Northern Ireland

Why go there?

Just a 1hr 20min flight from London takes you into the heart of Northern Ireland, with its vibrant city life and historical attractions. Head outside the capital, Belfast, to explore stunning scenery, in one of Northern Ireland’s eight designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or one of the other beautiful landscapes.

Key gateways

Airports:
Belfast city, Belfast international

Ports:
Belfast

Key attractions

Titanic Belfast

Voted the world’s leading tourist attraction, at the 2016 World Travel Awards, this visitor attraction takes visitors back in history to the building and 1912 maiden voyage of this famous British passenger liner which, at the time, was the largest ship in service with 2,224 passengers and crew.

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Website: titanicbelfast.com

The Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coast stretches 195 miles from Londonderry round to Belfast. It is a popular road trip route, thanks to its dramatic cliffs which drop off into the Atlantic Ocean. It also includes The Giant’s Causeway – an area of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Website: discovernorthernireland.com

Filming locations from Game of Thrones®

The popular Game of Thrones® television series takes full advantage of Northern Ireland’s wild landscapes and filming studios, and the country has become a popular destination for fans of the series, who are keen to visit the filming locations.

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Website: discovernorthernireland.com

The walled city of Derry-Londonderry

The walled city of Derry-Londonderry has over 1,400 years of history, much of which is still visible today. Famous for its live music and its proximity to lush countryside, visitors can marvel at the impressive city walls, which have been standing since 1618, and head outside the city to enjoy what has been descrived as ‘one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world’, from the city to Coleraine.

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Website: discovernorthernireland.com

Championship golf courses

Northern Ireland is famed for its championship golf courses. These include the Royal County Down (currently no 1 links course in the world according to Golf Digest), Royal Portrush (host to the 2019 Open Championship), Ardglass, Holywood (home club of Rory McIlroy), Castlerock, and Lough Erne. Whether watching a competition, or having a round themselves, visitors will be in no doubt as to why Northern Ireland is often called the “playground of champions”.

Website: discovernorthernireland.com

Still to be discovered

For those who have visited Northern Ireland before, here’s a selection of attractions that they may not yet have discovered:

Fermanagh Lakelands

Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands are home to wonderful waterways, beautiful countryside and fascinating landmarks. From kayaking, to hiking or a gentle stroll, there is a landscape and activity to suit all tastes and energy levels.

Website: fermanaghlakelands.com

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Stewart House reopened its doors in 2015 following a £8m restoration. Visitors can explore the magnificent house, and discover one of the “top 10 gardens in the world”, according to The Telegraph.

Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

The Mourne Mountains

One of Northern Ireland’s 8 Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Mourne Mountains are home to a wide range of flora and fauna, and offer walks and activities for all abilities.

Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

Crumlin Road Gaol

The Crumlin Road Gaol (Belfast) dates back to 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. With guided tours daily, visitors can experience what prison life was like through the ages in a prison which saw 17 men executed during its 150 year history.

Website: crumlinroadgaol.com

Food and drink

Perhaps best known for its traditional Irish pubs, Northern Ireland is also home to Michelin star restaurants and a wide range of regional food and drink such as Strangford Lough oysters, craft gins, Armagh Bramley Cider and the famous Bushmills Distillery.

Website: discovernorthernireland.com

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