Maybe it’s the promise of the good clean air and spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s the food, the golden warm whiskey or the cosy pubs. Or could it be there’s just so much to do and see? There are so many reasons to visit Northern Ireland, but here are twenty for now to get you thinking. Once you’re done with the thinking, start planning, booking and getting ready for your best ever adventure.  

Our Giant Spirit 

The number one reason to visit us is...us. We might be a small place but we are a warm, welcoming, innovative and adventurous bunch and there is nothing we like more than talking to strangers. Whether it’s in our Belfast Black Cabs, on our buses and trains or behind the counter of a bar, we are always up for a chin wag and a chat. 

Getting around 

You can drive from city to coast to countryside in just a few hours and get a taste of Northern Ireland in a few days. Our cities and towns are extremely compact and easily explored on foot. No busy undergrounds or messing about with apps or maps and sure if you’re stuck, we’ve said it before, we are always on for a chin wag.  

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of the city that built her. Inside this shimmering landmark you’ll unearth the story of the famous, fateful ship in a top-notch 5* interactive experience full of history and surprises. 

Natural wonders 

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway is our most popular attraction, but a stellar line up of natural wonders await for those who go off-the-beaten track. Visit the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, the idyllic Fermanagh Lakelands and the captivating Mourne Mountains.  

Road trips 

Drive the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route - rated one of the Top Five Road Trips in the world. Navigate winding, rugged coastal roads along the Irish Sea and around the Atlantic Ocean stopping off in white-washed villages or sandy stretches of beach, cliff top walks and of course the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway.   

Game of Thrones® 

Northern Ireland's epic landscapes have been used as the backdrop for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones®. If you're a fan of the show, embark on a tour of filming locations including Winterfell Castle, Kingsroad and Riverrun. Fill your passport on the Journey of Doors. 

Giant outdoors 

Northern Ireland's lush green fields, dramatic coastline and tranquil lakes make an amazing outdoor playground. We have stunning cycle routes and some of the best wreck-diving in the world. As if that were not enough you’ll find a heap of giant loughs and rapid rivers perfect for all levels of kayaking and paddleboarding. For those who like the gentle art of fishing, you’ll find plenty of space to cast your reel in these parts. 

Golf 

Northern Ireland is home to some of the best links golf in the world. As well as Royal Portrush, which hosted The 148th Open in 2019, there are other gems like Portstewart and the beautiful Royal County Down near the Mourne Mountains. These courses are part of any golfing trip to the island of Ireland so make sure they're on your card. 

Festivals & Parties 

We like to let our hair down in this neck of the woods and sometimes we go into the woods to do just that. Annual events include Belfast’s popular Belsonic Music Festival and the campers’ favourite, Stendhal Festival in Limavady. The long-running Belfast International Arts Festival gets better each year and has stiff competition from the younger Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. 

Loveable locals 

From the famous to the everyday, we have an iconic array of colourful characters that make a trip to Northern Ireland a fun one. Immerse yourself in their legends by visiting Seamus Heaney Homeplace, C.S Lewis Square, Belfast Music Exhibition & Tour OR the Van Morrison trail. There’s poetry and music as well as football. What more do you need? 

Tap til you stop or bop til you drop 

Big city boppers will love the legendary nightlife in Belfast or Derry-Londonderry. There’s always a great buzz at night and there’s something of a choice for everyone. Whether you're a fan of pints and ballads and trad or a disco queen with a penchant for cocktails we have it all here for you. 

Peace and quiet 

After a night out on the town, you’re never more than ten minutes from escaping the city if you so desire. If you take it a little further you can really get away from it all and retreat to the remote hills of County Tyrone or the tranquil Fermanagh Lakelands for fresh air and spectacular views. 

The only remaining completely walled city in Ireland 

Derry-Londonderry’s famous walls are approximately 1.5km in circumference and form a walkway around the inner city. This gives you a unique promenade to view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style street plan to this day. 

Awesome attractions 

Seamus Heaney HomePlace opened to great acclaim in 2016, paying homage to the talented life and career of the Nobel Prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney. 2017 saw HMS Caroline open, the last surviving ship from the 1916 Battle of Jutland. Did we mention Titanic Belfast? 

Distilleries 

Northern Ireland is renowned for its whiskey, so pay a visit to The Old Bushmills Distillery or Northern Ireland's newest addition Echlinville. If gin is more your thing, then take a trip to Rademon Estate Distillery where Shortcross gin is produced. 

Brewing up a storm 

We can’t go talking about the hard stuff without giving the local beers a mention. There has been a boom in micro-brewing these last few years in Northern Ireland and you can see how it all comes together at the Walled City Brewery in Derry-Londonderry or the wonderfully fun Hillstown Brewery in Randalstown. 

Look at the stars 

Northern Ireland’s most remote parts can reward you with superb stargazing. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) have dazzled the north coast in recent years, and there are designated dark sky sites like the Sperrins where the new OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory will put the skies above in a whole new light for you. You can even sleep under them in some places. 

Warm welcomes, great breakfasts and exceptional accommodation 

In Northern Ireland we use a five-level star grading system to indicate the standard of customer care, quality and range of facilities. From the uber-cool Bullitt and the iconic Titanic Hotel to quirky options like Finn Lough's forest bubble domes, there is really something for everyone of every taste and every budget in Northern Ireland. 

Yum! 

Following a designated Year of Food and Drink in 2016, there has been a real restaurant boom in Northern Ireland. If the truth be told, people were finding out about us already. Our meat and dairy produce are among the best in the world. A visit to St George's Market in Belfast is a must and while you’re here you really should try one of our Michelin-rated restaurants. Don’t forget your Ulster Fry and the sweet Yellowman treat.  

Hidden gem 

Perhaps the best part of all though is the fact that here in Northern Ireland our land is yours too. Access is easy, travel is easy and our people are easy-going. You will rarely come across big groups of other visitors or find yourself queuing, in fact you might find you have a world-class attraction all to yourself! We’re like that hidden gem that is just waiting to be discovered. We like it that way, and we know that you will too.