Welcome to Northern Ireland!
Northern Ireland – that slice of Ireland that is still politically part of the United Kingdom – is a small region with a lot for a visitor to enjoy! We have lakes, mountains, a walled city, a stunning coastline, castles, green fields, St Patrick’s country, UNESCO world heritage site the Giant’s Causeway, and modern highlights such as the Titanic Experience in Belfast.
Many visitors also take the opportunity to learn more about ‘The Troubles’, the 30-year conflict that ran from 1968 to 1998 with its origins way back in time. Tours can be taken in Belfast, touring the Shankill and Falls Road areas, and in Derry Londonderry.
As there is such a lot to see and do, and we know it can get overwhelming, we have divided the region into four areas of interest:
- The South East and Mourne Mountains, including St Patrick’s Country
- The North and Causeway Coast, including the walled city of Derry and Giant’s Causeway
- Belfast and Belfast Lough Area, including The Titanic Experience, Carrickfergus Castle and The Gobbins
- The Fermanagh lakelands, including ancient monastic sites, the fabulous Marble Arch Caves and ‘The Stairway to Heaven’
While you could drive from one corner of Northern Ireland (Newry in the South East) to the other (Derry in the North West) in just 2 hours (88 miles/141km), and while there are whirlwind day tours of Northern Ireland from Dublin, you could easily spend a week in each area and never get bored.