Mummy says…Northern Ireland is a beautiful part of the world and one that is definitely well worth a visit. There truly is something for everyone, from outstanding views and natural beauty to plentiful walks,
castles, attractions, and fun-filled family days out…
So, with so many places demanding a visit, which is the best? Where should you put down on your
Northern Irish travel itinerary? Here are some of the best sights and attractions to visit in Northern
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Despite its simplicity, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge has become one of the most famous rope bridges
in the world. Spanning the gap between the mainland and the small island of Carrickarede, the rope
bridge was originally used by fishermen. Nowadays, the bridge is managed and maintained by the National Trust, where visitors can cross above the swirling waters of the North Atlantic 30 metres below.
This is a definite must-see for fans of hit TV series Game of Thrones! Dark Hedges is the iconic avenue of interlocking beech trees lining Bregagh Road in County Antrim. Used as a filming location in Game of Thrones, the avenue has since become famous in its own right, drawing in crowds of tourists flocking to see the sight for themselves.
The Giant’s Causeway
This unique natural wonder of the world is a true spectacle and is definitely more than worth a visit!
It’s comprised of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns and has been a popular tourist
destination for decades. Again, the Giant’s Causeway is managed by the National Trust, so be prepared to pay a small fee to go down and see this wonderful natural phenomenon up close.
The dramatic ruins of Dunluce Castle sit imposingly on the clifftop, looking down over the coast and the waters far below. Originally the family home of the MacDonnell Clan, this striking medieval castle once boasted an inner courtyard and impressive fortifications, designed to protect its inhabitants from attack. For an outstanding example of Northern Irish history, look no further than Dunluce Castle.
The Titanic Museum, Belfast
One of Belfast’s premier claims to fame is that the ill-fated RMS Titanic was built in the city’s Harland
& Wolff shipyard. Today, the Titanic Belfast museum sits on the site of the former shipyard, an impressive monument to the city’s rich maritime heritage. The museum features a wealth of information about the Titanic, with interactive displays and hands-on exhibits designed to keep every member of the family enthralled.
Old Bushmills Distillery
Perfect for a delicious tipple, a visit to Old Bushmills Distillery is the ideal way to discover more
about Northern Ireland’s whiskey-making heritage. Amazingly, the 18th century distillery is still in operation today, making top-quality tipples for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. Daily tours offer whiskey-making and tasting sessions, so don’t forget to designate a driver before you arrive! It is also said that the distillery is haunted by a legendary resident ghost, so keep your wits about you!
This charming folly is perched high up on the clifftop near Castlerock in County Londonderry. Looking
imposingly out across the Atlantic Ocean, Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 and originally functioned as a library with a unique design. Modelled after the iconic Temple of Vesta in Rome, today, Mussenden Temple holds the title of being one of the most photographed scenes in all of Ireland.
Which of these attractions to visit in Northern Ireland takes your fancy? With so many exciting days out, attractions and sights to see, it really is the ultimate travel destination.