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Golf

Northern Ireland's golf scene is epic, from its links courses to its seaside retreats. Discover the wonders that abound here.

Website: here

Address:  Various locations, 

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National Trust

Truly breathtaking, from the legendary basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway to the haunting Fermanagh lakeland

Website: here

Address:  Various locations,

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The Dark Hedges, Stranocum

A beautiful avenue of beech trees planted in the eighteenth century have now become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. Perhaps better known these days as the Kingsroad from the series Game of Thrones.

Website: here

Address:  Bregagh Road,

Stranocum, BT53 8PX

Distance: 4.6 miles (8 min)

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Ballintoy Harbour, Ballintoy

This small fishing harbour is in the picturesque village of Ballintoy, close to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. It has become well known as a filming location for Pyke and the Iron Islands in TV series Game of Thrones.

Website: here

Address:  Harbour Road,

Ballintoy, BT54 6NA

Distance: 6.3 miles (12 min)

Watertop open farm, Ballycastle

Watertop Open Farm is located 6 miles outside Ballycastle in the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland, and offers a great day out for all the family, with a variety of activities on offer, a Tea house for lunch, and camping for an overnight stay, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the north east Antrim coast.

Website: here

Address:  188 Cushendall Road,

Ballycastle, BT54 6RN

Distance: 10 miles (19 min)

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Cinema Nights at The Bushmills Inn, Bushmills

If you’re a fan of the cinema and enjoy watching the latest blockbusters on the big screen, you’ll love The Still Room Cinema at The Bushmills Inn. It’s perfect for special occasions and events, but it’s also suitable for a quiet night in with someone special. It takes the classic cinema experience to a new level of luxury, elegance, and intimacy.

Website: here

Address: 9 Dunluce Road, 

Bushmills, BT57 8QG

Distance: 9.3 miles (16 min)

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Rosepark Farm, Ballymoney

  

The farm is a great place for families, educational and group visits to suit all ages enabling visitors to connect with nature and interact with various animals and birds. It stands out from other farm attractions as it is spread over a mile and a half of beautiful wooded and rose walkways. The petting area allows visitors to see and handle a variety of animals from kittens to reptiles. The beautiful blue lagoon has been transformed into an inland beach, which is a first of it’s kind here in Northern Ireland, visitors can paddle and build sandcastles while enjoying the picturesque scenery.  There are two zip-wires on the farm where both adults and children can join in on the fun, as well as four bouncy castles permanently fixed on site and several play park areas.

Website: here

Address: 98 Bravallen Road,  
Ballymoney, BT53 7DU

Distance: 16 miles (24 min)

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Glenarm Castle, Glenarm

Glenarm Castle is the home of Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce and their family. The present castle has been in the McDonnell family since it was first built in 1636. The McDonnells have been in Glenarm for nearly 600 years and the Estate has been in the family for 400 years. In the house you will see superb examples of Irish furniture as well as portraits of family members from the early 17th Century through to the present day.

 

Website: here

Address: 2 Castle Lane,

Glenarm, BT44 0BQ

Distance: 40 miles (57 min)

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Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

Explore 150 years of the Crumlin Road Gaol where 17 men have been executed and explore its darkest secrets...

Website: here

Address:  53-55 Crumlin Road,

Belfast, BT14 6ST

Distance: 51 miles (1hr 18 min)

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Titanic Belfast, Belfast

Titanic Belfast is the World's largest Titanic visitor experience and must-see attraction in Northern Ireland!

Website: here

Address: 1 Olympic Way,

Queen's Road, Belfast, BT3 9EP

Distance: 52 miles (1hr 27 min)

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Doagh Famine Village, Doagh Island

Doagh Famine Village tells the story of Irish life from the Great Famine of the 1840s through until the present day.

Tour guides will take you on a journey showing how families and communities have lived on the edge generation after generation, adapting  and surviving as the environment and society around the local area changed over the years.

Website: here

Address: Doagh Island, County Donegal, Ireland, F93 PK19

Distance: 69 miles (1hr 39min)

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Cycling

Cycle around dramatic coastlines, beautiful lakes and patchwork fields – following the spectacular roads which formed the Giro d'Italia route.

Website: here

Address:  Various locations, 

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Explore Game of Thrones Territory

Many of the Game of Thrones filming locations are a short distance from the Bothy. You can even complete the Journey of Doors passport or how about a visit to several of the Doors location while enjoying local cuisine at each location?

Website: here

Address:  Various locations, 

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Rathlin Island, Ballycastle

Take the short ferry crossing from Ballycastle to this rugged island which is six miles long, one mile wide, and home to around 140 people and the biggest seabird colony in Northern Ireland.

Website: here

Address:  18 Bayview Road,

Ballycastle, BT54 6BT (ferry)

Distance: 5.1 miles (12 min)

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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge creates an exciting crossing over a 20m chasm to a rocky island which is a relic from the coastal salmon fishing trade of years gone by.

Website: here

Address:  119a Whitepark Road,

Ballintoy, BT54 6LS

Distance: 8.4 miles (14 min)

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The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills

Ireland’s only UNESCO Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s top visitor attractions. These 40, 000 polygonal basalt columns were created 60 million years ago and you can decide if they are result of an ancient volcanic eruption or a Causeway created by the giant Finn McCool

Website: here

Address:  44 Causeway Road,

Bushmills, BT57 8SU

Distance: 11 miles (18 min)

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Dunluce Castle, Bushmills

This Medieval 16th-century Castle is located dramatically close to a headland, overlooking the North Atlantic Sea, that plunges straight into the sea. The history of Dunluce is matched by tales of a banshee and how the castle kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639.

Website: here

Address:  87 Dunluce Road,

Bushmills, BT57 8UY

Distance: 12 miles (20 min)

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Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne, Castlerock

Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock. Explore the ruins of the 18th-century mansion of an eccentric Earl Bishop, the cliff top circular Mussenden Temple and the 17th-century thatched cottage Hezlett House.  Awe inspiring views, colourful gardens and events all year.

Website: here

Address:  107 Sea Road,

Castlerock, BT51 4RP

Distance: 22 miles (33 min)

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Carnfunnock country park, Larne

For a fun family or group day out in Larne, County Antrim bring the kids to Carnfunnock Country Park and discover our unique attractions, activities and events. Located less than 25 miles from Belfast, on the breathtaking Antrim Coast Road, this 191 hectare park also contains a 5 star touring caravan park and campsite, perfect for visitors from the UK, Ireland and overseas to explore N. Ireland.

Website: here

Address:  182A Coast Road,

Larne, BT40 2QG

Distance: 42 miles (1hr 8 min)

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W5 - Ireland’s Award Winning Science & Discovery Centre, Belfast

W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events. We have a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows throughout the day!

Website: here

Address:  The Odyssey,

2 Queens Quay, Belfast, BT3 9QQ

Distance: 52 miles (1hr 24 min)

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Botanic Gardens, Belfast

First established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. There is an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous borders and the tree enthusiast can seek out the rare oaks planted in the 1880s, including the hornbeam-leafed oak.

Website: here

Address:  College Park,

Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1LP

Distance: 53 miles (1hr 28 min)

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Naturally North Coast & Glens Artisan Market

Award winning roaming market that provides you with the opportunity to experience a unique artisan market in and around the North Coast and Glens region of Northern Ireland. 

Market visitors will have every sense tantalised through the colourful art and crafts, the delicious aromas, taste of fresh food produce and the sound of musicians providing a backdrop to the buzz of traders and customers chatting and laughing.

Website: here

Address:  Various locations, 

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Glens of Antrim

The Glens of Antrim, known locally as simply 'The Glens', comprises nine glens (valleys), that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast. The Glens are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a major tourist attraction in north Antrim.

Glenarm - glen of the army
Glencloy - glen of the dykes
Glenariff - glen of the plough
Glenballyemon - Edwardstown Glen
Glanaan - glen of the little fords
Glencorp - glen of the dead
Glendun - brown glen
Glenshesk - glen of the sedges (reeds)
Glentaisie - after Taisie, princess of Rathlin Island

Website: here

Address:  Various locations, 

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Sheans Horse Farm, Armoy

5-star rated Horse Riding centre based in Armoy, Co. Antrim. We offer quality Horse Riding experiences on one of the most extensive off-road horse riding facilities in Ireland.

 

Website: here

Address: 38 Coolkeeran Road,

Armoy, BT53 8XL

Distance: 5.6 miles (9 min)

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The Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills

The craft of whiskey making has been carried out at Bushmills for over 400 years. Enjoy a tour of Ireland’s oldest working distillery and taste a sample of a fine Irish whiskey.

Website: here

Address:  2 Distillery Road,

Bushmills, BT57 8XH

Distance: 9 miles (16 min)

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Bushmills Railway, Bushmills

The Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway leaves from just outside Bushmills Village on its 20 minute journey of 2 miles to and from the Giants Causeway. The diesel train runs 4 times a day between 11am and 2.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children, in particular, love being on the train.

Website: here

Address:  6 Runkerry Rd,

Bushmills, BT57 8SZ

Distance: 12 miles (21 min)

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Damhead Miniature Railway, Coleraine

Offering a fun family day out on a passenger hauling miniature railway, over 1/3 mile long rail network with electrically controlled points and crossings, using steam and diesel locomotives complete with station platform, ticket sales and waiting room where items of railway interest are displayed.

Website: here

Address: 48 Damhead Road,

Coleraine, BT52 2JS

Distance: 12 miles (19 min)

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Seamus Heaney - Homeplace, Bellaghy

Welcome to Seamus Heaney HomePlace, celebrating the life and literature of the poet and Nobel Laureate who was one of Ireland's greatest writers.

Website: here

Address: 45 Main Street, 

Bellaghy, BT45 8HT

Distance: 32 miles (49 min)

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Belfast Zoo, Belfast

Home to 116 species, surrounded by stunning panoramic views across Belfast Lough.

Website: here

Address:  Antrim Road,

Belfast, BT36 7PN

Distance: 47 miles (1hr 30 min)

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The Gobbins, Ballystrudder

Created in 1920 but recently opened again to the public, The Gobbins two-mile long cliff face path has spectacular tubular and suspension bridges, caves and carved rock tunnels.

Website: here

Address:  74-68 Middle Road,

Ballystrudder, BT40 3SL

Distance: 52 miles (1hr 15 min)

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Ulster Folk Museum, Holwood

Step back in time and experience what life was like in Ulster over 100 years ago.

Wander Ulster Folk Museum's rolling countryside and bustling town filled with authentic, period buildings.You’ll find an old-time picture house, post office and corner shop on streets inhabited by people in period dress.Try your hand at basket weaving or see a blacksmith hard at work.

Take a ride on an old bus into the countryside, where whitewashed farmhouses dot the fields. Meet some of the horses, donkeys and hens that kept the rural world turning. 

Website: here

Address:  153 Bangor Rd,

Holywood, BT18 0EU

Distance: 58 miles (1hr 37 min)

The Bothy at Balnaholish
156 Moyarget Road, Ballycastle, BT54 6JQ

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