Northern Ireland Journals

Enjoying north-west Northern Ireland

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A travel journal to Northern Ireland by LenR

Dunluce Castle Photo, Bushmills, Northern Ireland More Photos
Quote: North-west Northern Ireland is a region of diversity. There are wonderful coastal scenes, historic locations, the city of Derry (Londonderry) and one of the best folk parks on the island. This journal covers five great attractions.

Ulster American Folk Park

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Attraction | "Experience the Past"

Ulster American Folk Park Photo, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Quote:
We are not Irish or American so we thought that our time here would be short. How wrong we were. This outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries is full of interest to everyone and the exhibits, which are spread out over quite a large area, are first class . The Park brings to life the human drama behind Irish emigration, telling the remarkable story of those that crossed the Atlantic for the New World of North America. It can, however, apply equally to those who found their way to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and elsewhere.We start our journey at the Matthew T Mellon Visitor Centre. This has information and toil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2012

Ulster American Folk Park

Castletown, Omagh, County Tyrone BT78 5QY
+44 (0)28 8224 3292

Free Derry Corner

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Attraction | "Reminder of 'The Troubles'."

Free Derry Corner Photo, Derry, Northern Ireland
Quote:
We, like most visitors to Derry, had heard about ‘The Troubles’, but it was not until we travelled through Northern Ireland that we realised the intensity of feeling. Londonderry was one of the areas of most feeling and you probably see this best today in the street murals that are scattered across the city. Although the famous "Hands across the divide" statue near Londonderry's city centre suggests that the catholic and protestant populations put aside their differences, the murals suggest otherwise. Those in loyalist areas feature paramilitary symbols, masked gunmen and scenes of historic battles like the Battle of the Boyne (in which 'king Billy' defeated the catholic army of James II) ...Read More

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Free Derry Corner
Square in Bogside
Londonderry, Derry

Tower Museum

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Attraction | "In the Tower"

Tower Museum Photo, Derry, Northern Ireland
Quote:
The tower looks impressive from the outside but when we go inside we find that it is home to two quite different but fascinating exhibitions. The museum was opened in 1992 and is centred on the O’Doherty Tower, a major landmark in the City. The O’Doherty Tower is a modern reconstruction of a medieval structure that was located on or near the site.Derry is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Ireland so it is probably no surprise that the Story of Derry Exhibition is very interesting. After paying our Adult £4.20 and Senior/Student/Child £2.65 admission, we enter the Oak Grove to find out about the early settlements. From here we wind through Monastic Derry, Gaelic Derry and on to Pla...Read More

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Tower Museum
Union Hall Place
Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland BT48 6LU
028 7137 2411

HIstoric Walls of Derry

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Attraction | "Walking the Walls"

HIstoric Walls of Derry Photo, Derry, Northern Ireland
Quote:
Londonderry, or Derry, is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. Because of this it was pre-destined that the first thing we would do when we arrived in the city was to walk the walls. But this was not good enough. We had arranged for a local guide to take us around so we headed straight for the Tourist Information Office and met Adrian our guide from Derry Conflict Tours. We immediately head uphill to New Gate. Adrian tells us that there were four original gates to the Walled City - Bishop’s Gate, Ferryquay Gate, Butcher Gate and Shipquay Gate. Three further gates were added later and New Gate was one of them. We climb onto the wall and are immediately impressed. Clearly we...Read More

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HIstoric Walls of Derry
West Bank of River Foyle
Londonderry, Derry
+44 (28) 7137 7577

Dunluce Castle

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Attraction | "Fascinating Dunluce Castle"

Dunluce Castle Photo, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Quote:
Coming from a place where castles have never existed, I find Europe’s castles quite fascinating. I remember stories of knights and armour, maidens and sieges, hot oil and cannon balls told to me in my younger days. To stay in a castle which has been converted to a hotel is a thrill but the real experience for me is to explore the ruins of something that once was so grand.Dunlace Castle on the northern coast of Northern Ireland fits my ideal just perfectly. The roofless ruins are a breathtaking sight as we first see them as we approach from Bushmills. The castle stands on a rocky outcrop, stark and foreboding with the ocean crashing at its feet and the white chalk cliffs of Portrush behind...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2012

Dunluce Castle
87 Dunluce Road
Bushmills, Coleraine, County Antrim BT57 8UY
028 2073 1938