5 Must See Attractions in Northern Ireland

Posted by Neil Hand on the 15th of August 2014 at 16:05:54

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This blog was extremely popular first time around, so I decided to share it again with you all with a few updates:

A visit to Northern Ireland is an unforgettable experience. Within the 6 Northern counties you’ll find a mix of fantastic cities and picturesque rural-town lands. You’ll find history and heritage and attractions, which have to be seen to be believed. It’s not easy to pick 5 favorites but if you’re planning a trip to Northern Ireland, here are five things which you absolutely cannot miss:

Titanic Belfast - day shot1 – Titanic Belfast

The Titanic Belfast Exhibition opened in March 2012 and has quickly established itself as one of Belfast's most popular attractions!

This towering structure covering 11,000 sq.m. (118,403 sq.ft.) stands nearby to where the Titanic was once constructed with its outer walls are covered in thousands of three-dimensional aluminium plates, which create a truly dazzling appearance.

But inside is where it all happens. Over nine galleries, you’ll find exhibitions, a dark ride, interactive displays and a whole lot more so it’s easy to see why this ambitious project is being dubbed as the world’s biggest Titanic attraction. Every aspect of the ship’s heritage has been covered from the workers at the shipyard, who engineered this most famous of ships, to the décor of her interior and the myths, which surround her.

This is one great interactive and exciting visit! Make sure to give yourself at least two hours to get around this wonderful exhibition and to truly appreciate the experience!

 

St. Patrick's Trial,Northern Ireland2 – Saint Patrick’s Trail

Saint Patrick is one of those Irish symbols, which has travelled the world. We’ve all toasted to the man himself on Saint. Patrick’s Day and shown our Irish pride by donning green but in Northern Ireland a completely different Saint Patrick experience lies in wait.

Saint Patrick’s Trail is a 92 mile drive through counties Down and Armagh, which links 15 key sites, each with unique connections to Ireland’s most famous saint. From Downpatrick, where Saint Patrick lies in rest to the Saint Patrick Center, there are many intriguing sites en-route, which shed light on Christian Ireland.

Saint Patrick is one of the world’s most enduring saints. His story has been passed down from one generation to the next and has become a much loved legend in its own right. Now is your chance to uncover the legacy which he left behind with a tour along Saint Patrick’s Trail.

 

Giant's Causeway, Antrim3 – The Causeway Coast

The Causeway Coast is a region of unparalleled beauty. Heritage and beautiful scenery fuse making this almost a magical place, which is fitting because at its heart you’ll find the Giant’s Causeway. There are many legends surrounding the causeway and the Irish giant Finn McCool, but folklore aside, there is something very special about the causeway and the surrounding glens.Villages, towns and castles line the rocky shores of this breath taking route. Taking this drive at your own pace is a must because with so much to do and see, you won’t want to miss a beat on what is known as “one of the world’s great road journeys”.

Along the Causeway Coast you’ll find: Bushmills Distillery – Ireland’s oldest working distillery and home to 400 years worth of secrets; Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – those who brave this exhilarating trip will be rewarding with incredible vantage points of the surrounding coastal scenes; and Glengariff Forest Park – home to the Waterfall Walkway, this peaceful forest retreat will instantly relax your senses.

This is but a mere snippet of what awaits you along the Causeway Coast so get dreaming today.

Derry/Londonderry hands across the Divide4 – Londonderry/Derry City

The first records of Derry city date back to the 6th century, making it one of the longest inhabited places in Ireland. Originally the site of a monastery founded by one of the great Irish saints Saint Columba (Columcille), it has now evolved into one of Northern Ireland’s great cities.

Derry/Londonderry or the Walled City is steeped in heritage and history with a number of key events, which have made it the fantastic city it is today – a blend of the modern and historic with some of the most positive locals you’ll ever meet.

The city walls hold many secrets but luckily the Walled City heritage Trail has identified 100 sites of historical interest all within the Derry area. Taking the trail you’ll find cathedrals, churches, parks, villages, murals, monuments… the list goes on. And even if you don’t have time to check out all 100 sites, the trail has been divided up into smaller sections, so you can explore away at ease.

Derry was UK City of Culture in 2013, a reflection of the rich cultural traditions, both past and present, of the walled city.

Ulster American Folk Park5 – The Ulster American Folk Park

Get back to your roots with the Ulster American Folk Park in County Tyrone. The story of Irish emigration is brought to life on the site of this impressive attraction. A story, which spans three centuries, thousands of miles and the Atlantic Sea. A story about a new life and a new hope in North America.

See it all play out, bringing you back to the thatched cottages of Ulster, a crowded sailing ship and the homesteads of the American frontier. An array of costumed characters will keep you entertained with their homemade crafts and food, not to mention their fascinating stories.

Depending on what time of year you’re visiting, the Ulster American Folk Park also hosts a number of events including the Bluegrass Music Festival (first week in September) and onsite you can even get your hands on an array of Northern Ireland crafts like Belleek Pottery or Ulster Weavers.

Read some more of our blogs about our favorite places in Antrim, Armagh and Derry - all in wonderful Northern Ireland!

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