10 unique attractions in Northern Ireland

You’ve probably heard of the Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast, but here are 10 unusual and unique attractions in Northern Ireland you don’t want to miss.

10 unique and unusual attractions in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland, despite its small size, is full of great activities and attractions to do for the visiting tourist. While almost everyone is familiar with visiting the Titanic Belfast museum and the Giant’s Causeway, some of the most unique and unusual attractions in Northern Ireland can fall under the radar.

Here we list our ten favourite unique attractions in Northern Ireland to see while you’re here.

10. Blackhead Lighthouse – a stay like no other 

10 unique and unusual attractions in Northern Ireland include Blackhead Lighthouse
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The Blackhead Lighthouse has acted as a beacon for many ships in Northern Ireland’s history including the RMS Titanic. This lighthouse differs from most as it offers visitors the opportunity to stay at the lighthouse, which has now been fully restored to its original look and décor.

Address: 20 Blackhead Path, Whitehead, Carrickfergus BT38 9PB

9. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – cross if you dare

10 unique and unusual attractions in Northern Ireland include Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is an attraction that is worthy of being on anyone’s bucket list. Not only is crossing the 20-metre rope bridge itself a thrill, but the surrounding views of the area are an amazing sight to behold. On a clear day, Scotland can even be seen in the distance.

Address: 119a Whitepark Road Ballintoy, County, Antrim, Ballycastle BT54 6LS

8. The Bogside murals in Derry – where art and history collide

10 unique and unusual attractions in Northern Ireland include the Bogside murals in Derry
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No trip to Derry is complete without visiting the famous Bogside murals. While many walking tours will bring you through here, you can also visit it on your time by yourself. Its recommended to allow yourself approximately 45 minutes to walk through it completely.

You will find here some amazing pieces of art that depict the main moments in the history of the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’.

Address: Bogside History Tours, Guildhall St, Derry

7. The Dark Hedges – mysterious and magical

10 unique and unusual attractions in Northern Ireland include the Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges near Armoy in County Antrim are a must-see for any Game of Thrones fan, who will recognize the location as being the King’s Road location from the hit TV show. Once only known by locals, this weird tourist attraction is now a popular site visited by many.

As the Dark Hedges are one of the most photographed places in all of Ireland, it’s recommended to visit there early in the morning or in the late evening in order to avoid passing tour buses.

Address: Bregagh Rd, Stranocum, Ballymoney BT53 8PX

6. Belfast Political Tours – real history

10 unique and unusual attractions in Northern Ireland include the Belfast Political Tours
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A great way to educate yourself about the current political climate in Northern Ireland and its history is to sign up to a Belfast Political Tour. On these tours, you will hear real first-hand accounts from both sides of the Northern Ireland conflict, and you will learn a lot of things that you won’t read in any history book.

Address: Divis Tower, Belfast BT12 4QA

5. Tepee Valley Campsite – camping with a difference

10 unique and unusual attractions in Northern Ireland include the Tepee Valley Campsite
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The Tepee Valley in Tandragee offers visitors a camping experience unlike any other as you will have the opportunity to stay in your choice of either a beautiful teepee or a traditional gypsy caravan. After a peaceful night’s sleep, you will have a delicious breakfast cooked over an open fire to look forward to.

Address: 20 Shanecrackan Road, Markethill BT60 1TS

4. Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum – haircut and a tour

Headhunters combines a haircut and a railway museum tour
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The Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum in Enniskillen is a very unique and unusual attraction. It can claim to be the only museum exhibition that also offers a haircut to go with your tour.

Headhunters displays a giant collection of Irish railway memorabilia, which contains artefacts from The Great Northern Railway, The Sligo Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway, and The Clogher Valley Railway, all of which served Enniskillen in the past. While there is a small cost for haircuts, admission to the museum is absolutely free.

Address: 5 Darling St, Enniskillen BT74 7DP

3. Llama Trekking at Jungle NI – extreme adventure

Llama trekking is a unique activity in Northern Ireland
Credit: Jungle NI, via Tourism NI

 If it’s extreme sporting and fun that you are after, then look no further than Jungle NI. Jungle NI offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as archery, paintballing, zorbing, and treetop trails. However, the most unusual activity that Jungle NI offers is without a doubt a map-guided trail that you can take in the company of friendly llamas.

2. Witness the Northern Lights – marvel at nature’s beauty

The Northern Lights can be viewed in parts of Northern Ireland

There are many coastal locations in Ireland where one can witness the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis. Some of the most popular locations in Northern Ireland to view the Northern Lights dancing in the sky are the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.  

1. Cliff jumping in Ballintoy – jump for joy

Cliff jumping in Ballintoy with Coasteerig NI is a thrilling activity
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If you are looking for something unique and daring to do, then cliff jumping in Ballintoy should be at the top of your list. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced cliff jumper, there is a wide range of cliffs of varying heights to enjoy.

Keep these unique attractions in Northern Ireland in mind the next time you find yourself on holidays there. By doing any of the ten things listed in this article, you will be sure to have a wonderful and unusual time!

Address: Coasteerig NI, 43 Harbour Rd, Ballycastle BT54 6NB

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