Previously the famed thinking spot for saints and scholars since the years of Saint Patrick, the city of Armagh has since faced its fair share of turbulent times. Today, the area’s rich history and stunning natural landscapes draws everyone from ecclesiastical wanderers to outdoor enthusiasts. The Armagh County Museum is a good place to start to hear centuries of stories, while the Armagh Robinson Library also holds a cherished first edition of Gulliver’s Travels annotated by Jonathan Swift. From there, you may like to head to the ornate St Patrick’s Cathedral, or families will love exploring the universe at the city’s interactive planetarium. End your trip with a voyage out to the tranquil Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles, perfect for fishing and water sports, as well as walking and cycling routes suitable for the whole family.

You can venture far and wide, but you’ll have trouble finding a place so steeped in natural wonder as County Antrim. It’s not just one of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland, but quite possibly on Earth. From Ballycastle to Portrush, the isolated and rugged landscape of the Antrim coastline is widely regarded as an amazingly scenic drive. The Giant's Causeway, a 60 million-year-old rock formation consisting of 40,000 basalt columns, is a geological phenomenon and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Steeped in magic and mystery, the iconic Dark Hedges of County Antrim is an old avenue of beech trees that line the Bregagh Road near the village of Armoy have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones.

The beautiful County Fermanagh is Northern Ireland’s equivalent of England’s Lake District, with a third of its area covered by water. As home to the Annals of Ulster, considered the most significant documents of old Celtic tribes, as well as many an ancient ruin, this county is one of the most important historical areas in Northern Ireland. Be swept away by the natural beauty and stories at Lough Erne, where the White Island figures are believed to have stood since the ninth century. Go exploring with a boat ride through the Marble Arch Caves, or head to the friendly market town of Enniskillen, which sits on an island surrounded by the River Erne – the perfect meeting point of rural surroundings and high street buzz.

The vibrant capital of Northern Ireland is not only famous for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic. You'll find dozens of lively historic pubs, brilliant museums and St George's Market, a beautiful Victorian building full of stalls of fresh produce, local craft and live music.

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