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W5, Belfast
(4.3/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
With daily live science demonstrations and frequent new exhibits, W5 is a draw for visitors and locals alike. The building, which houses over 250 interactive exhibits, is located on the banks of the River Lagan and provides expansive views of Belfast. The museum is a short walk from the city center. Visit the attraction's website for discounts and information about current exhibits. Use our Belfast vacation builder to visit W5 on your trip to Belfast, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Another recommendation and another pleasant surprise! Superb museum split across multiple levels with tons and tons of interactive (educational) displays to engage children of all ages! Thoroughly rec...  more »
  • This is great fun if you like interacting and doing activities great value for money too. Would recommend it. 
  • BEST FUN I'VE EVER HAD! I'm 27 and I still enjoy going and discovering everything they have going on. The best way to learn is to be able to interact and all the exhibits allow you to do that! The sho...  more »
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  • Fantastic day for the kids. Took a 4 year old and 7 year old. Entertained and educated for hours. Very hands on and extremely interactive. This is hie science for kids should be done.
  • Fantastic place for adults and kids. Not sure who had more fun, me or the child. On site gift shop is packed. Some displays were not working the best but 95% of things were great.
  • Great tourist attraction. So many interesting things to do and see here. I would recommend this to anyone especially families with children.
  • Not really suitable for younger children..I guess it's a mix for every age. 2nd visit, was here a few years ago..the place was not as busy..but many activities were broken - I would say 10-15. The game simulators are from 2008 so take time to load, the interactive screens contain pretty old content. In saying this , some sections are excellent and I can see how they educate and entertain. The few activities at the entry are great fun-the climbing "leafs" are great also. The fact that there are picnic tables for a bring your own..plus coffee shop and another stand alone costa stall on another floor is all good. You can grab a locker for £1 which you get back to store your coats and bags, toilets are fine. Overall if you have not been there - do go. But personally I would not be running back. They do have events on for holidays..we have not seen them. £25 for family of 4, but there are offers from other venues to get this cheaper at times ie SSE arena. Good - not as amazing as it was, a refresh would bring it back towards 5 stars...
  • A great place for families. Loads of hands on experiments and interactive exhibits. I didn't visit the on site café, so I can't comment on it. I would say avoid the restaurants outside, as they're a bit hit and miss.