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Northern Ireland – The Home of Game of Thrones and Stunning Natural Beauty

It’s fair to say that Northern Ireland has seen more than its share of conflict; sectarian violence, known locally as ‘The Troubles’, cast a long shadow over the country for many years. During this period, the tourist industry struggled, but recently, thanks to the peace process initiated by the Good Friday Agreement, tourists have returned and new hotels have opened. Now, visitors can learn about Belfast’s Titanic heritage, marvel at natural landmarks such as the Giant’s Causeway and explore locations used in Game of Thrones without the negative aspects of the past.

Belfast – Capital of Northern Ireland

Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, was an industrial powerhouse. It excelled in the linen, ship building and textile industries and many of its attractions today hark back to that era. A good place to start a tour of the city is City Hall on Donegall Square. Completed in 1906, it features beautiful architecture and a garden dotted with various statues and monuments. Free daily tours of the building are available and at night it is beautifully illuminated. Just across the road is Visit Belfast which provides a wealth of tourist information; coach tours to attractions throughout Northern Ireland can be booked here too. A few minutes’ walk away, close to the River Lagan, Victoria Square Shopping Centre is the place to catch a film and enjoy a meal and its dome offers great views of the city’s landmarks. Numerous hotels are also located in this part of the city, from budget options to high-end boutique hotels.

Birthplace of the Titanic

In the 19th and 20th-century, Harland and Wolff was a pre-eminent ship building yard, constructing many world-famous ocean liners here. While its last ship launched back in 2003, the affectionately named gantry cranes, Samson and Goliath, still stand proud in the docks area. Probably the most famous ship in the world, the Titanic, was built here and forms the focus of a major tourist attraction, Titanic Belfast. It tells how the ocean liner was constructed and, soon after leaving Northern Ireland, was fatefully sunk on her maiden voyage to New York after striking an iceberg. Reconstructed cabins and interactive exhibits really bring the ship to life. The Titanic Dock and Pump House is another fascinating attraction: it’s the dry dock where the ship was launched on her one and only voyage. Not surprisingly, this part of Belfast is known as the Titanic Quarter, and an increasing numbers of hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues like Odyssey Arena are locating here.

Other Attractions in the Belfast Area

If time is short, a great way to see a lot of Belfast is to use an open top bus tour. A typical tour lasts an hour or two, or longer if hopping on and off at various sights along the way. The tickets are usually valid for a day or two as well which is really handy. Some of the popular sights covered include Shankill Road with its loyalist murals and Stormont, the seat of government in Northern Ireland. Also on the itinerary, Crumlin Road Gaol offers tours of restored prison cells, live music and a restaurant. In the evening, Great Victoria Street is the place to go for great entertainment. The Crown Bar, opposite the iconic Europa Hotel, is a lovely traditional pub with original snugs and gas lights and a few paces up the road, the Grand Opera House is a magnificent Victorian theatre and music venue.

A Drive up the Coastal Causeway Route

Northern Ireland is famous for its stunning coastal landscape, with the Coastal Causeway Route one of the most popular road trips in the world. Starting in Belfast, the Coast Road meanders up through Carrickfergus with its Norman castle, Larne and the Glens of Antrim, all the way to Derry-Londonderry which features 17th-century walls and cannons. Along the way, it’s worth stopping off at the National Trust’s Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which hangs 100 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. It’s thrilling to walk across, but maybe not for the faint-hearted! Of course, the Giant’s Causeway on the north coast is a must-see attraction. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a collection of hexagonal stones that, as legend would have it, were created by warring giants in Scotland and Ireland. Nearby in Bushmills, the oldest working distillery in Ireland, Old Bushmills, offers tours and whiskey-tasting sessions. There are also hotels in the town, so no need for a designated driver!

Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Fans of Game of Thrones, the very popular HBO television programme, will be interested to know that Northern Ireland has doubled as Westeros in many episodes. Indeed, quite an industry has developed around the show with Belfast’s Titanic Studios home to the iconic Throne Room and many locals employed as extras. Conveniently, some of the key locations are near the Coastal Causeway Route such as Ballintoy Harbour, which portrays the Iron Islands, and Cushendun Caves where the character Melisandre gave birth. A short drive inland, to the south of Ballintoy, the overhanging beech trees known as ‘The Dark Hedges’ were transformed into ‘The Kingsroad’, an important thoroughfare in the Seven Kingdoms. To the south of Belfast, Castle Ward in County Down became Winterfell, home of the Starks. Here, visitors can dress up as characters from the show and learn how to shoot a bow and arrow. Overnight hotel accommodation can be found nearby in the town of Downpatrick.

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    Hotel Crowne Plaza Belfast Belfast

    The Ramada Belfast hotel is a four star accommodation facility that is a part of Andras House Hotel Group. The hotel is situated within the Lagan Valley Regional Park in Belfast. It shelters a total of 120 rooms including twins and double rooms and four luxurious double suites. Each room is air conditioned and features internet access (for a fee), a telephone line and a television set. Rooms commodities also include an ironing board, a safe, a hairdryer and coffee and tea making facilities. All rooms have showers with bathrooms. A wireless Internet connection is free of charge in the public areas of the Ramada. The reception is open for 24 hours and the hotel also provides room, porter, babysitting and laundry services. There are 3 restaurants at The Ramada Belfast hotel. A beauty salon, fitness, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam room, a supermarket and a solarium are also hotel facilities. The onsite car park is free of charge and the hotel is wheelchair accessible. The city's main attractions are within a two mile radius form the Ramada Belfast hotel. . more

    Hotel Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast Belfast

    The Radisson Blu Belfast hotel is a four star property located at Cromac Place Ormeau Road in the city of Belfast. The hotel is located near the city centre and close to Belfast Castle and Odyssey Arena. It offers 120 guest rooms and suites including standard, business class rooms and tower suites. The entire hotel is non-smoking. Each of the rooms has free high speed wireless internet access, an in room safe, television with pay per view, individually climate control, ironing facilities, mini bar and a hair dryer. Room service is available at limited hours. At the onsite Italian restaurant Filini, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view from Monday to Saturday or simply have a drink at The Bar. There are 6 flexible meeting rooms and facilities offering space for up to 150 people. A 24 hour front desk service is available with a luggage storage room and safety deposit box. Guests arriving by car can park onsite against costs. Other hotel services include a cash machine, ticket and currency exchange and concierge services. Pets are not allowed at the hotel. Guests have free access to the nearby LA Fitness Health Club. more

    Hotel Grand Central Belfast Belfast

    Hastings Grand Central is more than a hotel. It\'s an ode to a city. Standing tall in Bedford Street, this impressive jewel fuses glamour and grandeur with a uniquely Belfast spirit. Perfectly placed in Belfast City. Just as Belfast is at the heart of the Grand Central, the Grand Central is at the heart of Belfast. Set in the up and coming Linen Quarter, the hotel is a spectacular hub for exploring Titanic Quarter\'s history or Cathedral Quarter\'s charming cobbled streets, pubs and eateries. Theatre buffs, shopaholics and historians alike will all be spoiled for choice, with a host of options right on their doorstep. Conveniently located for all transport access, the Grand Central is perfectly placed for every city centre endeavour – from business to leisure and everything in between.Guest rooms are equipped with TV, air conditioning, safe and coffee maker. Bathrooms are fitted with shower or bathtub and hairdryer.The hotel is just a few minutes from Europa bus and train station. Helens Bay Beach is around 5 km away. more

    Hotel Europa Hotel Belfast

    Europa Hotel is a 4-star hotel, situated in the Irish city of Belfast. The hotel is set next to the Grand Opera House and only 5 miles from George Best Belfast City Airport while approximately 19 miles from Belfast International Airport. There is also the Great Victoria Street Station right next to the hotel. Each of the 272 rooms and suites are individually decorated and furnished. All rooms are equipped with flat screen television, Wi-Fi (charges apply), soundproofed & non- smoking rooms. The en-suite bathrooms are complete with complimentary toiletries and towels. Breakfast is not included in the price of the room. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, serving an extensive menu. There are also two bars at the hotel, the Piano Bar and the lobby bar serving a variety of drinks as well as light snacks. Other hotel services include room service, an exhibition centre, conference rooms and Concierge services. There is no on-site parking available, however public pay parking is available in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. Pets are not permitted at the Europa Hotel. more

    Hotel Namaste Lodge Belfast

    Namaste Lodge offers budget accommodation just steps from Ormeau Park. This Small Bed and Breakfast features free Wi-Fi access throughout and laundry facilities. Five rooms from small (budget), to medium, and large, and all are carpeted throughout. They feature comfortable bedding, and free use of towels. Amenities at this smoke-free and pet-friendly property include free city maps, luggage storage, board games, tea/coffee making facilities, and a TV lounge. Guests are offered a complimentary, self-service breakfast each morning while a fully equipped kitchen provides the facilities for cooking home-cooked meals. There are more than 12 coffee shops and several restaurants within a few minutes’ walk. Namaste Lodge is a twenty-five-minute walk from Belfast City Centre while the public bus stop is just a few steps away. Queen’s University Belfast and Botanical Gardens are is just a seven-minute cab ride or eight-minute bike ride, or ten minute walk. more

    Hotel Titanic Belfast

    Ideally located near various points of interest, the Titanic Apartments Belfast offer the comforts of home in a simple setting. The proximity to the Belfast City Hospital makes the apartments a convenient option for family and loved ones. The two-bedroom apartment provided at the Titanic is self-catering and features many of the standard amenities such as fully equipped kitchen, flat screen television, bathroom with shower, and free Wi-Fi. In addition, guests have access to a washer and dryer within the apartment – bed linens and towels are provided. Not a traditional hotel, the Titanic is more aligned with a residence. While housekeeping comes between guest visits, the rest of the stay is self-sufficient. A fully equipped kitchen contains many of the necessary appliances for cooking – oven, microwave and electric kettle are available. Titanic Apartments Belfast is a short walk away from attractions such as the Belfast Botanical Gardens, Botanic Train Station, Belfast Zoo and the Belfast Castle and Cave Hill. more