#17 best destination in the world

Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim

  • Area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption, located in County Antrim
  • The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy

  • Rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, opened in 2008, the bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede
  • The bridge is open all year round (subject to weather)

Titanic Belfast

  • Visitor attraction opened in 2012, a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built
  • It tells the stories of the Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim

  • Now-ruined medieval castle, the seat of Clan McDonnell
  • It is located on the edge of a basalt outcropping in County Antrim, and is accessible via a bridge connecting it to the mainland
  • The castle is surrounded by extremely steep drops on either side, which may have been an important factor to the early Christians and Vikings who were drawn to this place where an early Irish fort once stood

Dark Hedges, County Antrim

  • The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road, in County Antrim,
  • The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones

Ulster Museum, Belfast

  • Largest museum in Northern Ireland, located in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, featuring material from the collections of fine art and applied art, archaeology, ethnography, treasures from the Spanish Armada, local history, numismatics, industrial archaeology, botany, zoology and geology

Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills

  • Alcohol (primarily Irish whiskey) distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim
  • Bushmills Distillery uses water drawn from Saint Columb’s Rill, which is a tributary of the River Bush
  • The company that originally built the distillery was formed in 1784, although the date 1608 is printed on the label of the brand – referring to an earlier date when a royal licence was granted to a local landowner to distil whiskey in the area
  • The distillery has been in approximately continuous operation since it was rebuilt after a fire in 1885