Northern Ireland is varied and diverse, but constantly beautiful. We're going to share 10 activities from 10 destinations to give you an idea about how to make your trip to Northern Ireland memorable!
Belfast is a vibrant city, with a rich history and an exciting nightlife. Lonely Planet says Belfast is the best place to visit in 2018 and they're not wrong! With world-class museums culture vultures will be at home here, we'd especially recommend the Titanic Belfast and Ulster Museum. While at the Ulster Museum make sure to make time to explore the Botanic Gardens, the locals' summer spot of choice. As for foodies, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Take out the kids for the manageable mile-long oval walk around the 20-foot-high protective walls of Derry. Complete with gates, watchtowers, battlements, bastions and huge cannons to discover, your kids will love role-playing in this 17th-century treasure and are sure to sleep soundly when you get back to your accommodation at one of our holiday cottages in Derry!
It doesn't matter how old you are, the Antrim Castle Gardens never fails to satisfy. Play in the gardens with the family, explore the gallery and relax in the cafe while enjoying a delicious bite to eat. There's a myriad of cycling and walking routes which make it the perfect place to enjoy some quiet and stretch your legs - so take your time and enjoy the day.
Bangor is a slice of heaven by the sea. It's the perfect resort town to explore, take a stroll along the coast and breathe in that sea air. For angling enthusiasts it's a brilliant spot, the harbour walls make a great spot to enjoy a spot of sea fishing and are within easy reach of great pubs to close a brilliant evening in this busy and charming seaside resort.
Discover Omagh on two wheels. Dirtbike Tours Ireland are based in Omagh and excel at providing Off and On-Road Guided Tours into the Donegal mountains and surrounding area. They promise exhilarating experiences that are catered to your experience level. An exhilarating experience is guaranteed with all levels of skill catered for. Grab your helmet and explore.
Explore the broad green lush landscape of Slieve Gullion Forest Park. With miles of tranquil woodland trails, stunning views across the Ring of Gullion and surrounding landscape make sure you pack your camera and bag the perfect landscape shot capturing the supreme beauty of the wild spaces on your holidays in Northern Ireland. There is an Adventure Playpark and family attractions including the Giant’s Lair in the wonderful Hawthorn Hill Forest Nature Reserve reached by more amazing woodland trails, and a cafe too, everything you need is waiting for you here.
Further along the coast from Bangor, Portrush is one of Northern Ireland's favourite seaside towns, boasting three sandy beaches and a wealth of world-renowned tourist attractions, including the Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the Royal Portrush Golf Club, not to mention world-class surfing!
With so much to do on your holidays in Northern Ireland, you will probably need a day or two to just relax! The Galgorm Resort & Spa in Ballymena will have you covered, perched on the River Maine, set on 163 acres of parkland and with beautiful grounds surrounding the excellent facilities there's plenty of nature to bask in and plenty of excellent staff waiting to take care of you. It's the perfect recharge.
Carrickfergus Castle is one of the best preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland. Due to the military impenetrability of this castle, the town of Carrickfergus long thrived even when surrounding villages suffered defeats, and that strength endures today. The castle sits on the edge of the harbour and on those perfect glassy water days, casts an impressive reflection making for quite the view. Be sure to steal this classic Carrickfergus shot after your day exploring the castle and the town.