Great National Trust days out in Northern Ireland
There’s something wonderful about National Trust days out. Their properties cater so well to families, with children and adults of all ages often able to find an activity or point of interest.
For the kids there’s often an adventure playground or outdoor spaces to explore, as well as activities designed for children within estates and houses. In Northern Ireland there are some great coastal trails and walks, some of which feature in this guide to National Trust days out in Northern Ireland.
Carrick-a-Rede‘s coast has some of Ireland’s most stunning coastal trails and is home to basking sharks, dolphins and porpoises. Will you be brave enough to cross the rope bridge which is suspended almost 100ft above sea level?
Stacey says: “There are some steep ledges and drop offs at Carrick-a-Rede and we made sure the kids stayed on the inside of the paths and away from any drop-offs, but most areas had rails and more dangerous paths were marked”
Read more about Stacey’s visit to both the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-rede.
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House will give you a day of beautiful walks across the cliffs and through the gardens to discover dovecotes and temples. Amazing ruins to explore and Bishops Play Trail, with it’s spiders web,climbing frame and much more!
Debs, from Super Busy Mum, says: “We really had such a lovely day, it was a cold one and it took us about two days to warm up! Nevertheless, the kids are asking to go back again”
Read Debs’ review at Super Busy Mum.
Giant’s Causeway offers the chance to see some spectacular rock formations. From the Grand Causeway, to the Giant’s boot, they all have a mystical tale of Finn the giants surrounding them.
Monika, from Inspiroo, says: “The tide was coming in, so it was fun watching as people trying to get the perfect picture were getting soaked by the occasionally rising waves. Gradually it became quieter as the last shuttle time was approaching. The kids were really happy playing in nature’s playground, so I decided we’d stay to watch the sunset”
Stacey, from Strollering the Globe, says: “My kids took a few tumbles climbing on the Causeway rocks, but to them it was just a big playground to climb on and they loved it”
White Park Bay
White Park Bay is an ancient and peaceful beach full of fossils and wildlife. Monika, whose family took part in a Ranger walk says: ” We started walking down to the beach, stopping intermittently as our ranger, spotted something interesting in the bushes to point out, or was asked by one of the kids about a bug they had caught”
Read Monika’s blog for a review of Giant’s Causeway and White Park Bay.
More great National Trust days out
I hope you found this guide useful in planning some family days out in Northern Ireland. For ideas on which National Trust properties to visit across the UK, check out my list of 100 Amazing National Trust Days Out With Children!
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