15 THINGS TO DO IN NORTHERN IRELAND IN 2018
2018 is well underway now and at Belfast Times we are still going strong with our resolution to move more. Whether that’s getting out and about during the day, or with evening walks, it’s happening daily. Check out our Instagram to see it all! www.instagram.com/belfasttimes
Looking ahead to the rest of the year, part of getting moving will inevitably involve days out. Possibly to visit a National Trust property or a walk up into the Mournes, or finally visit the Peace Maze in Castlewellan. There’s so much to do!
What might you try out in 2018?
Have a Titanic Experience in Belfast
Voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast is a ‘must see’ on any visit to Belfast. The attraction takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in the 1990s, through her construction and launch, to her tragic maiden voyage and end.
Travel along the Causeway Coast
The Causeway Coastal Route is considered one of the most beautiful road journeys in the world. From the Giant’s Causeway to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and hidden gems such as Dunseverick Harbour and Roe Valley Country Park, the Causeway Coastal Route will truly take your breath away.
Step back in time
Discover the rich heritage and history of Northern Ireland at one of our award-winning museums, monuments and heritage sites scattered across the province.
Banish those winter blues
Take some time out from the stress of everyday life and take a chance to relax, unwind and indulge in some well-deserved pampering at one of Northern Ireland’s luxury spas.
All aboard HMS Caroline
Climb aboard Belfast’s newest visitor experience and discover what life was like at sea for over 300 crew members who served on board. Visitors can explore historic places such as the Cabin’s Cabin, Engine Room and Kitchen through state-of-the art special effects and hand-on interactive exhibits.
Discover a Literary Great
Step into Seamus Heaney HomePlace and discover the life and work of Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, through the faces and places that inspired his most famous work.
Whet your appetite on a Tasty Tour
Northern Ireland’s food and drink scene is ever-growing. Tantalise your taste buds on a food and drink experience including Belfast Food Tour, Lough Erne Food Tours and Causeway Foodie Tours and more!
Explore the Maiden City of Derry~Londonderry
A city of cultural delights, historical significance and artistic flair, Derry~Londonderry is teeming with award-winning attractions, lively pubs and fine dining restaurants to enjoy.
Explore Game of Thrones® Terrority
Immerse yourself in the world of Westeros on a Game of Thrones® inspired experience. Visit the locations of Winterfell Castle, the Kingsroad and the Iron Islands or enjoy a themed afternoon tea or medieval banquet.
Discover the sights that inspired the world renowned C. S. Lewis’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ book series, from Dunluce Castle to the Mountains of Mourne and everywhere in between. Don’t forget to check out the recently opened C.S. Lewis Square in Belfast where you can get up close with some of the series’ beloved characters.
Trust your way around Northern Ireland
From intriguing, former stately homes like Mount Stewart and the Argory to dramatic coastal attractions like Carrick-a-Rede and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway – the National Trust looks after many wonderful historic properties and scenic places in Northern Ireland.
Have a walk in the Garden
Whether you prefer grand ornamental gardens and charming walled gardens to majestic castle properties and woodland meadows, there are a wide range of magical open green spaces just waiting to be explored in Northern Ireland.
Relax on a Lakeside Retreat
With stunning scenery and lakeside luxury, discover Fermanagh’s breathtaking natural landscape and a treasure trove of hidden gems on a relaxing lakeside retreat. For something extra special, hop on a cruiser and enjoy the romance of a sunset cruise.
Unearth somewhere Outstandingly Beautiful
Northern Ireland is home to eight designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty consisting of sloping valleys, sensational coast lines and peaceful walkways waiting to be explored this year by you.
Soak up the Atmosphere at a Festival or two
Experience Northern Ireland’s culture and art scene at one of the many local, national and international festivals taking place throughout the year that the entire family can enjoy.
For more information on literary places of interest in Northern Ireland click on www.discovernorthernireland.com, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland