10 Things To Do Across Northern Ireland
There’s no reason to ever be bored when staying in Northern Ireland. We’ve rounded up a 10 of our recommended things to do across the country – so whether you’re in Co. Antrim, Co. Down, Co. Londonderry or further afield there’s plenty right here on our doorsteps.
Walk The Derry City Walls
Travel time: Everglades Hotel, 5 mins
Hands down this is the city's star attraction dating back over 400 years. Enjoy a 1.5km walk around the inner city, giving you a unique promenade to view the original town. If you want to learn more about the history and over fifty attractions why not take in one of the best tours in Northern Ireland for just £4 thanks to Martin McCrossan City Tours. For more information and to book tickets click here.
Ulster American Folk Museum
Travel time: Everglades Hotel, 40 mins
Take a step back in time and explore 30 exhibit buildings which tell the story of Irish emigration in the 18th, 19thand 20thcenturies through a walking tour with costumed guides and traditional crafts. Travel between the Old World and the New World on the full-sized replica immigrant ship. For more information and to book tickets click here.
Travel time: Ballygally Castle Hotel, 1 hour 10 mins
Spend your day in Bushmills and visit two of the most well-known attractions Northern Ireland has to offer. The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and legend has it giant Finn McCool built it as a bridge to get to Scotland. And while you’re up in Bushmills visit the oldest working distillery in Ireland – The Old Bushmills Distillery. A walking tour and tasting events are perfect for those interested. For more information on the Giants Causeway click here and for more information on the Old Bushills Distillery click here.
Visit Game of Thrones Filming Locations
Travel time: Ballygally Castle Hotel / Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, up to 1 hour
One for the Game of Thrones fans. Explore the Seven Kingdoms in all their natural beauty right here in Northern Ireland and stay in our two neighbouring hotels. With filming locations shot along the Causeway Coast and Glens, as well as around County Down you’re never too far from an iconic scene location. Not only that but visit two of the Game of Thrones Doors at Ballygally Castle and Percy French (located at Slieve Donard Resort and Spa). For more information on Game of Thrones filming locations click here.
Travel time: Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, 30 mins
If you’d prefer a more active approach to seeing Northern Ireland at its finest, walk to the summit of Northern Ireland’s tallest mountains – Slieve Donard at 850 metres (2,790 ft) where you’ll see some epic scenery. If that’s a bit too much effort, stroll around the Silent Valley which is one of the most picturesque locations within The Mournes. For more information and walking routes click here.
Travel time: Grand Central Hotel, 10 mins
You’ve heard a lot about the Titanic (and maybe even seen the movie) but this is a must do when in Belfast. From interactive displays, to recreations of cabins and of course the famous grand staircase Titanic Belfast has it all. And while you’re in the Titanic Quarter why not take in the Titanic Dock and Pump-House, SS Nomadic or HMS Caroline. For more information and to book tickets click here.
Crumlin Road Goal
Travel time: Europa Hotel, 5 mins
The only Victorian era prison remaining in the whole of Ireland, this former prison now offers a various selection of tours, ranging from daily tours and historical evening tours to something for those looking for a thrill with paranormal tours and ghost walk tours. For more information and to book tickets click here.
Belfast City Sight Seeing Tour
Travel time: Grand Central Hotel / Europa Hotel, 2 min walk
If you want to get the most out of your day and truly explore Belfast then this is the one for you. Take a comprehensive look at the city and hop on and off at one of the 23 stops spread throughout Belfast. Stops 11 and 12 are the perfect starting places for Grand Central Hotel and Europa Hotel respectively. For more information and to book tickets click here.
Travel time: Stormont Hotel, 2 min walk
Situated just across the road from Stormont Hotel is the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Stroll up the 1 mile lane up to the front steps and take one of the free tours around the Northern Irish Assembly where a number of historic decisions have been made. And when you’re done why not have a picnic in the beautiful Stormont Estate grounds (weather permitting of course). For more information click here.
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Travel time: Culloden Estate and Spa, 2 min walk
Why visit one museum when you can visit two all in the one place? The Folk Museum contains replica buildings showing the 20thcentury rural way of life, while the Transport Museum features planes, trains and automobiles as well as a Titanic exhibition. Visit their website for more information and to book tickets.