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Destination Guide

Image of the Carrick Rope Bridge in County Antrim

County Antrim

Tourist Information


County Antrim is one of the six countries that form Northern Ireland situated in the North East of Ireland home to Belfast. It is home of one of the most recognisable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Western Europe (Giant’s Causeway) and the largest lake in Ireland and Britain (Loch Neagh). As well as being the birthplace of the famous Hollywood actor Liam Neeson (Ballymena). County Antrim is the most popular tourist destination in Northern Ireland. It is easily accessible from Belfast and is well known for its collection of seaside resorts, ruined castle and spectacular scenery. It is no wonder the mythical series of Game of Thrones was filmed here! It makes a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiast, families and groups with superb walking and coastal paths.

If you only have a few days, here is what you must see and do

Giant’s Causeway UNESOC World Heritage Site
Northern Ireland top tourist attraction, The Giant’s Causeway UNESCO world heritage attraction, is a magnificent geological formation on the North East coast of County Antrim.The setting is a spectacular, dynamic coastal landscape of Atlantic waves, rugged cliffs, fascinating geographical antiquity, secluded bays and magnificent views. 

Causeway Coastal Route
The Causeway Coastal Route is studded with sandy beaches, fishing villages, gorse covered valleys and spectacular clifftop edges. Absorbing this landscape by car is a must from Belfast to Londonderry.

Carrick Rede Rope Bridge
Connected to the Cliff by Rope Bridge across the Atlantic Ocean to the Carrick – a – Rede island located in Ballintoy. Suspended at almost 100ft (30 m) above sea level, the rope bridge was first created by a salmon fisherman 350 years ago. Now a major tourist attraction, this makes it perfect to see some of Ireland’s most exhilarating coastal trails with stunning views of Rathlin and the Scottish Isles as well as seabird and dolphin spotting (Perhaps not for the faint hearted).

Carrickfergus Castle
One of Northern Ireland’s most imposing monuments, Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle situated in the town of Carrickfergus. This castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th and 19th centuries.

The Gobbins
Located on the scenic Islandmagee peninsula, the attraction has been reborn and is so special within Northern Ireland, it is situated within an area of special scientific interest. The dramatic and challenging path includes spectacular tubular and suspension bridges, caves, steps and tunnels where you can experience the spectacular scenery. There is also a visitor centre and cliff-top path.

Dark Hedges (Game of Thrones location)
For Game of Thrones enthusiasts, re-live scenes or stand in famous spots where the blockbuster TV series was filmed. You can see the picturesque Ballintay Harbour or the dark edges or visit the Winderfell Castle and Demesne. For behind the scenes tales you can even talk to locals within the county or book a tour.

Taste the finest Irish Whisky in Bushmills Distillery 
Take a tour around the old Bushmills Distillery on the banks of the River Bush where you are able to get a great tasting of the best whiskies that Northern Ireland has to offer. You can buy a nice single malt and let the distillery personalise the label for you.

Titanic Belfast Museum 
Named “World’s leading tourist attraction” at the prestigious world travel awards. The Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest titanic attraction in the heart of Belfast Shipyard. It extends over nine interactive galleries with multiple dimensions to the attraction, drawing together special effects, dark rides and innovative interactive features. This award winning museum explores the sounds, stories and the people behind titanic.

City Hall
Belfast City Hall located in Donegall Square, in the heart of Belfast is a must see landmark packed with famous monuments and statues detailing the history of both the building and Belfast. Look

Towns in this region