Introducing Northern Ireland
Explore Northern Ireland’s diverse terrain of dramatic coastline, gently rolling fields and lush mountains.
What to do and see in Northern Ireland
Cycle or drive along the winding roads of the scenic Antrim Coast past towering cliffs, ancient castle ruins, sandy beaches and picturesque harbours.
Tee-off at the Royal County Down. With traditions dating back more than 100 years, Royal County Down is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland
Discover the fascinating Giant’s Causeway, home to numerous hexagonal volcanic columns; step across the rope bridge into the dramatic cliff-top ruins of Dunluce Castle; hike into the cool greens of the Glens of Antrim or across the rugged moorland of the stunning Mourne Mountains – the distinct granite mountain range is Northern Ireland’s highest and a hiker’s paradise.
Further inland lies Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles, and the Fermanagh lakelands, speckled with tiny islands, monastic ruins and forested parks – perfect for a cruising adventure.
Sample Irish whiskey at the Old Bushmill’s whiskey distillery and in Londonderry, also known as ‘Derry’, walk the magnificent city walls, probably the finest example of a walled city in Europe.
In Belfast, climb to the summit of Cave Hill for great views over the city and Belfast Lough then head across the Lough to the Ulster Museum to experience the best of Northern Ireland's archaeology and natural history. Or take a guided tour around the Shankill and Falls roads to see Unionist and Republican wall murals located in some of the city’s notorious former trouble-spots.
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Best time to visit Northern Ireland
Anytime. Ireland’s climate is generally mild in spring (mid-March to June) and autumn (September and October), with cold winters and warm summers. Typically, weather varies from day to day, but rain is generally expected all year round – so pack a waterproof jacket!
Summer (July and August) averages 15°C with a high of 20°C, while spring and autumn average 9°C and winter (December to February) averages 6°C. Daylight hours are short from November to March.