**Updated : November 2023**
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Before you Visit...
Before you visit Northern Ireland, there's a few things we think you should know. Although it is a completely different country than Ireland, there are quite a few similarities in the people, the food, the language, and the weather. It's important to dress in layers - we recommend being prepared for extreme winds, rain, and possibly snow depending on the season. If you're planning a short road trip like we did, then it's essential to know that they drive on the left, and very commonly the roads can become very narrow. Other than that, there isn't too much else to know! If you're looking to try some local foods, we of course always recommend the Shepherds Pie and Fish 'n Chips!
3 Day Itinerary for Belfast & the Coast
Day 1 : Belfast
As Northern Ireland's capital, Belfast is a unique city that's home to C.S. Lewis and the birthplace of the Titanic itself. Personally, we felt like one day was plenty of time to see the city, top sights, and explore some great places to eat. For our full day in Belfast, we would recommend :
If you're a Chronicles of Narnia fan, then we recommend checking out C.S. Lewis Square, a small park that has multiple character statues! Plus, if you head to the Belfast Castle, then make sure to head upstairs, you might just happen to see a very similar painting...
Day 2 : The Antrim Coast & Ballycastle
If you're visiting Northern Ireland then chances are you're interested in seeing the Coast. We split our time on the coast into two days, one day exploring the Antrim Coast and Ballycastle, and the second day (or third full day in Northern Ireland) - exploring the Northern end of the coast including some of the most famous sights. If you only have one day on the coast, we recommend exploring Carrick a Rede & Giant's Causeway instead, even though they're famous - they're worth it! However, here's what we would recommend for your first day on the coast :
Day 3 : Carrick a Rede & Giant's Causeway
For your third day, we recommend that you continue to explore the coast. There is so much to see and so many hidden gems you'll easily be able to find things to do, even if you explored the coast yesterday. Of course, that also includes top sights like the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge and Giant's Causeway - trust us they're worth it!
Some other stops we recommend if you have some extra time is The Ponderosa (the highest pub in Northern Ireland) and the Dark Hedges (a spot made famous from GOT).
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