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  • Drive the orange parade route to Drumcree

    by jld88 Written Jul 9, 2011

    If one is trying to learn about the Northern Ireland troubles I recommend driving the orange parade route in Portadown to Drumcree Church. The parade route in Portadown has caused great amounts of tension and is important to the story of the troubles.

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    What exactly are they?

    by planxty Updated Oct 29, 2010

    I wasn't quite sure which category of tip to put this in, as it refers to a number of places, some off the beaten path and some very much on it.

    Have a look at the photo and try to hazard a guess what the object depicted might be. Got it? Well, if not, I will tell you. This oversized basket on a pole affair is part of a chain of signal beacons which were lit for the Queen's Silver and Golden Jubilees in 1977 and 2002 respectively. They were based on the ancient system of warning beacons which would be lit in times of danger (invasion and the like) and the modern chain is designed so that each one can be seen by the next one along, therefore creating an unbroken line.

    The beacon pictured is adjacent to Navan Fort Visitor Centre just outside Armagh.

    As well as Northern Ireland, they are all over the UK, so keep your eyes peeled and see how many you can spot.

    Beacon, Navan, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland.
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    Ormeau Baths Gallery

    by arty_girl Updated Oct 11, 2009

    It's based in old victorian swimming baths and it's a nice building to take a look at. The range of art inside is diverse and largely modern/contemporary. Admission is free. The gallery is close to Belfast city centre on Ormeau Avenue.

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  • Mount Stewart

    by rufusni Written Jun 18, 2007

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    This is a gem on the Ards Penisula that the National Trust now run - the house of this estate is still there and you can take a guided tour of it. However, the gardens are incredible, both the formal gardens and informal gardens which were planted in the 1920s by Lady Londonderry . There are so many nooks to explore, I used to live near by as a child and I loved coming here to explore! There are so many interesting outdoor buildings and sculptures as well as wide array of plants.
    Entrance costs: adult £6, child £3 or there is a slightly lower rate for the gardens only.
    Opening times depend on the season and its best to check what will be open outside the summer season.

    The Lake

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    Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

    by arty_girl Written Apr 14, 2007

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    Dating back to the 1950's, this little candy store still produces an amazing range of candy & chocolate right through to honeycomb and fudge. Windows look from the shop onto the factory floor and tours are available on request. Adults £4.50 and Children £3.50

    60 Castlereagh Road, Belfast. It's a bit out of the actual City but you can jump in a taxi andbe brought straight to the door.

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    Hidden Art Galleries

    by arty_girl Written Apr 3, 2007

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    If you would like to see the art we have to offer here, check out some of the following art exams.

    The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street Belfast BT1 2FF
    The Hedge Art Space, 84 Willowbank Gardens, Belfast BT15 5AJ
    Bradbury Art Gallery (Joined to Bradbury Graphics, the art shop) 3 Lyndon Court Queen Street Belfast BT1 6BT
    Catalyst Arts, 2nd Floor, 5 College Court Belfast
    Emer Art, 467 Antrim Road, Belfast BT15 3BJ
    Ormeau Baths Gallery 18A Omeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HS (One of the best known!)

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    Mount Stewart house and gardens

    by jazzi_jeff Written Feb 2, 2007

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    After doing the usual tourist round in Northern Ireland (Giant’s Causeway, rope bridge, Dunluce Castle, Belfast) why not try to extract yourself away from the legendary beautiful coastline and visit some of the less visited yet equally inspiring attractions. The National Trust is a charitable organization that owns and manages a lot of historical houses and gardens that have importance to both Irish and British history. There are several of these in the North that are seriously worth a visit. Mount Stewart in the less visited Ards Peninsula has some of the finest gardens in Ireland and is located over the tranquil Strangford Lough nature reserve, 5 miles from Newtownards. The house is also worth a visit as is a walk around the small lake! Also in County Down, Castle Ward is in an inspiring location and offers some interesting architecture and extensive grounds for easy walking. This area, on the road to Strangford from Downpatrick is heavily associated with Saint Patrick and the Viking invasion of Ireland in the 10th century. This will be noticed if you take the path to Audley’s Castle, situated on the land adjacent to Castle Ward. This is a house worth visiting, even for the story of the family who lived in the house. The National Trust takes great care of all their properties and offers a worthwhile experience for the visitor. Go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more details.

    Beautiful gardens

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    Get some fresh air

    by made_ofstone Written Jan 3, 2007

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    While in Northern Ireland a must see is the Mourn Mountians and the surounding country side. Visit Tullymore Forest park for nature walks and camping. Its great to see and you will love this. You can take a picnic and admire the views.

    Old path Stepping Stones Old Gates great views
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    Slieve League - not far from Northern Ireland

    by globetrott Written Oct 15, 2006

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    Slieve League is a great cliff scenery , about 30 km west of the city of Donegal and it may easily be combined with your visit in Northern Ireland!
    You have to drive up the mountains and will finally come to a gate that closes the street - but simply open that gate, drive through AND CLOSE THE GATE AGAIN !
    You will have to pass several such gates that way before you will reach the big parking on the top and will have a look for the great panorama.
    Along the cliffs there is also a "one man path" not recommendable to persons who are not totally fit and accustomed to climb...

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    Glencombcille / Glencolumbcille

    by globetrott Written Oct 15, 2006

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    Glencombcille / Glencolumbcille was one of my favorite villages in Ireland and you will find it in the north-west-end of the Republic of Ireland, not far from Northern Ireland.
    Glencomcille - Folk park is an open-air-museum and a perfect place to see old farmhouses and ogham stones / pillar-stones.
    Plenty of old houses from various parts of Ireland had been rebuilt here , most of them with a beautiful straw-roof.
    You may walk through the museum freely and without restrictions outside of the opening hours, but the interior of many buildings may be seen only during the opening-times of the museum, against a small entrance-fee.
    Make sure, you will also walk along the path with all of the interesting OGHAM-stones, it a sort of calendar or something similar - see my pictures !

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    Doon Fort - not far from Northern Ireland

    by globetrott Written Oct 15, 2006

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    Doon Fort is another very interesting place in the far north of the Republic of Ireland and it may easily be combined when touring the northern part of Ireland.
    This ringfort is built on a small island inside a lake, called Lough Doon. The fortification is 4 meters wide and 4 meteres high. It dates back to 3000 B.C.
    The whole area is privately owned and you may rent a boat by the landowner there .And when you try to row to the mighty Ringfort , you will find out that boats cannot approach to the islands, because of a certain, strong water-stream drifting them away from the small island . It is only possible to land by a certain trick, that will be explained by the landowner, when he gives you the boat.
    Listen carefully to that trick, I did not really believe it was so hard and finally I had no chance to land at the fort.

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    Grianan of Aileach - almost in Northern Ireland

    by globetrott Written Oct 15, 2006

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    Grianan of Aileach is an old ringfort, built in the times of 500 B.C., and you will find it just 10 KM west of Derry / Londonderry, so you may easily combine it with a tour through Northern Ireland !
    This ring-fort is absolutely giant, with walls beeing 4 meters thick and you have a great view over the landscape into all directions.
    NO entrance-fee, no kiosk or anything else there.

    It might make a great place to camp or overnight with a motorhome, BUT unfortunately it is also very windy there !!

    :-((

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    Keaney, Co. Down

    by Bilimari Written Jul 17, 2006

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    Kearney is a small village of whitewashed houses. National Trust of Northern Ireland is in charge of the town. It's used to be a fishing village. You can enjoy a nice walk along a rocky shoreline where you can look out across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, Scotland. There is a nice sandy beach, and a neolithic burial site with ancient decorated stones.

    At Temple Cowey and St. Cowey's Wells, there are a penance stone and holy well at a site founded in the 7th century.

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    Watch out for Boot sales!

    by hasthetravelbug Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    While driving back from Portaferry, we decided to go up the east coast of the Ards Peninsula. This not only is it a beautiful drive, there are so many little towns that have great boot sales. In Canada a "boot" sale is a garage sale, but just out of a person's trunk. You can buy anything from antiques to fake cds to junk. If you're looking for little souveniers you may find a gem at a boot sale. This is definately not a highlight of Northern Ireland but if you're driving up the east coast of the Ards Peninsula, keep your eyes peeled!

    Typical boot sale stall....
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    Getting away in Portaferry

    by hasthetravelbug Written Aug 3, 2004

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    Portaferry is a small town on the North East coast of Northern Ireland, at the tip of the Ards Peninsula. It is well known for its beautiful scenery and the warm welcome given to its visitors. Once you come here, you will come back again and again. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy - having some fish 'n chips by Stranford Loch, relaxing at the many beaches, and visit portaferry castle or Exploris Aquarium. I was there in a caravan for about a week and its a great getaway from the busy city.

    Hanging out on a beach just outside Portaferry
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