Where to go on a trip to Northern Ireland*
Northern Ireland is a beautiful part of the world – a country teeming with outstanding natural wonders, plentiful places to visit and a unique culture that is second to none. But with so much choice, it can be difficult to know where to go.
Here are some of the best and most memorable places to put on your Northern Irish bucket list, ready for your next trip to this wonderful country.
As the capital of Northern Ireland, it should come as no surprise that Belfast is packed full of interesting places to visit! There are many different things to do in Belfast, the best of which you will find in this list, but the city itself is also well worth a visit. Take a stroll through the streets, do a spot of shopping, pop into a café or restaurant for a bite to eat, and take in the atmosphere of the city for the true Belfast experience.
Perhaps Northern Ireland’s most famous attraction, the Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO world heritage site and is a true natural wonder. Marvel at the uniqueness of the causeway and explore just a few of the 40,000+ interlocking basalt columns – most of which are almost perfectly hexagonal in appearance. There is also an informative visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway where you can learn all about the myth surrounding its creation.
The iconic and ill-fated ocean liner was built in the dockyard at Belfast – now home to the Titanic Belfast museum. With exhibitions, interactive displays and exhibits, Titanic Belfast brings the tragedy to life in a remarkable manner – definitely a must for all you history buffs! Belfast’s Titanic Quarter is also well worth a visit on your way to or from the museum, so allow yourself plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere during your stay.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
One of the most famous rope bridges in the world, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge spans the North Atlantic and provides a dizzying walk of faith over the waves far below. Originally used to allow fishermen to cross from the island to the mainland, today, Carrick-a-Rede is a popular tourist destination.
Belfast City Hall
Ornate and impressive, Belfast City Hall is one of the grandest government buildings in the UK. The grandiose building was built in 1906 to house the important city offices. In addition, the city hall’s splendid Titanic garden is also a must-see, so don’t miss it! There are also public art displays and a handy café in the city hall – ideal if you’re feeling a bit peckish during your visit.
Originally the home of the MacDonnell Clan, Dunluce Castle sits perched upon the clifftop, looking out over the dramatic scenery below. With a courtyard and impressive fortifications, it’s not hard to picture just how imposing the castle would have been in its heyday. Although Dunluce Castle is ruined today, it’s still well worth a visit.
Originally built in 1785, this small but impressive 18th century folly was first designed as a spectacular library for the estate. Perched on the clifftop, overlooking the dramatic coastline far below, Mussenden Temple is a quirky yet appealing place to visit. It was also modelled after the famous Temple of Vesta in Rome, making it a truly striking destination for tourists from all over the world to come and visit.
Which destination do you want to visit first? There are so many great places to visit that you really are spoiled for choice – it won’t be long before you’re back for another visit!
[post in collaboration with The Giant’s Causeway Tour]