My Northern Ireland Favorites!
Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 17th of July 2013 at 16:20:13
Count the forty greens of Ireland with our Northern Ireland 8 Day Tour! Taking you from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city to the quiet greens of the Antrim Glens, to the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway and the Walls of Derry this tour shows you the very best of Ireland’s northern region. With history and heritage, tradition and culture, music and dance all intermingling with dazzling scenery and breath-taking coastal drives, embark on a vacation of a lifetime with this wonderful tour! With so much on offer, here are just some of my personal highlights!
Newgrange, County Meath – is a 5,000 year old passage tomb, pre-dating both the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and Stonehenge. It is thought to be part of larger systems of passage tombs, with two more similar tombs Knowth and Dowth both in the immediate area. The interpretive center is impressive, illuminating the importance of the site and indeed of the general area both in terms of historical and archaeological importance and emphasizes the skills and ingenuity of the people who built these monuments. Although officially classified as a passage tomb, it is thought to have been used for ceremonials and religious practices as well. It is best known for the winter Solstice where the sun penetrates the chamber in and around December 21st and lights up the entire chamber. Magical!
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim – one of my personal triumphs - walking across (and back) on Ireland’s famous rope bridge. A little bit daunting – but a lot worth it – this should at least be attempted!
Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim – is a Norman Castle dating from 1177. It played an important military role until 1928 and is one of the best examples of medieval architecture in Ireland. Strategically built on Belfast it was once surrounded by up to ¾ water making it an almost impregnable fortress. Take a self-guided tour around this arresting castle and learn all about its tumultuous history!
Little Museum of Dublin – this small museum is located on St. Stephens Green right in the heart of Dublin city. It retells the modern history of the city through the stories and artifacts donated by Dubliners. It is a really personal and memorable glimpse of how Dublin evolved in the modern era. Housed in a Georgian townhouse with some 5,000 artefacts and all with their story and memory attached and noted, this is an intimate account of Dublin and her people through their eyes. Wonderful!
Titanic Belfast, County Antrim – is one of Belfast’s newest attractions in the heart of the city. Interactive, with full scale reconstructions over some 9 galleries of exhibitions, this is a fascinating attraction retelling all the stories of this famous ship, from the people who built her, worked and traveled and ultimately perished on. A history of the Titanic is a history of Belfast.
So if this has piqued your interest, why not contact us today and see these wonderful places for yourself!