Location

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland's beauty is intertwined with tragic history, rich culture and the renowned friendliness of its people.

The wild craggy mountains, splendid lakes and sweeping coastline make it an ideal playground for watersports enthusiasts, walkers, cyclists, hikers, rock climbers and sailors.

But there are lots of things to keep those after a dose of culture enthralled, too. From boisterous oyster festivals to authentic horse fairs, and from ancient castles to elegant country houses, this spectacular part of Ireland is packed with things to do.

The six counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone and two major cities, the capital Belfast and Londonderry City are just waiting to be explored.

Lisburn
The city of Lisburn is known for its superior shopping, outdoor activities, attractions, restaurants, heritage sites and a vast array of top class events including the Ulster Grand Prix, National Countrysports Fair, Hillsborough International Oyster Festival and the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing.

Hillsborough Castle
A large rambling two-storey late Georgian mansion dating back from 1797 and incorporating an earlier house of 1760, formerly the home of the Governor of Northern Ireland.
The mansion is now the official residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Other special guests have included HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales and many other distinguished world leaders.
Within the grounds is Europe's largest Rhododendron, the historical herbaceous Granville Garden and the estate boasts enchanting garden walks.

Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Council is housed in this magnificent building. Designed in the style of a spectacular Edwardian wedding cake and built to enhance Belfast's new found status as a city, which was granted by Queen Victoria in 1888. Its Dome is 173 feet (53 metres) high. There are fine decorations of figures above the door consisting of Hibernia encouraging and promoting the Commerce and Arts of the City

Hilden Brewery
Hilden Brewery is a family run microbrewery located in Hilden outside the City of Lisburn, Co. Antrim.
The brewhouse was once the stables of Hilden House, the former residence of the Barbour family.
The brewery is situated behind the old Barbour Threads Linen Mill, one of the last surviving working linen mills in Northern Ireland, an industry that N. Ireland is renowned for.
Sadly this has just stopped production in July 2006.

Irish Linen Centre
This award-winning museum in Lisburn's 17th century Market House offers a perfect outing, which brings the history of linen to life. Visitors can see the heritage of craft skills in the daily demonstrations of spinning and hand loom weaving and can admire the treasures of costume and damask linen. There is also a varied exhibition programme on topics of local history and the arts - something for everyone to enjoy.

Lisburn Castle Gardens
This award-winning museum in Lisburn's 17th century Market House offers a perfect outing, which brings the history of linen to life. Visitors can see the heritage of craft skills in the daily demonstrations of spinning and hand loom weaving and can admire the treasures of costume and damask linen. There is also a varied exhibition programme on topics of local history and the arts - something for everyone to enjoy.