Armagh Planetarium – Make a trip to Armagh Planetarium which offers visitors a unique experience which is quite simply “out of this world” located in Armaghclose to the city centre and neighbouring Armagh Observatoryin approximately fourteen acres of landscaped grounds known as the Armagh Astropark. Normal membership or admin fee applies to disabled person & one carer may enter free. Children under 16 are charged at £5.00 each. Phone 02837 523689
Belfast Zoo – The majority of animals in Belfast Zoo are in danger in their natural habitat.
The Zoo carries out important conversation work and takes part in over 90 European and International breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat. It provides free entry for carers and priority queuing for children with ASD. it is advisable to email before your visit firstname.lastname@example.org or present your DLA/ PIP entitlement letter, carers allowance letter or diagnosis report. It is fully accessible for prams & wheelchairs. Children 4 & under go free.
Castle Espie – Get up close to Ireland’s largest collection of native & exotic waterbirds, bat and migrant birds whilst taking in stunning estuary scenery. Our spring duckery tour is an unforgettable experience. Provides free entry for carers & children under four go free. Simply explain at reception you are a carer or present your DLA/ PIP entitlement letter, carers allowance letter or diagnosis report. It is fully accessible for prams & wheelchairs. If you have any specific questions about accessibility please call 02891 874146 and we can discuss it with you & help plan your day.
Cinema – Many cinemas across the province offer “Autism Friendly Screenings” Please contact your local cinema for further information. Children over 8 can apply for a CEA card which entitles a carer to gain free entry into the cinema (Please see CEA card)
Downpatrick & County Down Railway, Downpatrick – Travel back to the past with real vintage steam trains to Inch Abbey and King Magnus Grave, on Ireland’s only full sized heritage railway. The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin countryside of Co Down, St Patricks Country – over the river Quoile and under the graceful Down Cathedral to the peaceful ruins of Inch Abbey. With a mix of steam & diesel trains, and vintage carriages, there’s plenty for train fans of all ages – from wee kids to big kid. For further information call 02844 615779 or email email@example.com Provides free entry for carers of disabled persons over the age of 18 & children under four go free. Simply explain at reception you are a carer or present your DLA/ PIP entitlement letter, carers allowance letter or diagnosis report. It is not fully accessible for prams & wheelchairs please contact before visiting for full details. Trains can be noisy machines at times, and the steam loco can “blow off” steam & make lots of noise.
Dundonald Icebowl – Enjoy a great day out at Dundonald international Icebowl with a host of fantastic activities all under one roof.
- Ice Skate at Northern Ireland’s only public olympic size ice rink Buddy Card
- Become king of the lanes in the extreme tenpin bowling centre Buddy Card
- Go wild for adventure & excitement of the Indiana Land play kingdom (also has a sensory room). Run ASD sessions
- Have the opportunity to test your skill at our 36 hole Pirates Adventure Complex (not a council facility).
- Test you strategic thinking, stamina & patience whilst having a funfilled, adrenaline pumping experience at Escapade HQ escape room experience (not a council facility).
- Visit Ireland’s first Clip & Climb, a stunning series of climbing based activities that provide healthy challenging fun for everyone (not a council facility).
Exploris, Aquarium – They provide free entry for carers. Simply present your DLA/ PIP entitlement letter, carers allowance letter or diagnosis report. Children under the age of two are free. Fully accessible.
Grand Opera House – The Grand Opera House Belfast offers relaxed performances where during the show the theatre lights will stay on, the theatre doors will stay open, you can leave the theatre and come back in again, there will not be any loud bang, there will be a quiet room available & you can talk & don’t have to be quiet. GOH run an “Access For All scheme which is free to join and allows a complimentary essential companion ticket (the companion must be over 14). To join the scheme please contact www.goh.co.uk
Lisburn Leisureplex – Offer a “Buddy Card” which entitles a carer to gain free entry & priority queuing eg. for swimming. You can gain an application form from reception. Simply fill in and return in person or via post. You will need to pay a £5.00 administration charge upon collection of the card. Include list for “buddycard”. Facilities where the “Buddy Card” can be used
Under Buddy Card
T: 028 9266 2738
T: 028 9048 2083
|General activities and arts classes
T: 028 9266 2496
|General activities and arts classes
T: 028 9044 8477
T: 028 9080 9100
Ice Skating, Tenpin
T: 028 9048 0184
|General activities and arts classes
T: 028 9266 2830
T: 028 9267 1131
|Island Arts Centre
T: 028 9250 9509 E:
|Classes, courses, shows etc
|Lagan Valley Island
|T: 028 9250 9250
T: 028 9030 1545
T: 028 9267 2121
Competition & Diving
Pools, Leisure Pool,
Vitality Health & Fitness
Lough Moss Leisure
T: 028 9081 4884
T: 028 9044 9330
General activities and
For further information on the activities available under the Buddy Card Scheme, please contact the relevant centre for details. www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Florence Court, Enniskillen – Marble Arch Caves is now one of 120 UNESCO sites across the globe and is the second of only two UNESCO designated sites in Northern Ireland. The status is awarded in recognition of an area’s internationally important rocks & landscapes and how they are used for sustainable tourism. Marble Arch Caves is host to one of the finest show caves in Europe. Visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around. Prepare to be awe inspired. For further information call 02866 348855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountpanther Farm – provide free entry for carers. Simply explain at reception that you are a carer or present your DLA/ PIP entitlement letter, carer allowance letter or diagnosis report. It is fully accessible for wheelchairs & prams. Children under 2 are free. They also offer an admission discount for midweek Monday – Friday.
National Trust – We enjoy welcoming everyone to the places we look after and we are working hard to make sure those with disabilities have a good experience. The National Trust offers an access for all “Essential Carer’s Card” which entitles 2 carers to gain free entry at any National Trust Site while the normal membership, or admission fee, applies to the disabled visitor. The card will be issued in the disabled persons name & it doesn’t have to be the same carer’s everytime. However don’t worry if you don’t have the Essential Carer’s Card” it just makes it quicker & simpler for you. You can bring proof of your disability in the form of DLA/ PIP award or Carers Allowance award. Email email@example.com
Junior Membership age 5-17 is £10 per year which includes free entry for the year, junior welcome pack. Under 5’s go free.
Streamvale Farm – is here for families to enjoy and learn about the countryside; to experience the sights and smells of a real farmyard; to have the opportunity to get up close to the traditional farm animals which have been part of our heritage for centuries. The farm provides free entry for carers. Children under three are free.
The Arc Open Farm – They provide free entry for carers. Simply present your DLA/ PIP entitlement letter, carers allowance letter or diagnosis report. Children under the age of three are free.
Barrontop Fun Farm
Seaforde Butterfly House and Maze
Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum