The island of Ireland is home to incredible history, a rich culture, natural beauty, and countless breathtaking sights.
And this is as true for Northern Ireland as it is for the larger Republic of Ireland. That’s why we visit fun and fascinating locations in both countries on our Ireland tours.
To make sure you get the most from your time north of the border, we have used our experience and local insights to create this guide to the best parts of Northern Ireland.
Of course, the word “best” is subjective. Every traveler has individual interests, preferences, and expectations.
But we believe that Northern Ireland has something for everyone, so that’s exactly what we’ve provided!
Keep scrolling down to find out our recommendations. And if you have any questions about our tours in Ireland, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Belfast: Northern Ireland’s Reinvigorated, Reimagined Capital
Let’s start in Northern Ireland’s bustling capital city, Belfast.
This city has come a long way since the darker days of previous decades. Today, Belfast is a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub that attracts visitors of every kind from all over the world.
A walk around the city center will take you to some of the most impressive architectural feats in the country, such as City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock, and the Grand Opera House.
And there are many inviting cafes, restaurants, and pubs to explore, not to mention a diverse collection of independent and well-known shops.
Belfast is a small city that’s easy to get around on foot, so it’s the perfect final destination on our Ireland’s Wild North 8-Day Tour.
The Titanic Experience: A Must-See for History Buffs
While in Belfast, we highly recommend a visit to the Titanic Experience, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.
The Titanic Experience tells the story of the Titanic, the ill-fated ship built in Belfast over a century ago.
This interactive museum is located on the site where the Titanic was built and is an absolute must for history buffs and anyone interested in learning about the world’s most famous ship.
Unsurprisingly, we included the Titanic Experience in our recommendations for the best tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.
Derry: A Walled City Steeped in History
Stradling the River Foyle, Derry is Northern Ireland’s second-largest city as well as one of its most historic and picturesque
Many visitors come to Derry to see its famous city walls. Built in the 17th century, Derry’s walls are among the best-preserved in all of Europe.
A walk along the walls will give you stunning views of the city, and you’ll also be able to see the Guildhall and the iconic Peace Bridge.
Derry was also at the heart of The Troubles, especially between 1968 and 1972.
If you have an interest in this aspect of Irish history, there are numerous spots well worth visiting.
These include the Museum of Free Derry and the murals painted around the city.
Are you wondering how you’ll be welcomed in Northern Ireland? Our guide Is Northern Ireland Friendly to American Tourists? explains all!
Giant’s Causeway: A Breathtaking Natural Wonder
No trip to Northern Ireland would be complete without a visit to the Giant’s Causeway.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a natural wonder made up of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that were formed millions of years ago during a volcanic eruption.
The Giant’s Causeway is a place of legend and folklore, and it’s said that the columns were created by the giant Finn McCool.
Whichever version of events you prefer, one thing is for sure — Giant’s Causeway never disappoints!
Causeway Coast: Scenic Beauty at Its Best
Giant’s Causeway sits on the wider Causeway Coast, a place of stunning natural beauty that stretches from Belfast to Derry.
Along the way, you’ll be treated to views of the wild Atlantic Ocean, rolling hills, lush green countryside, and rugged cliffs.
In addition to Giant’s Causeway, some of the highlights of the Causeway Coast include:
- Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
- Dunluce Castle
- Carrickfergus Castle
- The Gobbins
- Glenarm Castle and Gardens
- Bushmills Distillery
With such a rich and rewarding route, it’s no surprise that many people visiting Northern Ireland enjoy a multi-day road trip along the Causeway Coast.
Our 13-day Ireland’s Land of Giants Tour ventures through this beautiful part of the country.
Game of Thrones Locations: A Treat for Fans!
Did you know that Northern Ireland is home to several Game of Thrones filming locations?
If you’re a fan of the hit TV show, you’ll absolutely love stepping foot in the real-life Westeros.
Some of the most famous Game of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland include:
- Dark Hedges
- Ballintoy Harbour
- Castle Ward
- Cushenden Caves
- Murlough Bay
- Portstewart Strand
- Downhill Strand
- Slemish Mountain
- Inch Abbey
- Tollymore Forest Park
Take a deeper dive into some of these locations by reading our previous guide Game of Thrones Film Sites in Northern Ireland.
Discover the Emerald Isle with Our Ireland Tours!
Whether you’re heading to Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, or both, you can find a complete and authentic experience with Wild N Happy.
Browsing our Ireland tours is the perfect way to start planning a trip you’ll never forget!
And if you have any questions about anything you see in our carefully curated itineraries, please feel free to contact us.