Northern Ireland seems to be overlooked by many tourists planning a trip to Ireland. Yet it has some of the islands most beautiful and interesting spots. The troubles many people seen on TV associated with the northern part is since long gone. Northern Ireland with a buzzing Belfast is becoming one of the hottest places to go in Europe. There is no longer any border to pass and the only thing you as a tourist need to be aware of is to bring pounds instead of euro. Here is a list of what you should not miss visiting Northern Ireland.
The Titanic Centre Belfast
The Titanic centre is Northern Ireland’s most recent addition to tourist attractions and by now world famous. The ship was built in the docs of Belfast at Harland & Wolfe. The museum has become an iconic landmark resembling the bow of the ship. Inside the six-floor building you will find nine interpretive galleries and a replica of the grand staircase of Titanic, here you can pretend to be Leonardo di Caprio waiting for Kate Winslet in the Titanic film.
Mountains of Mourne
This magical mountain district is something of the most beautiful Northern Ireland has to offer. It is said to be the inspiration for the writer CS Lewis’s Narnia. Slieve Donard, at 2,796ft, is the highest peak in Ulster. You will also find the giant water reservoir in Silent Walley, supplying Belfast with Water.
The Causeway, Coastal Route
One of the most beautiful scenic routes in the world, between Belfast and Giant’s Causeway with breathtaking views of the Atlantic and driving through coastal archways and acquaint villages. Make a stop on your way to visit Mussenden Temple and Dunluce Castle.
Over 40,000 mysteriously hexagonal shaped basalt columns at the Atlantic Coast not far from Bushmill’s. Giant’s Causeway is described as “one of the eight wonders of the world”.
According to legend the Irish warrior Finn McCool built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner.
The Visitor Centre is undergoing a £18 million revamp fit for this world class attraction.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Not far from Giant’s Causeway you will find a 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm traversed by a rope bridge once erected by salmon fishermen to reach the Rocky Island. It is not for the faint hearted to cross the bridge. The setting of the bridge is worth the journey alone.
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