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Martello Tower Magilligan

Martello Tower Magilligan

The Magilligan Martello tower was built during the Napoleonic Wars and is one of the most northerly of the towers built all around the coasts of Ireland. It has walls over 9ft thick

Inch Abbey

Inch Abbey

These extensive remains are of a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1180, by John de Courcy, who led the 1177 Anglo-Norman invasion of East Ulster. It is set in a beautiful location beside the River Quoile, with distant views towards de Courcy’s Cathedral town of Downpatrick.

Harland & Wolff Drawing Office

Harland & Wolff Drawing Office

Naval architects and draughtsmen working on ship designs in one of Harland & Wolff’s two Drawing Offices, where the plans for Olympic, Titanic and Britannic were prepared. Their high barrel ceilings and large windows made maximum use of natural light.

Grey Point Fort

Grey Point Fort

This gun site was built to protect the mouth of the Belfast Lough from enemy invasion and now houses a little military museum. Centrepiece is a 12ft by six inch diameter naval gun which was installed in 1992. It is nearly a century old and was brought from Spike Island in Cork Harbour which also had a defensive fort. Grey Points two guns were sold for scrap in 1957 after the disbanding of the coastal artillery.

Flame! – The Gasworks Museum of Ireland

Flame! – The Gasworks Museum of Ireland

Carrickfergus boasts Ireland’s sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of the only three left in the British Isles. This museum gives visitors the opportunity to see Europe’s largest surviving set of horizontal retorts (in which the gas was made), meet the manager and the workers, and ascend the working gasholder for panoramic views of Carrickfergus town.

Enniskillen Castle

Enniskillen Castle

Enniskillen Castle, situated beside the River Erne in County Fermanagh, was built almost 600 years ago by Gaelic Maguires. Guarding one of the few passes into Ulster, it was strategically important throughout its history. In the 17th century it became an English garrison fort and later served as part of a military barracks. This historic site houses two museums, Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is thought by many to be the most picturesque and romantic of Irish castles.

Dundrum Castle

Dundrum Castle

One of the finest Norman castles in Northern Ireland, with views to sea and Mourne Mountains. It was founded in 1177 by John de Courcy, following his invasion of Ulster. This medieval coastal castle, with circular keep and massive walls, stands on the top of a rocky hill commanding fine views south over Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.

Crawfordsburn Country Park

Crawfordsburn Country Park

Crawfordsburn Country Park is situated on the southern shores of Belfast Lough. It is full of variety, featuring 3.5.km of coastline, often rugged and rocky, the two best beaches in the Belfast area, a deep wooded glen with an impressive waterfall at its head, a pond and wildflower meadows with excellent views over the Lough.

Ardmore Country House Hotel

Ardmore Country House Hotel

Tucked away in its own coastal garden, Ardmore is a haven away from the hustle and bustle yet is within a short stroll of the historic 18th century Westport harbour, with its scenic walks, cafes, shops and traditional bars. The Ardmore Country House Hotel has a well established tradition of genuine hospitality with an emphasis on fine food and luxury accommodation.

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Antrim Town

Antrim is the county town of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Antrim is a small town not frequently visited by tourists, yet it is one of the more historic towns in Northern Ireland with many interesting sights and buildings of historic note.

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