History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

From an ancient settlement to a thoroughly modern European city, Belfast has a fascinating – and troubled – history.

Antrim Castle Gardens

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Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House offers a breathtaking walk into history, but also much more, with a programme of events running all year round. While you are there why not stay for a coffee or lunch and browse the shop.

Ballycastle Museum

Ballycastle Museum

Visitors to the Ballycastle Museum can explore the permanent display of the fascinating history of the Irish Homes Industries Workshop, its role in the 1904 St Louis World Fair and the Arts and Crafts Revival in Ireland.

Ballymoney Museum

Ballymoney Museum

From Mesolithic to motorcycles, discover the history, beauty and mystery of Ballymoney. Ballymoney Museum is located within the Town Hall and offers visitors the opportunity to explore the vibrant history of the area.

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle estate is situated on the lower slopes of Cave Hill Country Park in north Belfast. It contains both parkland and mature mixed woodland and offers superb views of the city from a variety of vantage points.

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

Established in 1828, the Botanic Gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. There is an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous borders and tree enthusiasts can seek out the rare oaks.

Coleraine Museum

Coleraine Museum

Coleraine Museum at Coleraine Town Hall is open for over six months of the year and features vibrant temporary exhibitions, events and talks inspired by the rich museum collection. The building also hosts cultural events.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is a now-ruined medieval castle surrounded by extremely steep drops on either side. It may have been a factor to the early Christians and Vikings who were drawn to this place where an early Irish fort once stood.

Garvagh Museum

Garvagh Museum

Situated in the walled garden of the former Garvagh Estate, the Museum’s collections cover many aspects of rural and domestic life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It also features a blacksmith’s shop.

Glenarm Castle

Glenarm Castle

Home to the McDonnell family, Earls of Antrim, since the early 17th century, Glenarm Castle is still a family home. Today visitors can enjoy Glenarm Castle’s historic walled garden and the charming tea room.

Green Lane Museum

Green Lane Museum

At Green Lane Museum, the visitor can view historical exhibits relating to the linen and agricultural industries from a bygone age and experience the true flavour of days gone by in the Limavady area.

Irish Republican History Museum

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The Irish Republican History Museum is home to a collection of artefacts and prison handcrafts, representing phases of the struggle for Irish freedom. Included are many items dating back to the Rebellions of 1798 and 1803.

Limavady Museum

Limavady Museum

Limavady Museum is based at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, allowing visitors to explore the history of Limavady and local area through a programme of temporary exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Scullion Hurls

Scullion Hurls

Scullion Hurls located in the village of Loughguile, not far from the Antrim Coast and Glens. Visit the workshop and experience the craft of traditional Irish hurl making, watch brothers Micheál and Denis as they create hurls.

SS Nomadic

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Stretched over four decks a visit to Nomadic allows you to experience first hand what it was like to be a passenger boarding Titanic on her fateful maiden voyage and to marvel at the intricate details.

St. Patrick’s Church

St. Patrick's Church

For more than two centuries, St. Patrick’s Church has faithfully provided for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the people of inner-city Belfast, as well as workers and visitors to one of Ireland’s principal cities.

Stormont Parliament Buildings

Stormont Parliament Buildings

Stormont Parliament Buildings is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative body for Northern Ireland. The tours provide information on parliament buildings as well as about the architecture and Stormont Estate.

The Belfast Tattoo

The Belfast Tattoo

The Belfast Tattoo is an annual event for Belfast, it has an international line-up and will feature over 600 performers. It will showcase some of the finest marching bands, musicians, and dancers from across Ulster and beyond.

Ulster American Folk Park

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Immerse yourself in the world famous story of Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park. Follow the trail as you journey from the cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant ship leading to the log cabins of America.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

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At Ulster Folk and Transport Museum you can step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum.

Ulster Museum

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Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. The museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences.