Northern Ireland

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  • 1. Belfast Castle

    North Belfast | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    In 1934 this spectacularly baronial castle, built for the Marquess of Donegall in 1865, was passed to the Belfast Corporation. Although the...Read More

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  • 2. Belleek Pottery

    Store/Shop/Mall

    On the riverbank stands the visitor center of Belleek Pottery Ltd., producers of Parian china, a fine, eggshell-thin, ivory porcelain shaped...Read More

  • 3. Carrick-a-Rede

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Adrenalin junkies love the rope bridge—off the coast at Ballintoy in Larrybane—which spans a 60-foot gap between the mainland and tiny Carrick...Read More

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  • 4. Carrickfergus Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Built atop a rock ledge in 1180 by John de Courcy, provincial Ulster's first Anglo-Norman invader, Carrickfergus Castle is still in good shape...Read More

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  • 5. Castle Ward

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    With a 500-acre park, an artificial lake, a Neoclassical temple, and a vast house in Bath stone magically set on the slopes running down to...Read More

  • 6. City Hall

    Central District | Government Building

    Built of Portland stone between 1898 and 1906 and modeled on St. Paul's Cathedral in London, this Renaissance Revival–style edifice—the cynosure...Read More

  • 7. Crown Liquor Saloon

    Golden Mile | Restaurant–Sight

    Belfast is blessed with some exceptional pubs but the Crown is one of the city's glories. Owned by the National Trust (the U.K.'s official...Read More

  • 8. Crumlin Road Gaol

    North Belfast | Jail

    One of Belfast's hottest tourist tickets, this jail, designed by Charles Lanyon, opened in 1846 and held more than 500 prisoners at its peak...Read More

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  • 9. Cushendun

    Town/Village

    Off the main A2 route, the road between Cushendall and Cushendun turns into one of a Tour-de-France hilliness, so cyclists beware. Your reward...Read More

  • 10. Down County Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    With the transfer of the 1,100-year-old Mourne granite High Cross as the centerpiece of an elaborate extension in 2015, this museum is gaining...Read More

  • 11. Florence Court

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Less known than some showier estates, this three-story Anglo-Irish mansion was built around 1730 for John Cole, father of the 1st Earl of Enniskillen...Read More

  • 12. Giant's Causeway

    Museum/Gallery

    Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway is a mass of almost 40,000 mostly hexagonal pillars of volcanic basalt...Read More

  • 13. Glenariff Forest Park

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Head to this natural preserve to explore the most beautiful and unsettled of Antrim's glens. Glenariff was christened "Little Switzerland" by...Read More

  • 14. Guildhall

    West Bank | Building/Architectural Site

    The rejuvenated Victorian Guildhall, fresh from a three-year £10-million makeover, is an outstanding example of the city's ornate architecture...Read More

  • 15. Linen Hall Library

    Central District | Library/Archive

    With its distinctive grayish-yellow brick, this library—the oldest subscription library in Ireland—is a comfortable place to escape the bustle...Read More

  • 16. Mount Stewart

    Garden/Arboretum

    A dynamic three-year makeover, costing £7.5 million and completed in 2015, has opened a new chapter in the history of Mount Stewart, the stately...Read More

  • 17. St. Columb's Cathedral

    West Bank | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The first Protestant cathedral built in the United Kingdom after the Reformation, this houses the oldest and largest bells in Ireland (dating...Read More

  • 18. Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre

    Titanic Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    This world-class attraction headlines a "Titanic Experience" exhibition along with showcasing nine linked interpretative galleries that outline...Read More

  • 19. Ulster American Folk Park

    Library/Archive

    The excellent Ulster American Folk Park re-creates a Tyrone village of two centuries ago, a log-built American settlement of the same period...Read More

  • 20. Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Devoted to the province's social history, the excellent Ulster Folk and Transport Museum vividly brings Northern Ireland's past to life. The...Read More

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