Are you a lover of road trips, or a seeker of legends? A city slicker, or a country kid at heart? Whatever tickles your fancy, Northern Ireland’s got just the thing, with endless stories, friendly locals, fantastic food, and adventure-filled nightlife, all packed into one charismatic corner of the island of Ireland. Check out 10 of our favorite places to go and things to do – you can thank us later!
The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a major port city known primarily as the home base of ill-fated Titanic, who sank on her maiden voyage in 1912. The Titanic theme dominates local attractions, comprising the Titanic Belfast museum and the Titanic slipways, which is an open-air concert venue these days. Numerous street wall political paintings reflect the city's dramatic confrontation between Catholics and Protestants in the 20th century.
elfast Castle Old Chapel, Northern Ireland This old church was an amazing find on the way back from Belfast Castle. It was literally in the middle of a city block, with houses built all around it. It was fenced off, with no visible road or inlet. We walked in between several houses and were able to squeeze through the fence onto the church grounds.