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Northern Ireland has lots to offer visitors - especially those who haven't been here before. As you are attending a conference in Belfast, we'd love you to stay a bit longer and explore more that our region has to offer. 

Please find below some of the top tourist sites and regions to help whet your appetite.

Find out more at https://discovernorthernireland.com/about-northern-ireland/about-northern-ireland/

Causeway Coast & Glens

The Giants Causeway A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant's Causeway is a magnificent, mysterious geological formation on the North East coast of Co Antrim steeped in myth and legend. The setting is a spectacular dynamic coastal landscape of Atlantic waves, rugged cliffs, fascinating geographical antiquity, secluded bays and magnificent views. The Causeway forms a jagged headland of neatly packed columns which point towards Scotland. Visitors can walk along the basalt columns which are at the edge of the sea, just over 1km from the entrance to the site.

Carrick – A – Rede Rope Bridge - A short coastal footpath leads to the National Trust Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. On the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty. The geology, flora and fauna have won Carrick-a-Rede recognition as an area of special scientific interest. The rope bridge originally consisted of a single rope hand rail which has been replaced by a two hand railed bridge by the National Trust.

The Old Bushmills Distillery - Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Bushmills is the only distillery in Ireland to make triple-distilled single malt whiskey. During your tour you will see the copper potstills used to distil this special spirit. The triple-distillation is at the heart of all Bushmills whiskies and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness. Bushmills has recently been taken over by the global drinks brand Jose Cuervo.

Londonderry / Derry City

The Guildhall - The Guildhall is a beautiful building and is well worth taking time to see. It is located in the heart of the city, just outside the city walls and close to the Peace Bridge.  Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887 by The Honourable The Irish Society. The red sandstone building is of neo-gothic architecture, with Tudor overtones. The Guildhall contains stunning examples of stained glass windows and visitors will be intrigued by its unique history and appeal. The staircase, main hall organ and corridors give a fascinating insight into this distinctive building

Historic Walls of Derry - A walk around the walls in Londonderry reveals a splendid city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.Londonderry, also known as Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. The Walls were built during the period 1613-1618 by the honourable, the Irish Society as defences for early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland.The Walls, which are approximately 1.5km in circumference, form a walkway around the inner city and provide a unique promenade to view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style street plan to this day. The four original gates to the Walled City are Bishop’s Gate, Ferryquay Gate, Butcher Gate and Ship quay Gate. Three further gates were added - magazine Gate, Castle Gate and New Gate.

The Tower Museum - The Tower Museum is located within the City’s historic walls and has won four major awards since its opening in October 1992. The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions: "The Story of Derry" tells the colourful and dramatic history of the city from earliest prehistory to the present. This exhibition has recently undergone a major refurbishment programme and re-opened in October 2006.   "An Armada Shipwreck” - La Trinidad Valencera" tells the story of one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada, La Trinidad Valencera, which sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588 and was rediscovered by divers from the City of Derry Sub-Aqua Club in 1971.County Down / St Patrick’s Heritage

The Mournes

Castlewellan Forest Park - Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Aboretum attract tree enthusiasts from around the world. However, Castlewellan has numerous features that draw wider attention. The garden is a mixture of informal and formal design with terraces, fountains, ornamental gates and flower borders. To walk around the forest park's mile-long lake, encountering some intriguing modern sculptures on the way is to enjoy a great experience of eighteenth-century landscaping.

Castle Espie - situated on the shores of Strangford Lough near Comber, County Down, is the newest WWT visitor centre and the Trust’s first in Ireland where it is being hailed as an international example of a best practice in habitat restoration, sustainable design and green tourism. Visitors can witness Ireland’s largest collection of ducks, geese and swans. Centre facilities include - unique viewing points from the Brent hide, waterfowl gardens, woodland walks, Nature centre, art gallery, shop, Loughshore cafe. 

The Mournes and Ring of Gullion areas are a walker's paradise, with stunning walks to suit all abilities. These nearby Areas of Oustanding Beauty can both be explored in a short break.Whether you're after a strenuous ascent of one of the famous summits such as Slieve Donard, Slieve Bearnagh or Slieve Binnian, a gentle stroll along the River Shinma in Tollymore Forest Park, or a ramble around the fascinating volcanic landscape of the Ring of Gullion with its rich pre-historic and Christian heritage, there's sure to be a walk for you.

Fermanagh Lakelands

The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark - situated just outside Enniskillen, County Fermanagh is one of Europe's finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. The Marble Arch Cave complex has good car parking, a souvenir shop, restaurant, exhibition area and an audio visual theatre. The caves are situated in a National Nature Reserve.Tours of the caves last approximately 75 minutes and are suitable for people of average fitness (comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended).

Opening times:The caves are open daily from 10am. 

Enniskillen Castle – Enniskillen Castle which was once the stronghold of the Gaelic Maguire chieftains is situated beside Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.  Built almost 600 years ago, the castle's history is traced from its beginnings as a Maguire castle until its use as a barracks in the 1700s and 1800s. Hugh ‘The Hospitable’ Maguire, the man responsible for building the castle was the younger brother of the leading chieftain at the time, King Thomas Maguire (Thomas the Great).

Belfast City Centre

Belfast Cathedral / St Anne’s Cathedral - Consecrated in 1904, the Cathedral held a memorial service shortly after the tragic sinking of the Titanic which was attended by several members of Thomas Andrew's family. The Cathedral contains mosaics designed by Sir Charles Nicholson and executed by Gertrude and Margaret Martin. Groups are most welcome to visit the Cathedral. Arrangements for guided tours should be made well in advance with the Cathedral Office. Every effort will be made to accommodate groups who wish to visit outside the normal hours. Prayer walks of the Cathedral are also available. These can be self-conducted using the booklets available or under the guidance of Cathedral volunteers or clergy.he

 

Victoria Square - Old and new sit comfortably side by side in Victoria Square, Northern Ireland’s biggest and brightest shopping centre. The dazzling glass dome is also a viewing gallery where you can look across the Belfast skyline. The quaint, Victorian Jaffe Fountain is a centrepiece at the front door, returned to the same spot where it stood in 1870.  Inside Victoria Square, there are four floor levels, with over 50 stores, Odeon 8 screen cinema and 18 eateries.

The Grand Opera House - Since opening its doors on 23 December 1895, the Grand Opera House has delivered an unrivalled programme of entertainment, playing host to some of the greatest names in theatre and music.

Designed by the prolific theatrical architect Frank Matcham, the theatre was a huge success from the outset, hosting a vibrant programme of opera, drama, pantomime, or the latest London comedy or musical. Northern Ireland’s premier theatre boasts a wide array of popular shows and additional facilities and services such as a restaurant, café bar and venue hire for corporate hospitality, functions & events.

Queens University Belfast - Queen's University Belfast is a public research university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The university's official title per its charter, is The Queen's University of Belfast. It is often referred to simply as Queen's, or by the abbreviation QUB. The university was chartered in 1845, and opened in 1849 as "Queen's College, Belfast", but has roots going back to 1810 and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.