What to see & do
With its sprawling natural beauty all throughout the region, it’s no wonder that some of the sets of popular TV series such as Game of Thrones were filmed in Northern Ireland. Aside from this, the region is also home to breathtaking tourist attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve, the Giant's Causeway: an area of coastline and cliffs with very unusual and distinctive volcanic stone formations. There’s also Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (“rock in the road”), which links the mainland to a sort of island that salmon fishers first put up years ago for great salmon fishing. There’s also Marble Arch Caves (Fermanagh), one of the largest geoparks and cave networks in Europe. Visit Ulster Museum, which houses a vast collection of historical artefacts and also beautiful, stunning displays.
How to get around Northern Ireland
Sightseeing tours double as both a recreational activity as well as a great way to navigate around. They cover several main areas of interest along the way, like Belfast City, the Glens of Antrim, the Giant’s Causeway, the “Carrick-a-Rede” Rope Bridge, and “Stroke City”. Driving a car in Northern Ireland is a particularly pleasant experience, with mostly courteous and disciplined drivers on the road, plus the beautiful sceneries around. Renting a car here, however, is not easy as the region is not well served by car rental companies compared to the Republic. Public transport in Northern Ireland is operated by Translink.
How to get there
There are three commercial airports in Northern Ireland: Belfast International Airport, locally known as Aldergrove, is the main gateway to the region. Aegean Airlines, BH Air, easyJet, Jet2.com. Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Wizz Air fly to and from plenty of destinations within Ireland and also overseas; George Best Belfast City Airport is located three kilometres (two miles) from Belfast city centre. Aer Lingus, British Airways, Citywing, Flybe, KLM, and Vueling are the airlines that operate at the airport to a number of local and nearby international destinations; and City of Derry Airport, which serves Derry, Tyrone, and Donegal, with Aer Arann and Ryanair offering flights to and from a number of local destinations and a few European cities. Other ways of getting in are by train (via Northern Ireland Railways), by car, and by boat (between Great Britain and Larne or Belfast).