Northern Ireland


Land of the Giants

Northern Ireland is an intriguing choice for a fascinating break, and it seems people everywhere are talking about it. Adventure awaits everyone who comes to Northern Ireland, nowhere else is there so much to see and do in such a short distance. Explore the Coastal Causeway route from Belfast to Derry-Londonderry (or vice versa) and discover castles and spectacular seascapes. Go in search of landscapes and famous scenes from the hit television series Game of Thrones, play on world class golf courses or brave a variety of watersports. Cities such as Belfast and Derry-Londonderry make fantastic short city breaks, and being accessible by air and by sea from many regional airports and ports, visiting has never been easier. At Prestige Holidays we recommend you visit this spectacular country now!

Northern Ireland is also of course the home place of St Patrick and it is here that you can discover the man behind the myth and the legend. The St Patrick’s Trail is another great touring route, 92 miles in length, which follows in his missional footsteps and links many of the Christian heritage sites associated with St Patrick across County Down, County Antrim and County Armagh. These include the Slemish Mountains in County Antrim where St Patrick was enslaved as a shepherd in his early life and Saul Church, St Patrick’s first established church in Ireland. His remains are said to be buried in the Cathedral of Downpatrick, County Down.

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Location

Northern Ireland Tour

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How to get there

By Plane – There are numerous regional direct flight options into Northern Ireland’s main airports of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. See below for some of the main routes on offer with various airlines:

  • Flying into Belfast from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted), Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton.
  • Flying into Derry/Londonderry from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London (Stansted) and Manchester

By Ferry – Stenaline operate sailings between Liverpool and Belfast and between Cairnryan to Belfast. You can travel as a foot passenger or with a car – call us for more details

Top tips

  • As its part of the UK, the currency is the British Pound
  • Driving is easy but the bus network, especially between cities, is fantastic
  • Take a city tour in Dublin and in Derry/Londonderry, there are plenty of hop-on, hop off bus tours and taxi tours available
  • School summer holidays start early here, visit in May or September to avoid the crowds at sites like the Giants Causeway
  • Avoid, or chose! to travel around the 12th July. This fortnight is known as ‘marching season’ and is a historically controversial period when Unionists celebrate the Battle of the Boyne

When To Go


Northern Ireland has a bit of a reputation for being… well… wet.

November – February – The low season brings short days and low temperatures. But due to the temperate climate of the surrounding ocean, temperatures rarely go below freezing, and it is slightly warmer than most other parts of the British Isles.

March – May – Springtime in Northern Ireland brings a fair amount of rain, but with nature in full bloom it is an ideal time to visit. It is also well suited to those who want to miss the crowds found in the summer season.

June – September –  Summertime see’s the best weather and therefore the most crowds. Temperatures hover in the low to mid twenties but Belfast in particular can still be a bit windy.

September – November –  Autumn colours are simply spectacular this time of year, but expect a windy visit.

Properties


Titanic Hotel

Titanic Hotel

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BELFAST – The Titanic Hotel is situated in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the legendary Harland and Wolff Headquarters and Drawing Offices are now the world’s most authentic Titanic...

Hotel Europa

Hotel Europa

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BELFAST – The Hotel Europa dates back to 1971. This iconic hotel has a history of its own and often made headlines for being the hangout for journalists during the...

Jurys Inn Belfast

Jurys Inn Belfast

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BELFAST – The Jurys Inn Belfast has the perfect city-centre location, moments away from the Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall.

Maldron Hotel Derry

Maldron Hotel Derry

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DERRY/LONDONDERRY – Maldron Hotel Derry is one of the few hotels within the historic city walls and within walking distance of many of the cities top attractions.

BW Plus White Horse Hotel

BW Plus White Horse Hotel

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DERRY/LONDONDERRY – The Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel is minutes away from the 17th century walled city centre, guests are guaranteed a warm welcome and personal service.

The Bushmills Inn

The Bushmills Inn

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BUSHMILLS – Epitomising the true spirit of Ulster hospitality the Bushmills Inn is the perfect retreat for those who are searching for the unconventional, yet still expect exceptional service.

Roe Park Resort

Roe Park Resort

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LIMAVADY – Roe Park Resort is a traditional country house estate in one of Northern Ireland’s premier golf and spa resorts set in the stunning surroundings of the Roe Valley...