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Andrew Jackson Centre

The Andrew Jackson Centre, County Antrim, is named after Andrew Jackson, 7th president of the USA and hero of the Battle of New Orleans, whose parents emigrated from Carrickfergus in 1765. This, historical NI centre, is a thatched cottage resembling the Jackson home, and is based close to the original residential site. It houses displays related to the life and career of Andrew Jackson as well as the extensive and long standing connections between Northern Ireland and America.

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Location: Boneybefore, near Carrickfergus, County Antrim





Arthur Ancestral Home

The Arthur Ancestral Home County Antrim is associated with the family of Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President of the USA. His father emigrated to America from Dreen in 1815. The cottage has been restored as a 18th century farmhouse with open flax-straw thatched roof, open hearth fire, clay floor and open dresser - these are some of the cottage features to reflect living conditions of the period in Ulster.

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Location: Cullybackey, County Antrim


Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim is a large castle built by the Norman John de Courcy who overthrew the kings ruling the north of Ireland, thus establishing his prominent rule in this region. It was constructed in 1180 to guard the approach to Belfast Lough. The history of this NI castle, and its role in defence of this region of Ulster is provided for the visitor through exhibits and audio-visual facilities within the castle.

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Location: Carrickfergus, County Antrim





Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede bridge in County Antrim is a swinging rope bridge spanning an 800 feet wide chasm connecting the NI main land to the Carrick-a-Rede island which is used by fishermen. The bridge crossing is quite thrilling and not for the faint hearted! It is open for Northern Ireland tourists between the months of April and September.

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Location: near Ballintoy, Antrim Coast


Donegore Motte

Donegore Motte is a pre-Anglo-Norman fort situated on Donegore Hill, County Antyrim. From excavations carried out at the site, there is strong evidence to suggest that this was a burial mound built around 3000 BC - the "Motte" was believed to have been a Passage Grave. Around 1798, it was an important meeting place for the United Irishmen getting ready for the 'Battle of Antrim'. The picturesque St. John's Church is located close by and has lately been restored. The hill top provides stunning views of the six Ulster counties of Northern Ireland.

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Location: Dunadry, County Antrim





Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle was built by Richard de Burgh, the Earl of Ulster. In 1584 it fell to the famous battle hardy MacDonnell clan who ruled this north eastern corner of County Antrim, Ireland in the 16th century. In 1588 the MacDonnells used their helping of the treasures from the Spanish Armada ship the Girona, wrecked off the Giant's Causeway, to refurbish the castle. However, in 1639, during a violent storm, part of the castle fell into the sea after which it was abandoned by the MacDonnells. It has a breathtaking location perched on a cliff top along the spectacular county Antrim north coast.

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Location: Bushmills, North Coast, County Antrim


Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway is a Northern Ireland World Heritage site. Here the County Antrim visitor can witness a spectacular sight of about 40,000 six sided basalt column, estimated to be about 55 million years old, which were formed by cooling lava. The site stretches for 2 miles along the county Antrim north coast where there are scenic walks that take you past splendid amphi-theaters and fine rock formations. The NI visitors' centre provides audio-visual shows and interactive exhibitions which explains in detail the formation of the causeway attributed to the giant Finn MacCool (mythology) and also the actual geology involved.

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Location: Bushmills, North Coast, County Antrim



 



Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff Forest Park, situated in the famous Glens of Antrim, provides spectacular scenery and walking paths which includes waterfalls and mountain gorges. This Ulster park is a Northern Ireland national nature reserve.

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Location: Ballymena, County Antrim


Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

The Irish Linen Centre, part of the Lisburn Museum, is located inside Lisburn's former market house where brown linen was sold. It traces the history of the Northern Ireland linen industry through exhibitions and audio-visual shows; there are also live demonstrations of the old Ulster linen weaving process using hand looms. Lisburn Museum, in County Antrim, provides historical details of the Lagan Valley and the potato famine.

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Location: Lisburn City, County Antrim





Murlough Bay

Murlough Bay is a lovely bay situated in a secluded part of the north county Antrim Coast. It is reached by a steep, winding road and offers superb views of Fair Head, Rathlin island off County Antrim, and on a clear day Scotland as well.

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Location: near Ballycastle, North Coast, County Antrim


Old Bushmills Distillery

Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim is the oldest licensed distillery in the world where the renowned Northern Irish 'Bushmills Whiskey' has been distilled legally since 1608 when King James 1 granted its license. A guided tour of the distillery is provided for Ulster visitors where the secrets of whiskey production is revealed; the NI visitor to the distillery is also allowed to sample the distilled product.

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Location: Bushmills, North Coast, County Antrim





Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island is situated six miles off the county Antrim coast, NI. There are spectacular cliff top walkways, caves and much wild nature to view. It has one of Europe's most important bird sanctuary where there are kittiwakes, razorbills, puffins and guillemots. This island, off the coast of Northern Ireland, is inhabited by about 100 residents.

County Antrim Tourism: Northern Ireland Natural Attraction To Visit / NI Tourist Place To Go in Co Antrim

Location: off Ballycastle, North Coast, County Antrim


Shane's Castle

Shane's Castle was the family seat of the O'Neills of Clandeboy, Northern Ireland. It overlooks Lough Neagh, County Antrim, and is reputed to be one of the most beautiful estates in Ulster as well as the whole of Ireland. Majority of the castle was destroyed in the fire of 1816. However, the castle still possesses a prominent profile, and its grounds are rich with wildlife which includes a nature reserve, herds of deer and rare breeds of cattle.

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Location: Antrim City


Slemish Mountain

St. Patrick was sixteen when he was captured by Irish pirates, brought to Ireland and sold as a slave to the Irish Chieftain Miliucc. He tended Miliucc's sheep on Slemish mountain in County Antrim. During his period of slavery, he underwent a profound spiritual change. He describes himself, in Ulster woodland or on mountainside, rising before dawn and going to pray in hail, rain or snow.

County Antrim Tourism: Northern Ireland Natural Attraction To Visit / NI Tourist Place To Go in Co Antrim

Location: near Ballymena, County Antrim





The Ballance House

The Balance House in County Antrim is the birthplace of the New Zealand Prime Minister John Ballance. He was born during 1839, in Northern Ireland, in this, now restored, farmhouse and emigrated to New Zealand where he held the Prime Minister's office during 1891-1893; he is recognized to be the architect of the welfare state. There are exhibitions, audio-visual shows and a library providing different types of information such as the impact Irish immigrants had on New Zealand, pioneer life and Maori culture.

County Antrim Tourism: Northern Ireland Historical Site To Visit / NI Tourist Place To Go in Co Antrim

Location: Glenavy, County Antrim


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