Thursday, 6 July 2017

Top 10 NI Attractions


Northern Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with so much history and culture throughout.  If you're planning a trip around Northern Ireland, here are the top ten tourist attractions you should not miss!

Causeway Coast 
From the spectacular nine Glens of Antrim to the Giants Causeway World heritage site and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge; from the rugged coastline of Torr Head and Murlough Bay to the unsurpassed beauty of Rathlin Island; from the quiet charm of sleepy villages such as Bushmills, Ballintoy and Cushendun to the bustle of Ballycastle, a friendly market town - this region of Northern Ireland is famous the world over for its history, its legends and the genuine warmth of its hospitality.

Giant’s Causeway 
A World Heritage Site of Northern Ireland, the Giants Causeways has amazed many and inspired a lot.  Unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape, visit the world-famous basalt columns, climb the shepherd's steps or hike along the cliff top trail, whilst reliving the tale of Fionn MacCool.

Carrickfergus Castle 
Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle, located in the town of Carrickfergus, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland.

Titanic Belfast 
Home to the world's largest Titanic attraction, the star-shaped, striking landmark building represents the Titanic’s story and traces Belfast's rich maritime history when it was the British Empire's powerhouse in shipbuilding.  Take in the Titanic experience, the discovery tour, slipways & plaza as well as the Nomadic Belfast.

Ards Peninsula 
Visiting Ards Peninsula will let you see the famous Mourne Mountain shimmering in a distance. The southern tip of peninsula is Portaferry where there is ferry link that brings you across to the beautiful little town of Strangford.  The Ards Peninsula was once known as "The Ards", and was conquered by the Normans in the 12th century. The Norman family Savage built a number of local castles and priories.  The peninsula was the site of a number of airfields during World War II, including RAF Ballyhalbert and a satellite airfield, RAF Kirkistown, both now closed. Kirkistown site is currently used as a car and motorcycle racing circuit.

Derry/Londonderry
This is another top tourist attraction you can visit in Northern Ireland. Though it is commonly known nearby, it's where you can see River Foyle that discharges out to Lough Foyle.  There is lots to see and do in Derry; from the Peace Bridge to the Museum of Free Derry and The Gobbins Cliff Path.

Mussenden Temple 
Located in a beautiful surrounding of the Downhill Demesne not far from the Castlerock. It offers spectacular views westward over the Downhill Strand, explore Mussenden Castle perched 120ft on the cliff edge.  Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Over the years the Temple itself was under danger of being lost to the sea due to the erosion of the cliff which brought Mussenden Temple ever closer to the edge

Bushmills 
In the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river you'll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland. A place where family and friends have worked for generations, in a small Northern Irish village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.

Rathlin Island 
Amidst the rugged landscape of this beautiful island, let your mind wander and discover a tranquillity and beauty that is so unexpected.  The ferry to Rathlin Island (from Ballycastle travels just six miles across the Sea of Moyle. This island is six miles long, one mile wide, "L" shaped and home to a slowly increasing population of around 140 people.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars. ‘Discovery Farm’ at the Folk Museum also provides a living history experience portraying daily life on the farms of 100 years ago.

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