11 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  12 h 15 min
1
Belfast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Ballintoy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Derry
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Belfast

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) (in Armagh), Steensons Jewelers (in Glenarm) and Coast Rd (in Larne). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens, and have some family-friendly fun at Clip 'n Climb Dundonald.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Belfast trip site.

Chicago, USA to Belfast is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in November, Belfast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ballintoy.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Antrim Round Tower, Antrim, Clip 'n Climb Dundonald, Steensons Jewelers, Coast Rd
Highlights from your plan
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
City Hall ©
City Hall

2
nights
Ballintoy

Ballintoy ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Ballintoy Harbour, thenexplore the historical opulence of Kinbane Castle, and then take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ballycastle Beach, thenview the masterpieces at The Puffin Gallery, thenget outside with The Dark Hedges, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Ballintoy trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Belfast to Ballintoy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Ballintoy

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballycastle, The Dark Hedges, The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre
Highlights from your plan
The Dark Hedges ©
The Dark Hedges
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge ©
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Ballintoy Harbour ©
Ballintoy Harbour

4
nights
Derry

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Venture out of the city with trips to Marble Arch Caves (in Florencecourt) and Omagh (Ulster American Folk Park & The Abingdon Collection). There's much more to do: make a trip to Walled city Londonderry, take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum, pause for some photo ops at Hands Across the Divide Monument, and admire the striking features of Guildhall.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Derry online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ballintoy to Derry in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Derry can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Derry

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Omagh, Marble Arch Caves
Highlights from your plan
The Abingdon Collection ©
The Abingdon Collection
Walled city Londonderry ©
Walled city Londonderry
City Walls ©
City Walls

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