Experience Northern Ireland
Visit Northern Ireland and you will find dramatic coastlines, castles, mountains, lakes, exceptional golf courses, superb fishing, water sports, walking trails, scenic drives and historical landmarks. Northern Ireland also has many fine restaurants, cinemas, leisure centres and renowned theatres, galleries, arts and entertainment centres, and pubs and clubs.
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Fancy doing something a little bit special? Try one of Northern Ireland’s arts and cultural venues offering arts, drama, music, theatre, comedy and dance.
Find out what’s on at the Theatre on the Discover Northern Ireland website
Pubs & Clubs
Northern Ireland pubs & clubs offer everything from traditional music, local craft beers and good food to dog-friendly facilities.
Find a pub or club to visit on the Discover Northern Ireland website
Food & Drink
Northern Ireland has something to offer every taste from Michelin Star restaurants to pub grub or tradition cafes it’s a great destination for lovers of good food and drink.
Find out what the food scene has to offer on the Discover Northern Ireland website
From historic venues like the Ulster Hall to more modern locations such as the SSE Arena or the Millennium Forum Northern Ireland has a vibrant music scene.
Find out about concerts coming soon on the Discover Northern Ireland website
Belfast has become a place where Street Art has flourished with a new generation of street artists claiming the city’s public space.
Take a Street Art Walking Tour on the Seedhead Arts website
Northern Ireland has Comedy Clubs, weekly stand up nights and even stand-up comedy classes featuring a new generation of local comedians.
Need a laugh find your nearest comedy club on the Discover Northern Ireland website
19.8 million Visits were made to Northern Ireland visitor attractions in 2017/18.
The top 10 most popular attractions were:
Enjoy top sporting action in Northern Ireland, whether it's rugby, football, hurling, ice hockey, golf, cricket, boxing or horse racing. From George Best to Rory McIlroy to AP McCoy we can boast about many sporting heroes.
Northern Ireland hosts regular sports events such as:
• Northern Ireland Open
• Guinness PRO14
• Belfast Marathon
• Danske Bank Premiership
• Ulster Poc Fada
• Vauxhall International North West 200
• Ulster Grand Prix
• Gran Fondo
For information and advice on the sporting clubs, you can consult the Directory of Sport which lists each sports governing bodies who can direct you to the nearest club in your area.
Find a sports club by viewing the Directory of Sport on the Sport NI website
The Great Outdoors
When it comes to breath-taking views and scenic spots Northern Ireland has some of the best so why not get out and enjoy it.
Northern Ireland offers a huge range of outdoor activities for ages including water sports, golf, fishing, cycling and walking.
Find out more about the activities on offer on the Discover Northern Ireland website
Northern Ireland Greenways provide a world-class walking and cycling infrastructure across Northern Ireland via a network of traffic-free pathways on the footprint of our abandoned railway network and former canals.
In 2016 the NI Government a Greenway Strategy which aims to create 1,000 kilometers of routes.
Find out more about greenways on Northern Ireland Greenways website
National Cycle Network
There are over 1,000 miles of Nation Cycle Network across Northern Ireland including many which link to the Republic of Ireland.
Find routes and recommended rides on the Sustrans website
Northern Ireland is home to many unique forests parks which offer walks, camping and more, some are even Game of Thrones filming locations:
Find a Forest Park to visit on the Discover Northern Ireland website
There are also over 100 public forests you can visit:
Find a public forest to visit on the nidirect website
There are 48 nature reserves across Northern Ireland that feature the best examples of local wildlife, habitats and geology. Open to the public every day of the year and free to explore they include coastal areas, dunes, cliffs, moors, meadows and woodlands.
Want to visit a Nature Reserve find out more on the DEARA NI website
The National Trust
The National Trust works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces, including beautiful gardens, nature trails, historic houses, beaches, visitor experiences, and Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO world heritage site.
Find out about days out on the National Trust NI website
Whether you’re interested in theatre or concerts, adventure, and activity, sports, history or culture there's plenty happening across Northern Ireland.
Discover all great things to do across Northern Ireland.
Find out what’s happening across Northern Ireland:
• Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
• Ards and North Down Borough Council
• Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
• Belfast City Council
• Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
• Derry City & Strabane District Council
• Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
• Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
• Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
• Mid Ulster District Council
• Newry, Mourne and Down District Council