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Northern Ireland may not be the obvious choice for a family holiday in the UK, but there are lots of things for families to enjoy there. There are the well-known tourist destinations such as the Giant's Causeway, fabulous unspoilt beaches and historic locations including Carrickfurgus Castle and Dundrum Castle.
Of course, there has been a recent surge in the popularity of holidays in Northern Ireland. This is firstly because of it's extensive use as filming locations for the massive hit TV series Game of Thrones. Secondly, the opening of The Titanic exhibition in Belfast which coincided with the 100th anniversary of that ill-fated ship's voyage.
Whatever type of family holiday you are looking for, here are some of the best holiday parks, caravan parks, cottages, perfect for an affordable family holiday in Northern Ireland.
This friendly family run holiday park in County Down is located at the base of Slieve Donard, one of the Mourne Mountains.
The area is is known for its sandy beaches, tranquil forest parks, and is close to the famous Tropicana fun pool.
This holiday park in Ballycastle, County Antrim is close to the Giant's Causeway and has accommodation in a range of static caravans, lodges and apartments. Enjoy a splash in the indoor heated swimming pool, or the sea breeze from the outdoor children's play area.
Located in Ballywalter, Co Down, this park is close to many museums and National Trust properties and is located oposite an harbour. The apartments look out onto a sea view.
Drumhoney offers static caravan hire and lodges as well as camping pitches. This peaceful park offers facilities from an animal farm to fishing lakes, kids play area and go-karting.
Located minutes away from the West Strand Beach in Portrush, this park offers caravans, camping cabins and even geo domes.
The park has childrens play areas and the park is located for easy access to the Giant's Causeway.
With a choice of caravans and camping cabins, you can enjoy a peaceful holiday in the beautiful Northern Irish countryside.
In the camping cabins you can be at one with nature, whilst enjoying a dip in your very own hot tub.
Located just outside Lisnaskea in Co. Fermanagh, Share Discovery Village offers an endless array of possibilities and adventures. The 60-acre site sits on the shores of tranquil Upper Lough Erne offers a wide variety of amazing indoor and outdoor activities for children, families, groups, clubs and more.
Accomodation is in self catering chalets, camping or motorhomes and the site and activities are accessible to people with disabilities.
Sykes Cottages have family holiday cottages that you can rent in all over Northern Ireland in both city and seaside locations, with family and pet-friendly options.
Imagine Ireland have cottages in all areas of Northern Ireland, including baby friendly, child friendly and teenage friendly accommodation. They also have dog-friendly cottages so every member of the family can go away together.
NT Ireland offer 12 cottages to rent from the NT in beautiful historic locations.
Choose from 7 self catering cottages in County Down with accomadation for dogs and horses. yes, really. The farm offers it's own themed walking trails of varying lengths which include badger watching and birdwatching. Well placed to see many of Nothern Ireland's best tourist locations.
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board official website. Tourist information on holidays in Northern Ireland including ideas for activities, places to visit and things to do, plus booking information on hotels, and other holiday accommodation in Northern Ireland.
Guide to every type of outdoor activity in Northern Ireland.
If you are going to Northern Ireland for a holiday, or if you live there are are looking for ideas of things to do and places to go, here are some ideas.
The Giant's Causeway is the best known natural feature in the whole of Northern Ireland and an absolute must-see if you are on Holiday. According to legend it was created by the Giant Finn McCool, but it is actually made from volcanic basalt columns.
Titanic Belfast is an iconic piece of architecture and the world's largest Titanic visitor experience. The exhibit includes nine interactive galleries where you discover the sights, sounds, smells and stories of the ship, as well as learn about the people and city that made her.
One of the newest attractions in Northern Ireland, this studio tour is a must-see for fans of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones book series and the massively popular TV show that they spawned.
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