Northern Ireland

United Kingdom
Guildhall showing a church or cathedral, heritage elements and night scenes

Mountains, caves, castles and rich cultural experiences await in this attractive country on the edge of Europe.

With spectacular geological forms, a beautiful coastline, friendly cities, deep glacial valleys and historic monuments, Northern Ireland is full of attractions. The once troubled country is emerging from years of conflict and visitors are once again pouring in. Ramble across mountains, visit the birthplace of the Titanic and enjoy some traditional Irish music.

There are plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy Northern Ireland’s scenic beauty. Hike across the Mourne Mountains and stop by some of the towns and villages located in the foothills. Take a boat trip across Lough Neagh and its waterways. The large freshwater lake borders five of Northern Ireland’s six counties. Picnic on one of the country’s many beaches and venture underground to explore the chambers, rivers and waterfalls of Marble Arch Caves.

On the North Antrim Coast is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, the Giant’s Causeway. The large basalt columns, which can be walked across, were created by volcanic action more than 60 million years ago.

Travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital and home to a third of its population. Visit Titanic Belfast, the place where the ill-fated passenger liner was built. Learn about its construction and first and only voyage. Go on a free public tour of City Hall, a stunning neoclassical building in Portland stone and look down on the city from the ramparts of Belfast Castle. Watch a concert at the Odyssey Arena or catch a musical at the Grand Opera House.

Enjoy trips to some of Northern Ireland’s other cities. In Armagh, find St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by the patron saint of Ireland in A.D. 445. Visit Londonderry for St. Columb’s Cathedral and to walk on the 17th-century defensive wall that encircles the inner city. If you are feeling energetic, cycle the Foyle Valley, a 21-mile (34-kilometer) route that links Londonderry with the border towns of Lifford and Strabane.

Round off your Northern Ireland experience with a drink and some live Irish music in a traditional pub.

Popular cities in Northern Ireland

Belfast City Hall showing château or palace, a garden and heritage elements
Belfast
Known for Friendly people, Poolside bars and Tours
Northern Ireland's capital is as rich in culture as it is in sweeping scenery and rolling greenery. Belfast is a city steeped in history that is a must visit for historians and adventurers alike.

Reasons to visit

  • Waterfront Hall
  • Belfast City Hall
  • Grand Opera House
Ireland featuring a church or cathedral and heritage architecture
Londonderry
Known for Friendly people, Walking and Historical
Explore Londonderry: its history, museums, cathedral and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Derry City Walls
  • Peace Bridge
  • Museum of Free Derry and Bloody Sunday Memorial
Devenish Island featuring heritage architecture, a lake or waterhole and a garden
Enniskillen
Known for Friendly people, Poolside bars and Relaxing
The largest town of County Femanagh in Northern Ireland, Enniskillen is located on the beautiful River Erne, at the heart of the Northern Irish Lake District.

Reasons to visit

  • Marble Arch Caves
  • Devenish Island
Dungannon
Dungannon
Known for Family-friendly, Countryside and Budget
Dungannon is the third largest town in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and the landscape is dominated by Castle Hill. Throughout the centuries, Castle Hill and the views it offers for miles around, has meant Dungannon has occupied a strategic position within Ulster. In the modern era it was the site of an army base before, in 2006, being handed back to the local council. Recognising its historic and cultural importance, they turned it into a Peoples’ Park, the Hill of the O’Neill, with an accompanying exhibition.

Reasons to visit

  • Lough Neagh
Newry
Newry
Known for Friendly people, Dining and Poolside bars
Newry is a city of two counties: its west half of Newry is situated in ambient County Armagh and its eastern half lies in timeless County Down. United by the 19th century town hall that traverses a bridge crossing the river Clanrye, the historic divide between the two counties, this Northern Irish city is one of the country’s fastest growing tourist destinations.
Down Cathedral showing heritage architecture and a church or cathedral
Downpatrick
Known for Golf, Horse racing and Ruins
Explore Downpatrick: its golf, horse racing, castle and more!