From discovering the drama of the Giant’s Causeway, along the stunning Causeway Coastal Route to discovering the legend of the RMS Titanic in her birthplace of Belfastand climbing the highest peaks situated in the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland is home to some fantastic experiences.
Have a cold pint of Guinness at the Duke of York Pub, Cathedral Quarter
Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, the Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour. Hosting regular traditional sessions there is no better place to sample the real taste of our city – simply step in and drink an Irish whiskey washed down with a pint of creamy stout.
Go stargazing at Armagh Planetarium
You will travel to the International Space Station, outwards to Mars in the 3D stereo room and the new immersive gallery can project stereoscopic animations of Solar System exploration. Visitors can use interactive displays to learn about the cosmos and watch the latest space news in real time.
Climb the highest peaks and take in breathtaking views from the Mourne Mountains
The Mournes stand true to the words of songwriter Percy French as the place ‘where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’. They are not only one of Ireland’s most scenic areas and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), they are quite simply an adventurer’s paradise.
Recreate Game of Thrones scenes on a film locations tour
Game of Thrones fan? Interested in finding out more about the epic Game Of Thrones filming locations? Northern Ireland is home to most of the iconic scenery featured in the hit T.V. show. There are several tours operating which will guide you through these stunning locations. You can even dress like the characters and have an archery experience!
Try a shot of the famous Bushmills whiskey straight from the Old Distillery
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise.
Step down into the underground tunnels of Crumlin Road Gaol
Take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison. Visit the underground tunnel that used to connect the Gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse and get a chance to sit in the Governor’s chair. There are also paranormal tours in this rumoured haunted building.
Walk through history at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Chat to costumed visitor guides as they demonstrate traditional crafts. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, boats, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars.
Stand in the dock where Titanic was built
The Pump-House was once the beating heart of Harland & Wolff’s operation during the construction of the great RMS Titanic. The Thompson Dock itself is the footprint of Titanic and provides an amazing representation of the scale of the ship. Today the Pump-House comprises of a Visitor Centre & Café with daily guided tours in operation – the only publicly accessible intact piece of the Titanic’s great legacy which is open in the city of her birthplace, Belfast.
Find out how some of the world’s most prestigious china is made at Belleek pottery
When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery, you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. With over 200,000 visitors every year, it is home to the oldest and most prestigious china ever made.
Take a Belfast black taxi tour with a local
Take an authentic black taxi tour around Belfast Quarters with a local guide, featuring local stories and wit. Start your tour in the City Centre, then move through the shipyards and see where HMS Titanic was built and launched from. See the political districts, before seeing the elegant University Quarter and Museum district.