The six counties of Northern Ireland have long been overlooked as a tourist destination. Its turbulent and often violent recent history made headlines around the world, but in the last decade peace has reigned and tourism has flourished. Belfast and Derry both have fascinating historical and political tours and landmarks and are perhaps some of the most interesting city tours you could go on in Europe. Derry has been making a name for itself as a cultural hub, and has a strong arts scene and lively festivals throughout the year. Belfast however, is the best place in Ireland to do some shopping and is a great night out dining and drinking with a myriad of restaurants to choose from.
Outside of the cities there can be found some of the whole island's finest scenery with only a small portion being discovered by international tourism. It's pretty obvious why this is the filming location of choice for the popular Game of Thrones series with the breath-taking scenery of the Causeway Coast alongside fantastic attractions like the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-rede ropebridge.
Northern Ireland is connected to the outside world by Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport (domestic and short haul) and Belfast Port. Within Ireland the trains and motorways run due south to Dublin and west to Derry but the rest of the country remains an undertaking.
Find out about the island's most interest and diverse area with our Northern Ireland travel guides and attraction reviews.