Stunning scenery, cosmopolitan cities and a strong sense of local culture make it easy to fall in love with Northern Ireland. Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Causeway Coast, explore ancient castles and visit world-class museums, galleries and cultural attractions.
Things to do in Northern Ireland
More than 40,000 hexagon-shaped basalt columns stud the Giant’s Causeway rock formation. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was formed by volcanic activity and is one of the most impressive natural wonders in the United Kingdom. Visit the Giant's Causeway Visitor Experience centre to find out more about the fascinating history and geology of the causeway.
From Bangor and Ballycastle to Coleraine Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland is dotted with charm-soaked towns. Set between the County Down coast and the Mourne Mountains, the lively fishing port of Kilkeel is criss-crossed with cobbled streets lined with centuries-old townhouses. Visit the 14th-century church and climb up to the ancient fort overlooking the town.
The striking Titanic Belfast museum occupies the former shipyard where the famous ocean liner was built. Interactive multimedia exhibits offer more information on the legacy of the White Star Line ship. Peer into the offices where the Titanic was designed, get to know ill-fated passengers and debunk some common myths.
On the banks of the River Foyle, Derry combines history, culture and a colourful artistic heritage. Don’t miss the People's Gallery on Rossville Street, where a series of murals by the iconic “Bogside Artists” depict events from The Troubles. After a day of sightseeing, head to a cosy pub for Irish stew, soda bread and a pint of Guinness.
Northern Ireland is strewn with natural wonders like Marble Arch Caves, a series of subterranean caverns hidden beneath the limestone plateau. Tours take you deep into the cavernous chambers and include a boat ride along the underwater river.
Getting around Northern Ireland
Northern Island is well connected by road, train and bus links. Most cities and towns are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while car rentals offer the freedom to explore Northern Ireland at your own pace. Belfast International Airport offers flights to the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond.