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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Despite its difficult history, this exciting destination, sometimes referred to by its ancient name Ulster, is most welcoming of travelers and most keen to show off its colorful and vibrant towns, rugged mountains, and beautiful countryside. Culture runs deep in this land that has been occupied since the Bronze Age, and despite its small size has managed to produce famed writers such as C. S. Lewis and noted actors including Liam Neeson.

Stroll the winding streets of Belfast or Derry and seek out the grand historical monuments speckled throughout the cities. Head out to the countryside where natural wonders abound. Gasp at the gloriously green valleys of the Glens of Antrim, and marvel at the majestic peaks of the rugged Mourne Mountains which inspired C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and played host to the filming of HBO’s Game of Thrones®. Continue along the craggy coastline and witness nature at its most spectacular and perplexing as you discover the Giant's Causeway; an area made up of thousands of hexagonal blocks of rock, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions.
Northern Ireland

Locations

Belfast

Belfast

Despite its troubled past, Belfast has forged ahead to become a progressive, artsy city with grand reminders of its former prosperity. Monuments and cathedrals are sprinkled amongst the Victorian architecture, and visitors can spend time between the many ‘quarters’ the city divides itself into. The Titanic Quarter celebrates the shipyard that built the famous ocean liner and plays host to an incredible museum where visitors are sure to learn something new about RMS Titanic.
 
Shopping is best begun at Donegall Place, where the streets are lined with shops and the Victorian arcades are filled with gift and jewelry stores. For those who enjoy strolling through local markets there are plenty to choose from—depending on the day, these street stalls boast all sorts of wares, from fresh produce, antiques and clothing to local crafts and tempting artisanal bites.