Travel guide for Northern Ireland - travel, accommodation and attraction information

Northern Ireland travel guide

Northern Ireland – Discover Britain's smallest country

Learn everything about Northern Ireland from its historic landmarks like the Giant's Causeway to its vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. You'll also find useful travel information such as a map of Northern Ireland, accommodation booking and information on famous attractions and events.

Memory of Northern Ireland

"Picture the most beautiful place you can imagine; well we went there!!! Northern Ireland is absolutely breathtaking!"

Kristi, Chicago, USA

Steeped in history, culture & myth

Northern Ireland is the smallest country in Britain, and is situated in the northeast corner of Ireland. Northern Ireland's size makes it easy to travel around - once you've established a base, you can visit the country's main attractions on easy day trips. For sheer variety of landscape, the country feels bigger than it is; breathtaking mountains and glens, World Heritage Sites and an inland sea - everything's packed neatly together.

 

Culture & heritage

Northern Ireland is steeped in history, culture and myth. As well as being one of the country's biggest attractions, the Giant's Causewayand the Causeway Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And you'll also find a number of historical abbeys and priories, gardens, stately homes and national parks all around the country.

Attractions

There are countless must-see attractions in Northern Ireland. The Causeway Coast is home to some of the country's most popular attractions, including the Giant's Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The historic walled city of Londonderry is an attraction in itself; its setting, architecture and famous walls make a great day out.

 

Top daytime must-do's

Top night time must-do's

Explore the picturesque and romantic Dunluce Castle on the Causeway Coast.

Experience Belfast's historic pubs including The Crown Liquor Saloon

Visit the world's oldest licences whiskey distillery, the Old Bushmills Distillery .

See your favourite band at the Odyssey Arena or the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

Take a free guided tour of the magnificent renaissance style Belfast City Hall .

Enjoy a local Comedy Night in Belfast’s University district

Take a tour of the City Walls of Derry .

Don't miss traditional Irish music at village pubs

Take a boat trip to the Harland & Wolff Shipyards where the world's most famous ship, Titanic, was built.

 

Shopping 

Northern Ireland has become one of Britain's most popular shopping destinations. Wherever you are in the country, you'll find a diverse and exciting range of shops. Belfast's Lisburn Road is the best place for chic boutiques, and in towns like Ballymena, Bangor and Coleraine, you'll find great local designers.

Food & drink

If you're a food lover, you'll love Northern Ireland. In every corner of the country you'll find delicious local food and great, award-winning restaurants. Start the day with an Ulster Fry - eggs, bacon and sausages with potato bread and soda faris. St George's Market in Belfast is fantastic for local meat, and at Strangford Loch you'll find the best oysters.

 

Music & nightlife

Northern Ireland is renowned for its lively music scene, so if you like your music live and exciting, this is the place for you. Venues like the Odyssey and the Waterfront Hall regularly showcase the best Irish talent. You'll also find some of the world's best DJs playing at Northern Ireland's big nightclubs, and if you're into more traditional music, there are lots of festivals throughout the year.

Buy before you fly

As you can see, there's a lot to see and do in Northern Ireland. So don't waste time standing in queues, buy your travel passes and attraction tickets online! With the BritRail Pass + Ireland, you can hop on a train wherever and whenever you want and see the country at your own pace. For more great Northern Ireland offers, go to VisitBritain Shop .

 


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Northern...Facts

Population
1.7 million
Main airport
Belfast International Airport
Capital city
Belfast
Language
English
Main towns / cities
Belfast, Londonderry
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