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Why go?

The city of Belfast is a child’s paradise and with its broad streets, botanical garden and zoo, there’s no shortage of entertainment for youngsters. However, it is the Titanic Belfast that will have the most appeal, particularly for younger visitors, for whom the interactive displays will be historical heaven.

Activities

In the newly renovated Titanic Quarter, you can still see the scaffolding on which the doomed vessel, Titanic, was built. Close by is the Titanic Belfast, a gargantuan new museum shaped like one of the ship’s funnels, crammed with artefacts and information about the ship, as well as an ever-changing roster of temporary exhibitions, including plenty of creative tasks and climbing tools. The Quarter also has plenty of child-friendly tours, where you can follow in the footsteps of the Titanic's builders.

Don't miss: An exhilarating Belfast Sea Safari, which lets you whizz around the buildings from the comfort of a sizeable speedboat. Lifejackets and running commentary are part of the package. Food, sadly, is not, although that’s not to say you won't eat well.  

Food: Along with reliable chain establishments such as La Tasca, there’s the excellent Portside Inn on Dargan Road, where you can tuck into local favourites such as colcannon (mashed potato with cabbage and cream) while reliving your family’s day out with the Titanic.

The lowdown

How to get there: You can fly into Belfast International and Belfast City Airports from most major UK airports. easyJet flies from London to Belfast international; from £42 return.  

Travel time: By air, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.