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Antrim Holiday: coronavirus information

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Most Antrim hotels also offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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County Antrim Holiday Guide

County Antrim is located in the north-east of Northern Ireland and is rich in history and stunning natural beauty. Characterised by isolated, rugged landscapes, unspoilt coastlines and bustling cities, County Antrim is a fantastic place to visit for all ages.

Nature and History in County Antrim

The marine drive north from Laren, past the famous Giant's Causeway to the seaside resort of Portrush, follows 60 miles of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful coastline.

Along the marine drive, you’ll pass several coastal villages, each with their own distinctive character.

Cushendall, just below the north-east tip, is a quirky, colourful town with several interesting monuments. The red curfew tower in the middle of the town was built in 1809 as “a place of confinement for idlers and rioters” and remains, well preserved, as a point of interest for visitors.

Here you can also see Oisin’s Grace - a megalithic court cairn on a hillside near the Glenann River. It is believed to be the burial place of Oisin, the Celtic warrior poet.

Further along the coastal road, the serene green crescent of Murlough Bay comes into view. Climb further towards the eerie tableland of Fair Head in the north-eastern corner of County Antrim, a haven for intrepid rock climbers, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Rathlin Island.

Further up the coast, Ballycastle offers Blue Flag beaches and dramatic coastal views. Here you can climb the 1,695 feet to the summit of Knocklayde, a heather-covered mountain, which provides extensive views over Ballycastle, Rathlin Island, Fair Head and Scotland.

Just six miles off the coast, Rathlin Island offers a fantastic place for walkers to enjoy rugged landscape and tranquil beauty. You can get the ferry across the “Sea of Moyle” from the mainland. There are several bed and breakfasts and restaurants on the tiny island, as well as an RSPB Seabird Centre and walking tours available.

Significant Towns in County Antrim

Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is the largest city in the country. With its buzzing energy and countless excellent bars and restaurants, it is a local must-see and an enjoyable place to spend several days during your trip to County Antrim.

Belfast is a centre for arts and culture. There are several theatres, including the Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall and The MAC, which offer a wide range of performances from theatre companies all over the world. The Ulster Orchestra, Northern Ireland’s only full-time symphony orchestra, is based in Belfast and there are many traditional Irish bands playing throughout the city.

Ranging from Edwardian buildings, such as the City Hall, to modern high rises, the landscape of Belfast is vast and varied. The county town of Antrim stands 18 miles northwest of Belfast. Situated in the north-east of Northern Ireland on the banks of the Six Mile Water, Antrim is a picturesque town with a range of important historical buildings.

Antrim Castle is of particular note. All that remains is the Barbican Gate, the old gateway to the castle, which stands proud on the banks of the river. About a mile from the town is one of the most perfect of the round towers of Ireland, which stands, at 93 feet high, in the grounds of the Steeple near the prehistoric “Witches’ Stone”.

Enjoy County Antrim

Explore the rugged, unspoilt coasts and beautiful mountain ranges of County Antrim. Enjoy the buzzing nightlife of Northern Ireland’s capital or relax on one of the county’s award-winning beaches. A place of colour, contrast and character, County Antrim is one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful treasures.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Antrim?

A: If you're staying around downtown Belfast or Lisburn for a day or two, maybe not. But if you're going to stay for longer and want to head out into the region of Castlereagh or farther afield, definitely! Nothing beats the freedom that you have with your own set of wheels. With the help of our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Antrim, finding a ride has never been easier.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Antrim?

A: While there are a number of airports in Antrim, there's every chance you'll be flying in to one of these major international terminals:

  • Belfast (BFS-Belfast Intl.): 1,656 international flights per month.
  • Belfast (BHD-George Best Belfast City): 1,442 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Antrim?

A: Grab your suitcase and rest your head at one of the quality apartments. They're among the most frequently booked options. Hotels, bed & breakfasts and guest houses are also popular in Antrim.

Q: What does an Antrim holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Everything from hotels and flights to car rental options. You can pick just one or two or bundle the lot. Expedia also has a large range of activities and experiences to make your Antrim escape even more awesome.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Antrim?

A: Book a package with Expedia. It's that easy. Flights, Hotels, Activities — put together what you need for your next getaway and watch the savings add up. It's time to plan the holiday of your dreams (and save a few bucks at the same time).

Q: What are the best things to do in Antrim?

A: You can't miss out on Boucher Road Playing Fields, Port of Belfast and Spires Mall and Conference Centre if your travel plans include Belfast. These attractions are a hit among locals and travellers alike.

If Lisburn is your next checkpoint, you'll also want to explore Jeanette Kidd Beauty and Day Spa, Lisburn Leisure Park and RSPB Portmore Lough.

But if you're only visiting Newtownabbey, you still won't be short on options. Belfast Zoo, Abbeycentre Shopping and Theatre At The Mill are just the start.


Guide to Exploring Antrim


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Portrush Atlantic Hotel
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Portrush Atlantic Hotel

Portrush Atlantic Hotel

73 Main Street, Co Antrim, Portrush, Northern Ireland
     
    4.2 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    We enjoyed our stay our room was in need of refreshing a bit dated No food available at lunchtime was a bit disappointing

    Jurys Inn Belfast
    Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020
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    Jurys Inn Belfast

    Jurys Inn Belfast

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Beautiful room very clean the bed was very comfortable.

      Ramada by Wyndham Belfast City Centre
      Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020
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      Ramada by Wyndham Belfast City Centre

      Ramada by Wyndham Belfast City Centre

      20 Talbot Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        I loved their environmental approach and loved my room! I also got a bunch of complimentary local snacks when I arrived which I loved!

        Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
        Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020
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        Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

        Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

        60 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland
           
          4.2 of 5
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          Its an amazing place, great staff and beyond confortable. Highly recommended and will definetly stay again

          Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast £70
          Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020
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          Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

          Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

          The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Ormeau Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Hotel is nicely located near the City Center. Biggest problem, was that we asked for a tour of the area and received a very political tour of the war ravaged section of the town. When I asked where the Titanic was, meaning the museum, I was told by the driver that it is at the bottom of the ocean. ...

            Botanic Rest Bed & Breakfast £37
            Reviewed on 7 Apr 2020
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            Botanic Rest Bed & Breakfast

            Botanic Rest Bed & Breakfast

            7 Cromwell Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
               
              3.6 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              It was an old place made modern. We felt save behind the locked door to the building. Sharing a bathroom and shower isn't ideal but they kept it clean and was so bad. Bfast room was a nice addition. Coffee was good and the potato bread was so good we asked for extra.

              The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast £115
              Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020
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              The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

              The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

              Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
                 
                4.6 of 5
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                The property is extremely clean and quiet, with very comfortable beds and pillows. It has every amenity that I have ever seen inconceivably in the room( and some like the candle and matches in the bath area). Turndown service... I mean it was completely exceptional. Also a great location with pubs ...

                The Flint £60
                Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020
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                The Flint

                The Flint

                48 Howard street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I loved the modern vibe of the property! It was such a cute and trendy place! We were under the impression there was parking with the location so we were disappointed to find out there was no parking near the site and there was no easy pull off to unload the bags. We also had to cut our stay short ...

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