10 BEST family hotels in Northern Ireland

From stunning seaside resorts to city centre hotels, here are the ten best family hotels in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is a great place to visit with the family. The temperate climate means it’s not too hot for young children. Plus, when it comes to family hotel breaks in Northern Ireland, there is plenty to see and do that the whole family can enjoy.

Whether you’re visiting the Giant’s Causeway, hiking in the Mourne Mountains, or spending a day in the amusements in one of the many seaside towns the country has to offer.

So, if you’re thinking of heading to Northern Ireland this year, here are the best family-friendly hotels the country has to offer.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting Northern Ireland:

  • The best way to travel around at your own pace and convenience is by car. Should you need to rent a car, check out our handy guide. We recommend a road trip along the Causeway Coast to the Giant’s Causeway.
  • Bear in mind that the six counties that make up Northern Ireland use the pound as their currency. If your trip will take in parts of the Republic of Ireland, you will need euros.
  • Irish weather is unpredictable, so always pack a raincoat just in case. Luckily, Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital, has some excellent things to do on a rainy day.
  • Northern Ireland is popular for vacations and staycations, so we recommend booking accommodation well in advance.

10. Leonardo Hotel Belfast– plenty of kid-friendly amenities

Jury's Inn is a great option for family hotel breaks in Northern Ireland.
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Leonardo Hotel Belfastat the heart of Belfast City Centre is a great option for your family trip to Belfast.

The family rooms are fitted with pull out beds so children can stay close to their carers. There is also big screens and WiFi available to keep the kids entertained.

They also offer child-friendly menus in all restaurants, so you won’t have to worry about your little ones going hungry. This is definitely one of the best family hotels in Northern Ireland.

Address: Great Victoria St, Belfast BT1 6DY

Price: From €102

LEARN MORE: The IB4UD guide to the best thing to do with kids in Belfast.

9. Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Enniskillen – a lakeside retreat

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges is one of the best family hotels in Northern Ireland.
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When you’re looking family hotel breaks in Northern Ireland, you can’t miss the Killyhevlin.

At the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, family rooms are available on request. Plus, the staff will do their best to cater for your individual needs.

Situated close to Fermanagh Lakelands, there are plenty of activities, including various watersports and scenic walks, to keep the whole family entertained.

Address: Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Dublin Road, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, BT74 6RW

Price: From €232

8. Royal Court Hotel, Portrush – at the heart of the Causeway Coast

The Royal Court Hotel in Portrush is at the heart of the Causeway Coast.
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Premier rooms at the Royal Court Hotel in Portrush are fitted with double and single beds. This makes them perfect for family getaways on the idyllic Causeway Coast.

Close to Whiterocks Beach, Royal Portrush Golf Club, and just over a mile from the centre of Portrush, you won’t be stuck for things to do.

The hotel restaurant also offers a child-friendly menu, making it one of the best family-friendly hotels in Northern Ireland.

Address: 233 Ballybogey Rd, Portrush BT56 8NF

Price: From €123

7. Canal Court Hotel and Spa, Newry – for an indoor swimming pool

Canal Court and Spa in Newry is one of the best options for family hotel breaks in Northern Ireland.

Family-friendly facilities at the Canal Court Hotel and Spa include family rooms that can also accommodate a camp bed or additional single bed as well as infant cots, which must be booked in advance. 

If the weather isn’t suitable for a sea swim, guests can go for a dip in the indoor swimming pool.

The area surrounding the hotel offers so much for the family to see and do. From Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Playpark, and Giants Lair to Kilbroney Forest Park and the Mourne Mountains.

Between its location and amenities, this is definitely one of the best family hotels in Northern Ireland.

Address: Merchants Quay, Newry BT35 8HF

Price: From €155

6. The Clayton Hotel, Belfast – for deluxe family rooms

The Clayton Hotel in Belfast has a number of deluxe family rooms.
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Family and interconnecting rooms, a swimming pool, and a family-friendly restaurant are just some of the facilities available at The Clayton Hotel in Belfast.

Deluxe family rooms feature a queen double and a large single bed, accommodating two adults and one child under the age of 12. They also offer roll-out beds that are available upon request.

If you’re looking for family hotel breaks in Northern Ireland, check out the Clayton Hotel.

Address: 22-26 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HS

Price: From €106

5. Titanic Hotel, Belfast – for a slice of history

Titanic Hotel in Belfast is one of the top spots for family hotel breaks in Northern Ireland.
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At the Titanic Hotel, family, twin, and interconnecting rooms are all available. They also offer cots and extra beds upon request.

The hotel restaurants offer a kid-friendly menu and even a kid-friendly afternoon tea. So, your little ones can enjoy some tea alongside you.

There are many perks to staying in one of the most family-friendly hotels in Northern Ireland. Titanic Hotel is situated right beside some great family attractions, including W5, the SSE Arena, Titanic Museum Belfast, and We Are Vertigo.

Address: Titanic Hotel Belfast, Queen’s Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9DT, Northern Ireland

Price: From €130

READ: Our ultimate guide to nearby museum Titanic Belfast.

4. Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint – for an idyllic setting

The Whistledown Hotel in Warrenpoint is one of the best family-friendly hotels in Northern Ireland.
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There are plenty of outdoor activities in the surrounding area for families. These include Carlingford Lough, Mourne Mountains, The Fairy Glen, and Kilbroney Park. This makes the Whistledown Hotel the perfect spot for family hotel breaks in Northern Ireland.

Guests can also enjoy the adjoining Warrenpoint Park with its beautifully manicured gardens, one-hundred-year-old Edwardian bandstand, and children’s play area within a few metres of the Whistledown Hotel.

Address: 6 Seaview, Warrenpoint, Newry BT34 3NH

Price: From €155

3. The City Hotel, Derry – for panoramic views of the city

The City Hotel in Derry offers panoramic views of the city.
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The City Hotel in Derry offers family single, family double, and triple rooms for family accommodation. The hotel restaurant also provides child-friendly dining.

For something extra special, guests can visit the roof terrace, which offers panoramic views of the city. These extra touches make The City Hotel one of the best family hotels in Northern Ireland.

Address: Queens Quay, Derry, County Londonderry, BT48 7AS

Price: From €118

2. The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle – at the foot of the Mournes

The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is one of the best family hotels in Northern Ireland.
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Situated on the seafront at Newcastle, County Down, there is lots for kids to do close to the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.

From building sandcastles on the beach to spending the day in the amusements, there is potential for endless hours of family fun right on your doorstep.

Family rooms and child-friendly dining are available as well as an indoor swimming pool.

Address: Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Downs Road, Newcastle, Co. Down BT33 0AH

Price: From €190

RELATED READ: The Ireland Before You Die guide to things to do in County Down.

SEE MORE: For more ideas on top-quality places to stay, check out IB4UD’s choices for the most luxurious hotels in Northern Ireland

1. Roe Park Resort, Limavady – for some of the largest family rooms in Northern Ireland

Roe Park Resort comes out on top for family hotel breaks in Northern Ireland.
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Topping our list of family-friendly hotels in Northern Ireland is Roe Park Resort in Limavady.

The spacious family rooms and suites at Roe Park Resort are amongst the largest family rooms in Northern Ireland. So there will be plenty of room for the whole family.

For older kids, you can book interconnecting rooms as well. Rooms are fitted with flat-screen TVs to keep the kids entertained, and there are parkland walks and lots of family activities close by.

Address: Roe Park Resort, Limavady, Northern Ireland, BT49 9FB

Price: From €167

Your questions answered about family hotels in Northern Ireland

In this section, we answer some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions as well as those that appear across online searches.

How many hotels are in Northern Ireland?

According to Hospitality Ulster, there are about 150 hotels in Northern Ireland.

What is the best area of Belfast to stay in?

The centre of Belfast is the best area to stay in, although the city will likely be very accessible regardless of where you stay.

Is Northern Ireland suitable for families?

Absolutely! Whether your kids like to get out and be active or visit a plethora of educational and interactive museums, there’s something for all types of families in Northern Ireland.

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