Natural play areas in Northern Ireland

Published : 03 Aug 2016 Last update : 23 Jul 2020

Our natural play areas at many of their special places and everything you need for a really wild time this summer. Pick up a ‘50 things to do’ scrapbook when you visit and tick off as many wild activities as you can.

Here’s a taster of what you can do at a place near you.

The natural play area at Florence Court has plenty of secrets waiting to be discovered. Play a tune on our wooden glockenspiel, test yourself on the balance beams or have a look for the creature that has built a huge nest out of willow. Don’t leave without having a go on the rope swings and keep an eye out for our friendly red squirrel – he’s a bit larger than life!

There’s plenty to keep kids entertained at Crom. Pick up one of our tracker packs and get hunting for animals of all kinds across the estate, or become an explorer with one of our GPS devices and find a hidden geocache.

At Mount Stewart collect a tracker pack from reception and explore the red squirrel trail - use the binoculars to keep a look out for fluffy tails in the trees. Clamber over the lower boughs of the trees on the lawn, count the ducks on the lake or explore the new demesne trails.

Enjoy outdoor adventures at Rowallane Garden from hunting for creepy crawlies to climbing trees, rolling down a hill and ‘potty planting’ in the stable yard. As you explore the garden try balancing on log bridges or spotting some of our wooden carvings in the nooks and crannies.

Children will enjoy jumping, swinging, splashing and climbing at Castle Ward and Murlough NNR. You will be amazed at what there is to see and do for all ages. Search the shoreline for crabs or shells, find a geocache or learn to kayak on the water.

At The Argory explore the natural play area with an impressive jungle climbing frame that will challenge even the most daring of kids. There are low ropes and balancing logs, rope swings, bridges and a zip wire to take you from the play area out into the woodland.

In Cushendun, all the family will enjoy tree climbing in the beautiful forest on Glenmona Estate, or you can test your skills on the forest’s outdoor playground.

The stones at the Giant’s Causeway are perfect for rock pooling, you never know what you’ll discover in the basalt columns. While you’re there, see if you can find the camel, wishing chair and the organ.

At Downhill Demesne tackling the spider’s web, climb the causeway stones and challenge the walking see-saw at the Bishop’s natural play trail.

It’s time to explore the great outdoors and for kids to let their legs and their imagination run wild.