Parks and green spaces
There are many green open spaces in Northern Ireland - from small local parks to the vast landscapes of the Mourne and Sperrin mountains.
Coasts and beaches
Along the Northern Ireland coastline, there is so much to explore, see and do.
Parks and public playing fields
Good quality parks enhance the quality of life in towns and cities. Parks give a focal point for communities and a place for relaxation or recreation. They also offer the opportunity to experience nature in an urban environment.
Most parks and public playing fields are managed by local councils. For more information about parks in your area, visit your council's website.
Explore the countryside at one of Northern Ireland’s country parks. It won't be a dull day out with:
- woodland and mountain walks
- cycle trails
- fabulous beaches
- excellent visitor centres
- Country parks
There are over 100 public forests in Northern Ireland where you can enjoy walking, running or orienteering. In some forests you can organise events or enjoy:
- horse riding
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
There are several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Northern Ireland. Each AONB is a distinct and spectacular landscape, such as the Lecale Coast, the Mournes or the Ring of Gullion.
Nature and wildlife
Ulster Wildlife runs campaigns and events for you to learn more about your local wildlife, including summer schemes for children. For more information, visit the Ulster Wildlife website.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
There are also nature reserves owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). These are ideal for bird watchers and nature lovers. Some offer a wide range of facilities suitable for family days out, while others have only minimal services.
To find out more about RSPB Nature Reserves, visit the RSPB website.
Northern Ireland has many nature reserves open to the public every day of the year and free to explore.
Green Flag Award
The Green Flag Award recognises high standards in the management and maintenance of public parks and green spaces. Getting involved is voluntary. Awards are made annually.
Stormont Estate has been awarded the Green Flag for six years in a row since 2014.
Discover parks, hundreds of outdoor trails and places to visit across Northern Ireland.