Game on for fun days out
Cheer on the Irish girls as they seek Rugby World Cup glory in Belfast
The Women’s Rugby World Cup rolls into Kingspan Stadium and Queen’s University, Belfast this week, with the semi-finals on Tuesday and final on Saturday, August 26. Tickets give you access to three matches each day and, with a few days in between, it’s a great opportunity to explore Belfast’s vibrant offerings.
For rugby buffs, the Nevin Spence Centre and Kingspan Stadium tour should be in your starting line-up.
Learn about the history of rugby in Ulster, show off your managerial skills by picking your dream team, test your strength by tackling Ulster rugby players and channel your inner fly-half by taking on the kicking challenge.
It’s no secret that Northern Ireland is made for sport — with heroes in all fields, from rugby and golf to football. Take a 10-minute drive from the Kingspan Stadium to The George Best Trail to follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s most renowned footballers.
Visit the places which shaped the Manchester United legend’s beginnings, including his home and the playing fields he practiced on.
Fancy a post-match meal after a day full of sport? Then visit the award-winning Molly’s Yard Restaurant on nearby Botanic Avenue. Relax in the courtyard and tackle some local beef, sea bream or venison.
If you have young children to entertain, let them burn off some energy at Europe’s largest trampoline park, We Are Vertigo. They’ll find out how high they can bounce on the trampolines while you indulge yourself at the entertainment complex’s new spa.
Or when the weather is good — get everyone outdoors at the tranquil Lagan Valley Regional Park. You can try family canoeing on the River Lagan. Mobile Team Adventure offers kayak and canoe rental between March and October and are on site to provide you with all the equipment you require.
Round off your perfect day at the Ivanhoe Hotel’s newly refurbished bistro, which will give you your fill of top notch, family-friendly dining.
For those wanting to sample Belfast’s famous nightlife, there are plenty of bars which will be full of fellow rugby fans. Just a 20-minute walk from Kingspan is the bustling Errigle Inn on south Belfast’s Ormeau Road.
Or a short taxi ride will take you to Cutters Wharf, overlooking the River Lagan, or the Cloth Ear and McHugh’s in Belfast city centre. To plan your short break to the Women’s Rugby World Cup visit DiscoverNorthernIreland.com
TOP EVENT: from left, Aine Kearney, Tourism NI Director of Business Support and Events, with WRWC Ambassadors Jordanne Booth and Lynn Wilson, and (below) the Kingspan Stadium. Inset, Molly’s Yard restaurant in Belfast