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Northern Ireland Travel Guide

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Plan Your Northern Ireland Vacation

Never in its history has Northern Ireland enjoyed such peace, stability, and investment, all of which is making it the envy of Europe. Once a region torn apart by civil strife and sectarian violence, today it has changed beyond recognition. A dizzying rate of regeneration has led to the glossy rebirth of its two major cities, Belfast and Derry, bursting with confidence and contemporary

cool. A creative and cultural renaissance has brought an astonishing surge of interest from many parts of the world, and new super-luxury hotels, trendy bars, and chic restaurants have created a huge number of opportunities for holidaymakers.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Belfast, Gateway City As the locals put it, "Despite what you've probably heard, Belfast is not what you expect"—so get ready to love this bustling city that bristles with Victorian shop fronts, hip restaurants, and the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre.
  2. The Giant's Causeway This spectacular remnant of Ireland's volcanic period will steal you away from your 21st-century existence and transport you to a time when the giant Finn McCool roamed the land.
  3. Nine Glens of Antrim Fabled haunt of "the wee folk," the glacier-carved valleys have a beauty that has become synonymous with Irishness. Don't miss Glenariff, dubbed "Little Switzerland" by Thackeray.
  4. Ulster-American Folk Park A tale of two countries joined by a common people is told at this impressive open-air museum, which re-creates a 19th-century Tyrone village and boasts the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies.

When To Go

When to Go

If the weather is good—and most of the year it isn't—touring Northern Ireland can be a real pleasure. But the place is so green for a reason: l...

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