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Looking for inspiring last minute Christmas gift ideas? Here are some suggestions of unique experiences and activities to make the perfect Christmas gift for your loved-ones.
Tickets to the 148th Open
The eagerly anticipated return of The Open to Royal Portrush in 2019 (14-21 July) is sure to become one of the highlights of the Championship's long and illustrious history. Returning to Northern Ireland for the first time in almost 70 years, The 148th Open is an event you won't want to miss.
There has been unprecedented demand for tickets to The 148th Open, however, you can still secure your place at The 148th Open by purchasing a ticket for the practice days for the return of golf's original championship to the famous Royal Portrush Golf Club next summer.
Get your Game of Thrones® Experience before the last ever series!
2018 is all about the countdown to the last ever series of HBO’s Game of Thrones® and Northern Ireland is gearing up for a bumper year. With the official release date announced as April 2019, why not explore the fantasy world of Westeros and Winterfell this spring?
There are 25 publically accessible filming locations in NI and fans can easily visit a favourite scene or walk in the footsteps of a much-loved character. There are a range of exciting visitor experiences– self guided, guided tours and immersive experiences to a themed banquet and archery. Bed down for a night in ‘Winterfell’ located in Castle Ward in quirky heated camping pods set in the beautiful 820-acre National Trust-owned demesne. The experience includes the ‘Archery Range Movie Set Experience’ and ‘Film Locations Cycle Tour’ at £250 per couple.
National Trust Membership
Whether you’re looking to discover historic houses, roam in beautiful gardens or wander through stunning countryside, National Trust membership is your key to unlimited unforgettable days out. Their portfolio has over 20 properties in Northern Ireland, including the legendary basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway, the romantic ruins of Crom Castle in Co. Fermanagh and the Mount Stewart Estate near Strangford Lough. Annual adult membership is £69 for an individual or £120 for family membership (2 adults and their children under 17).
Luxury Spa Break in Northern Ireland
Do you find the festive season stressful? Then why not have some 'me time' away from the busy shops and feel revitalised by booking a pampering short break or a spa offer for yourself or a loved one (gift vouchers also available). Galgorm Resort and Spa in Co. Antrim recently won Global Luxury Spa Hotel of the Year 2018 at the 12th World Luxury Hotel Awards in Bali, placing them firmly on the map as a world-class destination, beating competition from some of the world’s most iconic spa resorts. For every £100 of vouchers purchased online you receive an extra £20 voucher (free)!
A taste and tour experience
In the small village of Bushmills lies the oldest working distillery in Ireland - home to the famous Bushmills Whiskey. Small batches have been handcrafted since King James I granted a license to distil in 1608, and the whiskey’s golden hues are now enjoyed the world over. You can pick up a bottle at any good off-licence, from the classic blend to the rich Black Bush, sweet Irish Honey and the 10, 16 and 21-year single malts. Or visit the distillery to take a tour and the watch the traditional craftsmanship first-hand.
Belfast Christmas Markets: 17 November – 22 December
The popular 14th Belfast Christmas Market returns to Belfast City Hall on 17 November for 5 weeks. The grounds of City Hall will ring with Christmas cheer, beautifully wrapped in a festive package of delicious tastes, tantalising smells and twinkling lights. The Market has 20 traders from all across Europe offering a range of high quality goods from their hand-crafted chalets. Cheery alpine chalets will offer up an exciting selection of handmade jewellery, Christmas decorations and a wide range of festive arts and crafts. Experience the outdoor food court and indulge in a spot of people watching, or enjoy the Continental Bar and Lavery's traditional Irish Bar where you can hear some great live music.
We hope you enjoy these suggestions.