Northern Ireland is one of the four countries that make up the UK, along with England, Wales, and Scotland. The other three are on the other side across the Irish Sea, but Northern Ireland was carved out of Ireland’s Ulster province out of political necessity to end a bloody conflict that had come to define the Irish. But times have changed, and Northern Ireland is now a vibrant country with hugely popular destinations and attractions. The climate remains the same, wet and damp with medium to low temperatures. The 1.8 million population of Northern Ireland is spread across six counties with almost 270,000 in the capital city of Belfast. Get a car for hire in Northern Ireland and you can easily explore Belfast, Londonderry, Bangor, and all the other cities and destinations.
If you could only visit one of Northern Ireland’s six counties, that would be County Antrim. Belfast is in County Antrim and so is the famous Giant’s Causeway. Not to mention the nine glens. A big and important part of the Causeway Coastal Route runs through County Antrim. As for sightseeing in the capital, it is better to get a car for rent in Northern Ireland because it will be really easy to travel around. The Titanic Quarter is a popular hotspot, including the iconic six-story Titanic Belfast building. You should make time for Belfast Castle, Belfast Zoo, and the Belfast Wheel. With the St Anne's Cathedral is another must-visit attraction.
Londonderry or just Derry is an incredible place – a completely walled inner city set high up on steep hills with walls that were built in 1613. The original gates and 24 cannons still stand guard and fortify the thick walls. You can learn more about the town’s history at the Tower Museum. You may also want to visit the Amelia Earhart Center built to honor the aviator’s solo flight across the Atlantic. Do not miss the Harbor Museum, the neo-Gothic Guildhall and the Museum of Free Derry.
Bangor is a popular tourist resort located about 12 miles from the capital along the southern shores of Belfast Lough. The waterfront has been extensively redeveloped and includes the award winning Bangor Marina. The Pickie Family Fun Park near the marina attracts a lot of families with children. Visit the Castle Park behind the Town hall, where you will find the North Down Museum.
The Causeway Coastal Route undoubtedly ranks among the top five scenic drives in the world, if not the best one. Book services of a car hire in Northern Ireland right now and plan for a Causeway Coastal Route road trip that takes you from Belfast and Newtonabbey all the way to Londonderry. On the way, you will be stopping to see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and then the famous Giant’s Causeway and Dunlace Castle near Bushmills. Seaside destinations you might want to take a break at along the way include Carrickfergus and Ballycastle.