LISBURN AND CASTLEREAGH
Visit Lisburn Castlereagh for award-winning attractions, great shopping, fantastic food, and first-class accommodation. Entertain the kids with a host of family-friendly venues in Lisburn and Dundonald or immerse yourself in rich heritage at one of our stunning historic villages such as Hillsborough or Moira.
Discover the History
Explore the beautifully restored Castle Gardens in the City’s Historic Quarter or learn about our industrial heritage with a visit to the award-winning Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum which tells the story of spinning and weaving traditions through interesting displays and artifacts.
Villages, Castles & Gardens
Plan a relaxed visit to the picturesque villages of Hillsborough and Moira, with their mix of boutique shops and gastro pubs and cafes they offer superb local produce. Take time to explore the beautiful parkland of Moira Demesne with the recently added sensory garden or take a tour of Hillsborough Castle & Gardens, the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland.
Shop and Dine
Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or want a quick bite, discover the true taste of Ulster in our vibrant restaurants, cafés, and farmers’ markets, featuring produce from some of the area’s award-winning growers and producers. Memorable shopping opportunities await you at Bow Street Mall, Sprucefield and Forestside Shopping Centres, and Lisburn Square.
There are many other boutiques in the local villages to explore, offering the latest designer clothing and accessories that you won’t find on the High Street or browse the numerous craft shops featuring the work of artists and makers from across Northern Ireland and beyond.
The area boasts many excellent restaurants with something to suit all tastes and budgets offering not only traditional local fayre but also Indian, Asian, and Italian to name but a few. Every taste is catered for!
Or learn how to distill your own gin at The Still House, Moira, Northern Ireland’s only gin and spirit school. Have fun choosing your own botanicals, distilling, bottling, and labeling your own spirit to take home with you at the end of the class. If gin isn’t your thing why not discover the magic of brewing and learn more about this ancient craft from Master Brewer by visiting Ireland’s oldest independent brewery in the 19th Century courtyard of Hilden House.
Events and Festivals
There is a packed calendar of events on offer all year such as Balmoral Show, Hillsborough Farmers’ Markets, Moira Festival & Speciality Food Fair. There are niche music events like the Hilden Beer and Music Festival or the City of Lisburn & Castlereagh Pipe Band Championships to enjoy. For the more sporty there is the Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10k road race, and fun run held in June each year.
The Lagan Valley LeisurePlex provides fun for kids of all ages with the largest free form leisure pool in Northern Ireland featuring various exciting water rides! There’s also a 25 meter 8-lane competition pool and a Football Factory with 3G synthetic football cages.
Get active at Dundonald Ice Bowl where you’ll find a host of fantastic activities all under one roof. Get your skates on at the Olympic size ice rink or take the family bowling and experience an Xtreme ten-pin bowling session with glow bowling balls, pins, and ultraviolet lanes. Or visit Lisburn Bowl where you can finish off your game with a delicious meal in Blaze restaurant.
Relax in the rural surrounding of Streamvale or Laganvale Farm, not just a farm but a fantastic family experience with many opportunities for children and parents to play and learn together. Or take part in the varied activities at Spruce Meadows which include quad biking, digger driving, archery, and fishing.
Kids can burn off some energy with a day out at We Are Vertigo with the newly installed infapark while parents enjoy a coffee and chat in the on-site café. For something completely different, check out Ireland’s first indoor electric motocross park, E-Trax, where the whole family can learn and improve their off-road riding all year round!
Why not book a stay in one of the many top-rated accommodations. From hotels to B&Bs or caravanning, Lisburn and Castlereagh have it all to offer.
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