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Some of the Free Entry places in Northern Ireland that you can visit without paying for a ticket – all you need is the knowledge

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Do Free Stuff in BELFAST & ANTRIM - Free Days Out

Some of the places in Belfast & County Antrim that you can visit without paying for a ticket – all you need is the knowledge

Admission is Free! (Terms and conditions may apply)

Ballycastle Museum
59 Castle Street, Ballycastle,
County Antrim, BT54 6AS

Open: Jul & Aug, Mon - Sat 12.00 -1800

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 2076 2024

Ballymena Museum
3 Wellington Court, Ballymena,
County Antrim, BT43 6EQ

Open: Mon - Fri 10.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00, Sat 10.00 - 13.00

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 2564 2166

Ballymoney Museum
Ballymoney Town Hall, Townhead Street, Ballymoney BT53 6BE

Explore 9,000 years of history.

At Ballymoney Museum visitors can explore the vibrant history of the Borough. On display are are finds from the Bronze and medieval periods as well as exhibits associated with the political upheaval of the late 18th Century and the United Irish Rebellion. The museum also holds a unique collection of artefacts and memorabilia associated with Irish Motor Cycle Road racing.

The new resource area now includes limited website access for family history research. Ideal for genealogists, students or local people who are curious about the story of this historic region.

Opening hours:
Mon -Thur & Sat 09:00-17:00
Fri 09:00- 16:30

Tel: (028)276 60230
Email: museum@ballymoney.gov.uk

Free car parking
Free Admission

Botanic Gardens
Palm House and Tropical Ravine
Belfast, County Antrim, BT7 1JP

Open: Apr -Sep, Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00, Sat & Sun, bank hol Mon 1300- 17.00, Oct- Mar, Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00, Sat & Sun, bank hol Mon 1300- 16.00, closed Dec 25

Admission is Free! Guided tours £10

Tel: 028 9032 4902
Fax: 028 9032 4902

Carnfunnock Country Park
Antrim Coast Road, Larne,
County Antrim, BT40 2QG

Over 470 acres of woodland, colourful gardens, ponds, walking trails, beaches and coastline, not forgetting its spectacular panoramic views of the Antrim Coast. The Park includes a Walled Garden, Icehouse and the Lime Kilns. More modern additions include an adventure playground, miniature railway and a maze in the shape of Northern Ireland

Open: Spring 09.00 -dusk, Jul & Aug till 2100,
autumn/winter till 1630pm. Closed 25 Dec, 1 Jan.
Some attractions are only open in summer.

Admission is Free! from Oct - Mar only
(Apr -Sep charge made)

Tel: 028 2827 0541 (off season: 028 2826 0088)
Email: carnfunnock@btconnect.com

Cave Hill and MacArt's Fort
Off Antrim Road, Belfast

Open: Mon - Sat 09.00 -1030, Sun 09.00 -1800

Admission is Free!

Cave Hill Park And Heritage Centre
Antrim Road, Belfast

Close to the Zoological Gardens, this park offers great views over Belfast and is a good spot for rambling, orienteering and bird watching.

Open: Mon - Sat 09.00 -1030; Sun 09.00 - 1800

Admission is Free!

Love nature? Join the RSPB as a family today

Colin Glen Forest Park, Forest Park Centre,
163 Stewartstown Road,
Dunmurry, Co Antrim

Colin Glen Forest Park celebrated its 20th anniversary of dedicated conservation by the Colin Glen Trust in 2009.

The park exemplifies a successful regeneration programme, transforming over the years from a mis-used river and glen to a thriving native woodland full of natural beauty. The outstanding quality of the park was recognised in 2008, when it became the first community forest park in Northern Ireland to be awarded a Green Flag Award.

With help from the Heritage Trail Guide, visitors can walk through the history of the park including the regeneration of the park, past land owners, use of the river in the linen industry and brick works and geological features from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

While the park does not have a designated play area, there are endless opportunities to explore the wonders of nature within the park.

Colin Glen Forest Park is open 365 days a year.

The secure car park is open from 09.00 - 18.00 in the summer and 09.00 - 17.00 in the winter.

The Forest Park Centre also houses exhibitions, information on the park and surrounding area as well as educational and toilet facilities. The paths within the park are wheel-chair friendly. Dogs are welcome in the park, but please keep them on a lead.

Free Admission

Tel: +44 (0) 28 90614115

Conway Mill
5-7 Conway Street
Belfast, County Antrim, BT13 2DE

Open: Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.30

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 9024 8543

Crown Liquor Saloon
46 Great Victoria Street, Belfast,
County Antrim, BT2 7BA

A high Victorian public house built in the late 19th century, with fine woodwork, glass and tiles.

Open: Mon - Sat 11.30-23.00, Sun 12.30-22.00

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 9024 9476 (National Trust)


Giant's Causeway
44 Causeway Road
Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8SU

A wonderful stretch of coastline which harbours a wealth of natural and local history. The Causeway's rock formations are made of basalt formed 60 million years ago. The visitor centre organises activities for all ages throughout the year.

Open: Mon - Sun 10.00 - 17.00pm, Nov - Feb 10.00 - 1630 Closed Dec 24th - 27th

Admission is Free!


Tel: 028 207 31855 (National Trust)
Fax: 028 2073 2537
Email: causewaytic@hotmail.com

Glenariff Forest Park
98 Glenariff Road
Ballymena, County Antrim, BT44 0QX

Open: Mon - Sun 10.00 -dusk, closed Dec 25

Admission is Free! Car park charges apply

Tel: 028 2175 8232
Fax: 028 2175 8828

Tourist Office, Sheskburn House, 7 Mary Street
Ballycastle, Co Antrim, BT54 6QH

The park is dissected by two small rivers with spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and stretches of fast flowing water tumbling through rocky gorges. There is an exhibition centre. Four way- Marked trails of varying length (1-9 Km) wind through the forest leading to some of the Park's most beautiful wooden areas. One follows the Glenariff River with its famous waterfalls and passes through the National Nature Reserve.

Open: Mon - Sun 10.00 - dusk, closed Dec 25

Admission is Free! Car park charges apply

Tel - Tourist Office: 02820 762024
Fax: 02820 762515

Hilden Brewery
Hilden Brewery Visitor Centre
Hilden House, Grand Street
Lisburn, County Antrim, BT27 4TY

Open all year, Tue - Sat 10.00 - 17.00
Admission is Free! (Tours £4.50, groups £3.75)

Tel : 028 9266 3863

Hillsborough Courthouse / Hillsborough Castle
The Square, Hillsborough,
County Antrim, BT2 7HF

Events regularly Free -  Phone for details

Tel: 028 9268 3285

Hilsborough Fort
The Square
Hillsborough, County Antrim, BT2 7HF

Open: Apr -Sep Tue - Sat 10.00 - 19.00, Sun 14.00 - 19.00,
Oct- Mar Tue - Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Sun 14.00 - 16.00

Admission is Free!

Information: 028 9268 3285

Lagan Valley Regional Park
Belvoir Park Forest
Belfast, County Antrim, BT8 7QT

Enjoy 10 miles of scenic walking along the river Lagan and Lagan Canal.

Open: Mon - Sun, dawn-dusk

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 9049 1922

The Linen Hall Library
17 Donegall Square North
Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 5GB

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 9032 1707
Fax: 028 9043 8586

Northern Ireland in the Second World War
War Memorial Building, 9-13 Waring Street
Belfast, BT1 2DW

Open: Mon to Fri 09.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 9032 0392

Portrush Countryside Centre
8 Bath Road
Portrush, County Antrim, BT56 8AP

Open: Easter-Sep, Mon - Sun 10.00 -1800

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 7082 3600

Rathlin Island
RSPB , Offshore from Ballycastle
Ballycastle, County Antrim, BT54 6RT

Six miles off the north Antrim Causeway Coast lies Rathlin Island Causeway coast. The spectacular cliffs come alive with seabirds from late Apr to early August. You can get a full sense of their numbers from the RSPB vantage point on the West Lighthouse which is on the cliff face. Birds seen will include breeding puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars. Shelter from the elements is minimal - warm, waterproof clothing is a must. Toilets or refreshment facilities do not exist at the viewpoint as yet, but full amenities can be found at the nearby harbour.

Open: Apr to Aug.

Admission is Free! Donations to the RSPB are welcome

Visitors should contact warden before visiting.
Tel: Warden 028 2076 3948

St. Anne's Cathedral
Donegall Street
Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 2HB

Open: Open all year, Mon - Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Sun before and after services, closed Dec 26-Jan 3

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 9032 8332
Fax: 028 9023 8855

Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens
Belfast, BT9 5AB

Fascinating array of plants and complemented by glass palm house built by Richard Turner of Dublin, who went on to build the palm house at Kew Gardens. Temperate and tropical species of economic value are the speciality.

Open: Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00, Sat 1300- 17.00, Sun 14.00 - 17.00 Closed Dec 24-27 & Jan 1

Admission is Free!

Tel: 028 9038 3000
Fax: 028 9038 3003

Below this line, in the grey area, we are adding alternative days out to the Free listings that DoFreeStuff is renowned for. This is to help you plan your family days out. The attractions listed below make a charge for admission!

The Ballance House
118a Lisburn Road
Glenavy, County Antrim, BT29 4NY
Tel: 028 9264 8492

Belfast Zoo
Antrim Road
Belfast, County Antrim, BT36 7PN
Tel: 0289 077 6277

Benvarden House
Benvarden, Dervock, Ballymoney, BT53 6QL
Tel: 028 2074 1331

Bog Meadows Nature Reserve
Milltown Row, Falls Road
Belfast, Antrim, BT12 6EN

Brookhall Historical Farm
2 Horse Park, Lisburn, County Antrim, BT28 2QU
Tel: 028 9262 1712

Carrickfergus Castle
Marine Highway, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, BT38 7BG
Tel: 028 9335 1273

Derrymore House
Bessbrook, Newry, County Armagh, BT2 7BA
Tel: 028 3083 8361

lenmachan Place, Boucher Road
Belfast, Antrim, BT12 6FR
Tel: 028 9020 2300

Dunluce Castle
87A Duncluce Road
Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8UY
Tel: 028 2073 1938

Dunluce Centre
10 Sandhill Drive
Portrush, County Antrim, BT56 8BF
Tel: 028 7082 4444

Ecos - Millennium Evironmental Centre
Kernohans Lane, Broughshane Road
Ballymena, County Antrim, BT43 7QA
Tel: 028 2566 4400

Fernhill House
Glencairn Road
Belfast, County Antrim, BT13 3PU
Tel: 028 9071 5599

Flame: The Gasworks Museum Of Ireland
44 Irish Quarter West
Carrickfergus, County Antrim, BT38 8AT
Tel: 028 9336 9575

Glenarm Castle
Antrim Estates
Glenarm, BT44 0BQ
Tel: 028 2884 1203

Inch Abbey
Information from: Environment Heritage Service,
5-33 Hill Street, Belfast , BT1 2LA
Tel: 028 9054 3037

Lagan Lookout
1 Donegall Quay
Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 3EA
Tel: 028 9031 5444

Larne Museum, Carnegie Arts Centre
2 Victoria Road, Larne, County Antrim, BT40 1RN
Tel: 028 2827 9482

Lunarland, Yorkgate Complex
Shore Road, Belfast

Murlough Bay - Ballycastle
Information from National Trust, North Antrim office, 60 Causeway Road, Bushmills , Co Antrim, BT54 6QH
Tel: National Trust: 028 2073 1582

The Old Bushmills Distillery Co. Ltd
Distillery Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8XH
Tel: 028 2073 1521

Patterson's Spade Mill
Antrim Road
Templepatrick, County Antrim, BT39 0AP
Tel: 028 9443 3619

Streamvale Open Farm
38 Ballyhanwood Road
Belfast, County Antrim, BT5 7SN
Tel: 028 9048 3244

Ulster Aviation Heritage Centre: Langford Lodge
97 Largy Road
Crumlin, Antrim, BT29 4RT
Tel: 028 9445 4444

W5 Odyssey, 2 Queens Quay
Belfast, BT3 9QQ
Tel: 028 9045 1055

White Park Bay
North Antrim Office, 60 Causeway Road
Bushmills , BT57 8SU
Tel: 028 2073 1582

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