Northern Ireland

What You Need to Know Before You Go

Northern Ireland is the smallest and least visited country in the UK, made up of 6 counties in the northeast of Ireland. Depending on your age and outlook, you might associate Northern Ireland with its proud shipbuilding industry, its turbulent politics or its many set locations featured in Game of Thrones. Regardless, Northern Ireland is now an area on the up thanks to a host of regeneration projects and inward investment.

The capital city of Belfast is the cultural and economic hub of the country. The world’s most famous ocean liner, RMS Titanic, was built here and there’s an excellent museum devoted to it, while the nearby Medieval monument of Dunluce Castle ruin in County Antrim makes for a popular daytrip. Northern Ireland has an esteemed golfing pedigree with several local world champions and many excellent courses. Other iconic landmarks include the Giant's Causeway and the Glens of Antrim.

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  • Belfast

    Belfast is Northern Ireland's lively port city, brimming with culture and entertainment. Explore the old shipyards and walk the decks at the poignant Titanic Belfast museum, or enjoy performances at the many theaters and arts venues, including Ulster Hall. In the evening, experience the world-renowned pub culture or treat your taste buds at an award-winning restaurant.

    In the surrounding hills, Belfast Castle stands proudly within glorious parklands, and many outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed while overlooking the city. Within a short drive from Belfast, you can immerse yourself in several filming locations for the hit series Game of Thrones.

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