Travel Planning
Northern Ireland
Travel Planning
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland at a Glance

Fascinating and largely under-traveled, Northern Ireland contains the history-rich cities of Derry and Belfast as well as bucolic countryside and miles of breathtaking coastline.

Your Northern Ireland adventure can be whatever you'd like it to be. Dig in to an inspired restaurant meal at an up and coming Belfast eatery. That same night enjoy a play, a musical performance or a cozy evening in a local pub. Belfast's residents know how to have a good party and weekend nightlife is unparalleled. In Derry, steep in Northern Ireland's history, enjoy the newly revitalized waterfront and dig into the arts. Seventeenth century city walls, music-filled pubs and brand-new development are all things to enjoy.

Northern Ireland's countryside is welcoming and deep green. Bucolic villages dot hillsides and pastures fill with sheep in some places. Northern Ireland's famous Causeway Coast is a larger-than-life destination. Folklore has it that the giant Finn McCool built the causeway's impressive hexagonal rock formations in order to cross the sea to Saffa Island where a lady giant he liked was living. 

Wherever you chose to visit in Northern Ireland you'll find fascinating sights, a deeply entrenched history and a welcoming people. 

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Popular Places
  • Belfast Belfast
  • Causeway Coast Causeway Coast
  • Derry Derry
  • County Armagh County Armagh
  • Ring of Gullion Ring of Gullion
  • Lough Neagh Lough Neagh
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Belfast International Airport
  • Major Airport Derry Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter the UK if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Northern Ireland has over 200 days of rainfall each year. In the summer the rain tapers off a bit, but it is still important to come prepared with rain gear and plenty of dry clothes. 

Safety Concerns Northern Ireland has made marked improvement in safety and security over the last few years. Political instability remains in check and the majority of visitors are not affected by crime, violence or terrorism. When in Northern Ireland's cities use the same basic precautions you would use anywhere. Keep valuables out of sight and consider a money belt for your passport. Avoid dark, deserted looking areas and stick with a group at night. 

Health Concerns Northern Ireland has high quality drinking water. Tourists are safe from most diseases and should practice good hygiene to avoid common colds and flu. 

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