Things to do in Northern Ireland

It may only have a tiny landmass, but there sure is a lot to cover in Northern Ireland. If you have a thing for rocks or awe-inspiring scenery in general, you will love the northern coast all the way from Carrickfergus to Coleraine. The ocean has worked its magic to bare white chalk, black basalt, stacks of rocks, pinnacles, caves and cliffs. Arguably, it’s some of the most amazing scenery in all of Northern Ireland, so make sure you pack your snapper. Rock climbers will also dig this place, almost as much as the surfers will love the area’s epic surf breaks.

Tourists also love the famous geological masterpiece and photogenic sight of Giant’s Causeway. Near the Causeway is a rope bridge to traverse, if you dare, but you’ll find this isn’t open in harsh weather conditions and often not in winter either.

If you’re interested in the history and politics of the country, you’ll find signs of the Troubles mainly in Belfast and Derry. Derry has political murals in the district of Bogside. In Belfast, you’ll see Republican Murals (the Catholic side) on Falls Road and the Loyalist murals (the Protestant side) on The Shankill and Newtownards Roads, in West and East Belfast respectively. You can also the so-called Peace Line, a 6-metre wall that divides the Protestant and Catholic communities. To see these sights, it’s best to take one of the famous Black Taxi tours.

There are plenty of lovely little villages to explore in the Northern Ireland countryside too. Portrush, a bustling seaside resort, is pretty popular with its awesome surf and one of the best nightclubs in the north. For more of our fave places to visit in Northern Ireland, read on.

Belfast Castle

Built in the late 1800s, Belfast Castle is of great historic importance to the city and welcomes visitors to venture around its many rooms and extensive grounds.

Belfast Grand Opera House

Opened during the late 1800s, the Grand Opera House is famous throughout the city having survived 2 World Wars and an extensive period of troubles in the area.

Derry

Whether you call it Londonderry or Derry, Northern Ireland's second-largest city is worth a look. It was also voted the UK City of Culture in 2013 and is known for its shopping.

Free Derry Corner

The signs of the political struggle draw many a visitor to the Northern Ireland city of Derry. The incredible murals on the Bogside are known as some of the best in the country.

Giant's Causeway

The second you lay eyes on this marvellous rock formation, you’ll get why the ancient Irish and Scots didn’t believe it was a natural feature. It’s quite remarkable.

Armagh

County Armagh is a bucolic rural area with rugged hills to the south and strawberry field and apple orchards to the north. It’s also Northern Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital.