DISCOVER NORTHERN IRELAND...
There is plenty to do when you catch a ferry to Larne. Discover Northern Ireland from coastal walks to a city break there is bound to be something to suit your taste. Getting a Ferry to Northern Ireland couldn’t be easier with our regular crossings throughout the day. Book direct with P&O Ferries to take advantage of the great offers we have for the Irish Sea.
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If you want to discover Northern Ireland, start southbound from Larne and visit Belfast, a city not to be missed. With a unique maritime history, thriving arts culture and delicious food scene, Belfast hums with the hustle and bustle of a city that dares you to keep up the pace. Discover the birthplace of the Titanic, embark on a unique urban adventure with a Black Taxi Tour, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants or simply soak up the atmosphere of the buzzing Cathedral Quarter. Whether you opt to eat everything in sight, absorb the enthralling history, or escape to Belfast’s beautiful surrounding areas, this vibrant city is the place to be right now.
The Causeway Coastal Route is a world-class driving route with breath-taking coastal views, charming towns and villages, and spectacular cliff top experiences. On your way from Belfast, take a brave stop at The Gobbins Cliff Path, a dramatic coastal path clinging to the cliffs of Islandmagee. Feel the waves crash against the cliff as you walk along the edge or, if heights aren’t for you, enjoy the view from a boat. In the nearby town of Carrickfergus you’ll find the Carrickfergus Castle, one of Ireland’s best preserved castles. If you’re feeling active join the locals and walk in the steps of St. Patrick up the nearby Slemish Mountain in Ballymena, the central core of an extinct volcano.
Get away from it all with a 25-minute passenger ferry to Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland’s only offshore, inhabited island with beautiful rugged landscape and home to one of Europe’s largest seabird colonies, providing unique views of this Spring phenomenon, starring puffins and thousands of other seabirds. Go beyond your comfort zone and set your adrenaline soaring. Walk the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a swaying little bridge that has hovered almost 100 feet between Carrick Island and the mainland for more than 250 years. The Giant’s Causeway is the gem of Northern Ireland’s dramatic coastline, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that should be added to your bucket list.
Say hello to Derry-Londonderry, the final stop on the Causeway Coastal Route. Enveloped within the fully intact 17th century walls, the city is rich with historical significance where sieges, battles and intrigues left their mark over centuries. To get a look at the city from the water, follow the walking trail to the iconic Peace Bridge, which has won a number of awards since opening in 2011. Nearby is the Guildhall is a red-brick, neo-Gothic wonder, set on the edge of a picturesque square that’s the perfect spot for a snack. Mix this with the modern cafes, boutique stores and eclectic spaces and you’ll find a whole new world within ancient walls.
Northern Ireland is a place where Game of Thrones® fantasy comes to life with so many filming locations to visit. Shane’s Castle hosted the jousting tournament where Gregor Clegane beheaded a horse. Ballintoy Harbour was used for the return of Theon Greyjoy to the Iron Islands as he sails into Lordsport Harbour. Visit Steensons, the artisan jewellers that created many stunning pieces for the series including Joffrey’s crown, Lannister lion pendants, stag pins and silver fish brooches.
Visit the Game of Thrones® Touring Exhibition at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, beside Titanic Studios, where filming took place. The exhibition combines costumes, authentic props and majestic settings from all seven seasons to create an interactive and immersive experience like no other.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? DISCOVER NORTHERN IRELAND
Whether you are looking for a week away or a short break we are sure you agree there is loads to explore, so book your ferry crossing today and start planning your trip.