Exclusively Northern Ireland
Did you know that CS Lewis was born in Belfast and the Mountains of Mourne were his inspiration for Narnia? Or that Winston Churchill once owned the Londonderry Arms Hotel in Carnlough, County Antrim? Did you ever wonder why there are places called Londonderry, Coleraine and Hillsborough in Australia and the USA too? Have you ever tasted a tray-bake or a soda farl? Maybe you already know that Lough Neagh is Europe’s greatest source of eels or that Dungannon Park has the oldest dam in Ireland.
Northern Ireland is a unique location.
Welcome to a land of fantastical landscapes, warm welcomes, dramatic history and enduring legend! Northern Ireland manifests superb natural heritage including one of the world’s great coastal road trips, the legendary home to the mystical Giants Causeway and the docking place for the relatively new arrival of Belfast Titanic. Born and bred in Northern Ireland, the following is a collection of the most popular attractions you can only find here.
Starting with the obvious, the capital of Northern Ireland is an eye-opening experience in the best possible way. What may not be so obvious is exactly how much is contained within this charming city. From browsing collections of art, history and science at the Ulster Museum and picking up trinkets at St George’s Market to getting your hands on an Ulster Fry and enjoying the good vibes in the Cathedral Quarter – this is distinctively Belfast.
Titanic Belfast has become the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction, it is not only an architectural triumph but it houses the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. hear the story from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.
Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in N Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point for a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history. Other noteworthy items include: a Spanish Armada shipwreck site (‘La Girona’) & many traces of the legendary giant – Finn MacCool.
Game of Thrones Filming Locations
Cast and crew from the Game of Thrones invaded Northern Ireland many seasons ago and have been captivated by the beautifully rugged scenery found here ever since. Discover the real Westeros when you come to Northern Ireland by touring the filming locations and seeing the mountains, forests, castles and coastline that bring the backdrops and action shots in Seven Kingdoms to life onscreen.
Causeway Coastal Route
Dubbed one of the best coastal drives in the world, the Causeway Coastal Route stretches between two of Northern Ireland’s main cities and brings you past breathtaking scenery. If you haven’t heard about it already, this route winds between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations. Cherish your experience taking place amongst an ever-changing tapestry of scenery and colours and a dramatic coastal backdrop which will take your breath away.
When in Belfast…
If you have heard of Northern Ireland, there is a good chance you may have heard of one of the capitals homegrown talents. From the Belfast boys who gained fame on the stage and on the pitch to the trailblazing locals whose creativity continues to inspire and whose hard work made the city an industrial powerhouse – explore your Belfast during your next visit. Click on an image below to download a PDF.
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