Things to do in County Antrim

County Antrim, located in the northeastern part of Northern Ireland, is a region steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. It is bordered by the North Channel to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and Lough Neagh to the west, making it a place of diverse landscapes that include rugged coastlines, rolling green hills, and picturesque glens. Antrim is home to some of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks and attractions, including the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique basalt columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic activity.

The county also boasts a rich historical heritage with numerous castles, ruins, and other ancient sites dotting its landscape. Among these are Carrickfergus Castle, one of the best-preserved medieval structures in Ireland, and Dunluce Castle, which offers breathtaking views from its cliff-top location. Antrim’s towns and villages are equally charming, offering visitors a glimpse into traditional Irish life as well as modern amenities. With its combination of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural richness, County Antrim is a captivating destination for travelers from around the world.

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  • Giant’s Causeway: Visit this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. The result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption, it offers stunning coastal scenery and fascinating geological history.
  • Carrickfergus Castle: Explore one of Northern Ireland’s most striking medieval structures. Located on the shores of Belfast Lough in Carrickfergus town center; this Norman castle has stood for over 800 years.
  • Dunluce Castle: Discover the ruins of Dunluce Castle perched dramatically on cliffs overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. Its picturesque setting has made it a popular filming location and subject for photographers.
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: Experience crossing this famous rope bridge that spans 20 meters across a chasm over 30 meters deep. It connects mainland Northern Ireland to tiny Carrick-a-Rede island.
  • Titanic Belfast: Immerse yourself in the story of RMS Titanic at this award-winning visitor attraction located on the site where Titanic was built over 100 years ago.
  • Belfast Zoo: Home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species; many are endangered in their native habitats. A great day out for families looking to learn about wildlife conservation.
  • Glens of Antrim: Explore these nine glens (valleys) renowned for their scenic beauty. They offer lush landscapes perfect for hiking enthusiasts or those simply seeking tranquility amidst nature.
  • Ulster Folk & Transport Museum: Step back in time at this museum showcasing how people lived and traveled over a century ago in Ulster through engaging exhibits spread across countryside grounds.
  • Antrim Castle Gardens: Wander through these historic gardens that have been restored to their former glory offering peaceful walks alongside ornamental lakes within sight of Antrim Castle ruins.
  • Portrush Coastal Zone: Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its beautiful beaches like Whiterocks Beach as well as family-friendly attractions including Barry’s Amusements park.
  • The Dark Hedges: Walk down this atmospheric avenue lined with beech trees planted in the eighteenth century; made famous by Game of Thrones as Kingsroad.