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Top Reasons to Visit in 2013

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Here are just a selection of great reasons to visit Northern Ireland in 2013...

#01 Made for Golf

Our home grown talent in Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell is testament to our rich golfing heritage. Hone your skills on a diverse range of parkland and seaside courses. >Learn more

#02 Unmissable Music

Unearth the rich music hertiage that attracted MTV to stage the EMA here. Take a musical bus tour of Belfast or head along to traditional sessions, trendy rock venues or great festivals in wonderful settings. >Learn more

#03 Glorious Houses and Gardens

We aren't afraid of a bit of rain here - it's what makes our gardens grow! Choose from grand gardens, walled gardens, woodland gardens, even Japanese gardens.  >Learn more

#04 Fabulous Food

Northern Ireland is ideal for lovers of good food and drink. From seafood bars to contemporary city restaurants and hearty pub grub, you'll be able to experience the quality of our local produce.  >Learn more

#05 Historical Northern Ireland

Whether it's Saint Patrick, RMS Titanic and industrial Belfast, or the 400-year-old walls of Derry~Londonderry, we have something for any history buff.  >Learn more

#06 Titanic: Built in Belfast

Only in Belfast can you follow Titanic's remarkable journey from the drawing board to the slipways. Learn about the legenderry liner and Belfast's rich maritime heritage with specialist tours and attractions, including the sensational Titanic Belfast visitor attraction.  >Learn more

#07 An Adventure Playground

We have activities for all skills and preferences. These range from walking, cycling and canoeing to more unusual options such as bouldering, zorbing, hovercrafting and husky trekking.  >Learn more

#08 Literature and Theatre

Northern Ireland is home to Nobel Laureates and award-winning playwrights. Take a Seamus Heaney or C.S. Lewis tour, enjoy a play at world-class theatre venues including the stunning MAC in Belfast, or even head along to one of our excellent literary festivals or summer schools.

#09 Yours to Discover

Explore Northern Ireland at your own pace. Whether you're looking for a sightseeing, historical, food or pub tour, there is something for all interests, with both guided and self-guided options available.  >Learn more

#10 Saints and Scholars

Explore Northern Ireland's rich Christian heritage and follow in the footsteps of our patron saint on the fascinating Saint Patrick's Trail, a long distance driving route taking in key sites related to Patrick's life and legacy.  >Learn more

#11 Events and Happenings

Northern Ireland has a packed, all-year calendar of events and festivals. From major iinternational events such as the World Police and Fire Games and Turner Prize (coming to Belfast and Derry~Londonderry respectively this year), to summer music festivals, garden shows and air shows, there's something for all the family.  >Learn more

#12 The Drive of Your Life

The Causeway Coastal Route has been rated one of the top five road trips in the world and when you drive it you'll see why. Taken in famous attractions such as the Bushmills Distillery, the stunning Glens of Antrim and the world-famous Giant's Causeway, home to an exciting new Visitor Centre.  >Learn more

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