Why Northern Ireland?

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Mourne Moutains

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 The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, its summits crowned by granite tors. The mountains themselves are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks. The area was voted the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland in WalkNI's inaugural awards. The routes providie enthusiastic walkers with incredible opportunities for exploration. The Mournes are divided into 2 very distinctive areas – the Eastern or ‘High’ Mournes and the Western or ‘Low’ Mournes. Any newcomer to the Mournes will be simply amazed at the variety of landscapes that can be encountered within such a confined geographical area. 

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 The Mourne Mountains are in County Down, lying 31 miles (50 km) south of Belfast and just over 62 miles (100km) north of Dublin. 

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Places to Visit

GAME OF THRONES™: The Touring Exhibition

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 Featuring a unique mix of immersive environments, interactive, and multimedia content, this all-new exhibition drops fans into the centre of the Seven Kingdoms with an up-close and personal look at authentic props, costumes and set decorations.

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Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

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 Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you experience life from over 100 years ago. Set in over 170 acres of rolling countryside overlooking Belfast Lough, chat to a costumed visitor guide, admire traditional crafts and meet farm animals. 

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Castle Archdale Countryside Centre & War Museum

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 The country park boasts beautiful woodland and lough shore walks. There is an insect garden and wildflower meadow. Castle Archdale was the main flying boat base from which they flew during WWII and this is highlighted in an exhibition within the centre entitled ‘Castle Archdale at War’.

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Belfast Zoo

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 Belfast Zoological Gardens is located in North Belfast on the slopes of Cave Hill. This unique location provides unrivalled views across Belfast Lough with only a 15-minute drive from the city centre.  

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Giant’s Causeway

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 Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's first UNESCO Heritage Site, is a geological wonder and home to a wealth of history and legend. The 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago intrigue and inspire visitors. 

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Streamvale Open Farm

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 Streamvale farm is nestled in the rolling hills on the edge of Belfast. The family farm has lots to offer including baby animal cuddling, lots of fantastic play areas and many live shows and demonstrations for all the family to enjoy. 

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Game of Thrones® tapestry at the Ulster Museum

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Get lost in the phenomenal story of the Game of Thrones while walking round the tapestry. This beautiful piece of work displays 80 meters of storytelling that has been pieced together in a wonderful tapestry display at the Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland. It is one of the most loved attractions that belong to Northern Ireland. Game of Thrones was filmed in Northern Ireland which is why the series is very close to the heart of the country, showcasing Northern Ireland’s scenic routes and treasures.

 

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Found in the leafy Queen's Quarter of Belfast at the Ulster Museum. Make this apart of your experience in Northern Ireland

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More Sites and Experiences

Tayto Castle Factory

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 Tayto Castle in the Ulster countryside is where the terrific Tayto crisps are made. The castle is over 500 years old and was originally the home of the O’Hanlon clan, one of the mightiest and most powerful clans in all of Ireland 

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Lough Neagh Discovery

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Four miles of footpaths, five birdwatching hides, woodland, ponds, wildflower meadows, picnic and play areas.


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Exploris Aquarium

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 Exploris is a public aquarium situated in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. The facility is located on the shores of the Marine Nature reserve of Strangford Lough, which is an important winter migration destination for many wading and sea birds. 

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W5 Belfast

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 Interactive science centre with climbing & robot attractions, plus temporary exhibits & daily demos. 

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West Strand Beach

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 If it’s already wet you might as well jump in and get soaked from head to toe – pull on a wetsuit and learn how to surf, body board or stand up paddle at one of Northern Ireland’s great surf schools.  

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Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down

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 Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. 

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