Five of the best free attractions in Belfast for kids
Belfast has a rich culture and heritage; it’s also a very family-friendly visitor location. The great thing is as well as some great money-saving options, Belfast also has several free entry attractions that families will love. Here are five of the best things to see and do in no particular order:
C S Lewis Square
This is a must visit location. The garden is dedicated to the famous author C S Lewis, who was born in Belfast. There are seven brilliant bronze sculptures from ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, including Aslan, Mr Tumnus and the Beavers. It’s on the Hop on Hop off bus route too and is located next to the East Side Visitor Centre on Newtownards Road close to the junction with Connswater Street where there is parking.
The Big Fish at Custom House Square
Younger children will marvel at The Big Fish, also called the “Salmon of Knowledge”, at Custom House Square. It’s a gigantic 10 metres in length and was built to mark the return of fish to the River Lagan. The Big Fish is based on a character from the book ‘The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn’. From its location you can also see the famous Harland & Wolff Cranes across the river.
It’s perfectly located close to the river at Custom House Square which is a short walk from the Cathedral Quarter hotels and guesthouses.
The Botanic Gardens are an important heritage location covering a mammoth 28 acres. Situated close to Queens University and next to the Ulster Museum, the gardens are home to the Palm House Conservatory, a large historically important curvilinear cast iron glasshouse that is simply stunning. The gardens are well maintained and simply beautiful to explore.
The Ulster Museum is situated right next to the main entrance of the Botanical Gardens and offers insight into the history, artistry and nature of Northern Ireland and beyond to foreign lands and even into space! It has everything a kid could ask for from dinosaur skeletons and models to art. The exhibits are well laid out and there are three fantastic interactive zones especially for children.
When you think of Belfast, you can't help but think of the Titanic. There are references to it all over the city. If you venture to the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre you'll discover a step by step story of the Titanic. Once you've done that it's time to get walking. Beginning at the Titanic Memorial Garden at the Belfast City Hall you’ll travel to the Titanic Quarter. Along the way you’ll discover Titanic related locations and seafaring heritage. To help make the most of your Titanic journey, you can download the map to your device of choice and follow the trail at your own pace. If you're unable to download it before you arrive call into the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre to download the map. It's an experience none of the family will forget.