What to see and do
You’ll be amazed by the number and variety of activities that Northern Ireland has to offer
Natural wonders and modern marvels
Whether it’s experiencing the unspoilt beauty of Northern Ireland’s landscapes and scenery or enjoying a more active break, you’ll find more than enough to fill your time. A trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant’s Causeway will take your breath away. Enjoy enjoy the natural world on Raithlin Island in County Antrim, which offers an unrivalled opportunity to watch many varieties of birds such as grebes, shearwaters and petrels. Or for more high-octane thrills, Northern Ireland’s coastline offers scuba diving, rock climbing and and some excellent surfing waves.
Castles, cathedrals and coast roads
Jumping into a car and taking a tour along Northern Ireland’s winding coast road will offer you the finest vantage points to enjoy all that the place has to offer. As you drive through rolling glen or working farmland, enjoy the wide open stretch of the sea lined by towering cliffs and sandy beaches. For a taste of history, take in a trip to the stunning castles of Carrickfergus or Dunluce, or view the glory of the cathedral at Downpatrick, where St Patrick is reputed to be buried.
You’ll be spoiled with the choice of activities in Belfast alone, a city divided into quarters – Titanic, Cathedral, Queen’s and Gaeltacht – to make navigation child’s play. Outside of the big cities, the towns and villages of Northern Ireland play host to festivals and attractions to tempt inquisitive visitors. You can discover the history of porcelain making at Belleek Pottery in County Fermanagh; visit the oldest legal whiskey distillery in the world at Bushmills; or rediscover the joy of town fairs at the Old Lammas fair in Ballycastle, County Antrim. You may also find that some of the best attractions are in nature itself, with pony trekking, walking and cycling providing the ultimate modes of transport...