8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Ireland planner

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Fly
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Belfast
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ballycastle
— 1 night
Drive
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Derry
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Take a break from Belfast with a short trip to Coast Rd in Larne, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, examine the collection at Ulster Aviation Society, take an in-depth tour of Ulster Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Belfast online sightseeing planner.

London to Belfast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

1
night
Ballycastle

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at White Park Bay, and then take a memorable drive along The Dark Hedges.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ballycastle travel planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Ballycastle in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

3
nights
Derry

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Derry: Bushmills (Giant's Causeway, McConaghy's Souvenir Shop, &more), Portrush (East Strand & Dunluce Castle) and Causeway Coastal Route (in Ballintoy). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, admire the striking features of Guildhall, snap pictures at Peace bridge, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Derry road trip app.

You can drive from Ballycastle to Derry in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Derry

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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.