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The Dark Hedges. Avenue lined with Beech trees

Visit Game of Thrones - Filming Locations

For over eight glorious years the stunning coastline and countryside of Northern Ireland literally chewed the scenery in many a Game of Thrones® episode. So, why not don your fanboy or fangirl hat and unashamedly geek out at the 20-plus film locations dotted around the country.

  • The Dark Hedges. Avenue lined with Beech trees
    Categories: TV & Film

    Visit Game of Thrones - Filming Locations

    For over eight glorious years the stunning coastline and countryside of Northern Ireland literally chewed the scenery in many a Game of Thrones® episode. So, why not don your fanboy or fangirl hat and unashamedly geek out at the 20-plus film locations dotted around the country.

  • A male and female couple enjoying a walk along Murlough Beach with out of focus sand dunes and Mourne Mountains in the background. The lady's right arm is placed on the man's left arm.

    Top romantic locations

    Love is in the air. And in quite a few very romantic locations around Northern Ireland too. Perhaps it’s down to the stunning scenery, the rolling landscapes, the dramatic coastline, the wild sea air. Who knows? But it does seem that there are places here where you just can’t help falling in love. And if you’d love to know just where they are, read on for inspiration for a romantic night away in Northern Ireland.

  • A large scale model of Titanic on display behind glass at Titanic Belfast.
    Categories: Titanic

    A timeline of Titanic

    Despite its short life-span, the RMS Titanic and the story of its creation, maiden voyage and tragic sinking has held a grip on the popular imagination of the whole world for more than a century.

  • Man dressed as a pirate, juggling while crowds of adults and children watch. Part of Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.
    Categories: Titanic

    Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

    Every year the Belfast’s Maritime Mile comes alive as thousands attend a celebration of all things nautical. The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival follows in the footsteps of the local seamen, dockers and visiting sailors who frequented the area over the centuries and toasts their major contribution to this city’s history.

  • Harland and Wolff shipyard in Titanic Quarter at dusk. The 2 large  yellow Harland and Wolff cranes known as Samson and Goliath are prominent with the hangars illuminated in the background by lighting from the shipyard.
    Categories: Titanic

    Belfast’s Titanic Quarter

    An expansive urban waterfront with one of the great global visitor attractions as its centrepiece, you can’t truly experience Belfast without taking some time to explore the Titanic Quarter. This historic part of Northern Ireland’s capital has had such a huge influence on both the city and the world, and its story reveals itself around every corner.

  • Exhibit of a first class bedroom on Titanic at Titanic Belfast. A lady in period costume appears on a screen to give a description to visitors of what they are looking at.
    Categories: Titanic

    12 things you didn’t know about Titanic

    When RMS Titanic sailed away on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England on April 10th, 1912, she was hailed as ‘the new wonder of the world’. A remarkable feat of engineering, she was the largest and most luxuriously appointed ship ever seen and, despite her tragic sinking five days later, she remains a source of enduring pride in the city where she was built – Belfast. 

  • A couple strolling along Belfast harbour in Titanic Quater, with SS Nomadic and Titanic Belfast in view just ahead.
    Categories: Titanic

    Titanic route map

    Almost the whole world knows that the RMS Titanic, ‘unsurpassable’, ‘unsinkable’ and the most famous ship of all time, was built and launched in Belfast. 

  • Close up of carrot and parsnip muffins
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Carrot & Parsnip muffins – recipe from Mash Direct

    Our friends at Mash Direct, an award-winning, family-run farm in Comber, have been farming the fields around Strangford Lough since the 1800's.  Here they share their carrot and parsnip recipe for muffins with a twist, using their mash pack as one of the main ingredients! 

  • Loaf of wheaten bread on a board
    Categories: Food & Drink

    How to make traditional Irish wheaten bread

    The guys at Wee Buns Cookery School have shared a traditional Northern Ireland recipe with us for you to try out at home.  What’s better than wheaten fresh out of the oven dripping with butter and jam – let us know your favourite way to have it.

  • A bowl of soup served on a wooden tray with 2 slices of bread with an open fire out of focus in the background, at Grace Neill's Pub in Donaghadee, County Down.
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Pub grub

    We’ve listed just a few of our favourite pubs in Northern Ireland that are known for their delicious food, enough to rival any restaurant! Nothing beats the warm welcome and craic you’ll experience in these pubs, whether you choose city, town or countryside.

  • Pain au Chocolat on display at Lost & Found Café in Coleraine, County Londonderry.
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Best breakfasts

    If we are to believe the experts, it’s the most important meal of the day. Here in Northern Ireland we try to be a little more diplomatic when it comes to our food - we believe that every meal is important but there’s no doubt, there’s nothing like a good brekkie to get you off to a flyer. Of course as the home of the Ulster Fry we have a bit of a love for our bacon, sausages and fried eggs sunny side up but we also know a thing or two about lighter morning indulgences. So let’s get stuck in. 

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