An enchanted land of fairytales, myths and legends. Dramatic landscapes and scenic adventures await you in Northern Ireland. Perhaps not a destination that has been given enough attention due to it’s turbulent history but Northern Ireland offers a rugged, natural and warm-hearted experience that is sure to delight visitors and have them return time and again.
Who could resist a trip to see the Giant’s Causeway? This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a magnificent sight to behold. 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns making their way into the sea, you could really believe it was made for a giant. This must-see attraction is part of the Causeway Coastal Route which has been voted one of the best coastal drives in the world. Stretching from Belfast to Londonderry, the route boasts wonderful scenery and should definitely be on your bucket list. For a Luxury B&B Northern Ireland, visit www.ashbrook-house.co.uk
The author C.S Lewis was born in Belfast and if you’ve ever wondered what might have inspired his magical kingdom of Narnia then take a trip to the Mourne Mountains. The mountains are the largest range in Northern Ireland and are very impressive and a great favourite of walkers and rock climbers. Tollymore Forest Park is a quirky mix of exotic trees and gothic stone follies which is why it has been used for the filming of Game of Thrones.
The Titanic was born in Belfast and as one of the most iconic ships ever built, you might fancy a trip to the Thomson Dry Dock where she was constructed. From there be sure to visit the Titanic Belfast, a gallery devoted to the ship tracing the story from the start to the very bitter end. A fantastic, immersive experience featuring gantry rides, cabin recreations and an underwater cinema show.
Visit the recently redeveloped Ulster Museum for a look at the only dinosaur bones to be found on the island. There are displays of art from all over the globe and even an Egyptian mummy, Takabuti. Local history and culture is explored with displays of fashion, furniture and jewellery.
If you’re looking for adventure with a spooky twist then head to Crumlin Road Gaol which is said to be one of the most haunted places in Belfast. It has over 150 years of history and holds paranormal tours which take in the flogging room and execution chamber!
Cave Hill Country Park should also feature on your itinerary and is named after the five caves that are found along the Belfast cliffs. There are plenty of activities on offer here including a playground. Ancient history can be found here as well as the 19th century Belfast Castle and McArt’s Fort is an old stone fort that seats 1,200 feet above sea level. The Belfast scenery is said to have inspired another author with the character of Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels. Cave Hill is said to resemble a giant sleeping and protecting the city which is where Jonathan Swift got the idea from.