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Northern Ireland

3 tours from £799pp

Popular for history, heritage, cosmopolitan cities and incredible natural landscapes, Northern Ireland certainly has no shortage of things to see and do. A small area of land that certainly packs a punch, be prepared to be blown away when you visit this spectacular corner of the UK. From the wild coastlines of the north to the charming towns that dot the countryside, join us in discovering favourite destinations such as Newcastle and Downpatrick in beautiful County Down, vibrant Belfast with its traditional pubs, cultural attractions and fantastic 'craic', or Northern Ireland's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous geological wonder of the Giant's Causeway. 

Interested? Browse our escapes to Northern Ireland today and see if we can inspire your next adventure… 


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The Mountains of Mourne & the Giant’s Causeway

With mountain scenery and fascinating towns, discover the charm of County Down, Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway, Derry and Dublin.

  • 5 nights hotel with Irish breakfast
  • 3 evening meals for 2023 tours or 4 evening meals for 2024 tours
  • Convenient regional joining points

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Ireland’s Ancient East & Lakelands

Discover the magical Irish Lakelands, a region immersed in history, tranquillity and natural beauty, with the chance to also explore the bustling capital city of Dublin.

  • 5 nights hotel with Irish breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient regional joining points

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Northern Ireland Highlights

The star of any holiday to Northern Ireland is the breathtaking Giant’s Causeway. Surrounded by heavenly scenery of luscious mountains, these unique, 40,000 basalt stone columns tell the tales of ancient Irish giants.

For those seeking destinations with a fascinating past, Derry (Londonderry) is one of the most complete walled cities in Europe, and its iconic Peace Bridge, Georgian Quarter and 17th century walls are waiting to be discovered.

No trip to Northern Ireland is complete without time spent in the fantastic capital of Belfast. With a unique blend of stunning architecture, magnificent landmarks and cosmopolitan shops and eateries, you’ll find friendly hospitality at every turn. Make it one to remember in Northern Ireland!

Things to do and local attractions

Browse key sights and the popular tours you can see them on.

  • See the walls of Derry – the only remaining completely walled city in IrelandView Tour
  • Enjoy a pint of Guinness at the famous Crown Liquor Saloon in BelfastView Tour
  • Retrace the life and history of St. Patrick at the St. Patrick CentreView Tour
  • Visit the Titanic Belfast® Exhibition which tells the story of the iconic shipView Tour

Local Information

  • Capital Belfast
  • Language Irish and English
  • Currency GBP or IEP
  • Tip 10-15%
  • Time Zone GMT
  • Electricity Three pin plugs. 240V.

Must See

See the spectacular Giant’s Causeway – according to the legend, giant Finn McCool threw stones into the sea to build a causeway to Scotland to take on his rival, Bennandonnar

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Food & Drink

Fifteens

A traditional tray bake from Ulster, fifteens consist of 15 digestive biscuits, 15 marshmallows and 15 cherries – hence the name – combined with condensed milk and desiccated coconut, then left in the fridge to set and cut into slices. Typically enjoyed at festivities and celebrations, you can also find fifteens in shops and bakeries. 

Oysters and Guinness

Oysters paired with Irish stout may sound like a strange combination, but the flavours blend surprising well and the dish has been a favourite since 1837. The sharp, crisp taste of fresh oysters contrasts the smooth, creamy flavour of Guinness, and you can sample this iconic pair at many bars and restaurants across Northern Ireland, including the oldest pub in Belfast!  

Ulster Fry

The ultimate breakfast dish in Northern Ireland, an Ulster fry is similar to a fry-up, consisting of sausages, streaky bacon, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms, but served with griddle bread on the side. Griddle breads include soda bread or potato bread which are fried until crispy and golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  

Planning your trip

With so much on offer, you might need some inspiration! We’ve hand-picked a selection of favourite destinations and provided an overview of the very best highlights...

Belfast

Belfast Highlights

Titanic Belfast® Exhibition  

Built on the slipways where Titanic was constructed over 100 years ago, this fantastic museum opened in 2012 and plays tribute to the city's rich maritime industry and the ill-fated Titanic. With interactive exhibitions, special reconstructions, and real artefacts from the ship on display including letters, menus and brochures, it brilliantly tells the story of the world's most famous shipwreck.   

St. George's Market 

The last surviving Georgian market in the city, St. George's offers an authentic taste of Belfast, with stalls selling antiques, arts and crafts, books, jewellery and fresh food. Enjoy traditional Belfast soda bread, local sausage or a mouth-watering Ulster fry up. 

Ulster Museum 

With a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences, Ulster Museum takes you on a diverse journey. See exhibits such as a 2,500-year-old Egyptian Mummy, the Armada Room, and a gallery of modern art. The museum also doesn't shy away from Belfast's turbulent past, with the Modern History exhibition delving into the conflict after partition, as well as the peaceful developments that followed. 


Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Site 

Comprising of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were formed due to an ancient volcanic fissure eruption some 50-60 million years ago, the rugged beauty of the Giant's Causeway is a sight to behold. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1986, this phenomenal natural landscape is now protected and managed to ensure its integrity remains for years to come.  

Tales of Giants 

This striking sight has inspired tales of giants striding over the sea to Scotland! The legendary myth is that Northern Ireland was once the home of a giant named Finn McCool. When another giant – named Benandonner, from Scotland – threatened Northern Ireland, Finn reacted by ripping huge chunks of the Antrim Coast from the ground and throwing them into the sea. Inspired by the way they fell into the water, McCool used his boulders to make a bridge – a Giant’s Causeway – to Scotland, where he could challenge his rival. 

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre 

Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects of Dublin, the National Trust Visitor Centre is tucked into the hillside above the Causeway with a green roof. Inside, an interactive exhibition explores the magic, myth and geology of the Giant’s Causeway.  


Derry (Londonderry)

Derry (Londonderry) Highlights

City Walls 

Derry (Londonderry) is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland, and its 400-year-old walls are a fantastic way to see unrivalled views of the city. Built to defend and protect Derry from English and Scottish colonists, and having never been breached, today, you can walk the whole circumference and see the cannons and towers. 

Tower Museum 

With interactive displays, this award-winning museum has a cinema which showcases short films, as well as two permanent exhibitions including The Story of Derry and An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera. Head to the 5th floor where you can also see fantastic, panoramic views of the city and the River Foyle. 

The Museum of Free Derry 

Located in the very heart of Bogside where the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre took place, this fascinating museum tells the story of Northern Ireland's struggle for civil rights in the late-1960s and early-1970s. It is told from the perspective of those who were directly involved and affected, and visitors can see photographs, videos, and thousands of artefacts including banners, posters, clothing and even hate mail received by the families of the victims.  


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