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Belfast to Londonderry

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Belfast to Londonderry

I am planning a trip early Aug 2014, just me and my son who will be 8yrs old. He is keen on Titanic so the exhib/ museum in Belfast is a must, also want to do giants causeway. Thought of staying 2 nights Belfast, then hiring a car and spending a few days driving up the coast, stopping off at different interesting locations on the way. Ideally I would like to drop the car off somewhere like Londonderry and get the train back to Belfast as I've heard the train journey is beautiful. Unfortunately, can't seem to get car hire that lets me drop at location other than the airport. Have also thought of taking a tour from belfast instead of hiring a car but then couldn't do the train trip. Any suggestions? Also, any ideas for good places to take 8yr old boy in Belfast and on the coastal route would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Sandy.

Edited: 19 October 2013, 21:47
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1. Re: Belfast to Londonderry

Only the line between Coleraine and Derry/Londonderry is scenic. Suggest to ride that section as a return trip.

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2. Re: Belfast to Londonderry

He might like the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum at Cultra. This actually also has a good Titanic exhibition - also lots of old vehicles (trams, buses, etc) which you can go in and out of plus a folk park side with old houses showing how we used to live (don't miss the little sweet shop to sample old fashioned sweets!).


That would be a half day or day trip from Belfast. Actually only a 15 minute drive away but there is a LOT to see and do at that museum/park!

W5 is a good interactive learning/play activity located at the Odyssey (very close to the Titanic Experience)


He might also enjoy Carrickfergus castle which is a very well preserved Norman castle on the Causeway Coastal drive from Belfast.


To stretch your legs, stop off at Carnfunnock country park just outside Larne on the coastal road which is very good for kids


Lots along the north coast - obviously you'll be doing the likes of Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, the Giant's Causeway and Dunluce castle. Very good Kid friendly food at the likes of Coast (part of the Ramore complex in Portrush.

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Edited: 20 October 2013, 09:39
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3. Re: Belfast to Londonderry

"He might also enjoy Carrickfergus castle which is a very well preserved Norman castle on the Causeway Coastal drive from Belfast."

I agree - and as you plan to visit early in August, 2014, you may be lucky and find the Lughnasa Fair, held within and in the vicinity of the castle, in progress

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4. Re: Belfast to Londonderry

Thank you, I think that's a good idea and will solve the car dilemma!


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5. Re: Belfast to Londonderry

Thanks so much for all your great ideas, will definitely try to fit them all in! Can you recommend anywhere to stay overnight along the coastline? Would like to take it leisurely and have places to stop for a night.

Really appreciate all the help!


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