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Cultural Breaks this Winter

Brighten up your week with a last minute winter break. Uncover history at the dramatic Dunluce Castle or visit the UK City of Culture 2013, Derry~Londonderry.

Discover all things cultural - from glorious scenic drives on the Causeway Coastal Route, seaside villages or the Waterfall Walk at Glenariff Forest Park and with lots of unique attractions and cosy, coastal hotels, Northern Ireland has plenty to offer this winter.

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St Columb's Cathedral


Dominating the skyline on all approaches to the city of Londonderry is Saint Columb's Cathedral, which has stood on its prominent site inside the famous walls of Derry since 1633. Dedicated to the name of Saint Columba (Columb)

City Sightseeing Derry

City Sightseeing Derry


City Sightseeing are a global brand with endless years’ experience in the tourism industry. City sightseeing guides are WorldHost approved ambassadors of the city and the company a WorldHost approved business.

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The Guildhall


Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887. The building now boasts a multifaceted tourism experience providing a central hub for visitors exploring the city

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Segway Titanic Guided Tours (Segway NI)


The first and only Segway city guided tour in the UK! And what better way to explore all the sights of this historic area by using these futuristic and amazing machines. You will quite simply glide from one area to the next!

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Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Co Antrim

The world famous Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and is a must see for visitors.

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Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Co Londonderry

Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. Explore the ruins of the 18th-century mansion of an eccentric Earl Bishop. Awe inspiring views, colourful gardens and events all year

SS Nomadic, courtesy of Nomadic Charitable Trust

SS Nomadic


Built in 1911, Nomadic provides the story of Titanic's little sister, the only tangible surviving link with the world's most famous ship and the last White Star Line vessel in the world.

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First Derry Presbyterian Church and The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre


Explore the Blue Coat School Visitor Centre and discover the compelling, and often surprising story of First Derry Presbyterian Church that has been at the heart of its community since the 17th century.




Originally known as 'Strong's Orchard', the Ebrington site was first used for military purposes during the Siege of Derry in 1689 and the current Star Fort dates back to 1841.

Derry's Walls

17th Century City Walls


Londonderry/Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and is one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. A walk around the walls reveals a city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.

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Glenariff Forest Park

Co Antrim

Glenariff, the "Queen of the Glens", is home to the spectacular Glenariff Forest Park. The unique Waterfall Walkway, a popular tourist attraction since it opened 80 years ago,has been significantly upgraded along its 3 mile length.

Richmond Shopping Centre

Richmond Shopping Centre


Richmond Shopping Centre is the premier shopping location in Derry and the North West. Derry~Londonderry is a mecca for shopping enthusiasts and nowhere is the diverse, welcoming and vibrant ethos of the city as apparent, as at the Richmond Centre.

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Old Bushmills Distillery

Co Antrim

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, on the beautiful North Coast close to the Giant's Causeway. On your visit you will be shown round a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells.

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Springhill House

Co Londonderry

Step back to 1912 as you experience the Lenox-Conyngham home on the morning they left to board Titanic. See the exhibition, featuring pieces from the Titanic era, including 11-year-old Eileen Lenox-Conyngham’s letter, written on Titanic headed paper.

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Tower Museum


The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions The Story of Derry and An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera as well as other temporary exhibitions. The top of the Museum provides an open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre.

The Dark Hedges, County Antrim

The Dark Hedges

Co Antrim

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

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Scullion Hurls Economusee

Co Antrim

Scullion Hurls are located in the village of Loughguile. The Scullion family invite you to visit the workshop and experience the traditional Irish Craft of Hurl making. You can also buy the hurls and other gifts in the giftshop.


Foyleside Shopping Centre


Largest shopping centre in the North West of Ireland: 50 shops including Debenhams, M&S, Dunnes, H&M, Next, Monsoon, Topshop, River Island, iConnect and 1500 parking spaces and coach parking.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Co Antrim

Carrick-a-Rede boasts unrivalled coastal scenery and an exhilarating rope bridge experience accessed by a short coastal footpath. On the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty.

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Museum of Free Derry


The Museum of Free Derry focuses on the civil rights campaign which emerged in the 1960s and the Free Derry/early Troubles period of the early 1970s. It has an archive of over 25,000 individual items relating to this period in the city’s history.

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle

Co Antrim

For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the Northern Ireland landscape whether approached by land, sea or air. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

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Dunluce Castle Medieval Irish Castle on the Antrim Coast

Co Antrim

Dunluce Castle is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea, along the North County Antrim coast.

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The Unmissable List

  • Experience the world-class Giant's Causeway Visitor Experience
  • Drive the stunning Causeway Coastal Route (CCR) and find out why it was voted 5th in the world's top 10 scenic views.
  • Tee off at the renowned Royal Portrush Golf Club.
  • Travel the stretch of line between Bushmills and the World Heritage Site at the Giant's Causeway in style on a steam locomotive.
  • Enjoy retail therapy at Austin's, the world's oldest independent department store.
  • Stroll across the Peace Bridge and explore Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry.

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