Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

This famous bridge swings 30m above the rocky North Antrim coast. The Atlantic Ocean crashes below, the wind gently sways the bridge, and views of Rathlin Island and Scotland’s sea cliffs call you across.<br /><br />The bridge has been here for over 250 years and has adorned stamps, welcomed the Olympic Torch in 2012, and featured as a finalist in National Geographic photo competitions. With over 250,000 visitors a year, it’s a very popular attraction. Come and cross it yourself to see what all the fuss is about!

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The Giro d'Italia Grande Partenza 2014!

It’s been going since 1909. It consists of 22 teams, almost 200 riders and hundreds of support staff. It’s the Giro d’Italia, and in May 2014 it was thousands of miles from home for its famous Grande Partenza (Big Start). The three stages took in Belfast city, the Causeway Coastal Route in County Antrim, Armagh city, Dundalk in County Louth, and the coastal roads to Dublin city. It passed by landscapes built by giants, carved out by oceans and haunted by saints and scholars. During the Giro d’Italia, the roads were lined with supporters… but now that everyone has gone home, they’re free and easy to travel.

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Meshing history with hip has never been simple for a city. Funky cafés and great stores don’t always sit comfortably alongside ruined towers and ornate cathedrals. But some cities manage it very well. Cue Derry-Londonderry. The city has a fascinating history to explore and still retains its original city walls dating from the 17th Century.

Fermanagh Lakelands

Fermanagh is a county defined by water – it may not have a coastline but it certainly has plenty of water. Fermanagh is home to Europe’s longest network of waterways: 700km of rivers, canals and lakes that combine to make the perfect waterworld.<br /><br />But this lakelands region has plenty to explore on dry land too, from stately houses to Cuilcagh Mountain and the echoing chambers of the Marble Arch Caves.

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Giant’s Causeway

There are only a handful of truly extraordinary landscapes in the world - the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is one of them. <br /><br />The curious assembly of 40,000 basalt columns of cooled molten lava on the north Antrim coast is a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of TripAdvisor’s 10 most dramatic landscapes on the planet.

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The Mourne Mountains

The Mourne Mountains are famous for a lot of things. Challenging peaks, gentle slopes and crystalline lakes. Beauty comes easily to the Mournes with the 28 peaks forming a natural playground. <br /><br />Belfast-born CS Lewis, was inspired by these surroundings to create the world of Narnia from his masterpiece The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The foot of the Mourne Mountains in County Down also portrayed the swaying grasslands of the entrance to Vaes Dothrak of The Game of Thrones.

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St. Patrick’s Trail

Want to know more about Ireland’s Patron Saint? Then why not follow the Saint Patrick’s Trail, a 92 mile signed driving route in Northern Ireland connecting key sites which have a strong link with Saint Patrick’s life, legacy and landscape. Visit the site where St. Patrick is buried and visit the St. Patrick’s Visitor Centre to find out more about his life and legacy.

Titanic Belfast

Not many people know it but the Titanic was built in Belfast’s docklands and no city in the world knows her better. Today, the ship’s history is celebrated in the shimmering Titanic Belfast centre –the world’s largest Titanic experience with nine galleries that immerse you in the story from fantasy to tragedy. In a word: unmissable.<br /><br />When James Cameron, director of Titanic, visited the museum, he was blown away by it. “It’s really quite phenomenal,” he said. “It’s a magnificent, dramatic building; it’s the biggest Titanic exhibition in the world.”

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