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”

Worst Witch Live at the Mayflower – Review

Mildred Hubble

Eliza is my little bookworm and devours entire books in a couple of days. Her current favourite book series is The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, which I have fond memories of reading when I was at school. If you have not read any of the books, in a time before a certain boy wizard was even a twinkle in the eye, Mildred Hubble was a trainee witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy, and she made an awful mess of it. She was always getting her spells wrong and she couldn’t even ride a broomstick without crashing it. Now, the… Continue Reading “Worst Witch Live at the Mayflower – Review”

Visiting the Giant’s Causeway with Kids

Giant's Causeway NT

If there was one thing that saved us a lot of money during our visit to Northern Ireland, it was our National Trust membership as many of the sites we wanted to visit were looked after by them. Our first visit of our holiday was to the Giant’s Causeway and although you can access the stones for free via the Public Right of Way, it is well worth visiting the award-winning Visitor Centre, which is included in your National Trust membership. Inside you will find an exhibition showcasing the stories and the science behind the Giant’s Causeway, plus a giant… Continue Reading “Visiting the Giant’s Causeway with Kids”

Visiting Titantic Belfast Museum with Kids

Titanic Sign

One of the first buildings we caught sight of on our visit to Belfast was the stunning Titanic Belfast Museum, which was sat beautifully lit in pinks and purples on the banks of the River Lagan. Titanic Belfast opened on the centenary of the Titantic disaster in 2012, on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. The building itself is spectacular, as it is covered with three-dimensional aluminium plates with the four corners of the building representing the sheer scale of Titanic’s bow. The kids were given… Continue Reading “Visiting Titantic Belfast Museum with Kids”