Natural play areas in Northern Ireland

Log beams, rope swings, zip wires in the woods - the best playgrounds in Northern Ireland are a walk in the park. Our action-packed spaces create action-packed adventures for fun family days out which end in early bedtimes. Watch as fun obstacles and open spaces fuel their imagination and make every visit a play day. Have the camera at the ready as they climb magical dragons and hide in willow huts at our top playgrounds for children.

Before you visit, don't forget to check out our  '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' activity list and discover all the fun challenes you can add to your great day out. 

Please check individual property web pages before visting to see what play facilities have reopened and for details on how to book your visit.

Children searching for bugs and beasts at Castle Ward, Co. Down

Secret Shore Natural Nature Trail

Jump, climb and prepare to get your wellies dirty on The Secret Shore Trail at Castle Ward.

Let your Imagination run wild at the Natural Play Area

Explore the Natural Play Area

Make a bee line for the Magic Ink Pot at Mount Stewart. This natural play area is themed around the journeys, adventures and creatures found in the book which is unique to Mount Stewart.

Kids can have their own adventure at the natural play trail in Minnowburn

Go wild with the natural play at Minnowburn

Step into a world of imaginative play with the natural play forest trail at Minnowburn. The rustic trail in the heart of Belfast features recycled tree trunks expertly carved and crafted into balance beams, seesaws and log ladders. Discover a giant Xylophone, willow den and a teddy bear picnic seating area.

The Bishops Play Trail

Play trail at Downhill Demesne

Become a nature detective and discover our brand new interactive nature and play trail at Bishops Gate.

The carved wooden red squirrel in the natural play area at Florence Court

Natural Play at Florence Court

Located behind the magnificent mansion at Florence Court is a natural play area which will prove just as impressive to little legs. Let children roam free as they discover fun obstacles to amuse them for hours on end.

The Lime Tree walk at Castle Ward

Where you can visit 

We’re reopening the places you love in Northern Ireland, safely and in line with government guidance. We recommend you book in advance for visits to gardens, parks and houses, especially at busy times such as weekends. See what’s open and ready for you to book this week.