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Visiting Belfast with 2 young children

Hello-

I will be in Belfast with my children, ages 5 and 2, from Oct.4 through Oct.12.

Any recommendations on what things we absolutely must do? We already have a place to stay. We are visiting Derry for 1 day. We are visiting Giant's Causeway for 1 day.

We will have spent the previous 2 weeks in London, Bicester, Dublin, and Galway.

I need replies soon as we depart on Sept.20!

Thanks!

SpokaneMom

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1. Re: Visiting Belfast with 2 young children

You could easily spend a day at Belfast Zoo (www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfastzoo/index.asp). It is situated on the Cave Hill and has spectacular views of the city.

W5 at the Odyssey Arena (http://www.w5online.co.uk/sections/default.asp?cms=General+Info_What+is+W5%3F&cmsid=106_108&id=108&secid=1) is somewhere else you could spend a full day. There are also restaurants and a cinema there if you wanted to eat of see a film afterwards – depending on how much your 2 year old likes films.!

Belfast Wheel is still in the centre of Belfast at the City Hall (www.belfastcity.gov.uk/cityhall/bigwheel.asp) .

Enchanted Evenings is taking place at Botanic Gardens (www.discovernorthernireland.com/product.aspx…) although it finishes on the 5th you would still have time to take it in.

This website might also be helpful, if you have time to look at it before you go (http://www.ni4kids.com/whatson/default.aspx).

Dundonald Ice Bowl (http://www.theicebowl.com/home.asp) has a variety of activities including 10 pin bowling, Adventure Playground, Adventure Golf and would be a short bus ride from the centre of Belfast. Streamvale Open farm is also in that area (http://www.theicebowl.com/home.asp)

Sorry its a bit rushed but wanted to get some ideas to you before you leave. If you need times of buses etc www.translink.co.uk has a jounry planner which lets you check all routes in NI.

Hope this gives you something to start with.

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2. Re: Visiting Belfast with 2 young children

In addition to Adequate's reply kids would probably like the open top sightseeing bus.

Also Aunt Sandras Candy Factory where you can watch sweets being made.

Belfast has plenty of parks many which have swings, slides etc.

I have similar aged children so if theres anything else I can think of I will post again.

Will you have a car while you are here?

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3. Re: Visiting Belfast with 2 young children

Thank you both so much for the wonderful suggestions! We will not have a car while in Belfast, but I was hoping the public transportation was good enough.

Thank you!!

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4. Re: Visiting Belfast with 2 young children

I just asked about a car as it makes it easier to get to somethings. For instance Belfast Zoo is on the outskirts so going by car is easier, though you can get by bus ok.

Also Streamvale Farm (http://www.streamvale.com) is on the outskirts of Belfast. It is open until the end of October. I presume you can get there by bus but I have no idea how easy this would be. You could contact them to find out.

Have a good time anyway

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5. Re: Visiting Belfast with 2 young children

We took our kids to the zoo a few weeks ago and they had a great time - I must admit I particularly enjoyed watching the lion cubs annoying their long suffering father and could have spent an hour looking at them and the children spent ages watching the antics of the seals and sea lions. The only thing I would say is that we went on a really nice day but I wouldn't have liked all that walking in the rain as a lot of it is uphill. So perhaps you could plan and indoor alternative like the W5 exhibition and then see what our wonderful Irish weather throws at you on the day! Oh if you are going to have something to eat the cafe is at the bottom - my nephew informed me the tearoom at the top only does just that - tea/coffee and biscuits so don't make the mistake his father did and make your kids walk all the way to the top only to find you can't get a meal!

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6. Re: Visiting Belfast with 2 young children

I would recommened a visit to Exploris Acquarium in Portaferry It is about a 40minute drive from Belfast After visiting it you could take the short ferry crossing (10minutes) to strangford and visit Castle Ward

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