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Northern Ireland - really is worth the euro / pound
Northern Ireland in general
Member Name: thriftyminx13
Northern Ireland in general
Date: 04/01/09, updated on 04/01/09 (41 review reads)
Advantages: beautiful scenery, good value, good craic
Disadvantages: best seen with a car
The last review for Northern Ireland here was written in 2004. Well it's 2009 and I want to share my love for this small country.
Historically and politically well known, for the majority of those living in Northern Ireland, politics and history have never played a major part to this great place. My friends and I are from a very mixed background and not once has religion played a factor in out friendship.
Northern Ireland the present ***
What is there to do:
There are many great places to visit especially if you are travelling from Europe where the Euro is so strong. Belfast the capital has been recently nominated by Frommers as one of thier top ten recommendations for 2009 as places to visit.
Why might you ask? Well, Belfast is a small city that is easily accessible to all. It has a number of attractions , boat rides towards the tiatanic quarter, the black taxi ride past all the murals, or the "belfast sightseeing bus," the "wheel", W5, the odyssey, great restaurants expensive and otherwise. if you need suggestions please send me a message. In terms of bars, for more chilled out bars include, Robinsons, the Crown, Auntie Annies, and Whites. For more younger hipper bars, the Apartment, Irene and Nans, and Cafe Vaudeville.
Outside of Belfast, Derry, L'Derry is a historic place and the walls are particularly interesting. The museum in derry also makes for interesting viewing and explains the derry / londonderry / stroke city that it often gets referred to. Bushmills - the distillery that makes Bushmills whiskey is worth a visit but please note that prior booking is helpful during the tourist season. You can turn up and book your ticket but you may be allocated a later time slot. But there is a cafe / bar / tourist gifts in the complex.
Enniskillen - the marble arch caves and the lakes are beautiful. enjoy this green area and relax and enjoy the craic.
One of the most scenic things to do in Northern Ireland is to take the coastal route by car. I remember the first time I took a friend by this and she literally held her breath. it really is beautiful. past glenarm and ballycastle as far as mussenden temple (which use to be a library) overlooking donegal it will not fail to delight. And make sure to take your camera. A top tip - after mussenden temple on the road to downhill beach a long downhill stretch of road there is a small road off to the left. Take this sharp small road and follow it to get panaromic views of Donegal and Bievenagh.
So northern Ireland really is worth a visit particularly from our euro friends or those who can't afford to go further afield. i think you will be pleasantly surprised!
Summary: Recommended by Frommers for most visit city 2009
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