Fun Things to do in Northern Ireland

Updated On: February 18, 2019

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There are many amazing reasons why you should visit Northern Ireland. It is steeped in great history, culture and has many unforgettable attractions. If you’re looking for a country that’s full of fun then you’ll be greatly surprised by what Northern Ireland has to offer. For such a small place there are so many fun things to do on a trip to here.

This is our list of all the fun things to do in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland offers the perfect surroundings and landscape to enjoy some fun and unique activities. Some you won’t find anywhere else.

So, look no further as we are here to provide you with all the fun things to do on your next trip to Northern Ireland. Whether you are visiting on your own, with friends, family or children, there’s so much to enjoy in Northern Ireland that you’ll be planning a second and third trip while you’re here.

1. Colin Glen Forest Park

First up on our list of fun things to do in Northern Ireland is a trip to the beautiful wooden glen known as Colin Glen Forest Park. Colin Glen forest park is home to the very popular Gruffalo Trail that has become a hit with families.

It’s Northern Ireland’s only official Gruffalo trail that takes visitors through a magical trail. With each character from the much-loved children’s book making an appearance throughout the walk. It’s one of the best free family attractions to enjoy in Belfast.

But there’s so much more to enjoy at the Colin Glen Forest Park, it is home to a thrilling adventure centre that offers you a variety of fun outdoor activities. You can take part in activities such as SKY Trek, Archery, Laser Tag, Mountain Biking, Orienteering and many more.

SKY Trek is one of the most popular attractions here, it is Ireland’s premier high ropes course. Located in the heart of Belfast Hills, visitors will get a unique perspective of Belfast- as they enjoy high views of the city. The high ropes course reaches 16 metres high but don’t worry if heights aren’t your thing because there are also less daunting ropes courses to try here.

Visitors can also enjoy a 30-foot multi-level climbing wall and Ireland’s first ever double 90 metres ziplines. The Adventure Park at Colin Glen Forest Park offers an adventurous and fun day out in Northern Ireland.

2. Jungle NI

Next up on our list of fun things to do in Northern Ireland is a trip to the leading outdoor activity centre in the country. Jungle NI offers those visiting Northern Ireland an exciting escape from the boring tasks of daily life. The Jungle staff are here to give you a daring adventure unlike anywhere else.

Located in the enchanting woodland among the Sperrin Mountains, just 45 minutes from Belfast is where you’ll find this place.

Jungle NI offers 24 incredible activities such as Body Zorb Football, Adults Tree Top Adventure, Paintballing and Segway Experiences. Along with many group activities from birthdays, family days, couples, and teaming building activities.

Jungle NI first started out as the first paintballing site in Northern Ireland back in 2005. The place has only gone from strength to strength, now its the biggest outdoors activity centre in the whole country. Jungle NI is perfect for all ages and abilities, a place that is filled will fun, exciting and engaging activities.

Glamping at Jungle NI

Visitors can even stay at the glamour’s camping spot in the Jungle nestled in its great outdoors. The glamping pods are top quality and luxurious camping accommodation for those who want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors without having to stay in a damp tent.

Perfect for those nice summer nights in Northern Ireland where you can really take in the gorgeous scenery we have to offer. It even comes equipped with a BBQ area, fire pit, picnic table and fresh water taps.

Jungle NI definitely needs to be on your list of fun things to do in Northern Ireland! We promise you won’t regret it.

3. We Are Vertigo

Following Jungle NI why not take a trip to We are Vertigo, Northern Ireland’s leading entertainment complex for all ages. This is the ultimate place for fun in Northern Ireland that you won’t want to miss out on.

There are two ‘We are Vertigo’ places located in Northern Ireland both offering different things for people to enjoy. In Newtownbreda you’ll find the Inflata-Park, Adventure and Ski centres. At Titanic Park, you can enjoy indoor Skydiving and a Ninja Master course.

Amazing Inflatable Indoors Park and Sky Diving

The Inflata- Park is a whole lot of fun no matter how old you are, it is Ireland’s only indoor inflatable world of fun. The Inflata- Park is a massive 30,000 square ft inflatable playground where your childhood fantasies become your reality.

It includes inflatable floors, inflatable walls, inflatable falls and doors. The best formula for fun, they even have nights exclusive to adults, so you can really enjoy yourself. As well as special nights that are autism-friendly tailored for those with sensory sensitivities.

You can also try out We are Vertigo’s Indoor Ski Centre, a fun and safe environment where you can learn to Ski or Snowboard. It is also the first and only indoor ski centre in all of Ireland.

One of the most accelerating experiences is the Indoor Skydiving at Titanic Park. You will literally be flying without wings. This is one of the most unique experiences where you get to experience skydiving in a safe environment with the power of 120pms winds. Even children as young as four years old can try out the Skydiving experience.

This is one is for those adrenaline junkies out there. Maybe not daring enough and you’ll want to do some real-life sky diving.

4. Extreme Bowling at Dundonald

Next of our list of fun things to do in Northern Ireland is try out Extreme bowling at Dundonald International Ice Bowl. Here you can enjoy all the normal fun of tenpin bowling but with a twist.

The twist is that it’s in the dark with glow balls, pins and ultraviolet lights for the ultimate bowling experience. You can also party as you bowl with the supported DJ entertainment, prize competitions, discos light and even some cool smoke effects.

Extreme Bowling in Dundonald - Fun things to do in Northern Ireland
Extreme Bowling in Dundonald – Fun things to do in Northern Ireland

There are also other things to check out at the Dundonald International Ice Bowl. Such as Ice Skating at Northern Ireland only public Olympic size ice rink. Or for younger children they might enjoy Indian Land. A jungle gym that will offer plenty of fun for them.

Dundonald International Bowl is a perfect place for a day trip with a variety of activities that will suit different people and ages.

5.Timescape Live Escape Rooms

Another fun thing to do in Northern Ireland is to enjoy the cleverly designed escape rooms at Timescape Belfast. The escape rooms at Timescape Belfast offers people a break from ordinary life. The opportunity to step into a fascinating story that you have to solve.

For those that are unsure of what an escape room is, its basically an interactive adventure where you have an hour to complete a mission with your team/friends and escape the room.

From the moment you step into your game, you’ll be transported to another world. This is a perfect activity for team building, birthdays, or just something fun to do with your friends.

At Timescape you can choose between two original escape rooms either Titanic – The Final Hour or Jack the Ripper – Murder Mystery. Each offering captivating interactive story where you have to some a lot of hidden puzzles.

This is definitely up there with the best fun things to do in Northern Ireland.

6. Ulster Museum

One of the best places you can visit in Northern Ireland for fun and learning is to the Ulster Museum. The Ulster Museum offers something for all. Whether you’re an art lover, history buff, excited children and the curious, you’ll find it here.

The impressive collections at the Ulster Museum will take you across Ireland and all around the world. You can come face to face with dinosaurs, get close and personal with an Egyptian mummy and enjoy the interactively discover zones.

This is a great family fun attraction, at each discovery zone children and adults alike are encouraged to explore, discover and question the world around you. There is so much to enjoy and experience at the Ulster Museum. Best of all it is completely free to visit.

7. Slow Adventure

Next up on our list of fun things to do in Northern Ireland is at Slow Adventure, a new concept that offers slow and immersive experiences in nature-rich places. Slow Adventure offers people the chance to engage with nature and partake in an activity. While you also learn about aspects of the local areas such as wildlife, produce and environment.

There are different packages to try out from the Food and Mindfulness Tour where you can explore and appreciate the outdoors in the wild spaces of the Sperrin Mountains.

Or try out the Great Foyle Canoe, Heritage and Slow Food Experience that includes a three-hour guided canoe trip by the river and 1.5-hour slow food cooking experience and lunch. Or why not enjoy Horseback riding at Beech Hill that takes you through the gorgeous and secluded setting with a historic landscape to be discovered.

Slow Adventure offers many more great activity packages that you can take part in. Most of these packages are aimed at adults, providing a unique experience while in Northern Ireland.

8. Off-road Driving at Todd’s Leap

Following Slow Adventure, we have another fun activity for you to do while you are in Northern Ireland, off-road driving experience. Calling all adrenaline junkies because this is something you’ll want experience. At the awarding winning outdoor activity centre that is Todd’s Leap, you’ll find many exciting activities.

Off-road driving is one of the best things you can do at Todd’s Leap where you get to tackle one of the toughest terrains imaginable as you take one of their Land Rovers across the purpose-built road for a thrilling experience.

Off Road Driving -Fun things to do in Northern Ireland

You will be guided by professional instructors as they take you through the muddy tracks, up steep hills, twisty corners and water hazards on the challenging eight-mile track.

Those willing to take part will be behind the wheel at all times. No matter your driving experience and you don’t even need to have a license. This is a really fun activity and will get your adrenaline going.

9.Belfast Segway Tours

Looking for one of the best ways to explore some key locations and attractions around Belfast while having fun? Then check out the Segway Guided Tours around the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. This is one of the unforgettable and fun things to do in Northern Ireland.

It was the first and only Segway city guide tour introduced in the UK, where you use the futuristic Segway’s to make your way around the different and historic locations in Belfast.

The tour is delivered via a Geo Tour mobile app. This allows people to listen to the audio commentary at the different GPS spots throughout the tour so they can fully enjoy the Segway experience.

The Segway tour is available in many languages to suit different visitors from English to Spanish to German to Italian. The tour is suitable for ten years and older and lasts around one hour and 45 minutes.

Locations you get to find out more about in this tour include the Titanic Studios, Titanic Dock and Pump House and the iconic Harland and Wolff.

10.Corralea Activity Centre

We then have the Corralea Activity Centre in Fermanagh that is filled with fun activities for you to enjoy in Northern Ireland. One of the funniest things you must try out here is the trampoline water park that the whole family will love.

The trampoline park is impressive just to look at, sitting above the water level. With three trampolines all connected to different walkways providing hours of fun, where you can bounce on and slide into the water.

You don’t need to worry about being cold as the centre will provide you will wetsuits and life jackets. If water activities aren’t your thing don’t worry because the place is filled with other great activities for you to enjoy.

You could try out their climbing wall located in the beautiful forest surroundings with different levels for different abilities. Or try your hand at some Archery that is ideal of all types of people and offers lots of fun. Or for those adventurous types why not give caving a go. It’s a challenging but energetic activity lead by qualified Cave Leaders but you need to have a minimum level of fitness.

11.Montalto Estate

Like a fairy tale nestled in the heart of nature, Montalto Estate is a place that offers something for everyone. Or you can tell, offer everything for everyone. Every one of these elements has combined to produce an appealing scene that will warm your heart and pleasure your spirit. Together with its historical past, this location has redefined what it means to have fun and adventure.

This attraction consists of a series of activities and hand-carved cottages coming together with outstanding buildings cut out of a solid rock face, creating a set of houses that are sure to draw your attention instantly.

Montalto Estate is a serene setting where lush gardens meet crystal-clear ponds, making for a relaxing ambiance to enjoy. And the only thing that can be heard is the calm stream of water and the rustling of leaves. Of course, if you want to have a complete Irish experience, you should bring an Irish dessert from the cafe inside the place.

Never Ending Fun in Northern Ireland

I hope this list of fun things to do in Northern Ireland will help you to plan the ultimate adventurous trip here. Northern Ireland may be by small but it certainly doesn’t fail to impress those visiting. These fun activities can are something you can enjoy whilst also exploring the amazing history and culture the country has to offer.

Have you been to any of these fun places in Northern Ireland? Or do you have any other recommendations? We would love to know, let us know in the comments below!

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