Black Taxi Tours
Don’t be afraid to re-trace the paths of the troubles and see the famous murals in the Falls and Shankill Roads in Belfast, where sectarian violence once was rife. It’s an educational and entertaining trip that won’t take more than an hour or two.
One of the most famous Irish legends is the story of Finn McCool, a fifty-two foot giant who created the causeway. The scientific theory is that it’s the result of a volcano. Either way, it’s a must-see. It’s 1 hour and 20 minutes’ drive from Belfast, or take a train to Coleraine and a taxi from there. Visit the Gaint’s Causeway website.
As with the rest of Ireland, drinking is a favourite pastime here, so it’d be a shame not to join in. There are loads of pubs, clubs and bars, so take your pick and join in. Live music is extremely popular, ranging from traditional Irish folk to heavy metal.
Belfast was always good for shopping, but the addition of Victoria Square in 2008 has made it even better. It’s got just about everything you could want, and it’s all underneath one roof, so take a whole day and shop till you drop.
St. Patrick’s Tours
Apparently Armagh was St. Patrick’s ‘chosen city.’ So if you’re feeling cultured and want to soak up some ancient history, go and explore the city’s two impressive cathedrals. It’s only a 1 hour drive from Belfast, and there’s an express bus.