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Nestled in the northeastern corner of the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland beckons travelers with its compelling blend of rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality. Far from the bustling tourist routes, this unique region invites exploration, promising a journey through time and nature. Let’s unravel the distinct charm that defines Northern Ireland.

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Belfast, a city reborn from its tumultuous past, combines historic sites like the Titanic Quarter with a vibrant arts scene and lively pubs, offering a dynamic urban experience.

Derry / Londonderry: This city, with its intact medieval walls, exudes a rich history. The Peace Bridge (map), connecting the city’s two sides, symbolizes the progress towards reconciliation.

Must-Visit Attractions

The Giant’s Causeway: A geological wonder on the Antrim Coast (map), the hexagonal basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway create a surreal landscape, captivating visitors with its mythical allure.

The Mourne Mountains: A haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts, the Mourne Mountains boast panoramic views, serene lakes, and challenging trails, providing a refreshing escape into the wilderness.

Dunluce Castle: Perched dramatically on the cliffside, Dunluce Castle (map) offers a glimpse into Northern Ireland’s medieval history and provides breathtaking views of the North Atlantic.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: Suspended high above the sea, this thrilling rope bridge connects the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede, providing a unique coastal experience.

Dark Hedges: This enchanting avenue of intertwined beech trees creates an otherworldly atmosphere, earning its fame as a filming location for the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Strangford Lough: A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Strangford Lough invites nature lovers to explore its diverse ecosystems, picturesque villages, and castle ruins.

Ulster Folk Museum: Located near Belfast, this living history museum offers a fascinating journey through time, showcasing traditional Irish rural life and architecture.

Annual Events

Belfast International Arts Festival: Celebrating the arts in various forms, this festival transforms Belfast into a cultural hub, featuring performances, exhibitions, and literary events.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Belfast: The capital city comes alive with vibrant parades and festivities, honoring Ireland’s patron saint and showcasing Northern Ireland’s cultural pride.

Portrush Airshow: Held along the stunning Causeway Coast, this airshow mesmerizes spectators with thrilling aerial displays over the scenic shores of Northern Ireland.

** Northern Ireland was established in 1921 as a result of the partition of Ireland through the Treaty concluding the Anglo-Irish war. The majority of the island initially formed what was known as Southern Ireland, then became the Irish Free State, and ultimately gained independence as the Republic of Ireland or Eire. However, six of the nine historic counties of Ulster remained part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland, while the other three joined the south.

The geographical and cultural term “Ulster” doesn’t directly denote the political entity of Northern Ireland, and the ongoing plate tectonics of this historical division are still in motion.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Much of the public transport in Northern Ireland is under the umbrella of Translink.

TRAVELINE – Provides online travel planner services for all public transportation across Great Britain. They also have separate planners dedicated to specific regions.

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BUS: National Express | UK Stop finder

TRAIN: The essential source for rail travel information in Great Britain is the National Rail website. It includes an extremely useful journey planner, ticket prices and detailed information about every railway station in the country. (*Rail travel in Great Britain, *Rail travel in Ireland).

AIRPORT: Belfast International Airport, also known as Aldergrove, is 20 miles west of Belfast. This has several UK connections and is the main airport for flights from Europe. George Best Belfast City Airport is 2 miles east of Belfast city centre, with flights mainly from the UK. Buses run hourly from Dublin city and airport to Belfast Europa station, taking 2 hr 20 min. More info > airportguides.co.uk.

FERRY: There are many ferry routes into the UK from continental Europe. (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

Northern Ireland – Incentive Ready.

Welcome to Discover Northern Ireland’s YouTube channel. We are delighted to welcome you to Northern Ireland. Start planning your next Giant Adventure. From cosy hotels to homely lodges, world class visitor attractions to ultimate relaxation and our award winning food and drink scene, we really do have all bases covered for a break in Northern Ireland.

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Ways to visit the UK. Visit for tourism, business or a short stay (up to 6 months), airport transit visas. + Visa & Entry (visitbritain.com)

TRAVELINE.

We can help you making your journey using the most up to date information from around the UK for all transport companies.

Visit Belfast.

A city steeped in history and culture, where historic landmarks, street art, and a burgeoning culinary scene reflect its resilient spirit.

NationalTrust.org.uk: The National Trust is a conservation organization that protects historic buildings, gardens, and natural landscapes in the UK. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

EnglishHeritage.org.uk: English Heritage is another conservation organization that protects historic buildings and sites in England. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.