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There are thousands of incredible places to visit in the UK and Ireland

Viewing: Northern Ireland


Great for History

Bagenals Castle

Northern Ireland

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Bagenal's Castle is a 16th century fortified house and adjoining 19th century warehouse. It houses Newry Tourist Information Centre and Newry & Mourne Museum. The museum's diverse collections include material relating to prehistory, Newry's Cistercian foundations, Ulster's Gaelic order and the relationship with the English Crown; the building of a merchant town and the first summit level canal in the British Isles.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Ballycastle

Northern Ireland

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Ballycastle is a picturesque little harbour town situated on the most north-easterly tip of county Antrim surrounded with breath-taking beauty and steeped in cultural history. It is famous for being the home of the Ould Lammas Fair, one of the oldest fairs in Ireland and has been held without interruption for more than three centuries. It takes place every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Nature, Family, Beauty

Barmouth Wildlife reserve

Northern Ireland

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Not far from Portstewart, you will find the Barmouth Wildlife reserve which is an area of natural beauty and scientific interest. This reserve is an attractive habitat to migrant waterfowl, waders and nesting birds throughout the year and makes it an ideal place for bird watching.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Belfast Castle

Northern Ireland

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Belfast Castle is situated on the lower slopes of Cave Hill Country Park in north Belfast, the Belfast Castle provides unobstructed views of the city. This magnificent sandstone castle was built by the Normans in the late 12th century. Its sense of history, the superb setting and its landscaped gardens ensure Belfast Castle is a 'must see' for every visitor.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Belfast city Hall

Northern Ireland

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Belfast City Hall was designed by Alfred Drumwell, and is sometimes called the 'stone Titanic' because its interior decorating was fitted by the craftsmen who worked on the Titanic, to which it shares many interior similarities. Today the grounds around t
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Relaxing

Bushmills Distillery

Northern Ireland

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Proud of its 400 year heritage and its five award-winning whiskeys, the Bushmills Distillery is the oldest official working distillery in the world. Situated in County Antrim, you can watch whiskey making take place and enjoy a little taster too.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential

Carrick a Rede Rope bridge

Northern Ireland

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For more than 300 years a rope bridge has provided the only form of access to Carrick-a-Rede island for local fishermen. It has now become one of Northern Ireland's best-loved attractions! Cross this 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands with this amazing cliff-top experience.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Carrickfergus Castle

Northern Ireland

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Built by John de Courcy in 1177, conqueror of east Ulster, and garrisoned until 1928, this is a striking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air. It represents over 800 years of military might. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the Castle saw action right up to World War II.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Nature

Causeway Visitor Experience

Northern Ireland

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2012 saw the opening of a brand new visitor experience at the Causeway coast. Though entrance to the stones themselves are free via the footpath, the eco-friendly and unique new centre provides a new way to experience the stones and understand just what it is you are seeing. The interactive exhibit demonstrates the way in which the causeway was created (for those who don't believe it was an actual Giant's Causeway!) and is a must do attraction for everyone visiting the area.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

City Walls

Northern Ireland

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A walk around the City walls in Londonderry reveals a splendid city crammed full with history, heritage, interest and vibrant cultural scene.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Arts, Sports

Clearsky adventure centre

Northern Ireland

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If you want a bit of adrenaline for all ages, Clearsky Adventure Centre situated in the stunning Castle Ward Estate on the shoreline of Strangford Lough can offer plenty of activities from canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, to rock climbing, coasteering, raft
Time to spend here: full day   More information

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County Tyrone

Northern Ireland

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County Tyrone to the south of Derry is steeped in history and culture. From Neolithic monuments and restored mills to National Trust properties and forest parks. The heather-clad Sperrin Mountains are the largest and least explored mountain range in Northern Ireland with dramatic landscapes, rivers teaming with life, mountains, valleys, forests and lakes. This area can provide you with peace and solitude, with a backdrop of beautiful landscapes and historic towns.
Time to spend here: full day   More information

Great for Christian

Down Cathedral

Northern Ireland

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Down Cathedral is a Church of Ireland cathedral. It stands on the site of a Benedictine Monastery, built in 1183. Saint Patrick's remains are buried in the graveyard. Magnificent stain glass windows, box pews and a beautiful organ case enhances this interesting building. The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick is the starting point for any visitor who wishes to know more about Ireland's patron saint!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Dunluce Castle

Northern Ireland

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Dunluce Castle is a medieval castle dating back to the early Christians and the Vikings. This site of historic battles is set in breath-taking scenery along the North Antrim coast, 100 feet above the ocean on a panicle of basalt rock, and isolated from the coast by a 20-foot chasm. Over the years many changes and additions have occurred to the original structure - inside you will find Norman, Scottish, English and European architectural influences. Although the medieval castle is now a ruin, it still has partial remains of its round corner towers and outer wall. In 1639, during the time of Randal McDonald, the kitchen of Dunluce castle did fall in to the sea taking with it the cooking staff. Legend has it that out of all the kitchen staff, only one boy survived in a corner of the vanished room!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Nature

Glenveagh National park

Northern Ireland

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Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north-west of Co. Donegal. Set in some 16,500 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with a large herd of red deer, Glenveagh Castle is a 19th century, castellated mansion built between 1867 and 1873.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Grand Opera House

Northern Ireland

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Since opening its doors in December 1895, the Grand Opera House has delivered an unrivalled programme of entertainment, playing host to some of the greatest names in theatre and music.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Grianan Ailigh

Northern Ireland

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Grianan Ailigh is a 4,000-year-old ring fort. The great stone cashel is thought to have been built by the Tuatha De Danann, God and King of Ireland, to protect the grave of his son Aedh.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Nature, Arts

Malin Head

Northern Ireland

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Malin Head is Ireland's most northerly point. It's a place of spectacular natural beauty and the surrounding area boasts craggy coastline and pristine beaches. The area recently shot to fame as a key filming location for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Mount Stewart House

Northern Ireland

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Mount Stewart House is a remarkable 18th century house and 98-acre garden that reflects the rich history of the Stewart family who played a leading role in British social and political life. The gardens are part of the most spectacular and idiosyncratic gardens of Western Europe and universally renowned for the 'extraordinary scope of its plant collections and the originality of its features, which give it world-class status'.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing

Murlough National Nature Reserve

Northern Ireland

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Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains, and it is reputed to be the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Newcastle, County Down

Northern Ireland

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The picturesque gateway to the Mourne's is the popular Victorian seaside town of Newcastle. Newcastle combines high mountain passes with beautiful sandy beaches and has been recently redeveloped making it the perfect base for exploring Murlough National Nature Reserve and the Mourne Mountains.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Family, Nature

Portrush

Northern Ireland

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In Portrush you can enjoy more sandy beaches as well as visit the famous Dunluce Castle. Portrush is close to both the Giant's Causeway and the famous Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Once just a small fishing village, it is now a bustling seaside town with superb restaurants, clubs, quality hotels and family entertainment venues providing the perfect base for a family vacation in Northern Ireland or to explore the surrounding region.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Sports

Portstewart Beach

Northern Ireland

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Between Portstewart and the mouth of the River Bann lies the golden sands of Portstewart Strand. Holding the Seaside and Blue Flag awards, Portstewart provides a great beach location, and offers plenty of activities to suit everyone, from water activities such as surfing and swimming to land-based pursuits such as horse riding and walking.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports. Nature, Beauty

Slieve Donard

Northern Ireland

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Slieve Donard is Northern Ireland's highest mountain, which sits beautifully in the stunning Mourne Mountains – a range which sweeps directly into the sea. The Mournes are close to Dublin and Belfast and very easy to access yet in contrast to these great cities it is like entering another world.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

The Cliffs of Slieve League

Northern Ireland

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With the highest sea cliffs in Europe, fantastic mountains and sweeping landscapes, amazing costal walks are a speciality whether you want to go it alone, or make a trip with an organised walking tour. The Cliffs of Slieve League are the highest sea cliffs in Europe with some of Ireland's finest coastal walks. There are also various mountain ranges providing plenty of scope for all grades of walker.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

The Harbour Museum

Northern Ireland

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The Harbour Museum hosts an eclectric collection of objects showing the citys mantime connections from architectural drawings early maps and plans of the city to archaeological finds.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural

The Museum of free Derry

Northern Ireland

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The Museum of Free Derry is a brand new museum created by the Bloody Sunday Trust which aims at telling the story of the most important periods in the history of this city – the civil rights era of the 1960s and the Free Derry/early troubles era of the 1970s from the point of view of the people who lived through, and were most affected by, these events.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History. Family, Essential

The Titanic experience

Northern Ireland

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The Titanic Experience is a brand new museum which opened in March 2012. The spectacular building is located beside the historic site of the world famous ship's construction. This state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

The Tower Museum

Northern Ireland

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The Tower Museum is a great place to learn more about the story of Derry, from its geological formation millions of years ago, right up to the present day.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Titanic Dock and pump house

Northern Ireland

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Titanic Dock and Pump House. Discover the story behind Belfast's maritime magic at the site of the Thompson Dry-Dock and Pump-House, once the beating heart of Harland & Wolff during the construction of the great White Star Liners – the Britannic, Olympic and most famously, the Titanic. This place is a genuine foot-print in history where you will be able to see the only publicly accessible intact piece of the Titanic's great legacy.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Nature, Beauty, Relaxing

Tollymore Forest Park

Northern Ireland

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Tollymore Forest Park is much more than just a forest and includes follies, grottos and cascades. The Shimna river boasts a walk that has been carefully designed to integrate many curiosities including bridges, caves and rocky outcrops. There are many trails throughout the park and the Cedar Avenue is particularly magnificent.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Arts

W5

Northern Ireland

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W5 is the perfect place for families: with over 250 interactive exhibits in four amazing exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. W5 has a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows throughout the day.
Time to spend here: half day   More information