Northern Ireland

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  • 1. Belfast Castle

    North Belfast | Castle/Palace

    In 1934 this spectacularly baronial castle, built for the Marquess of Donegall in 1865, was passed to the Belfast Corporation. Although the...Read More

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  • 2. Belleek Pottery

    Museum/Gallery

    On the riverbank stands the visitor center of Belleek Pottery Ltd., producers of Parian china, a fine, eggshell-thin, ivory porcelain shaped...Read More

  • 3. Bushmills

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Reputedly the oldest licensed distillery in the world, Bushmills was first granted a charter by King James I in 1608, though historical records...Read More

  • 4. Carrick-a-Rede

    Bridge/Tunnel

    Adrenaline junkies love the rope bridge—off the coast at Ballintoy in Larrybane—which spans a 60-foot gap between the mainland and tiny Carrick...Read More

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  • 5. Carrickfergus Castle

    Castle/Palace

    Built atop a rock ledge in 1180 by John de Courcy, provincial Ulster's first Anglo-Norman invader, Carrickfergus Castle is still in good shape...Read More

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  • 6. Castle Ward

    Castle/Palace

    With a 500-acre park, an artificial lake, a Neoclassical temple, and a vast house in Bath stone magically set on the slopes running down to...Read More

  • 7. City Hall

    Central District | Tour–Sight

    Built of Portland stone between 1898 and 1906 and modeled on St. Paul's Cathedral in London, this Renaissance revival–style edifice—the cynosure...Read More

  • 8. Crown Liquor Saloon

    Golden Mile | Other Attraction

    Belfast is blessed with some exceptional pubs but the Crown is one of the city's glories. Owned by the National Trust (the U.K.'s official...Read More

  • 9. Crumlin Road Gaol

    North Belfast | Jail/Prison

    Designed by Charles Lanyon, and opened in 1846, this jail held more than 500 prisoners at its peak; today it is one of Belfast's hottest tourist...Read More

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  • 10. Cushendun

    Town/Village

    Off the main A2 route, the road between Cushendall and Cushendun turns into one of a Tour-de-France hilliness, so cyclists beware. Your reward...Read More

  • 11. Dark Hedges

    Historic District/Site

    Since its role as Kingsroad in Game of Thrones , the Dark Hedges has become the most visited of the Irish sights linked to the TV series, attracting...Read More

  • 12. Derry City Walls

    West Bank | Historic District/Site

    Established under a charter by James I in 1613, Derry is among a small but distinctive coterie of places throughout Europe that have preserved...Read More

  • 13. Down County Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    With the transfer of the 1,100-year-old Mourne granite High Cross as the centerpiece of an elaborate extension, this museum, housed in an 18th...Read More

  • 14. Florence Court

    Historic Home

    Less known than some showier estates, this three-story Anglo-Irish mansion was built around 1730 for John Cole, father of the 1st Earl of Enniskillen...Read More

  • 15. Giant's Causeway

    Nature Sight

    Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant's Causeway is a mass of almost 40,000 mostly hexagonal pillars of volcanic basalt...Read More

  • 16. Glenariff Forest Park

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Head to this natural preserve to explore the most beautiful and unsettled of Antrim's glens. Glenariff was christened "Little Switzerland" by...Read More

  • 17. Grand Opera House

    Golden Mile | Arts/Performance Venue

    Fresh from a dazzling £12 million facelift and just in time for its 125th anniversary, Belfast's opera house, which regularly hosts musicals...Read More

  • 18. Guildhall

    West Bank | Museum/Gallery

    The rejuvenated Victorian Guildhall is an outstanding example of the city's ornate architecture. It has been refashioned as a visitor center...Read More

  • 19. Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

    Castle/Palace

    This Georgian palace—the only royal residence in Ireland and that for 50 years was the official home of the Governor of Northern Ireland—opened...Read More

  • 20. James Connolly Visitor Centre (Áras Uí Chonghaile)

    West Belfast | Visitor Center

    The fascinating story of James Connolly, from his birth in 1868 to his execution in Dublin for his part in the Easter Rising in 1916, is told...Read More

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