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”

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”

Visiting Crumlin Road Gaol with Kids

Isaac Crumlin Road

When we started planning our visit to Belfast, we had a list of places we wanted to visit. Crumlin Road Gaol wasn’t on it – who wants to visit a grim prison? However, a chance meeting with our AirBnB host and his recommendation for it as a brilliant day out, saw it added to our visit list. HMP Belfast, also known as Crumlin Road Gaol, is a former prison situated on the Crumlin Road in North Belfast and is the only Victorian era prison remaining in Northern Ireland since 1996. We booked on a daily guided tour which runs every… Continue Reading “Visiting Crumlin Road Gaol with Kids”

Exploring Castle Ward and Audley’s Castle

Dire Wolf

There are a number of reasons that we chose Northern Ireland for our half term break this year, but one of the main ones was to find as many of HBO’s Game of Thrones® filming sites as possible. With a young family in tow, we decided against doing a structured tour to allow us to explore at our own pace, instead downloading the Discover Ireland Game of Thrones app, available on GooglePlay and Appstore which gives you location names and directions to help you find them. The first location on our list was Castle Ward, a National Trust property, whose… Continue Reading “Exploring Castle Ward and Audley’s Castle”