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Lough Neagh Partnership Spearheading Opportunity To Develop New Tourism Experiences In Mid Ulster

Lough Neagh Partnership has been appointed by Mid Ulster District Council to spearhead a new initiative aimed at fostering the development and growth of tourism experiences in the Mid Ulster area. This new project will showcase everything that is unique about the area, especially its people and their stories, family history, cultural traditions and invaluable …

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County Antrim Village Named One Of UK’s Best Hidden Gems

Looking to help travellers find first-class, lesser-searched spots for their summer getaways, HomeToGo – the marketplace with the world’s largest selection of holiday rentals – has released the 2023 edition of its annual guide to the UK’s most stunning under-the-radar holiday destinations: the Hidden Gem Index. Using exclusive search data from the marketplace with the …

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Translink Little Explorers is Back for Another Summer of Fun

Due to popular demand, young bus and rail passengers will be able to enjoy the return of Little Explorers, a mini campaign aimed at highlighting the fun and wonder children can experience on their Translink journeys this summer. Whether it’s a simple trip into town with mum or dad, a family day out further afield, or …

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Armagh Observatory Reveals Record Footfall Increase

Globally recognised astronomical research institute, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, has announced that it welcomed a record 72,000 visitors during 2022/23. This is a significant increase from its annual average of between 50,000 and 55,000 visitors and includes a surge in non term time footfall. The unprecedented rise in visitor numbers comes as the organisation continues …

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1 In 4 Adults Admit The Only Time They Read Is On Holiday: Are You Surprised By This?

A survey of 5,000 adults found they go abroad an average of once a year, reading an average of 2.3 books each time. Favourite genres when enjoying some downtime away include mysteries (30 per cent) and thrillers (29 per cent), with men more avid holiday readers than women. And those in Belfast and Brighton are …

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Hop Onboard Translink’s Easter Train For An Egg-Citing Family Day Out

Translink has announced the return of its eggs-tra special Easter Train for 2023 which is set to be a cracking day out, connecting friends and family along the way. Travelling from Belfast Lanyon Place to Portrush on Monday 10 April and again on Tuesday 11 April, the Easter train is a firm family favourite, filled …

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10 Of The Most Haunted Places In Northern Ireland

In recent years, Northern Ireland’s unique culture, with its festivals, music, natural beauty and sense of hospitality has attracted tourists from far and wide.  But that culture has also produced tales of paranormal beings, such as screaming banshees and Balor, the Celtic God of Death. While such beliefs may not be as widespread anymore, several …

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100,000 Young People Cash In With Translink’s Ylink Card As 50% Discount Introduced

Translink is celebrating 100,000 young people registering for its popular yLink card which now offers users a 50% discount on travel – an increase from the previous 33% discount.  The youth travel card is free to access and is available to all 16–23-year-olds. It enables young people to save on travel throughout Northern Ireland and …

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4 Tips To Consider Before Making A Road Trip Around Northern Ireland

The UK has many iconic road trips that are enjoyed each year. Northern Ireland, alongside Scotland, arguably has some of the best sights to be seen. You should consider Northern Ireland your next holiday of choice, especially for a road trip. Here are four tips to consider when driving around Northern Ireland. Plan Your Stops  …

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Get Ready To ‘Moo-ve’ With Translink For Balmoral Show

Special timetables scheduled for family day out. Northern Ireland’s popular food and agri event, The Balmoral Show, returns next week for its 153rd occasion and Translink is encouraging visitors to travel by bus or train to enjoy a great day out with an easy, hassle-free journey. Running from 11-14 May, the show takes place at Balmoral Park, …

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Causeway Coastal Route Named Most Underrated Road Trip In The World

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal route has come in first place in the world’s most underrated road trips locations. Even with a 98.1% positivity rate in Tripadvisor reviews, the coastal route had only been searched for 23,700 times in the previous 12 months. Results of the research came as a shock due to the beauty associated …

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Staycation Or Destination For International Visitors – BallyCairn Is The Place

With top quality accommodation and a warm Ballygally welcome, Johnny and Dee Mulvenna have been further developing their bed and breakfast and self-catering facilities. BallyCairn House B & B, The Barn at BallyCairn and BallyCairn Studio offer a range of facilities catering for large family groups, couples and independent travellers. As well as the quality …

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Causeway Coastal Route Makes Top 10 Best Road Trips Around The UK

Northern Ireland’s infamous Causeway Coastal Route has been ranked in the UK’s top 10 must-see summer road trip locations for 2022. Coming in at number 9 overall, the 130-mile route received a score of 5.24 out of 10. The road trip also ranked 13th for sunlight hours, 14th for road safety and 24th for tourist …

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7 Beach Towns In Northern Ireland You Should Check Out This Summer

With summer fast approaching and staycations becoming increasingly popular, it’s important to know just what Northern Ireland has to offer. From well-known spots to the hidden gems, we’ve compiled a list full of must see beach towns that lie along our coastline. Carnlough, Co. Antrim Found a mere mile past Glenarm is Carnlough village, home …

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20 Beautiful Beaches To Check Out In Northern Ireland

With the summer holidays in full swing some families might be planning adventurous getaways and relaxing retreats. But if you’re not heading away this year it’s worth remembering that the Northern Ireland coastline is full of some spectacular hidden gems that can cater to a wide variety of tastes. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-filled water …

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Learn the Secrets of Soap Making in Ebb & Flow’s Workshops and Live Demonstrations

What started out as a hobby for Dawn Demain, owner of Carnlough-based Antrim Rain Natural Soap Co., has turned into a successful  brand, gift shop and tourist experience. Initially making soap to pass the time and give them out as gifts, Dawn has steadily built up a client base for her product including the Giant’s …

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Historic Cloghfin Cottage Receives New Lease of Life

A centuries old crofter’s cottage in Islandmagee has been given a new lease of life thanks to a loving restoration and sensitive modernisation, making it the perfect retreat and launching pad to explore the best of the Causeway Coastal Route. Cloghfin Cottage dates back more than 250 years, steeped in maritime history and has been …

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Touring Across Antrim’s Lesser Known Trails

Milliken Tours Ireland have taken the tour market to new heights with their bespoke experiences that take visitors to well known attractions, alongside lesser known sites and scenery.  Husband and wife team, Seamus and Bridie Milliken, are both qualified tour guides, and as locals they have an intimate, deep knowledge of The Causeway Coastal Route …

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See The Sights of Northern Ireland In Unparalleled Luxury

Exclusive NI Tours new fleet of Range Rovers and XJ Jaguars is offering visitors tours and chauffeur services that transport them in the lap of luxury and deliver special bespoke experiences. Owner, Trevor Patterson believes that personal service and luxury cars are what makes his company appeal to those who want to see the best …

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Feel ‘Limitless’ Along the North Coast

With summer fast approaching, and the ideas of what to do quickly dwindling, look no further than Limitless Adventure Centre NI, located on the outskirts of Limivady. Finding home within a recognised Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, Limitless NI opened its doors in 2009 as the first, and only, hovercraft experience in Northern Ireland.  Reaching …

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26 Highlights Of The European Heritage Open Days 2021 – Sept 6-12

The 24th annual European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is taking place from the 6 – 12 September 2021. The event will celebrate local architecture, history and culture. This year’s EHOD event has been extended from the usual weekend to a full week of online events, with access to heritage buildings on the weekend of 10–12 …

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Time To Explore During The European Heritage Open Days Next Month

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is inviting everyone to get involved with the 24th annual European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) taking place from the 6 – 12 September 2021. The event will celebrate local architecture, history and culture. This year’s EHOD event has been extended from the usual weekend to a full week of online events, …

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It’s Official! Armagh City Is On The List For UK City Of Culture 2025

The UK City of Culture has officially released the names of all those cities competing for the coveted title in 2025, confirming Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon as a potential future winner for Northern Ireland. The UK City of Culture – a competition run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport every four …

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New Museum of Innovation Gets ‘Good to Go’ Status

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has paid a visit to the new innovation exhibition at the Ulster Transport Museum in Cultra, as part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ campaign. The Minister met the Chief Executive of National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI), Kathryn Thomson, in conjunction with Tourism NI, to explore the Museum of Innovation. Speaking …

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Killeavy Castle Estate Named Ireland’s Castle Hotel of the Year

Killeavy Castle Estate in County Armagh has been crowned Ireland’s Castle Hotel of the Year at the Irish Hotel Awards, 2021 for the second consecutive year. The Irish Hotel Awards seek to celebrate the commitment and dedication of Ireland’s hospitality industry. Something that is of the utmost importance after a challenging year. The Estate, which …

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Newry, Mourne & Down Beaches Keep Blue Flag Status

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is celebrating Cranfield, Tyrella and Murlough beaches retaining their Blue Flag status. Keep Northern Beautiful announced that a total of 26 beaches and marinas achieved standards of excellence at their recent annual Beach and Marina Awards. The Beach and Marina Awards are internationally recognised awards that highlight how Northern …

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Learn About Crime & Punishment In The Past With Guided Walks At Down County Museum

To mark its reopening after a period of closure due to the pandemic, Down County Museum is organising a series of guided walks. The walks will take visitors around sites associated with crime and punishment in the past, and the history of gaols in Downpatrick. The museum is located in the 18th century gaol of Down …

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New Magical Adventure Trail Opens At Carnfunnock

Looking for an exciting new adventure this summer for your own mini-beasts? Then look no further than Carnfunnock Country Park’s brand new Adventure Nature Trail. This self-guided treasure hunt around the wonderful woodlands with stunning sea views, takes in trolls, rope swings, magical fairy gardens and your little explorer could even spot a red squirrel …

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5 Big Summer Events Happening Around Northern Ireland

Whether you’re a sports fanatic, an art aficionado or a lover of spoken word and music, there is sure to be an event happening this summer that will strike a chord with you. With something to suit everyone’s tastes, we have rounded up a list of the most unmissable events of the season to jazz up …

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Digital Fun At Carrickfergus Museum Exploring Medieval Times

Using a skeleton dug up on the site and other discovered relics, Carrickfergus Museum has developed a range of interactive games and puzzles exploring Medieval Carrickfergus. Designed to appeal to KS1 and KS2 children, the challenges aim to be fun while also creating valuable learning experiences. Museum mascot Micah the monkey takes centre stage in …

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New Magheracross Viewpoint Opened Between Portrush & Bushmills

The newly redeveloped Magheracross Viewpoint site between Portrush and Bushmills has been opened. Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA attended the site earlier this week and also made a visit to Portaneevy Viewpoint on the International Appalachian Trail near Ballintoy on the north Antrim coast. The Magheracross project was part-funded (£500,000) through his Department’s Rural Development …

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Hillsborough Forest To Get £2million Investment

Visitors to Hillsborough Forest Park will benefit from new facilities following the completion of phase one of redevelopment works. The redevelopment includes upgrades to pathways around the lakes, two new bridges, including viewing platforms around the lake. New car parks have increased parking capacity, a new picnic area has been created along with an adventurous …

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New World Class Visitor Attractions Set To Open At Colin Glen Forest Park

Two new world class attractions are set to open to the public at Colin Glen Forest Park on Wednesday, 7 July 2021. The Black Bull Run is Ireland’s first and only Alpine coaster, where thrill-seekers can experience an adrenaline-pumping woodland course, zooming through the forest at up to 40km per hour. The Forest Flyover also …

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Local Businesses are Good to Go This Summer

Over 1,800 businesses in Northern Ireland have signed up to the We’re Good to Go charter mark scheme to date. The scheme provides reassurance to tourism and hospitality businesses, customers and staff that safe Covid practices have been adopted. The scheme was launched last year as a partnership initiative between the national tourism bodies of …

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State-of-the-Art Technology Helps Tourism Leaders Capture Visitor Footfall and Trends

Tourism NI has recently deployed sensors to monitor footfall traffic across Northern Ireland’s most visited outdoor locations in Co. Down. The initiative has been developed in partnership with Mourne Heritage Trust, Newry, Mourne and Down Council and local technology firm Kinsetsu. The sensors are situated across the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion in key sites …

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Stena Line adds temporary ferry service between Belfast and Holyhead

Leading ferry company Stena Line has confirmed details that it will be operating a new temporary weekend service between Belfast and Holyhead, starting on Fri 25th June.  The extra capacity on the new route from Belfast will be available until Sunday 18 July. Stena Estrid, one of Stena Line’s newest ships, will provide the service which will …

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The warriors return! Navan Centre & Fort reopens for a great day out!

Unleash your warrior spirit with even more myth and reality at Navan Centre & Fort after new and exciting archaeological discovery. Armagh’s Navan Centre, which tells the story of one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, Navan Fort, is fully back for summer 2021 with a special programme of activity to celebrate its exciting …

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