Amazing Northern Irish Attractions
If you’ve never visited Northern Ireland then you are missing out on some truly spectacular visitor attractions. Not only does NI have an ancient and beautiful culture of invention, music and a history of truly astounding ideological strife, it is home to truly breath-taking scenery. There is so much to do in Northern Ireland that you simply couldn’t sample everything, so here we have put together a list of some of the most amazing landmarks and brilliant visitor attractions so that you can make the most of your visit.
Located on the outskirts of the city, Belfast Zoo offers the perfect visitor attraction for families. Well invested in animal conservation projects you’ll find a host of wild and wonderful creatures around every corner. From Asian Elephants to Californian Sea Lions there’s something for everyone. Highlights include the Rainforest House and the Lake Side seating where you’ll sit amongst Cranes, Flamingos and a host of other avian wildlife.
The Giants Causeway
The most famous landmark in Northern Ireland and the foremost attraction, this is a must see. As the country’s only official world heritage site the Giants Causeway is truly one of the UKs greatest natural wonders. Formed from ancient volcanic eruptions the causeway is made up of an estimated 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. In a spectacular natural occurrence the tops of the columns form stepping stones in hexagonal shapes that reach up to 12 meters in places before receding into the sea. Found in County Antrim on the North East coast, this is a site which truly has to be seen to be believed.
The Old Bushmills Distillery
Since as far back as 1608, Bushmills have been the finest quality Irish whiskey and their doors are always open to visitors interested in the history of true whiskey making. Through fire and even hauntings the Bushmills Distillery has many a story to tell in a history of whiskey making that will truly surprise you. Learn how their fine whiskey is made and why not sample some on a tour that comes highly recommended.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Located in Ballintoy on the north coast of County Antrim, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge might be a little too dizzying for some but exhilarating for others. The rope bridge erected by salmon fishermen connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island where the truly daring can take in spectacular views and coastal scenery with views as far as the Scottish Islands. Of course getting there will require you to traverse the 30 meter deep, 20 meter wide chasm. It’s well worth it though!
If you want to get to the heart of Northern Ireland then the history tours of Belfast can’t be recommended highly enough. Northern Ireland is a country of great joys and boundless struggles that will astound you. Taking you through Celtic routes, industrial growth and the RMS Titanic, modern struggles and the passage to peace, there is so much to learn about the history and culture of Northern Ireland.
Michael Byrne drives a taxi in Belfast. He regularly takes visitors to some of the great sights and attractions in and around the capital.