Overview

Northern Ireland is a friendly and sociable country with a lot to offer. In fact, in recent years the Office of National Statistics rated Northern Ireland as the happiest place to live in the UK!

That’s down to many factors including the beautiful scenery, low cost of living and great employment opportunities as well as our optimistic view on life, all of which make it a fantastic place to live. There is an abundance of public parks, as well as countless beaches and forests. Northern Ireland’s capital city is currently thriving in an era of tremendous regeneration with an abundance of award winning restaurants and bars across the city as well as tourist attractions including the recently constructed Titanic Belfast Centre, located within the up and coming Titanic Quarter area.

Within a short drive from Belfast you are nearby to any number of attractions, from the legendary Giant’s Causeway to the scenic Lakelands of Fermanagh, the Walls of Derry, the stunningly beautiful Mountains of Mourne, the golden beaches of the North Coast and the green Glens of Antrim.

Explore the great outdoors and you will find dramatic coastlines, castles, mountains, lakes, some of the best golf courses in the world, superb fishing, water sports, walking trails, scenic drives and historical landmarks.

“I’ve always maintained that Northern Ireland is the world’s best kept secret, both in the character of its people and its scenery,”

Liam Neeson

 

Northern Ireland Today – Key Facts

  • Ideally situated between mainland Europe and the United States
  • Population 1.8 million
  • Capital city – Belfast
  • Three airports – daily flights to UK and European destinations
  • Under two hours by road from Belfast to Dublin- the capital city of the Republic of Ireland
  • Modern road and rail network
  • The highest availability of super-fast broadband in the UK
  • 100 gigabyte per second telecoms link between Northern Ireland, Europe and North America

 

Points of Interest

Below you’ll find a small selection of points of interest and activities. To discover more visit:

Discover Northern Ireland
Virtual Tourist
The Big List

 

Stunning Scenery

Northern Ireland is blessed with so many beautiful regions that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding things to marvel at.

 

Family Activities

There are a number of activities across the country for your family days out.

 

Fantastic Museums

Northern Ireland’s top museums take you to the fascinating past of our culturally rich country.

 

Golf Courses

Northern Ireland is home to two stunning, world famous golf courses at Royal Portrush and Royal County Down.

 

The City of Belfast

Belfast is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals, described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’.

 

Outdoor Activities

Whether on land or water or even in the air, Northern Ireland has a whole host of activities to cater to your more adventurous side.

 

Beautiful Beaches

Northern Ireland is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe providing long stretches of golden sand and impressive sand dunes.

 

The Mourne Mountains

The Mournes is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has been proposed as the first national park in Northern Ireland.

 

The Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway is the number 1 Irish attraction in list of world’s top tourist spots.

Northern Ireland on the world stage

Famous People

Northern Ireland wouldn’t be the same without its colourful combination of characters. For such a small country we have a lot of famous people who have made an impact all across the world. To name but a few we have on the big screen a big presence led by Liam Neeson, Jamie Dornan, Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Rea, James Nesbitt, Roma Downey and Sam Neill, also playwrights Martin Lynch and Marie Jones.

Sport

Sport is important in the lives of many Northern Irish people with many Irish sportsmen and women enjoying international stature – including football legends George Best, Harry Gregg, Pat Jennings and Martin O’Neill, golfing champions Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clark, Formula One driver Eddie Irvine, snooker world champions Alex Higgins and Dennis Taylor and Olympic gold medalist Mary Peters.

The Arts
Northern Ireland has produced a wealth of world renowned writers, among them Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, C.S Lewis, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, playwright Brian Friel and screenwriter Brian Moore.

In recent years Northern Ireland’s film industry has enjoyed tremendous success as the base for a host of large-scale productions including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold and the BBC drama series ‘The Fall.’ Northern Ireland is now regarded as a “sleeping giant” for film production says HBO executive Jay Roewe, due in part to it’s scenic rural locations and highly skilled talent pool.

Music
Northern Ireland has given the world a wealth of musical talent having produced such greats as Van Morrison, Gary Moore, James Galway, Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy, The Undertones, Ash, Stiff Little Fingers and Snow Patrol.