Instead of making Northern Ireland a footnote to your Europe trip, there are so many reasons to make it your primary destination. See the best things to do.
Ireland has always been a popular heritage trip, with nearly 20 percent of Americans claiming Irish blood. Today, the popularity of DNA tests and ancestry mapping has spurred more families to trace their roots throughout the entire country, both Northern Ireland and the southern Republic of Ireland.
What some may not realize is that northern Ireland is actually one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. While much of the 20th century was marked by the ethno-nationalist conflict known as “the troubles,” peace has come to Northern Ireland in the years since 2007 — and so have visitors. Instead of making this part of the country a footnote to your trip, there are so many reasons to make it your primary destination.
Why Go to Northern Ireland with Kids
Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland, and its crown jewel for visitors is the Titanic Belfast.