15 August 2017, 10:08 AM
Step back in time to Belfast in the early 1900s when this city was the epicenter of shipbuilding in the world. Discover how the Titanic was built, see live footage at the Titanic Museum, and learn why Belfast was a leading city in the Industrial Revolution.
Visit the Ulster Museum to truly understand the history of "The Troubles." You can reach plenty of other interesting destinations within an hour drive from Belfast. Take your adventure to the next level by visiting the Game of Thrones filming locations, adventure across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and stand in the footprints of ancient mythical legends at the spectacular Giants Causeway.
Here are 6 thrilling adventure ideas for Belfast & Northern Ireland:
Step back in time to 1909 in Belfast
Begin your adventure in discovering the hallow secrets of the Titanic which was built at the Harland & Wolff Shipyards in Belfast, Ireland. You will be fascinated at the facts and unanswered questions about the infamous Titanic which sank on it's maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1912. See opulence at its finest in the interiors of the Titanic and listen to stories of survivors.
Visit the amazing Ulster Museum
Get a close up look at the geo political history of Northern Ireland by visiting the Ulster Museum. Find out how the Troubles date back to The Battle of the Boyne. After visiting the Ulster Musuem, you can take a tour of Belfast to witness the "peace lines" set up in neighborhoods that keep the Nationalists and Loyalists apart. The large painted murals along the walls are a great photo opportunity. Still fascinated by The Troubles? The Crumlin Road Jail is one of Belfast's most popular tourist attractions you should not miss.
Visit films sets of your favorite TV shows
A 1 hour drive north of Belfast is the coastline of the famed Giants Causeway. Avid fans of the TV drama series "Game of Thrones" and 'Vikings' on History Channel will delight and recognize the landscape as filming takes part in Norther Ireland. As you stand looking over the cliffs at the 13th century, Dunluce Castle, imagine the Vikings storming the coast in their dragon-ships.
Calling all thrill seekers
It might only be 20 metres across yet it is a thrill seeking adventure to walk the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. As you make your way across the bridge, looking down at the rocks below you will pump the adrenaline through your body. Feel alive in nature in Northern Ireland and enjoy the astonishing views of the coastline.
Walk in the footsteps of Giants
Experience the mythical tales of legend in Northern Ireland along this national reserve. In Gaelic mythology, the causeway was built by the giant Finn MacCool when challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. The remaining bases serve as evidence that the causeway existed. Let your imagination free and experience the science fiction or fiction, whichever your prefer!
Throwback to Style in Belfast
Located at the top of a hill, Belfast Castle provides the perfect location to admire Belfast and surrounding port. Another fabulous place to visit is The Crown on Great Victoria Street which was built 1839-1840 and is owned by the National Trust. Be sure to check out the restaurant on the first floor, which is decorated with gryphons, lions, marble, and embossed ceiling originally meant for the Britannic, the sister ship of the Titanic.
As you plan your vacation to Northern Ireland, Read our travel editor's recommended travel guide to the Belfast for more tips and ideas.