Visiting Carrickfergus Castle with Kids

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. The castle was built in 1177 by John de Courcy and is still remarkably intact, making it perfect for exploring. From the outside of the castle, you can see various models looking through windows, or guarding the towers which really bring the history to life. The kids were most fascinated by the “murder hole” in the ceiling of the gateway. It would have been used in defence of the castle, allowing defenders to fire, throw or pour harmful… Continue Reading “Visiting Carrickfergus Castle with Kids”

Visiting Dunluce Castle with Kids

Dunluce Castle (1)

The Giant’s Causeway part of a stunning stretch of coastline called the Causeway Coast, but if you don’t fancy driving it, there are a couple of other must visit places close by, including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle, used as the location of Castle Greyjoy in Game of Thrones. Tucked away on a cliffside west of the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle gives you a real “wow” moment as it comes into view. The castle, which balances on the edge of a rocky outcrop is accessed via a bridge which connects it to the mainland. This stunning castle reminded me… Continue Reading “Visiting Dunluce Castle with Kids”

Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line

Stena Line Lagan

When researching travel options for our holiday to Northern Ireland we decided that taking ferry would be the sensible and most affordable option as we would be able to take our car with us. Checking-in was straightforward and after picking up our boarding pass, we had a short wait before making our way onboard. What did surprise me was that the Stena Line Ferry from Liverpool to Belfast would take 8 hours and I did wonder if we would be able to keep the kids occupied for that amount of time, however I need not have worried about keeping the… Continue Reading “Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line”

Visiting Guinness Storehouse with Kids

Guinness Storehouse

During our visit to Northern Ireland we couldn’t leave without heading over the border for a whistle stop tour of Dublin, as it is only a couple of hours drive from Belfast. Hubby is a Guinness drinker, so visiting the Guinness Storehouse was the first thing on our list to do, plus kids under 13 go FREE, which is always a bonus. If you are travelling by car, there is also complimentary parking for Storehouse visitors on Crane Street. Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in 1759 at the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin and so confident of his product was… Continue Reading “Visiting Guinness Storehouse with Kids”

Crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge with kids

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is home to some of the most stunning coastal scenery I have ever seen and a short drive from the Giant’s Causeway is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Owned by the National Trust, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, which links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede and was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. From the car park there is a beautiful mile-long clifftop walk along the stunning coastline to the rope bridge. You will need to purchase tickets at the reception hut in order… Continue Reading “Crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge with kids”

Finding Northern Ireland’s Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Castle Ward

Series 8 of Game of Thrones is only a few weeks away and during our visit to Northern Ireland in February half term we visited many of the shows fantastic filming locations, many of which are dotted along the Northern Ireland Coastal Route. Numerous key scenes have been filmed in the country and to help you locate them, Discover Northern Ireland have launched the Game of Thrones Filming Locations Northern Ireland app, available for Apple on AppStore and Android on GooglePlay. Having the app allows you to visit and explore the locations at your own pace and it links to… Continue Reading “Finding Northern Ireland’s Game of Thrones Filming Locations”

Top Tips for finding accessible holidays

Wheelchair Beach

Many of us take booking a holiday for granted, but what about those with limited mobility or those needing pet friendly properties for people with hearing or visual impairments? Many places in the UK and abroad now offer accessible facilities to cater for everyone’s needs, but it is important to do your research before booking to ensure that it meets your own specific requirements. Mobility Plus has put together their Top 5 accessible stays in the UK but here is my checklist for booking your holiday. Research Online Have a look at the accommodations accessibility statement and any other information… Continue Reading “Top Tips for finding accessible holidays”