17 things to do in Northern Ireland
With its world class attractions, stunning landscapes, delicious food and drink, and unique places to visit put Northern Ireland on your bucket list of must-do short breaks this year.
A Titanic Belfast Experience
Voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, explore Belfast’s rich maritime heritage with a visit to the 5* Titanic Belfast, and its sister ship the SS Nomadic at the Titanic Belfast experience.
Journey the Causeway Coastal Route
Take one of the most beautiful journeys in the world and explore the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, stepping off at the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Mussenden Temple and Dunluce Castle on your way.
Experience the Walled City as never before
A city of contrasts bursting at the seams with cultural and historic significance, experience Derry~Londonderry as never before on a short break to the Walled City.
Tee Off at a world class golf tournament
Tee off 2017 with some top class golf action at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – hosted by the Rory Foundation. Take in an amateur golf competition at the inaugural Belfast Parkland International and Down Summer Trophy, or stay and play at one of Northern Ireland’s top golf resorts.
Press pause with the perfect spa break package
Cast away the winter blues and kick start the new year with a revitalizing break at one of Northern Ireland’s luxurious spas.
Step into the Seamus Heaney Experience
Step into the Seamus Heaney experience and explore his beloved HomePlace and discover the life and literature, and the faces and places that inspired one of Northern Ireland’s most famous literary greats.
Step aboard HMS Caroline
Bring to life the drama and devastation of battle and take an interactive tour of the Captain Crooke’s Cabin on board the 5* HMS Caroline experience (reopening April 2017).
Catch the action at an international or national sports event
Catch all the rugby action at the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Cheer on our local teams at the 2017 finals of the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship. Or, get on your bike and take on some of the most historic and iconic climbs at the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland 2017.
Dine Out on an award winning food experience
Tantalise the taste buds with a foodie-inspired short break to Northern Ireland and whet the appetite with some award-winning food and drink experiences.
Experience the real world of Westeros
Immerse yourself in the real world of Westeros and Winterfell on a Game of Thrones inspired experience. Drama, intrigue and adventure await…
Discover C.S. Lewis’s Magical Narnia
Discover C.S. Lewis’s Magical Narnia in Northern Ireland and explore the people and places that inspired his great works.
Step back in time and explore our past
Transport yourself back in time and experience Northern Ireland’s rich heritage and history at one of its many museums, monuments and heritage sites.
Discover more with the National Trust
Fly a kite at Downhill Demesne, explore the kitchen garden at Florence Court, traverse the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge or visit the world famous Giant’s Causeway – there is something for everyone to enjoy with the National Trust.
Visit our stately places and spaces
Experience Northern Ireland’s beautiful spaces, stately places and stunning gardens and discover the rich and diverse heritage of our noble castles and lush green landscapes.
Relax and retreat to our coasts and lakes
With over 200km of diverse coastline and a network of rivers, loughs and lakes, plan the ultimate relaxing weekend on a coastal break or luxurious lakeside retreat.
Explore our eight areas of outstanding natural beauty
Explore Northern Ireland’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and experience our vivid history and often very dramatic settings that make us a wide eyed traveller’s dream.
Soak up the culture at a festival or event
With a year-round programme of local, national and international festivals and events, make Northern Ireland your destination of choice in 2017.
Find out more
For more inspiration and ideas of things to do and places to visit in 2017, start planning your bucket list today with discovernorthernireland.com.