Great outdoor adventures in NI this Summer

With its stunning landscapes and rugged coastline, Northern Ireland offers an abundance of outdoor adventures for people of all ages. This summer, embrace your inner explorer with breath-taking natural wonders, scenic mountain hikes and family-friendly activities - all on a budget. So, grab your sunhat, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready to explore the best of what Northern Ireland has to offer.  

Castle Ward Estate 

Step into the wonderful world of Castle Ward Estate, a National Trust property that offers free access to its stunning grounds. Take a leisurely stroll along the wooded trails, discover hidden nooks and enjoy picturesque picnics overlooking Strangford Lough. The estate is also famous for its association with Game of Thrones, being used as a film location for Winterfell. Take the kids for an adventure, have a romantic picnic or bring the dog for scenic zoomies – whatever your vibe, this is a great location!  

Armagh Planetarium 

Embark on a celestial journey at the Armagh Planetarium, located in one of the most historic cities in Northern Ireland. Take a seat in the domed theatre and prepare to be dazzled by the wonders of the universe. The whole family can enjoy captivating shows that explore astronomy, the solar system and the mysteries of outer space. This educational and entertaining experience is perfect for young astronomers in the making.   

Templemore Baths  

For those inevitable rainy days, Templemore Baths is a great way to entertain the kids or get away for a spot of relaxation. As the sole surviving Victorian public baths in Ireland, the redevelopment preserves and enhances the historic features while extending the offering to provide a modern leisure facility. After reopening on 19th June, the baths are sure to impress families and avid swimmers alike.  

Kilbroney Forest Park  

Take the kids on a magical Narnia adventure at Kilbroney Forest Park in Co Down. Inspired by C.S Lewis’s epic tale, this mystical trail is short enough for the kids to enjoy and weaves through forest trails, passing tree people and a beaver’s house. While this walk is great for the kids, people of all ages can enjoy riverside views and the beauty of getting swept up in nature.  

Mo Mowlan Play Park  

Nestled within Stormont Estate in Belfast, Mo Mowlan play park is sure to be a firm favourite with the younger members of the family. The inclusive park has been specially designed so children of all abilities can play together. With castle-themed activities, multi-sensory areas and scenic walks throughout the estate, this free and fun-filled location is sure to be a hotspot this summer.  

Northern Ireland offers a treasure trove of free family-friendly adventures perfect for spending quality time with your nearest and dearest. From stunning natural wonders and cultural landmarks to indoor adventures, these low-cost attractions give families the inspiration to enjoy the summer holidays while creating lifelong memories.  

We hope we’ve inspired you to make the most of this summer with our fun and free activities. For more #SmarterLiving tips visit our latest news page and follow us on our social channels.