Antrim is located just 18 miles outside Belfast, a location which draws many visitors keen on sampling the attractions of the capital city without having to pay the somewhat steeper prices. With two airports located less than a 30-minute drive away – Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport – Antrim attracts travellers from all over the world, and its appeal extends far beyond the proximity of Belfast.
Attractions Around Antrim
The centre of Antrim itself is a bustling market town, rich in character and history and packed with traditional shops, pubs and buildings. While exploring Antrim on foot is a fascinating and pleasurable experience, the countryside surrounding the town is some of the most spectacular in Ireland, with the lakes, forests and hills of County Antrim giving way, further to the north, to the spectacular scenery of the Atlantic Coast.
Accommodation in Antrim
The combination of urban and rural appeal means that Antrim is popular with a wide and disparate selection of visitors. For many people it is a convenient base from which to travel and explore the cultural and commercial attractions of Belfast, while others will enjoy the chance to enjoy natural attractions such as the waters of Lough Neagh. In light of this, the accommodation in Antrim runs from basic hostels catering to backpackers needing simple bed and board, to luxury country lodges offering spa facilities and family-friendly hotels catering to holidaymakers with children.
Hotels with WiFi
For most people, the choice of accommodation they book into will be based upon factors such as the size of their party and the reason for their stay. Keen golfers, for example, might find it convenient to stay in an establishment close to or even adjoining one of the area’s many golf courses, while a guesthouse or bed and breakfast near to the main roads heading north will make exploring the Antrim coast quick and easy. What many people now demand as a standard amenity, however, is the provision of WiFi in their hotel.
The Advantages of Wi-Fi
It’s surprising to think that just a few years ago the issue of Wi-Fi wouldn’t have played any part in deciding which hotel to stay in. The truth of the matter, however, is that people now spend so much of their life either online or utilising digital communication that the presence of Wi-Fi is often a make or break issue.
Initially, a WiFi connection will be invaluable if you wish to check the opening times and entry fees of local attractions such as Carnfunnock Country Park and the Clotworthy Arts Centre Centre. There are few things more frustrating than travelling to an attraction only to discover it isn’t open for another couple of hours, particularly if you have a couple of excited children in your party.
Another plus point of Wi-Fi access is the ease with which it enables you to stay in touch with people back home. Whether this simply means the convenience of being able to update them on your days out in the Irish countryside, or the reassurance of being able to check on the wellbeing of older relatives or young children, a Wi-Fi connection will put your mind at rest.