Be Our Guest 2019

There’s never been a better time to visit Northern Ireland History in Northern Ireland is not confined to museums. Indeed the six counties boast some of the finest castles on the island. Of particular note is Dunseverick Castle, near the Giant’s Causeway, which Saint Patrick visited in the fifth century. Irish history buffs should also not miss out on a visit to the Hill of the O’Neill, Dungannon. Learn about the history of the O’Neills, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster through an interactive exhibition on permanent display in Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre. All visitors are invited to come and discover how Dungannon in County Tyrone was once at the centre of world affairs. The Giant’s Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s most famous attractions, with a deserved reputation as a breathtaking sight. Expand the experience by driving along the Causeway Coastal Route, a 190 km journey between Belfast and Derry taking in the walled landscape of looming mountaintops and spectacular sea views. Derry-Londonderry, Ireland’s only entirely walled city, is a must-see destination, while other highlights along the way include the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle and Glenariff Forest Park. One of Northern Ireland’s more fascinating attractions is that of the wall murals from The Troubles and the stories behind the paintings. Take a black cab tour in Belfast of Shankill and Falls Road and learn of how things were during the years of conflict. While in the city, take the chance to observe the controversial Peace Wall which divides Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods. Whatever your passion – whether it’s history, politics, outdoor activities or just a good time – Northern Ireland has something for you. 88 Be Our Guest