County Antrim is one of six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It is located in the Province of Ulster. Most of Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast, is in this county. Known for its remarkable cliffs and rock formations, resort towns, cairns and castles, this county has a lot to offer visitors who make Antrim their destination.
Belfast is home to several popular attractions which includes the new Titanic exhibit. The original RMS Titanic was built in Belfast and people in Belfast love to joke that the ship was fine when it left their city. The Metropolitan Arts Gallery, the Black Taxi Tours, and the Zoo are other favorites in Antrim.
The Giant Causeway with its incredible rock formations and 40,000 columns, Carrick-a-Rede, the rope bridge that is adjacent, the Dunluce Castle, Lough Neagh, Ireland’s largest lake, and the Bushmill Distillery are sites to add to your list of things to do while you are here.
If you’ve come to Antrim to get your castle fix, you won’t be disappointed. Three castles in the region are still home to direct descendants of the original families who built them: These include Enniscoe House, Newbridge House and Farm and its deer park and adventure playground, and Bantry House. Crom and Dungiven Castles offer overnight accommodations to the public.
Film enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Nine Glens which is where the Game of Thrones was filmed. History buffs will be interested in learning the myths and legends about St. Patrick. The walled cities in Derry, the nightlife in Portrush and the HMS Caroline are other sites not to be missed. Kids will appreciate the Coca Cola exhibit and the Ould Lammas Fair.
Sports lovers can enjoy world class golf, surfing, scuba diving, cycling, canoeing and angling when they visit Northern Ireland. There are 31 golf courses in the county that have been recognized for their superb efforts to provide an excellent golfing experience. The region has a golfing history that extends back to 1881 when Royal Belfast became the first golf club in Northern Ireland.
Depending on what you want to spend and where you want to stay, Antrim has luxury and boutique hotels, castle rooms, B&B’s, self-catering cottages, hostels, and camping and glamping accommodations throughout the region. Hostels may be found under the name backpackers. In this region hostels may also be listed simply as rooms for rent.
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