“What are the best things to do in Northern Ireland?” I hear you ask! Whether you’re visiting this fair isle for a short city break or a holiday; Or you’re a resident and are quite partial to partaking in a day trip or mini-adventure; don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
First of all, even though I live in Belfast, I love feeling like a tourist in “our wee country”.
It’s quite often that I’ll rally up the hubby for a day trip to explore. Here are some of the top places to visit and things to do in Northern Ireland.
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Tour of Giant’s Causeway & Game Of Thrones locations
Unless you have been living UNDER A ROCK for the last decade you’ve probably heard of Game Of Thrones? Yes of course you have!
Well, you may or may not be aware that significant parts of the show are filmed in Northern Ireland. Visit some of the locations used in the show on a day tour and step into your favourite characters shoes!
Maybe not literally step into their shoes, but you do get to dress up as a member of the Night’s Watch. And wield a sword… That’s pretty cool too.
What’s the plan
You’ll be picked up in Belfast and will experience the stunning coast of Northern Ireland.
Visit nine locations including the Dark Hedges, Giant’s Causeway, Ballintoy Harbour, Cushendun Caves and Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. You’ll also learn about the local history and get plenty of opportunities to take photos in these idyllic spots.
I’m a huge Game Of Thrones fan and I booked the tour through
Marble Arch Caves
Check out the Marble Arch Caves and experience the captivating network of waterfalls, rivers and passages within the caves.
The tour lasts just over an hour and is led by the well-informed guides at different times during the day. Check the website for times to suit you
The tour includes walking through the Nature Reserve, a boat trip underground, and a walk through the glistening show cave.
The guides are on hand to answer any questions and give fun facts about the caves and the area.
I visited the Marble Arch Caves a few years ago and it’s on my bucket list to go back again. It’s a fascinating place but you should be aware that there are a lot of steps in the
FYI – book in advance and be aware that the tour may not take place if the weather is particularly bad.
Walled City of Derry
Take a private tour of Derry City Walls and discover the history of Ireland and Britain’s only fully enclosed city.
The land of Derry has been in use for approximately six thousand years and is now an extremely vibrant city. Emerge yourself in the history on this walking tour and learn about how Christianity was brought to Britain.
The tour also
As with all outdoor tours in Northern Ireland you’re best to wear suitable clothing and comfortable footwear. We really can get four seasons in one day! To book your tickets click here.
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is possibly my FAVOURITE museum in Northern Ireland (honestly, I love this place!)
Well technically I think this counts as two museums but they are at the same location so… you decide.
Visit the Folk museum and immerse yourself in Ulster of the 1800s and find out what life was like then. You’ll come across traditional thatch cottages, farmhouses, and a fantastic depiction of rural Ireland of the past.
The Ulster Transport Museum houses a large collection of transportation through the ages. Pay a visit and enjoy everything from vintage bicycles, trains and carriages to supercars, and of course a DeLorean!
In addition to the museum exhibitions, there are also a number of events held here throughout the year. Check the website for more information.
To visit the museum, you can purchase tickets on the day. However, if planning a trip for the weekend, or during public or school holidays then you’re best to book online.
HISTORICAL SIGHTS & LANDMARKS
Titanic Belfast & SS Nomadic
Everyone has heard of the tragedy of the supposedly unsinkable ship, RMS Titanic. Built in Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard, this magnificent ocean liner was the largest of its kind.
On its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg. This resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people.
Visit The Titanic Belfast experience located in the shipyard where Titanic was built. The exterior of the iconic building was designed to represent Titanic’s hull. There are nine galleries which exhibit the full story of Titanic from conception through to the maiden voyage.
Complete your experience with a visit to the SS Nomadic. Imagine yourself as a passenger or crew member of the last White Star Line ship.
In 2016, Titanic Belfast was voted “World’s Leading Tourist Attraction” at the World Travel Awards. This is a fantastic homage to the creation of a remarkable vessel and a mark of respect to those who worked on the ship and who lost their lives. I highly recommend a visit when you’re next in Belfast. Book your tickets and guarantee entry here.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog as much as I enjoyed creating it! We really do have some fantastic places in Northern Ireland and I just love being able to share them with the world!
Have you visited any of these amazing spots? Is there anywhere else you have been to and would suggest? Let me know in the comments!
Oh, and don’t forget to check out my other travel posts!
Until next time…