13 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Dublin, Bus to Belfast
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Belfast
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ballycastle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Derry
— 6 nights
Bus to Dublin, Fly to New York City

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Belfast

— 4 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to City Hall and Ulster Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belfast: Larne (Larne Museum & Arts Centre & Coast Rd). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings, and steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Belfast trip planning app.

New York City, USA to Belfast is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get slightly colder in Belfast: highs are around 64°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Ballycastle

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Sat), cruise along Antrim Coast Road, then snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and then get great views at Larrybane Quarry. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Glens of Antrim, cruise along The Dark Hedges, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ballycastle trip app.

You can drive from Belfast to Ballycastle in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Derry

— 6 nights

Maiden City

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.
Attractions like Giant's Causeway and Peace bridge make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Portcoon jetty (in Bushmills), Bushfoot Strand (in Portballintrae) and Portrush (Portrush West Strand, Dunluce Castle, &more). There's much more to do: cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, and appreciate the history behind Bloody Sunday Memorial.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Derry day trip planner.

You can drive from Ballycastle to Derry in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Derry

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Northern Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.