Home to some of Britain’s most scenic and dramatic coastlines, with a green and fertile landscape punctuated by castles, monuments and monestries, Northern Ireland is a treasure trove of historic landmarks and impressive beauty spots. From the rugged basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway and the ethereal woodlands of Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve, to the Botanic Gardens of Belfast and County Antrim’s Carrickfergus Castle, there is plenty to do and see across the region.
In addition to a multitude of visitor attractions, Northern Ireland has also given rise to some of the UK’s most prominent cultural figures, including academic writer and novelist C.S. Lewis, celebrated poet Seamus Heaney, and revered dramatist Brian Friel. Other noteworthy individuals from the region include Manchester United football legend George Best, award-winning actor and director Kenneth Branagh and prolific singer-songwriter Van Morrison, to name just a few.
Northern Ireland also boasts a rich culinary heritage, with the Ulster fry being a national speciality. Comprising bacon, sausage, egg and tomato, served with fried soda bread and crispy potato farls, and often accompanied by traditional vegetable rolls containing peppery minced beef, leek, carrot and onion, it is a popular dish, not only for breakfast, but throughout the day in some parts of the country.
As well as all this, some outstanding culinary creations can be found at events such as Dalriada Festival and the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Show, while restaurants like Deans at Queens and Beatrice Kennedy are sure to leave a lasting impression on discerning food and wine connoisseurs.