Things to do - Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland covers a huge area, includes many large towns and cities and could / should be divided into smaller counties such as County Antrim, County Londonderry, etc. However, I have tried to provide some of the more popular and well known attractions that visitors want to see. I will try to add other attractions in the future. DW

Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo has over 1000 animals and 150 species with the majority of these animals classed as endangered species in their natural habitat.

The zoo has plenty to see such as the bird park containing many exotic birds such as the blue-bellied rollers, the Rainforest house has tropical landscaping and lots of noise from the whistling ducks and laughing thrushes and outside there is the Lake side with a play park and farm.

If you aren't exhausted looking at all the animals, the 55 acres and the hills in the Zoo will probably finish the job, the zoo could quite easily be a mountain zoo!

Titanic Belfast - Tours and Museums

The Titanic Experience - Belfast

WOW what a building !!! The newly opened Titanic Belfast is an un-missable visit in any tour of Northern Ireland. It is located in the heart of Belfast, on the slipways where RMS Titanic was launched.

The Titanic Belfast has nine themed Galleries called: Boomtown Belfast, The Shipyard, The Launch, The Fit-Out, The Maiden Voyage, The Sinking, The Aftermath, Myths & Legends, Titanic Beneath.

The exhibition uses special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story. It tells the stories of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1912, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. The story and exhibition goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.

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Titanic Walking Tour

Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway Is a spectacular natural feature created by volcanic action millions of years ago. The 40,000 basalt columns form hexagonal steps that lead from the cliffs and under the sea.

Local legends will fire your imagination and have you believe Giant Finn walked this path years ago and the weathered stones are actually the giant's boot, eyes and some of his belongings.

Regardless of what you believe this is a fantastic place to walk, bird watch or admire the scenery at this National Nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site.

The beautiful coastal path extends 11 miles to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge along some of Europe's finest cliff scenery. Do you have the courage to walk across?

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle is worth visiting just for the views alone. The Castle is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park in a prominent position 400 feet up with unobstructed views of the city of Belfast and Belfast Lough. The castle has an antiques shop, a restaurant and visitors centre and is a popular venue for conferences, private dining and wedding receptions.

Enniskillen Castle and Museums

Enniskillen Castle is home to the Fermanagh County Museum and the Inniskillings Museum, which is the regimental museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.

Exhibits include the area's prehistory, natural history, traditional rural life, local crafts and Belleek Pottery, and history of the castle. The regimental museums have uniforms, medals, flags, regimental regalia, weapons and other military memorabilia.

Medieval Castles & Historic Monuments

This area has many castle ruins but many are remote and in some cases very little remains. Visitors could be disappointed if they need to make a long journey to visit them. A few have been listed.

Dunluce Castle - Bushmills

Carrickfergus Castle

Greencastle Royal Castle - Newry

Dundrum Castle - Newcastle

Harry Avery's Castle - Omagh

The Navan Centre - Armagh

St Patrick’s Grave - Down Cathedral

White Island Lough Erne - Enniskillen

Devenish Island Monastic Site - Enniskillen

Scrabo Tower - Newtownards

Nendrum Monastic Site - Newtownards

Antrim Round Tower

Ballygroll Prehistoric Complex - Londonderry

Creggandevesky Portal Tomb

Tirkane Sweat House

The Giant's Ring - Belfast

Dunluce

Carrickfergus

Greencastle

Dundrum

Harry Avery’s

Navan Centre

St Patrick’s Grave

White Island figures

Devenish

Scabo Tower

Nendrum

Antrim

Ballygroll

Creggandevesky

Tirkane

Giants Ring

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - Holywood

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Holywood is an outdoor museum set in 170 acres of rolling countryside that tells the story of life 100 years ago. Staff are dressed in period costume and demonstrate some of the traditional craft skills. There are also many transport exhibits that include horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars.

Tayto Factory Tour (Crisps and Snacks)

Visitors will get the opportunity to see how the crisps and snacks are made and even meet Mr Tayto the mascot. The tour lasts for approximately one hour 30 minutes and visitors should expect to be walking for around one hour.

Theatres

Tinderbox Theatre

Ulster Hall

Grand Opera House

Queens Film Theatre

The Odyssey Complex

Kabosh Theatre

Lyric Players Theatre

Riverside Theatre - Coleraine

Waterside Theatre - Londonderry

Ardhowen Theatre - Enniskillen

Gateway Theatre group - Craigavon

Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre - Armagh

Web Theatre - Newtownards

W5 Museum (Who What Where When Why)

W5 is an Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast and is Ireland's award-winning science and discovery centre at the Odyssey in Belfast. There is a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows throughout the day. Shows generally last for about 20 minutes and there are a variety of topics. There are approximately 250 hands-on exhibits that educate and entertain.

Armagh Planetarium and Observatory

Armagh Planetarium and Observatory has a range of shows that include 'a night sky tour', 'dynamic earth, sun', 'moon and stars' plus several others. Some of the shows are designed for children and others are restricted to children over 6. Tickets must be collected thirty minutes before the show commences and tickets for all shows must be pre-booked. No admittance after the show starts.

Barry's Amusements Theme Park - Portrush

Barry's Amusements Theme Park in Portrush is a small theme park situated in the centre of Portrush on the north coast of Northern Ireland. The Amusement park is free to enter and you pay as you ride by purchasing tokens, which are priced at 50p each. The theme park has a range of rides suitable for all age groups including roller coaster, dodgems, Helter Skelter, swings, Carousels and many other favourites.

Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory - Belfast

Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory - Belfast The show lasts approximately 1 hour 20 minutes and starts with David (Aunt Sandra's son - Aunt Sandra has retired now) telling everyone how Aunt Sandra's started back in 1950. David then shows you how to make a number of different sweets. Afterwards those who are particularly well-behaved may get the chance to make their own Candy-floss. Mums and Dads are usually too bossy to be allowed to do this!

DunDonald International Ice Bowl - Castlereagh

DunDonald International Ice Bowl in Castlereagh has an Olympic size ice rink, a Tenpin bowling centre, a jungle inspired indoor playground called Indiana land and for babies and toddlers there is also a separate play area.

Indiana Land is filled with lots of activities where kids can scamper through hidden tunnels, swing over daring rope bridges and free fall down the giant vertical slide for an exciting adventure.

Waterworld - Portrush

Waterworld in Portrush has a great adventure pool for kids called Pirates cove. The centre-piece is the Jolly Roger, a pirate playground, with water cannons, rope-bridge, slides and scramble nets. The only thing missing is a child's imagination.

For those who prefer not to be forced to 'walk the plank', they can stay on dry-land and enjoy the 6 lane bowling alley in the Piazza area.

Tropicana Waterpark - Newcastle

When the sun shines, it's great to be outside, sitting beside a pool sipping a nice cool drink and having a little dip occasionally.

Tropicana waterpark is a heated outdoor pool, open in July and August, where kids can let off steam, splashing around and racing down the water slide. Toddlers can play safely in a separate area and enjoy their own Nellie the Elephant slide.

Brunswick MovieBowl - Derry

Brunswick MovieBowl in Derry has a 7 screen cinema, 16 cosmic ten pin bowling lanes, Banana's Adventure Park (Ireland's largest indoor play centre) and 6 American pool tables.

Fergusons Irish Linen Factory Tour

Fergusons Irish Linen Factory Tour offers visitors a rare opportunity to see Irish Linen at its various stages of production. These include design, weaving, specialist cutting and hemming and ornamenting.

Clementsmount Fun Farm - Crumlin

Children will find lots to do at Clementsmount Fun farm. There are playgrounds, pets corner, pony rides, trips on barrel trains, pedal karts, mini golf, human hamster balls, jumping pillow, trampolines, football and a softplay indoor barn.

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Tannaghmore Animal Farm - Craigavon

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Walking Routes

Cycle Routes

Horse Riding Schools

Golf Courses and Driving ranges

Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh is a place where you can walk, cycle, drive or fish. The Lough is encircled by the Longshore Trail which is 113 miles long. The trail is part of the National cycle network and is known as Route 94. Along the trail there are 25 highlights such as marinas, nature reserves, parks and historical monuments. The route has several places to eat & drink as well as quality accommodation. The area is very popular and is a great place to stay and relax, enjoy tranquil surroundings and enjoy the beauty of the area.

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