Things to Do in Lisburn
From its car-free city centre to its sprawling Areas of Natural Beauty, Lisburn is the perfect place to set up camp for a relaxing break in County Antrim. Historically, the area was a thriving trade post for fine linens, before much later being the site of much conflict during The Troubles.
Today, Lisburn has a much quieter reputation - providing a welcome escape of quaint pubs and homemade goods just nine miles southwest of bustling Belfast.
Whether you want to get out in nature or explore the rich history of this fascinating city, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Lisburn for the whole family.
Historic Sites in Lisburn
There has been a Christian church on the site of Lisburn Cathedral for over 400 years – though due to rebel attacks and a fire during the Williamite Wars, the current building has only stood complete since 1719. That first church was first built by Sir Fluke Conway, a Welsh officer in the British Army who also rebuilt a castle on Lisburn’s highest point overlooking the River Lagan.
While the fort is no more, the Lisburn Castle Gardens are still known today as one of the most important sites in the city. Continue your explorations four miles to the west of Lisburn, where Brookhall Historical Farm hosts lavish gardens, rare animals and trout fishing year round, as well as an insightful museum.
Museums and Art Galleries in Lisburn
The Irish Linen Centre stands proud in the centre of the city, chronicling the story of Lisburn’s textile industry, famous world over for once furnishing the most fashionable European courts. The museum now hosts live spinning and weaving demonstrations by local artists, as well as a diverse range of temporary exhibits featuring everything from photography to military medals.
The nearby Island Arts Centre - one of Northern Ireland’s premier creative venues - is also a must see, with a wide range of award-winning cultural events being held most evenings. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, take a trip to the Ulster Aviation Society, a volunteer-run collective that hosts small group tours of their aircraft hangar - home to over 30 distinctive models from Northern Irish history.
Take a break from the city streets with a wander through Wallace Park, a lush green spot right in the centre with plenty of easy walking routes and children’s play area - in the summer, you might even catch one of the many free events that are held in the area.
Just three miles away, The Limestone Way in Belshaws Quarry National Nature Reserve is an eye-opening discovery of 250 million-year-old geological formations made during recent excavations. If you fancy getting active with the whole family, head to Colin Glen Forest Park, a stunning woodland where everything from towering rope courses and zip lines to kayaking and raft building is offered.
Alternatively, the Lagan Valley Regional Park offers a more relaxing sweep of valley views and sparkling ponds – and a number of beautiful golf courses also dot the surrounding area.
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