Northern Ireland features some magical landscapes, from forbidden forests to sweeping glacial valleys; it’s no wonder so much of ‘Games of Thrones’ was filmed there. Northern Ireland’s most famous attraction, the Giant’s Causeway, is one of Europe’s most celebrated natural wonders. Belfast and the Causeway Coast was voted Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018.
Over the past 10 years, several well-known movies and TV shows have been filmed in Northern Ireland. These include Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold, The Fall, In the Line of Duty, Disney’s The Lodge, and Lost City of Z.
Top tips to explore the Northern Ireland
- Fly direct to Northern Ireland from the UK to Derry Airport and plan your trip eastwards through Northern Ireland.
- Stay at Travelodge hotels Derry/Londonderry and Belfast Central.
- Return flight to the UK from Belfast Airport
Must see along this route:
- Giant’s Causeway
- Game of Thrones Tours or Experience
- Walled City of Derry
- Titanic Experience
Day 1 – Derry/Londonderry to Belfast
Derry/Londonderry is Northern Ireland's second-largest city and continues to flourish as an artistic and cultural hub. Derry's city centre was given a striking makeover for its year as the UK City of Culture 2013, with the new Peace Bridge, Ebrington Square, and the redevelopment of the waterfront and Guildhall area making the most of the city's splendid riverside setting.
Things to do in Derry:
Derry City Walls:
The Walls, which are approximately 1.5km in circumference and vary in width between 12 and 35 feet, form a walkway around the inner city and provide a unique promenade from which to view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style street plan to this day. There is also a restaurant located next to the hotel.
Old Bushmills Distillery Tour:
Opened in 1608, Bushmills Distillery is the oldest licensed distillery in the world and exports its whiskey internationally. Visit the distillery, take a tour and discover the history of one of Ireland’s most famous whiskeys.
The historic Guildhall is one of Derry’s most recognizable landmarks, located in the heart of the city since 1890.The Guildhall has over 20 magnificent stained glass windows representing the history of the city and the Plantation of Ulster exhibition.
Derry/Londonderry is Northern Ireland’s second-largest city and continues to flourish as an artistic and cultural hub. Hotel facilities include Complimentary Guest Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception. This is a restaurant located beside the hotel
Day 2 – Belfast
Belfast was the smallest city ever to host the MTV European Music Awards. There is no shortage of local and international artists and bands that stop by to perform at fantastic venues like Belfast Waterfront and the world class Odyssey Arena.
Things to do in Belfast:
Crumlin Road Gaol:
The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations, the gaol has reopened as a visitor attraction and conference centre. Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site.
Titanic Belfast Museum:
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 Duke & Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle, visited the Titanic Museum during a trip to Belfast in March 2018.
Belfast City Hall first opened its doors in August 1906 and has since become one of Belfast’s most iconic builds. Located in the heart of Belfast City in Donegall Square; Belfast’s civic building offers free public tours so you can discover it’s fascinating history.
Travelodge Belfast Central is located in Belfast City Centre on Brunswick Street. The hotel is 3 miles from Belfast City Airport and 4 miles from the Ferry Terminal. Hotel facilities include Complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception. There is also a restaurant located next to the hotel.
For more information please visit www.discovernorthernireland.com