Fun Things to do with Kids in Belfast City

When visiting Belfast you really are spoilt for choice with the range of local outdoor and indoor activities there are on offer. And the best thing – our city-centre location, many of Belfast’s family attractions are close to Maldron Hotel Belfast City, so you will have a fantastic base to explore the local fun things to do whatever the weather.

Our Staff's Top Picks

  • Belfast Zoo
  • The Wee Tram
  • Streamvale Open Farm
  • W5 Belfast
  • Ulster Museum
  • We Are Vertigo

Outdoor Adventures

Belfast Zoo

Located on the Northeastern slope of Cavehill, overlooking Belfast’s Antrim Road, the Belfast Zoological Gardens is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. With daily talks, feeding times and a “zooper” 55-acre site there is plenty to explore at the Belfast Zoo.

The Wee Tram

The story of the Titanic Quarter comes to life on board. Hop on a tram and the live guide will fill the tour with local knowledge, good craic and amazing stories of the shipyard, illustrated by photography and video material on screens in each carriage. You can even wear your very own Edwardian ‘duncher’ as you travel! (it’s the old yardmen’s cap). For routes and tickets visit the Wee Tram website.

Streamvale Open Farm

With activities including pony grooming, animal feeding, tractor rides and barrel rides, there’s plenty for the whole family to do at Streamvale Open Farm. For opening hours and prices visit Streamvale Open Farm‘s website.

Barnett Demense

Barnett Demense, located next to Malone House, is the perfect place to take the family out and get some fresh air while taking in the beautiful features of the park. There is plenty to do and see with the park featuring a daffodil garden, arboretum, children’s playground, eco-trail, bike trails and a jump park.

CS Lewis Square

CS Lewis Square is a beautiful park dedicated to the work of the brilliant Belfast-born author, CS Lewis. The park contains sculptures from his world-famous kids’ book The Chronicles of Narnia. Kids will be in awe of sculptures of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as well Aslan, the beavers and Mr Tumnus. So why not get the kids out and let their imagination run wild with these amazing pieces of art.

Exploris Aquarium

Exploris is Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal sanctuary which is situated in Portaferry. The facility is located on the shores of the Marine Nature reserve of Strangford Lough (1 hour from our hotel), which is an important winter migration destination for many wading and sea birds.

The Giant’s Causeway

Home to the legendary “Finn McCool”, and a beautiful landscape of dramatic cliffs, The Giant’s Causeway is the perfect day out for the whole family. You can climb Shepherd’s Steps, take selfies on the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean or even take a hike along the cliff-top trail to experience breath-taking views. Unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape in the exhibition area of the Visitor Centre, and then sit and enjoy the scenery with a coffee and a bun at the café.

The Giant’s Causeway is an hour and 20-minute car journey via the M2 from our hotel, with beautiful coastal views along the way.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge across the Atlantic Ocean, Carrick-a-Rede Island (home to a single building – a fisherman’s cottage) is the final destination.

Suspended almost 100 ft (30m) above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago. Carrick-a-Rede is only a 1 hour 15 minute car journey via the M2 from our hotel and tickets should be booked in advance.

The Dark Hedges

Planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century, and known for its iconic appearance on the Game of Thrones; this breath-taking boulevard of beech trees is a Northern Ireland must-see! The Dark Hedges is only a 1-hour car journey from the hotel via the M1. If you’re planning a road trip, The Dark Hedges would be the perfect place for a pit-stop and a selfie or two.

Walking Trails & Hikes

There are a large variety of close-by walking trails such as Cave Hill, Black Mountain and Stormont Estate.


You can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city with the knowledge that you are only 15 minutes drive to the seaside areas of Holywood, Seahill and Helen’s Bay where you can enjoy the unspoilt beaches.

Public Parks

Across Belfast, there is an abundance of free public parks such as Botanic Gardens which is close-by, City Hall lawn which is often used for family picnics on sunny days and the Mo Mowlam sensory play park at Stormont Estate.

Indoor Fun

W5 Belfast

With over 250 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for the whole family. W5 features a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows throughout the day giving you the opportunity to ask who, what, where, when and why.

Ulster Museum

Located in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, the Ulster Museum has more than 8,000 square metres of display space available for the public to explore. From collections of fine art, archaeology, ethnography, treasures from the Spanish Armada, local history, numismatics, industrial archaeology, botany, zoology and geology there’s plenty to see and enjoy for the whole family.

We Are Vertigo

This indoor inflatable park is where falls, thrills and adrenaline rules. Where you can fly. Where you bounce. Where you WHOOSH, wallop, whoop and wonder. Where you can fill your lungs with air and your heart with joy. With indoor skydiving and ninja master courses, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy. For more information visit We Are Vertigo.

Lost City Adventure Golf

Lost City Adventure Golf, located at Cityside Retail and Leisure Park, contains two 18 holed indoor jungle-themed courses where both kids and adults can take on Explorer Falls, Sunken Ridge and many more exciting obstacles. The Lost City is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 10.00pm. One of the courses is both wheelchair user and pushchair friendly making it suitable for all visitors.

Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory

Aunt Sandra’s is famous for its handmade fudge, boiled sweets, lollies and many more, all made from 100-year old recipes. Both adults and children can take part in a candy show, where you can hear about how Aunt Sandra began making her famous sweets and how she passed it down from generation to generation. This is a truly amazing experience for all the family.

Get In Touch

For more information, to discuss your requirements or to book your family getaway with Maldron Hotel Belfast City, please contact our friendly team on +44 (0)28 9600 1680 or email and we’re happy to assist you and answer all your questions.

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Common Questions

  • General Hotel Information

    What time is check-in?

    Guaranteed check-in is at 3.00pm on the day of arrival. Early check-in subject to availability and incurs a £20 charge. If a guest expects to arrive after midnight, we would appreciate it if you could let our reception team know via phone on +44 (0)28 9600 1680.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is 11.00 am on the day of departure. Late Check-out’s are subject to availability and incur a £15 per hour charge, up to a maximum of 3 hours. If you plan to avail of a late check-out, please arrange with our reception team during your stay.

    Does the hotel offer baggage storage?

    Yes, we can accommodate luggage storage before check-in or after check-out. Luggage storage is only available on dates that are part of the guests who stay at the hotel.

    Does the hotel offer free WiFi?

    Yes, complimentary WiFi is available throughout all public areas within the hotel and also within all guest bedrooms.

    Is there a laundry service available?

    Yes, we partner with Churchills who offer a same-day laundry service. Please note that additional charges are applicable.

    What do I do if I accidentally left some items in the hotel?

    Please contact the hotel as soon as possible by phone +44 (0)28 9600 1680 or email and provide details of the items left behind and also your reservation details (date you stayed at the hotel and the name the room was booked under). Please be advised we do not arrange for mailing of any items that are left at the hotel. Items can be collected directly from the hotel or we can recommend a courier service.

    Are pets permitted in the hotel?

    No, pets are not allowed in the hotel, with the exception of guide and assistance animals.

    Is the hotel reception desk open 24 hours a day?

    Yes, our reception desk is staffed 24 hours a day.

    What is the hotel’s smoking policy?

    At Maldron Hotel Belfast City, we operate a strictly no smoking policy throughout the entire hotel. A deep cleaning fee will be charged to guests who are found to be in breach of our no smoking policy.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering superb levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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    Do you sell gift vouchers?

    Yes, gift vouchers are available to purchase at the hotel reception desk or online. Gift vouchers can be used in all Maldron Hotels, in our sister brand, Clayton Hotels and selected partner hotels, The Gibson Hotel, The Belvedere Hotel and Hotel 7, meaning a choice of over 40 hotels in Ireland and the UK.

    Do you provide printing facilities for boarding passes?

    Yes, our reception team can assist with printing your boarding pass.

    Does the hotel offer currency exchange?

    No, however, there are a number of banks located within walking distance of the hotel, who offer currency exchange. Simply ask our reception team and they’re happy to provide you with the right directions.

    Do you supply travel adapters?

    Yes, travel adapters can be purchased from the vending machines located on the 1st floor of the hotel. All items within the vending machines are subject to availability.

    Does the hotel offer gym or spa facilities on-site?

    No, Maldron Hotel Belfast City does not offer gym or spa facilities. However, there is a Club Vitae available at our sister property – Clayton Hotel Belfast – less than a 10-minute walk from our hotel. Our guests can avail of discounted daily access rates on their arrival.

  • Location & Parking

    Where exactly is the hotel located in Belfast city centre?

    Maldron Hotel Belfast City is located right in the heart of Belfast city centre, on Brunswick Street, providing the perfect base for guests who are looking for stylish and comfortable accommodation with all that Belfast city has to offer at their doorstep.

    How far are Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport from the hotel?

    Belfast International Airport is approx. a 30 to 35 minutes’ drive from Maldron Hotel Belfast City and George Best’s City Airport is less than a 15-minute drive away.

    Are there any shopping areas nearby?

    Yes, we are located in the heart of Belfast city, within walking distance of both Victoria Square and Castle Court Shopping centre.

    How close are public transport links to the hotel?

    Maldron Hotel Belfast City is centrally located in Belfast City with transport links at the doorstep. We are located directly across the road from Great Victoria Street train station and the Europa Bus Centre and a 10-minute walk from Lanyon Place train station.

    What is there to see and do around the hotel?

    There is loads to do and see around the city and Maldron Hotel Belfast City has a great location in Belfast City with Victoria Shopping Centre, The Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall only a minute’s walk away. We are also the perfect base to visit nearby top attractions, including Titanic Belfast, Cathedral Quarter and Queen’s University, all of which are within close proximity. For more information or inspiration on top attractions within the city, visit our Explore Belfast City page.

    Is there a car rental station near the hotel?

    Yes, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the closest provider and they are located on Cormac Street which is less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

    Is there on-site parking available?

    No, the hotel does not provide on-site parking. However, guests can park their cars at the Great Northern car park located on Hope Street, just a 2-minute walk from the hotel. Our guests can avail of a discounted car parking rate. Please note that the discounted rate is not applicable to parking payments made at the automatic pay stations and tickets must be validated at the hotel reception when leaving the car park.

  • Rooms & Amenities

    What room types does the hotel offer?

    Maldron Hotel Belfast City boasts 237 comfortable and spacious hotel rooms. Depending on your needs, you can choose between 4 different room types, including Deluxe Double Rooms, Deluxe Twin Rooms, Deluxe Family Rooms and Executive King Rooms. We also have 21 Interconnecting bedrooms available. Please check availability with our reception team via email or phone +44 (0)28 9600 1680.

    Are there wheelchair accessible rooms available?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Belfast City offers 12 fully accessible rooms. These rooms are available as interconnecting suites and have fully adapted bathrooms for ease of use. Located in close proximity to the lift and with ample space, they are perfect for movement within the room. Please ensure to request at the time of booking.

    Are there family rooms available?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Belfast City offers 11 family rooms. All of our family rooms accommodate either 2 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years. We also offer Interconnecting rooms, ideal for families with older children, offering extra space and privacy. Our interconnecting rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults and 3 children. The adjoining rooms have a double bed and the second room has a double and single bed.

    Can I get a cot or camp bed in my room?

    Yes, cots can be provided, subject to availability. We would recommend guests request the use of a cot at the time of making their reservation to avoid disappointment. We do not provide camp beds.

    Are the hotel rooms air-conditioned?

    Yes, air-conditioning is available throughout the hotel and each guest bedroom has self-control air-conditioning.

    Do the bathrooms have a shower or a bath?

    Our family rooms have a bath, all other rooms including our executive bedrooms have dual function showers. Our fully accessible bedrooms offer a free-standing shower with the addition of a seat for ease of use.

    Does the hotel offer wake-up calls?

    Yes, wake-up calls can be pre-arranged with reception.

    What amenities are available in the bedroom?

    All of our bedrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, an iron and ironing board, flatscreen TV, in-room safe, essential toiletries and complimentary WiFi.

    Our Executive Suites pose an upgraded experience for our guests and offer the aforementioned amenities including pillow top super king-sized beds, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, a Bewley’s Espresso coffee machine, SKY TV package, bottled water, luxury toiletries and a complimentary morning newspaper delivery.

  • Dining

    What dining options are available at the hotel?

    Our Grain & Grill bar and restaurant is open 7 days a week serving great quality food at reasonable prices from breakfast right through to lunch and dinner. On weekends, guests can enjoy our special weekend Brunch Menu.

    Does the hotel offer breakfast?

    Yes, we are renowned for a great selection of breakfast options available each morning. Choose from traditional grilled breakfast items, freshly prepared fruits, cereals and grains, smoothies, eggs as well as healthier and nutritious options to kickstart your morning. Breakfast is served 7 days a week in our Grain & Grill restaurant, Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 9.30am and weekends and bank holidays from 7.30am to 10.30am.

    Breakfast can be purchased at a discounted rate of £15 per person on check-in and up until 11.00pm the night before. Breakfast purchased on the day is £17 per person.

    What are the opening times of the Grain & Grill?

    Lunch is served at our Grain & Grill restaurant daily from 12.00pm to 5.00pm. Dinner is served daily between 5.00pm and 9.30pm.

    Does the restaurant cater food for allergies?

    Yes, all of our menus have a full allergy listing. Please inform your waiter if you have any allergies, vegetarian or dietary requirements and our kitchen team will be delighted to assist. We also have a variety of gluten-free menu options, including a gluten-free section at breakfast.

    Does Gain & Grill offer a dedicated kid’s menu?

    Yes, our Grain & Grill restaurant features a “Young Diners” menu for children aged 12 and under.

    Do you provide room service?

    Yes, we offer an extensive in-room dining menu daily between 3pm and 10pm. A reduced menu is available after 10pm. Each bedroom contains a Room Service menu and guests can place an order by calling “5007” from the in-room telephone.

    Is there a reservation for dinner required?

    No, a dining reservation is in general not required. However, we advise you to reserve your table to avoid disappointment. To book, please contact our team on +44 (0)28 9600 1680.

    Do you cater for large groups? Can I book a private dining space for a special occasion?

    Yes, we can cater for large groups, however, we cannot provide a private dining space. For more information or to book, please contact our events team on or call +44 (0)28 9600 1680.

  • Meetings & Events

    Are there meeting and event room facilities available at the hotel?

    Yes, we have 4 beautifully decorated state of the art meeting rooms available. Your delegates will be inspired not only by the comfort but by the healthy ‘think breaks’ we are delighted to offer at Maldron Hotel Belfast City.

    Does the hotel facilitate conferences?

    Yes, we can accommodate conferences with a maximum of 90 delegates. For more information please contact our meetings team via phone on +44 (0)28 9600 1680 or email

    How many people do your meeting rooms accommodate?

    Our meeting room capacities vary depending on your set up requirements. We can accommodate from 2 to 90 delegates.

    Please note our capacities have been greatly reduced with the introduction of social distancing requirements.

    What equipment is included in the meeting rooms?

    All our meeting rooms are equipped with standard presentation facilities (LCD projector and screen), flipcharts, water, mints, pads and pencils. In addition, our meeting rooms have floor to ceiling windows and black-out blinds. Free WiFi will be provided complimentary in all meeting rooms.

    Are there food and beverage options available?

    Yes, we offer an extensive array of morning breaks, lunch options and afternoon pick me ups. For more information, please contact our meetings team via phone on +44 (0)28 9600 1680 or email

    Do you have corporate rates available?

    Yes, we offer corporate rates. For more information or to discuss a reduced corporate rate, please contact our meetings team via phone on +44 (0)28 9600 1680 or email

  • Booking & Cancellation

    What is Make It Maldron and how do I sign up?

    Signing up and being part of Make it Maldron means you can save €10/£10 per room per night every time you book directly on our website (excludes selected sale and promotional special offers). To sign up, visit our ‘Make It Maldron’ page and join in 3 simple steps to ensure your discount is applied to all future online bookings.

    What is the best way to make a reservation?

    The best way to book is online on our website where you can easily see our best rates and what exclusive offers and packages are available. Alternatively, you can call us on +44 (0)28 9600 1680 or email

    What should I do if I haven’t received a booking confirmation?

    If you have not yet received a booking confirmation by email, please check your junk/spam folder of your emails. Alternatively, you can also contact our reservations team via phone on +44 (0)28 9600 1680 or email and they’re happy to re-issue a new confirmation to you immediately.

    What payment methods does the hotel accept?

    At Maldron Hotel Belfast City, we accept cash and card both contactless and chip and pin. If paying by cash, we will require photographic ID.

    What is the hotel’s credit/debit card policy?

    When booking online or via phone, a valid credit or debit card will be required to make a booking. This card is used to guarantee the booking only. An alternative card can be used to make payment at the hotel. If you do not have a credit or debit card to guarantee your booking, we will require a £200 deposit. This deposit will be refunded on check-out.

    What age are children for the purpose of hotel packages?

    For the purposes of hotel packages, a child is noted as being between the ages of 3 and 12.

    How do I make a group or multiple room booking?

    Multiple room bookings, up to a maximum of 10 rooms can be made on our hotel website. For bookings requiring more than 10 rooms, we would recommend you contact our reservations department by phone at +44 (0)28 9600 1680.

    Are there any age restrictions when booking a hotel room?

    One guest in each room must be over 18 years of age. All under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian or parent.

    Can I show up at the hotel without a booking?

    Yes, we can accept walk-in bookings, subject to room availability. We will require photographic ID to be presented and either a £200 deposit or a credit card to guarantee the booking. Full payment will also be required on arrival.

    Can I extend my stay?

    Yes, depending on availability, we’ll be happy to accommodate you for further nights at an additional cost.

    How can I amend or cancel my booking?

    If you booked on our website, you can amend or cancel your booking online by clicking the ‘Manage Booking’ at the top of our website. To access this section of the website your will need your confirmation number. Alternatively, you can also contact our reservations department on +44 (0)28 9600 1680 or email

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Maldron Hotel Belfast City offers a free cancellation up to 2pm the day prior to arrival unless advance purchase non-refundable rate was selected. Please note that some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer and date.

    What does the “no-show” policy entail?

    If a guest makes a reservation and fails to show up and doesn’t cancel the reservation successfully then we will take payment for the first night’s stay from the credit or debit card provided at the time of booking. If your booking is advance purchase, the total amount will be non-refundable and you will incur a 100% penalty charge for the entire duration of your stay.

    How can I cancel my reservation if I booked via a third-party website?

    As we cannot make any amendments or cancellations to bookings made via a third-party website, you will need to contact the customer service department of the third-party website. Please note that they have their own cancellation policies, so please refer to your confirmation email.

    Are there any overnight stay offers available?

    We have a number of different overnight stay offers available. For example, our Titanic Package includes an overnight stay in one of our deluxe rooms including breakfast and tickets to the Titanic Exhibition and the SS Nomadic.


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