10 things to do in Northern Ireland 9 – 15 January 2023
1. The Ark Open Farm, Newtownards, County Down, from 7 January – 15 February 2023, open weekends only. The Ark Open Farm is a fantastic family day out and is unique, being the only one of its kind specialising in animals that are no longer seen in Northern Ireland’s fields. Set in forty acres of unspoiled countryside, it is home to approximately two hundred animals of all kinds which you can get up close to and interact with the help of the friendly staff.
2. We Are Vertigo, Belfast. Discover what Vertigo Titanic Quarter and Vertigo Newtownbreda have to offer. With two huge Inflatable Parks, Ninja Master Course, Adventure Centre and Indoor Skydiving, you’ll create memories that last a lifetime, with fun for everyone.We Are Vertigo invites you to bounce, ski, play, climb and challenge yourself all year round. It doesn’t matter what age you are, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
3. Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast. Only 25 years ago, the heavy gates of Crumlin Road Gaol slammed shut for the final time. Today, you can explore its 150-year history of tensions, imprisonment and executions. Learn first-hand about the gaol’s colourful past and gain a memorable insight into its daily routine.
4. Derry Girls Afternoon Tea, Derry~Londonderry. Treat yourself to a spot of Afternoon Tea at the Everglades Hotel in Derry~Londonderry. Inspired by the hit TV show, enjoy sandwiches, freshly baked scones, breads and a pastry assortment but with a Derry Girls twist that includes a sausage roll bap, fresh cream horns, cone of chips and a delicious cocktail. Must be booked 24 hours in advance.
5. Visit Derry Pass, Derry~Londonderry. Make the most of a visit to Derry~Londonderry by purchasing the Visit Derry Pass, an integrated ticket that will give you access to 10 attractions and activities across the city. You can visit iconic sites including The Guildhall, Tower Museum, Siege Museum and The Museum of Free Derry. You will also be able to join tours of the city’s cathedrals and churches and have access to several guided tour options that take in the bustle of the city.
6. The Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, County Tyrone. The Ulster American Folk Park tells the story of Ulster people’s emigration to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn more about lives left behind, the hardships endured on the journey and the pioneering spirit of building lives in a new land.
7. Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House, Dungannon, County Tyrone. The O’Neill was the head of one of Ireland’s most powerful dynasties. This was a family which could number two high kings among its members – and claimed descent from the legendary Niall of the nine hostages. The hill you can stand on today was the centre of the family’s power baseand you can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views from their glass observation tower today.
8. Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, County Armagh. The sky’s the limit at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium. A leading centre for astronomical research, it’s also a star attraction for kids. In the Planetarium’s Digital Full Dome Theatre, you can sit back, relax and experience the wonders of our universe. Take a tour of the night sky and discover how scientific research has impacted the field of astronomy.
9. The Boatyard Distillery, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Visit the Boatyard Distillery on the banks of Lough Erne to see how they produce the finest spirits using the highest quality botanicals and ingredients. Come and meet the team, see their skills in action and discover the secret behind the famous ‘Érainn’ the distillery’s very own Copper still.
10. The Out to Lunch Festival, Belfast, 7 – 29 January. The Out to Lunch Festival is Belfast's annual winter celebration of music, theatre, comedy and film in the city's historic Cathedral Quarter. Lunchtime shows come served with a hot lunch for £10 and festival events regularly sell out so early booking is advised.
Booking is essential for most activities. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Subject to availability.
For more information on what’s on or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit https://discovernorthernireland.com/