The 10 Best Things to Do in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)

December 9, 2017 Carley Gatson

Northern Ireland in United Kingdom (UK), from Europe region, is best know for Specialty Museums. Discover best things to do in Northern Ireland with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Titanic Belfast

Queen's Road | 1 Olympic Way, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP, Northern Ireland +44 28 9076 6361
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Titanic Belfast

The Titanic Belfast visitor attraction extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. Drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre.

Reviewed By Dawn A - Baltimore, Maryland

This was a pretty cool place! Lots of cool visuals. It was actually better than I expected but,,, shouldn’t the Titanic museum have some of the real artifacts?
Even a few would have been nice to see.
The only thing that really annoyed me was that the girls at the picture desk couldn’t find my Titanic photo that they took of me at the entrance. I waited for 15 minutes and never got my photo. My bus was leaving and I couldn’t wait any longer. They need a better way to organize people’s photos!

2. Ulster Aviation Society

94-B Halftown Road | via Gate 3 - Maze Long Kesh, Lisburn BT27 5RF, Northern Ireland +44 7724 896215
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5 based on 159 reviews

Ulster Aviation Society

WHO ARE WE? A charitable society that is a diverse group of enthusiasts, working on a voluntary basis to further public education in the history of aviation. WHAT AIRCRAFT DO WE HAVE? Our heritage collection currently includes 30+ aircraft, ranging from vintage WWII fighters through Cold War era fast jets, Shorts designed & built aircraft, civilian aircraft, plus military helicopters, engines, artefacts and rare aviation reference materials, all with strong links to aviation within the island of Ireland. Our aircraft are housed within an ex-WWII hangar at Maze Long Kesh, outside Lisburn (on the site of the old prison). • Charitable association of Aviation Enthusiasts • Over 460+ members, including Europe & USA Ulster Aviation Society is a charitable association. N. Ireland. Charity No. NIC 100128. NI Charity Commission Registered. Associate member of Northern Ireland Museums’ Council

Reviewed By Gerald C

The gentlemen (yes men) were so enthusiastic about the exhibits and very interesting. They showed me the tail gunners bubble and it was a revelation. My Grandfather occupied such a seat and was a big man. He survived bailing out but how he fitted in there in the first place is beyond belief.
The exhibits covered so much of the history of aircraft including fixed and rotary wing and items such as escape kits used by aircrew.
Definitely worth a visit.

3. The Abingdon Collection

16 Gortnagarn Road | Abingdon, Omagh BT78 5NW, Northern Ireland +44 28 8224 3373
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5 based on 134 reviews

The Abingdon Collection

'THE Abingdon COLLECTION' is open by appointment only and offers a unique visitor experience in the beautiful rolling hills of Co. Tyrone. Divided into two distinct sections the first area covers classic cars, motorcycles, diecast models and enamel signs and every 'BIG BOY'S TOY' imaginable. Take a step back in time to the 1950's and remember when petrol was sold in gallons and you could still afford to buy it. The second part of the collection takes you back to the dark day's of World War Two and represents one of the largest private collections of militaria in the UK. Admission is free but contributions to Cancer Research are gratefully accepted.If you want a totally different day out with a history lesson included contact us now. Classic car and motorcycle clubs are very welcome and catering can be organised for visiting large groups. Admission by appointment only.

Reviewed By David P - Universal City, Texas

Bottomline first: If you are interested in any of these three categories, this is a "MUST DO!"
Philip is passionate about all 3 topics, and it reflects in his commentary while escorting visitors.
I tried to call in the a.m. and again at lunch, but he was out for personal business. So, we jumped in the rental and drove from outside of Enniskillen. We lucked out, as he had recently returned, and more than willing to open up to show us around. Some of the autos are 1997 BMW, 1978 Porsche 911, 1980 MG Roadster, a Mazda 50th anniversary MC5, and 1953 MG, and others.
Motorcycles include a Harley Davidson Dyna, 1971 Triumph, German WWII type, Russian built with sidecar, and 1993 Kawasaki "CHiPS". Lots of leather clothing and memorabilia as well.
We completed our tour with a special WWII room. So many authentic uniforms, weapons (deactivated), sabers, bayonets, helmets, medals, from various participating countries with emphasis on one.
With much gratitude from your Colorado and Texas visitors, thank you Philip (and beagle Harley). We wish you success on a book or screenplay!
Future visitors: No set hours and no admission charge. Please contribute to his cause for Cancer Research!

4. Seamus Heaney HomePlace

45 Main Street, Bellaghy BT45 8HT, Northern Ireland +44 28 7938 7444
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5 based on 69 reviews

Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Reviewed By ednanorthernireland - Northern Ireland

We visited for a day to see and hear all about Seamus Heaney . Such an amazing place with friendly,knowledgeable enthusiastic staff. The food in the cafe is really not to be missed

5. Coast Road

Coast Road, Larne, Northern Ireland
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5 based on 168 reviews

Coast Road

Reviewed By Hector7777 - Ballymena, United Kingdom

The Antrim coast road runs all the way from Belfast to Portrush on the North coast. That said the section from Belfast to Larne is not particularly interesting. The North Coast is stunning too, but that’s for another review.
Start your journey at Larne, it’s a ferry port with little of interest though there’s a few nice shops, and end it in Ballycastle, two days are needed to see the sights properly. Scenery is stunning and for most of the route the road hugs the coastline, sea on one side, glens on the other. At Waterfoot it’s well worth deviating up Glenarriff for the views. The more adventurous should come off the main road outside the National Trust village of Cushendun, well worth a stop off, then take the narrow but adequate road by Torr Head.
There are lots of stopping places and the Scottish coast is clearly visible. There’s plenty of eateries and watering holes en route, too many to mention here but the best include Ballygally Castle hotel for excellent accommodation and food, Glenarm village and the Castle, The Londonderry Arms in Carnlough, further on in the quaint little town of Cushendall (nice 9 hole golf club with meals and views) there’s Harry’s and Upstairs at Joe’s not to be missed. In Ballycastle the Marine Hotel serves up decent fayre, there’s great fish & chips and of course not to be missed Mauds ice cream (do try poor bears delight, an award winner and this reviewers favourite).

6. Portrush East Strand

Portrush BT56, Northern Ireland
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5 based on 125 reviews

Portrush East Strand

Reviewed By theweeflea - Dundee, United Kingdom

This is a stunning beach. I wonder how many tourists come to the Giants Causeway and never bother to visit the surrounding areas. If so they are missing out on this wonderful massive beach. Even in Feb surfers were in the water! Its a gorgeous walk on a beautiful beach.

7. St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic)

Cathedral Road, Armagh BT61 7QX, Northern Ireland +44 28 3752 2813
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5 based on 216 reviews

St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic)

Construction of this imposing Cathedral was started in 1840, dedicated for worship in 1873, and its magnificent interior décor completed in the early 20th century.

Reviewed By mamjjjggffxvh - Carrickfergus, United Kingdom

Very good. U learn a lot about the history of armagh and learn about st Patrick's. Good that it is free.

8. Visit Derry - Visitor Information Centre

44 Foyle Street, Derry BT48 6AT, Northern Ireland +44 28 7126 7284
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5 based on 234 reviews

Visit Derry - Visitor Information Centre

Reviewed By backpacker31 - Boynton Beach, Florida

I stopped by here to buy a postcard and ended up spending a good 1/2 hour with Barry and Elene, the exceptionally friendly and informative 'Visit Derry' representatives. They shared much information on what to see in/around Derry and also spoke candidly about growing up in Derry and the changes they have seen over the past decade or so since the end of 'The Troubles.' A very educational and intimate look into a city with a turbulent history. They are both quite proud of their city, hopeful and optimistic in the direction Derry is heading both now and into the future. They both made me feel like an honored guest in their city. I recommend making this your first stop when visiting Derry.

9. Tollymore Forest Park

Bryansford Road, Newcastle BT33 0PW, Northern Ireland +44 28 4372 2428
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4.5 based on 569 reviews

Tollymore Forest Park

Reviewed By DM66 - Co. Down

We have been frequent visitors to Tollymore Forest for many years and can’t recommend it highly enough.
There are several marked trails of varying distances and levels of effort including a riverside one and one that takes you to the highest point in the park.
The trails are frequented by walkers, runners, horse riders and mountain bikers but after only a few minutes from the main carpark you will not see too many other visitors.
We have frequently seen deer in the park and occasionally red squirrels.
More recently you might bump into cloak wearing, sword welding fans of Game if Thrones as some scenes have been filmed in the park.

10. Down County Museum

English Street | The Mall, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland +44 28 4461 5218
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Down County Museum

Down County Museum is based in an old gaol of 1796 and has 10 galleries covering the archaeology and history of County Down, Early Christian archaeology from the Time of St Patrick, the history of the gaol (including original gaol cells), and the farming and maritime collections from the County of Down. There are hands-on activities for children, a Digital Film Archive (Northern Ireland Screen), full access to the site, audio features and lifts to all areas. The Cathedral View Tearoom offers a wide range of meals, scones, coffees and teas, and has a unique view from its windows of Down Cathedral on the Hill of Down, Inch Abbey, the River Quoile and the ancient Mound of Down fort.

Reviewed By rabarscotlandUK - scotland UK

This is a great FREE museum which has such a lot of information. I would highly recommend a visit which took us over 2 hours. A variety of things to see, some of which were thought provoking! I'm so glad we were able to spend time there as it had a real impact.

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