Northern Ireland

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Northern Ireland - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Belfast Castle

    North Belfast

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

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  • 2. Belleek Pottery

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

  • 3. Bushmills

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

  • 4. Carrick-a-Rede

    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-a-Rede Island. The island's...Read More

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  • 5. Carrickfergus Castle

    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 and has...Read More

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  • 6. Castle Ward

    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

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

  • 8. Crown Liquor Saloon

    Golden Mile

    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 conservation...Read More

  • 9. Crumlin Road Gaol

    North Belfast

    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...Read More

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  • 10. Cushendun

    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, however, is...Read More

  • 11. Dark Hedges

    A narrow single-track road lined by twisted beech trees whose numbers are steadily being diminished by gales and climate change, the Dark Hedges is a...Read More

  • 12. Derry City Walls

    West Bank

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

  • 13. Down County Museum

    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-century jail, has...Read More

  • 14. Florence Court

    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. Topped...Read More

  • 15. Giant's Causeway

    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, clustered like a...Read More

  • 16. Glenariff Forest Park

    The best-known and most accessible of Antrim's glens opens on to Red Bay at the village of Glenariff (also known as Waterfoot). Inside the park...Read More

  • 17. Grand Opera House

    Golden Mile

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

  • 18. Guildhall

    West Bank

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

  • 19. Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

    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 its doors...Read More

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

    West Belfast

    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,...Read More

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