Top Places to Visit
in Northern Ireland
If you’re looking for inspiration for your Northern Ireland Tour, look no further than Ireland Coach Tours. Here’s our top visitor attractions from across Northern Ireland:
Not to be missed on your trip around Northern Ireland is this geological wonder, it sits at the centre of an Area of Outstanding Beauty and is Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, famously steeped in myth and legend. Begin your visit at the state-of-the-art Visitor Centre then stroll down to the intriguing polygonal stones to search out distinctive formations such as the Camel, Wishing Chair, Granny and Organ.
This breathtaking castle ruin has inspired artists and writers such as C.S. Lewis. Perched dramatically on the cliffs of the North Antrim Coast, it was built around 1500 by the local MacQuillan family and later seized by the Scottish MacDonnell clan who eventually established a small town here.
Take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge across to tiny Carrick-a-Rede island (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and enjoy a truly cliff-top experience. Set amid unrivalled scenery on the North Antrim Coast, the 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge that was traditionally erected by Salmon fishermen. It’s a bit more sturdy these days but there’s still only one way off the island – back across the swinging bridge!
This iconic archway of intertwining beech trees has become one of our most photographed natural phenomena. It was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century to impress visitors approaching the entrance to their Georgian mansion. Today the site is perhaps best known as a filming location in HBO’s Game of Thrones®; it doubled as The King’s Road in Season Two of the epic series.
This ancient yet contemporary city makes for a perfect beginning or end to your itinerary. Take a walking tour of the City Walls – this is Ireland’s only remaining, completely walled city – and learn about the settlement’s rich history. Landmark sights include St. Columb’s Cathedral, the beautiful Guildhall and gleaming Peace Bridge curving across the River Foyle
Seamus Heaney Homeplace
Step into Seamus Heaney HomePlace and begin your journey through the life and literature of the poet and Nobel Laureate. Standing at the heart of the place and a people which so inspired him, HomePlace includes a stunning exhibition which interprets Seamus Heaney’s work. The entire space over two floors is filled with personal stories and artefacts, dozens of family photographs, video recordings from friends, neighbours and cultural figures, and the voice of the poet himself reading his own words
The Crosskeys Inn
Enjoy a traditional evening in Ireland’s oldest thatched pub; The Crosskeys Inn, famous for its traditional Irish music sessions by the open turf fire, and for serving one of the best pints of Guinness in the north with a fantastic selection of Irish Whiskies, this is a ‘must see’ on your trip to Ireland. The Crosskeys Inn is a stone built cottage which was once a coaching stop on the route between Belfast and Derry. The building dates back to 1654 and is one of the last remaining traditional pubs in Ireland to host traditional music sessions.
Conceived, designed and built in Belfast, RMS Titanic is steeped in the city’s history. Explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city where it all began at Titanic Belfast. Titanic Belfast is a major visitor attraction celebrating Belfast’s maritime history, set on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard where RMS Titanic was built in 1912.