Northern Ireland is without doubt one of Britain’s most forgotten regions when it comes to tourism, for the beauty that it possesses it really is criminally underrated. This part of the World contains rich history, busy cities and towns, beach locations, friendly people and some of the most stunning scenery in the UK and you should be looking to visit Northern Ireland as soon as you can. Getting to and from Northern Ireland is simple as Belfast has a large airport and many airlines that regularly fly there from most large European destinations. To display just how beautiful this region is here are some of the most idyllic destinations for you to take a break in Northern Ireland.
Derry is Northern Ireland’s second largest city behind Belfast and is a fantastic place to spend a few days away, experience an alternative culture and relax. Derry was voted UK City of Culture in 2013 which is a perfect example of how far the city has come since the Irish ‘troubles’. Derry, in recent years has seen a huge boost in tourism and the city has managed to emerge from it’s conflicted past into a city that celebrates it’s Irish heritage alongside a modern, bustling walled city that gives visitors an open welcome into the city. Museums, trendy bars, traditional restaurants, 17th century buildings and relics of the city’s 1450 year history is what you’ll find when you head to Derry.
Portrush is a seaside resort in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim region and one of the most beautiful places in the British Isles. Surprisingly, Portrush actually boasts quite a balmy climate during the Summer months and is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular holiday destinations. The reasons for it’s popularity, aside from it’s sheer beauty, is it’s glorious beaches and it’s long list of attractions. On a visit to Portrush you can take to the water for some sporting activities, head to one of the three ancient castles, visit the old Bushmills whisky distillery, hit the water park, enjoy the amusements, go to the theme park or simply stroll along this beautiful piece of coastline and let the Atlantic breeze blow your troubles away.
Not to be confused with the English city, the town of Newcastle is one of Northern Ireland’s hidden treasures, it is visited often by locals but rarely sees much tourism from outside of Ireland. This small, and very Irish, town in County Down offers some of the finest landscapes in the UK with it’s coastal location and it’s backdrop of the impressive Mourn mountain range. Newcastle has gained some fame for it’s Royal County Down Golf Club which has been the location for many international competitions. Those who visit Newcastle are either looking to relax in a quiet and beautiful setting or to undertake some of the many activities that are available from hiking the Slieve Donard mountain to playing golf, walking some of the coastal walks that are available or enjoy beach activities. The area has seen big investment in recent years and currently is one of the best seaside towns in Northern Ireland.