Northern Ireland is a small country with such a diverse range of landscapes and lifestyles that when you're visiting you just have to see it all! Local Blue Badge Guide Barbara Ferguson shares the history, culture, folklore and ‘must see' things to do on a visit to Northern Ireland.
“When you first set foot in Northern Ireland it will probably be at Belfast International Airport, George Best Airport or maybe Belfast Port or nearby Larne Port. Whichever it is, you will be in, or nearby, the capital City of Belfast. Not a bad place to start your tour.
City of Belfast by night
Discover Belfast through its four quarters :
1 Titanic Quarter – Birthplace of Titanic
The Titanic Quarter is a short walk from the City Centre and an ideal place to catch good panoramic views of the city. Look up into Belfast Cave Hill and check out the outline of the sleeping giant or as the locals call it, ‘Napoleon's Nose', also said to be Swift's inspiration for Gullivers Travels.
Visit the world's largest Titanic Visitor Experience and follow the story of the build of the Titanic. The locals will remind you that “she was all right when she left here!”
Queen's University, Belfast
2 Queen's Quarter – University. Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum
Step inside the 19th century Lanyon Building at Queens University and follow in the footsteps of alumni and Nobel winner Seamus Heaney . Next door are the small but relaxing Botanic Gardens. Meet the Egyptian mummy and spot the dinosaurs in the extensive modern Ulster Museum also here in the gardens.
3 Cathedral Quarter – Old Belfast
This is a lively spot day and night with old cobbled streets leading to quirky pubs, cafes, music and restaurants. Pick up a bottle of Irish Whiskey in The Friend at Hand off licence and mini-museum . Not an easy decision as there are over 300 whiskies to choose from! All sitting in the shadow of St Annes Anglican Cathedral .
4 Gaeltacht Quarter – Murals, linen and history of “The Troubles”
In the Gaeltacht Quarter you'll find Wall Murals, Peace Walls, Linen, folklore and culture, all highlighting the story of “The Troubles” in Belfast. Discover how two communities live in streets parallel to each other, yet streets apart in identity. Follow the murals of both communities, memorial gardens, language and lifestyle.
City Hall, Belfast
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walk, talk and enjoy good food and entertainment?
step on board luxury travel coach and take in the views, history & tall tales along the way.
be part of the buzz of one of our lively capital cities. Stay city centre and allow the day to spill over into an evening visit to the theatre, cinema, leisure centre or enjoy a drink & fine food in places where the locals like to stop.
step off the beaten track and into the small villages, towns and hamlets. Listen to some storytelling, traditional music and enjoy the craic. Mind you be prepared for some "getting to know you" questions from the locals.
Enjoy the hospitality of a rural Bed & Breakfast - maybe even on a working farm!
Accredited Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Northern Ireland Guided Tours
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For your answer to an experienced & fun guided tour of Northern Ireland - Barbara is here to help
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