Northern Ireland Journals

A Week in Ireland

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A July 2012 trip to Northern Ireland by Joy S

The Argory Photo, Dungannon, Northern Ireland More Photos
Quote: We spent the first week of the school holidays, exploring different locations in Northern Ireland plus a trip to Dublin

The Argory

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The Argory Photo, Dungannon, Northern Ireland
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The Argory is a National Trust owned property, set deep in beautiful countryside between Armagh and Dungannon. We are National Trust members and found it in their handbook. It is open every day between 12 and 5. If you are a member, entrance to the house and gardens is free, if not, the cost is £8.00. You can explore the gardens freely at any time, but the house can only be seen as part of a guided tour.We found the Argory very easily, it is well signposted and there was plenty of car parking available. The grounds are lovely - beautifully kept and the house is beautiful too. It was built between 1819 and 1824 by Walter MacGeough Bond, a member of the Irish gentry. The house is not ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2012

The Argory
144 Derrycaw Road, Moy
Dungannon, Northern Ireland BT71 6NA
028 8778 4753

Trinity College

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Attraction | "Trinity College Dublin"

Trinity College Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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We spent a day in Dublin during our trip to Ireland, and decided to visit Trinity College, right in the heart of the city. I have always walked past the gates, wondering what it was like inside, and on this visit decided to find out.Trinity College is of great historical interest. It is actually the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. The reason for establishing the university, was to educate the children of the upper classes and protect them from "malign" Catholic influences elsewhere in Europe.The college is modelled in the style of Oxford and Cambridge universities. It is one of the 7 ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. From outs...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2012

Trinity College
College Green
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 608 1000

Book of Kells

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Attraction | "Book of Kells and Long Library"

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The main reason I wanted to visit Trinity College was to see the Book of Kells. This is true for most people and it could be said, that this book is Trinity's most famous and compelling attraction. It is a wonderfully beautiful work of art, which is very important because it has survived from the early centuries of Celtic Christianity.We booked our tickets in advance and paid over the odds. Do not do this, book and pay when you get there. We did the tour of the campus first, then went to see the Book of Kells. It is kept in the Old Library - an 18th century building which is very easy to find. The entrance is from Fellows' Square.The tour is self-guided, and was very busy...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2012

Book of Kells
Trinity College Library
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 2941

Glenariff Forest Park

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Glenariff Forest Park Photo, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Glenariff Forest Park is right in the heart of the famous Glens of Antrim. This whole area is a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and if you come to Glenariff, you can easily see why.The forest park is very well sign-posted and easy to find. It is on the A43 Ballymena Road, 22 km north-east of the town of Ballymena and close to a place called Waterfoot. It is open every day from 10am until about sunset.Glenariff is known as the "Queen of the Glens" and is considered by many people to be the most beautiful of the 9 Glens of Antrim. The forest park is very large, planted with lots of trees with small lakes, recreation areas and open space left for landscape and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2012

Glenariff Forest Park
98 Glenariffe Road
Glenariffe, Northern Ireland BT44 0QX
+44 28 2175 8232

Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast Photo, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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The Titanic Belfast Experience is a brand new visitor attraction which only opened on March 31 this year. It cost £90 million to build and there has been a lot of hype surrounding it. It is actually built on the site of the now derelict shipyard where the liner was built 100 years ago. We have seen the construction work underway on previous visits to Belfast and felt excited about what was taking shape here. Apparently it took the same amount of time to construct as it did to build Titanic - 3 years.They hope to attract 425,000 visitors in the first year - there has thus been a lot of marketing and promotion, and the attraction is extremely popular. The admission cost is £...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2012

Titanic Belfast
Queen's Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland
28 9076 6386

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom