A place where Victorian architecture sits happily with contemporary design, this forward-thinking city has much to offer. Expect countless museums, a wealth of attractions, and fantastic shopping - from designer boutiques to the fabulous fish in St. George’s Market. Don’t miss Titanic Belfast®, the world’s biggest Titanic exhibition and iconic landmark located on the ship’s original slipways. Other great attractions include a Black Cab tour of the political murals, Belfast Zoo, the W5 Science Museum and golf at the Royal Belfast, Ireland’s oldest club. Evenings in the city bring gastronomic delights, elegant cocktail bars, lively pubs, amazing theatre and greyhound racing at Drumbo Park.
An absolute marvel of nature, the famed Giant’s Causeway sits on Northern Ireland’s north coast. Comprising a staggering 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, resulting from an ancient volcanic eruption, expect to be awed as you make your way past the unique hexagonal columns of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Part of the National Trust, you can learn more about this amazing formation at the interactive exhibition, before refreshing after a bracing coastal walk in the on-site coffee shop.
With a complex and turbulent history, Northern Ireland is filled with storied buildings – from castles raided by Vikings, to monastic ruins, to 17th century mansions - including Hillsborough Castle, the royal family’s Northern Ireland residence. Belfast offers a glimpse into the maritime past of the city and the conception of the RMS Titanic, as well as housing the state-of-the-art Ulster Museum, telling the unique human story of the area.
Game of Thrones
Alongside its enthralling storylines and cinematic marvel, Game of Thrones is renowned for its spellbinding settings, many of which can be found in Northern Ireland. Some scenes are filmed in a studio in Belfast, though many make the most of the impressive Northern Irish countryside – from enchanting Tollymore Forest Park, to the labyrinthine beech trees of Antrim, to historic Winterfell Castle. Dedicated Game of Thrones tours can be arranged.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance.
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.