Summer is here, and it's time to make the most of the sunny days and long evenings with your family! If you're searching for the perfect destination for a memorable family holiday, look no further than the Causeway Coast and Glens of Northern Ireland.

With its stunning landscapes, vibrant local culture, and endless activities for all ages, this region promises an unforgettable summer experience. From golden beaches to historic landmarks, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

Things to Do This Summer

The Causeway Coast and Glens is a paradise for families seeking fun and adventure. This summer, dive into a world of exciting activities that will keep everyone entertained, both indoors and outdoors. Whether your family loves hiking, cycling, water sports, or simply relaxing by the beach, there are plenty of options to suit all ages and interests.

Explore scenic walking trails suitable for little legs, try surfing or paddleboarding with lessons for beginners, or enjoy a family boat trip along the coast. For rainy days, there are numerous indoor activities to enjoy, such as food and craft workshops designed especially for kids, and interactive activity centres that offer climbing walls, soft play areas, and arcade games.

Visit our pristine beaches

Embark on a coastal adventure with your family along the stunning beaches of the Causeway Coast and Glens. Whiterocks Beach in Portrush boasts white limestone cliffs and natural arches, creating a magical backdrop for beach games and exploration. Benone Strand offers a seven-mile stretch of sandy paradise, perfect for picnics, beach sports, and splashing in the waves, all while soaking in the breathtaking views of Binevenagh Mountain.

At Portstewart Strand, let the golden sands captivate you. It's a haven for curious little ones eager to explore the dunes and enjoy a seaside picnic. Ballycastle Beach, with its scenic footbridge and calm waters, offers a safe and serene spot close to the convenience of Ballycastle's Town Centre. The stunning vistas of Rathlin Island and Fairhead make every moment a picture-perfect memory.

Each beach along the Causeway Coast and Glens provides a unique and enchanting experience, ensuring your family's summer is filled with unforgettable seaside fun.

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Go puffin-spotting on Ratlin Island

For a unique family adventure, take a trip to Rathlin Island and go puffin-spotting. This charming island is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and offers an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

Visit the RSPB West Light Sea Bird Centre, where you can learn about the diverse bird species that inhabit the island. From April to July, the cliffs come alive with the sight of puffins, their colourful beaks and charming demeanour captivating visitors. Alongside puffins, you'll also spot razorbills, guillemots, and kittiwakes, making it a bird-watching paradise.

After a day of exploring and birdwatching, relax and enjoy the island's natural beauty, or enjoy a bite to eat while taking in the views of Ballycastle.

Rainy day activities

Rainy days in the Causeway Coast and Glens are no match for the exciting indoor activities available for families! Head to the Jet Centre in Coleraine, where you can enjoy an afternoon trip to the cinema, take on a game of bowling, or battle it out on colourful arcade games. There’s a soft play area for kids, and outdoor mini golf should the sun make an appearance!

For more thrills, visit Curry’s Fun Park, an amusement park featuring classic rides. Take a gentle carousel ride on pretty painted horses or go for a thrilling spin on The Cyclone. Eat your fill of candyfloss while wandering through the arcade, and if the weather clears up, there are even more rides outdoors like Aqua Valley and the Waltzers!

For a sweeter experience, Chocolate Manor offers a delightful 'Kids Summer Choccy Rocky' workshop in Castlerock, where children can create their own chocolate treats and savour a tasty hot chocolate while their creations set.

For those needing a unique stress release, The Smash Factory in Coleraine provides an indoor smash room experience, ideal for both kids and adults looking to let off some steam and release their energy!

Fun in the great outdoors

Embrace the great outdoors in the Causeway Coast and Glens with a variety of thrilling activities perfect for families. Crindle Stables offers equestrian experiences, including beach rides and countryside treks on horseback, providing a unique way to explore the stunning landscape.

For an adventure-filled day, visit Limitless Adventure Centre, where you can try hovercrafting, football golf, archery, and more, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Binevenagh Mountain. At Carrowmena Activity Centre, the kids can enjoy climbing frames, ziplines, kayaking, canoeing and orienteering. The fun-filled Maize Maze is always a hit with groups of families and is set to open this year in July.

In Ballymoney, Rosepark Farm offers a delightful day out with their petting farm filled with cute and cuddly animals, play areas for small kids, and a lagoon beach. It’s a perfect idea for a more relaxed day out with the kids.

For a truly unique experience, head to North Coast Alpacas for alpaca treks and alpaca picnics. With two new young alpacas added to their family, this summer is a perfect time to visit!

In Kilrea, The Lake is an epic outdoor waterpark with giant slides and inflatable obstacle courses, where you can also enjoy rafting, paddleboarding, and canoeing experiences, ensuring a day full of fun and excitement for the whole family.

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Must-Visit Attractions This Summer

No family trip to the Causeway Coast and Glens would be complete without exploring its iconic attractions. This summer, take the opportunity to visit some of the most breathtaking spots in the region, with each offering a unique glimpse into the rich heritage and stunning beauty of Northern Ireland.

Visit Northern Ireland’s Only UNESCO World Heritage Site

A trip to the Causeway Coast wouldn't be complete without visiting the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the natural wonder of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. This geological wonder is steeped in myth and legend, making it a fascinating stop for both children and adults. Explore the Visitor Centre to learn more about the science and stories behind this incredible site.

Take a Daring Walk Across Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

For those seeking adventure, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge offers an exhilarating experience. Suspended nearly 100 feet above the rocky waters below, this iconic rope bridge connects the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede. The daring walk across the bridge provides breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and a chance to spot seabirds and marine life. It's an unforgettable experience that combines thrill with natural beauty.

Live Out Fairytale Dreams at Dunluce Castle

Perched dramatically on the edge of a cliff, this medieval castle ruins offer panoramic views of the North Atlantic. Wander through the ancient ruins and imagine life in a bygone era, surrounded by tales of battles and ghostly legends. Dunluce Castle's striking location and historical significance make it a must-visit attraction on the Causeway Coast.

Cliffside Views from Mussenden Temple

For some of the most stunning views on the Causeway Coast, head to Mussenden Temple. Located on the edge of a cliff within the grounds of Downhill Demesne, this picturesque temple offers panoramic vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the sweeping beaches below. The temple itself, inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Italy, adds a touch of architectural beauty to the dramatic landscape. It's a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll and some breathtaking photo opportunities.

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Places to Eat This Summer

When hunger strikes after a day of exploring the Causeway Coast and Glens, there’s no shortage of family-friendly dining options to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. From charming cafes to trendy restaurants, the region caters to families looking to enjoy delicious meals together.

Discover eateries that specialise in local seafood dishes, hearty pub fare, and international cuisine, ensuring there’s something for even the pickiest eaters. Whether you’re craving a casual meal or a more refined dining experience that’s still kid-friendly, you’ll find welcoming atmospheres and dishes that will please both parents and children alike.

Hullaballoos Bar & Grill

Hullabaloos Bar & Grill is a family favourite, offering a menu packed with tasty classics that both kids and adults will love. Their dedicated kid’s menu ensures that even the pickiest eaters will find something delicious. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, Hullaballoos is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed family meal after a day of exploring.

Yoko at the Jet Centre

After a fun-filled day at the Jet Centre in Coleraine, head over to Yoko for some delectable Asian-Fusion cuisine. This eatery is perfect for families looking to try something different, offering a diverse menu filled with spicy, savoury and sweet dishes.

The Point Bar

The Point Bar is a fantastic spot for a family get-together, known for its delicious pub grub and fresh seafood. Located right on the beach, it's an ideal place to enjoy a hearty meal before taking a scenic walk along the shore. Kids will love exploring the nearby Martello Tower in the dunes, and taking in the views of the ferry crossing back and forth to Greencastle in County Donegal.

Market Square

Just a short drive from the iconic Giant's Causeway, Market Square in Bushmills offers a casual and laid-back dining experience. With quick service and a friendly atmosphere, it's an excellent choice for families looking for a convenient meal stop during their sightseeing adventures. 

Morelli’s Portstewart

Morelli’s in Portstewart is a must-visit for families with a sweet tooth. Known for their award-winning ice cream since 1911, Morelli’s also serves a variety of hot food in their charming cafe along the promenade. After a satisfying meal, be sure to leave room for their famous ice cream, with a range of flavours that will delight both kids and adults!


Located just a short walk from Portrush's arcades and amusements, Urban is a trendy dining spot with an extensive menu. Their great kid’s menu ensures that younger diners have plenty of options to choose from. With stylish interiors and a welcoming atmosphere, Urban is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal after a day of fun at the amusement park.

Events Happening This Summer

The Causeway Coast and Glens come alive in the summer with a vibrant calendar of family-friendly events. From music festivals to community celebrations, there's always something happening to keep everyone entertained. Here's What's On this summer:

Stendhal Festival

From 4th-6th July, experience the vibrant atmosphere of Stendhal Festival. This family-friendly event offers a blend of music, art, comedy and culture with camping options available. Enjoy performances from a diverse lineup of artists, bands, an comedians, or take the kids to one of many artistic workshops on the festival grounds.

Creative Workshops, Movie Screenings, and Concerts

Throughout July and August, Flowerfield Arts Centre and the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre will host a series of creative workshops, movie screenings, and concerts. These events are perfect for families looking to engage in artistic activities, enjoy a family-friendly film, or listen to live music in a welcoming and creative environment.

Artisan Markets

Visit the artisan markets in Cushendall, Coleraine, Ballycastle, and Benone throughout July and August. Both the Naturally North Coast and Glens Market and the Causeway Speciality Market feature hand-crafted gifts, locally made produce, and sweet treats. These markets are ideal for picking up unique souvenirs or enjoying some delicious local food.

National Trust Events

This summer, the National Trust is hosting a variety of events at Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and The Giant’s Causeway. Families can participate in outdoor games, creative workshops, and other engaging activities while exploring these iconic landmarks. It's a great way to combine education, adventure, and fun.

Summer Street Theatre

In July and August, Summer Street Theatre will bring laughter and amazement to Ballycastle, Portrush, and Portstewart. Watch traditional Punch & Judy shows, enjoy slapstick comedy, and be mesmerised by daring fire manipulators. These performances provide free, family-friendly entertainment in beautiful coastal settings in some of the Causeway Coast and Glens most scenic seaside towns.

Sports Events

July is packed with exciting sports events, including the County Antrim Junior Senior and Masters Tennis Championships in Ballycastle (6th-13th July), and countrywide football matches at O’Neill’s Foyle Cup (15th-20th July), and SuperCup NI (21st-26th July). The Armoy Road Races also return for two days of motorsport action from 26th-27th July. These events showcase top-tier talent and provide thrilling experiences for even the littlest of sports enthusiasts.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

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On 19th-20th July, Ballycastle will host the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, the first time the prestigious event has ever been held in Northern Ireland. Witness world-class athletes perform breathtaking dives in this adrenaline-fueled competition. 

Portstewart Red Sails Festival

From 21st-27th July, the Portstewart Red Sails Festival offers six days of seaside fun. Enjoy live music, face painting, exhibitions, Irish dancing, and even a dog show! The festival culminates in a dazzling fireworks display, providing a perfect end to a week of entertainment.

Heart of the Glens Festival

The Heart of the Glens Festival in Cushendall, running from 3rd-11th August, features live music, dance, poetry, and storytelling. This community-focused event celebrates local culture and brings together people of all ages for a week of festivities.

Summer Entertainment and Fireworks in Portrush

On 10th August, head to Portrush for an evening of live music and a colourful fireworks display. This event offers a fantastic way to enjoy the summer evening with family and friends in the lively coastal town.

Kilrea Fairy Thorn Festival

From 16th-18th August, the Kilrea Fairy Thorn Festival presents a weekend of outdoor activities, local musician performances, colourful parades, and a great street atmosphere. It's an ideal family outing with plenty of entertainment for everyone.

The Ould Lammas Fair

From 24th-27th August, the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, Ireland's oldest fair, offers horse shows and trading, fairground rides, and traditional treats like Yellaman and Dulse. This historic event is a fun and culturally rich experience for all ages and is a must-visit if you've never had the chance to attend before!

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Where to Stay This Summer

Finding the perfect family-friendly accommodation is key to a memorable holiday, and the Causeway Coast and Glens offer a wide range of options to suit every taste and budget. Choose from luxurious hotels, cosy glamping pods, and family-friendly campsites. Many accommodation options provide stunning views, convenient locations, and family-focused amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Whether you prefer a seaside retreat, a countryside escape, or a bustling town centre, you’ll find the ideal place for your family to rest and recharge after a day of adventures.

Hotels & Guesthouses

Choose from a variety of family-friendly hotels and guesthouses in the Causeway Coast and Glens this summer. The Lodge Hotel in Coleraine offers spacious family rooms with bunk beds and a vibrant onsite restaurant, making it ideal for families exploring nearby towns and attractions.

For a luxurious retreat, Roe Park Resort in Limavady boasts a serene countryside setting with a golf course and spa facilities. This summer, kids under 15 stay free!

The Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy provides comfortable lodging in a scenic coastal area, accommodating large families and even welcoming furry friends with its dog-friendly policy.

Glamping Sites

For a unique outdoor experience, consider glamping in the Causeway Coast and Glens. Fairy Glen in Garvagh offers tranquil countryside pods equipped with modern amenities and a playpark onsite, ensuring both relaxation and entertainment for families.

Carrowmena in Limavady features luxury bell tents and glamping pods amidst the backdrop of Binevenagh Mountain, along with an activity centre offering ziplining and climbing frames.

If you fancy staying at the beach, Benone Getaways near Benone Beach provides glamping pods with private hot tubs, offering a perfect blend of comfort and proximity to nature.

Caravan Parks & Camper Rentals

Enjoy the flexibility of caravan parks and camper rentals in the Causeway Coast and Glens this summer. Causeway Coast Holiday Park in Ballycastle features a heated indoor pool with waterslides, perfect for family fun after exploring the town’s independent shops, scenic beaches, and forest trails.

Causeway Campers offer spascious self-drive campervan and motorhome rentals, ideal for hitting the open road, and their range offers options that can accommodate up to six people comfortably.

Benone Holiday and Leisure Park near Benone Beach provides caravan pitches with access to the Benone Tourist Complex, complete with play parks and swimming pools.

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This summer, the Causeway Coast and Glens are calling you and your family to explore its natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. With so many things to see and do, it's the perfect destination for families looking to create lasting memories.

Start planning your summer holiday today and give your loved ones an experience they’ll never forget. The warm hospitality, breathtaking landscapes, and exciting activities await you. See you this summer on the Causeway Coast and Glens!