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About Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a region of fantastic proportions. From one of the world’s greatest coastal strips to the hip and dynamic city of Belfast, this destination is a must visit. For fans of the popular TV series, Game of Thrones, it also offers spectacular views of key filming locations. What’s more, the ragged landscape and lush country side is perfect for a relaxing and leisurely holiday. Our pick of the best places to stay in Northern Ireland offer something for everyone whether you're in search of a chic city pad or a rural country house retreat.

The region is also host to a number of national heritage sites, big city monuments and an incredible cultural and food scene. To fully experience this, you really need a minimum of four to five days. Despite the large attractions of the region, there are a few that are a definite must.

What not to miss

  • Walk through the bustling roads of Belfast city. This battle-scarred city is a refreshing mix of old Victorian buildings, laced with a rich industrial heritage and now host to some of the trendiest restaurants and bars.
  • If you like a road trip, don’t miss the Causeway Coastal Route. The spectacular views along the road take you from pristine seashores to ragged mountain tops.
  • Visit the Titanic experience iin Belfast's waterfront Titanic Quarter. You'll find a fascinating exhibition inside a stunning modern building, and everything you ever wanted to know about the ill-fated ocean liner.
  • Visit the Giant’s Causeway, home to a multitude of interlocking basalt columns – a result of an ancient volcanic eruption. An important world heritage site, and area of outstanding natural beauty, it also contains other rock formations including the Giant's Boot, Wishing Chair and Granny!

Although the region has in the past faced numerous conflicts as a result of border politics, the troubles are now over. The mood is positive and prosperous and along with this comes the development of quality, world-class establishments. You will see a change from the earlier dull hotels to new and funky installations. We have selected a handful of these for our pick of the best places to stay in Northern Ireland.

In Belfast

Belfast is certainly witnessing this change. Take a look at some of the best city accommodations:

  • The first Grande Luxe city hotel, the Merchant Hotel, is set in the former headquarters of the Ulster Bank. Here you will find gloriously pompous decor with beautiful velvet and silk fabrics. A superb bar, restaurant and luxury spa make this a top city spot.
  • The fashionable, boutique hotel, Ten Square, is located in the centre of Belfast. It caters to the hip visitor as it's close to the city restaurants and bars. Also a great choice for business travellers.
  • Rayanne House is a traditional property located in a leafy corner of Holywood, yet within easy reach of Belfast city centre. A perfect spot to experience the peaceful suburbs along with the city treats.
  • The Bullitt, situated in the heart of Belfast, is an ideal spot for a city break. This designer property features contemporary and quirky interiors with plenty of artwork adorning the walls. Their funky rooms include king-sized beds and satellite TVs.
  • Another scenic base, close to the city is the Culloden Estate and Spa. This luxury hotel overlooks the Belfast Lough and offers great food with five-star service. Book here for a weekend of pampering or a deluxe business trip.

Outside Belfast

  • Portaferry Hotel is an excellent, waterfront property that overlooks the Strangford Lough. The hotel includes an award-winning restaurant that offers mouth-watering dishes made from the finest local ingredients. Ideal for food enthusiasts who also care for a gorgeous view.
  • One of Northern Ireland's best known hotels set between the mountains of Morne and the sea is the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. The hotel boasts a state of the art spa and pool complex, stylish contemporary rooms, and extensive conference facilities. All this on the doorstep of the Royal County Down Golf Course. A great spot to pamper yourself or play a game of golf.
  • The Newforge House is a sophisticated, family-run country house hotel with excellent food and original Georgian interiors. A beautiful romantic country escape.
  • For an authentic Irish experience, visit Bushmills Inn. Much loved by the locals and tourists alike, this cosy inn is a great place to experience scrumptious locally sourced meal and the warm Irish hospitality.

For a Country House

  • The Whitepark House is cosy little B&B close to the famous Giant’s Causeway. It is a cosy retreat that offers delicious breakfasts and warm fires – all brought to you by superbly friendly hosts!
  • For another wonderful country escape, stay at the Tyrella House. Built in classic Georgian style, this country house has three bedrooms adorned with elegant drapes and furniture. What’s more, it has its own private beach and polo ground.

For a holiday cottage

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer to book a holiday cottage or apartment, we recommend you visit our online booking partner, Booking.com, where you'll find a wide range from budget to boutique.

Travel Information

  • Northern Ireland has two main airports Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport. The International Airport can be reached from many UK and European cities, the City Airport is mainly served by the UK, plus a handful of European cities.
  • There are frequent ferries between the Belfast harbour and Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. These high-speed vessels offer on-board amenities, entertainment and shopping.
  • Enjoy the best of the Irish weather between the months of May and September. The long days offer great opportunities to take long drives, walks and explore both towns and countryside.
  • If you wish to hire a care, which highly adivse if you plan to tour the region, we recommend you check out our online partner Rentalcars.

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    • Ballymote House 4 rooms from £71

      Downpatrick, County Down

      Quiet and charming, Ballymote House is perfect for those looking for a peaceful getaway in County Down. Awash with heritage and character, the house offers lovely rooms, beautiful gardens and a host of activities such as horse riding.

      Country Escape  -  A great spot for a countryside escape in County Down.
      Fishing  -  Fishing trips, whether sea or fly, can be organised by the hotel.
      Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of lovely walking routes.
      Sights nearby  -  Take a trip to nearby Down Cathedral.
      Check prices
    • Tyrella House 3 rooms from £120

      Downpatrick, Co. Down, County Down

      Relaxed private country house in a beautiful coastal setting with its own private beach, polo ground and glorious wooded parkland. Three classical bedrooms with original Georgian features and elegant furniture. A wonderful B&B country escape for those who like to enjoy country activities.

      Active Holiday  -  Golf, polo, walks and excellent riding trails on your doorstep
      Country Escape  -  Enveloped by some of Ireland's best emerald countryside
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the many local National Trust houses and gardens.
      Fishing  -  Trout fishing can be arranged locally
      Check prices

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    • Merchant Hotel 62 rooms from £350

      Belfast

      Stunning transformation of a former 19th century bank. Eclectic contemporary rooms evoke a romantic Napoleon III-style Paris - luscious velvets and silks, rich wool carpets, gold and red chintz wallpapers, and statement artwork. Superb bar, spa and gym plus a live jazz bar. Divine.

      Foodies  -  Berts Jazz Bar serves delicious dishes, fine cocktails accompanied by live music
      City Style  -  Historic accommodation in the heart of Belfast
      Spa breaks  -  One of they city's most renowned spas
      Sights nearby  -  UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
      Check prices
    • Crescent Town House 17 rooms from £62

      Belfast

      Excellent city centre choice at a reasonable price. Elegant interiors behind a 19th century traditional facade. Georgian rooms with mahogany canopy beds as well as modern, simple rooms. Excellent food at the bar and restaurant and a small hotel cafe. Great value and good location.

      Local exploring  -  Many of Belfast's sites are within walking distance
      City Style  -  Classic hotel in the heart of town
      Local markets  -  The Friday Variety Market
      Great walks  -  Botanic Gardens
      Check prices

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    • Whitepark House 3 rooms from £120

      Ballintoy, County Antrim

      A handsome B&B overlooking Whitepark Bay with superbly friendly hosts. Award-winning breakfasts, crackling fires, and three characterful bedrooms. Traditional décor delightfully mixed with eclectic objects brought back from Eastern travels. A charming country escape close to the Giant's Causeway.

      Country Escape  -  A homely and warm place to rest your head after a long days sightseeing and walking around this spectacular countryside.
      Restrictions on children  -  There are no family rooms or facilities for babies. Children are welcome if old enough to take a seperate room.
      Sights nearby  -  The Giants Causeway is just 4 miles west and Ballintoy harbour and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is 2 miles east.
      Great walks  -  Bob will happily advise you on the best walks, as well as providing fluffy slippers and tea for your return!
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
      Check prices
    • Bushmills Inn 41 rooms from £190

      Bushmills

      Renowned inn offering genuine Irish hospitality and scrumptious food in its award-winning restaurant. Classic-chic bedrooms in neutral tones with four poster beds. A warren of little snugs and Wild West-esque gas bar create a cosy ambiance. A great choice for groups and families.

      Local exploring  -  Packed with things to see from the stunning Giant’s Causeway to tours of the world's oldest distillery.
      Foodies  -  Enjoy the locally sourced award-winning cuisine on offer, in a charmingly old school setting.
      Sights nearby  -  Close to attractions such as Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
      Check prices

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    • Bishop's Gate Hotel 28 rooms from £100

      Londonderry

      Within the city walls of Derry, the Bishop's Gate Hotel oozes class and sophistication. It features sleek rooms, an atmospheric bar and an excellent restaurant. It's central location makes it ideal for exploring the Walled City's fascinating history and culture.

      Sights nearby  -  History enthusiasts will enjoy a trip into the Bogside and to the famous Free Derry corner.
      Great walks  -  Go for a walk along the city's famous medieval walls.
      Check prices
    • Shipquay Hotel 21 rooms from £95

      Londonderry

      Right in the heart of historic Derry, the Shipquay Hotel is an excellent place to stay. Featuring plush rooms, a fine restaurant and spa facilities, it's a great base for a weekend of exploring the fascinating Walled City.

      Sights nearby  -  A short walk from The Millennium Forum and the Guildhall.
      Great walks  -  Go for a walk along Derry's historic city walls.
      Spa
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    • Bishop's Gate Hotel 28 rooms from £100

      Londonderry

      Within the city walls of Derry, the Bishop's Gate Hotel oozes class and sophistication. It features sleek rooms, an atmospheric bar and an excellent restaurant. It's central location makes it ideal for exploring the Walled City's fascinating history and culture.

      Sights nearby  -  History enthusiasts will enjoy a trip into the Bogside and to the famous Free Derry corner.
      Great walks  -  Go for a walk along the city's famous medieval walls.
      Check prices
    • Shipquay Hotel 21 rooms from £95

      Londonderry

      Right in the heart of historic Derry, the Shipquay Hotel is an excellent place to stay. Featuring plush rooms, a fine restaurant and spa facilities, it's a great base for a weekend of exploring the fascinating Walled City.

      Sights nearby  -  A short walk from The Millennium Forum and the Guildhall.
      Great walks  -  Go for a walk along Derry's historic city walls.
      Spa
      Check prices

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    • Cairn Bay Lodge 8 rooms from £104

      Bangor (County Down)

      A quaint guesthouse overlooking the coast in the beautiful town of Bangor. Traditionally styled rooms feature elegant dark wooden furniture, patterned wallpaper and spacious bathrooms. A cosy, fire lit lounge offers the perfect respite after a day spent on the coast.

      Total relaxation  -  A quiet coastal guesthouse complete with spa and beauty salon.
      Sailing  -  Take a boat trip to unique island bird sanctuaries.
      Spa
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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    See all » 1 hotel in Bushmills

    • Bushmills Inn 41 rooms from £190

      Bushmills

      Renowned inn offering genuine Irish hospitality and scrumptious food in its award-winning restaurant. Classic-chic bedrooms in neutral tones with four poster beds. A warren of little snugs and Wild West-esque gas bar create a cosy ambiance. A great choice for groups and families.

      Local exploring  -  Packed with things to see from the stunning Giant’s Causeway to tours of the world's oldest distillery.
      Foodies  -  Enjoy the locally sourced award-winning cuisine on offer, in a charmingly old school setting.
      Sights nearby  -  Close to attractions such as Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
      Check prices

    See all » 12 hotels in County Down

    • Ballymote House 4 rooms from £71

      Downpatrick, County Down

      Quiet and charming, Ballymote House is perfect for those looking for a peaceful getaway in County Down. Awash with heritage and character, the house offers lovely rooms, beautiful gardens and a host of activities such as horse riding.

      Country Escape  -  A great spot for a countryside escape in County Down.
      Fishing  -  Fishing trips, whether sea or fly, can be organised by the hotel.
      Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of lovely walking routes.
      Sights nearby  -  Take a trip to nearby Down Cathedral.
      Check prices
    • Tyrella House 3 rooms from £120

      Downpatrick, Co. Down, County Down

      Relaxed private country house in a beautiful coastal setting with its own private beach, polo ground and glorious wooded parkland. Three classical bedrooms with original Georgian features and elegant furniture. A wonderful B&B country escape for those who like to enjoy country activities.

      Active Holiday  -  Golf, polo, walks and excellent riding trails on your doorstep
      Country Escape  -  Enveloped by some of Ireland's best emerald countryside
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the many local National Trust houses and gardens.
      Fishing  -  Trout fishing can be arranged locally
      Check prices

    See all » 8 hotels in Belfast

    • Merchant Hotel 62 rooms from £350

      Belfast

      Stunning transformation of a former 19th century bank. Eclectic contemporary rooms evoke a romantic Napoleon III-style Paris - luscious velvets and silks, rich wool carpets, gold and red chintz wallpapers, and statement artwork. Superb bar, spa and gym plus a live jazz bar. Divine.

      Foodies  -  Berts Jazz Bar serves delicious dishes, fine cocktails accompanied by live music
      City Style  -  Historic accommodation in the heart of Belfast
      Spa breaks  -  One of they city's most renowned spas
      Sights nearby  -  UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
      Check prices
    • Crescent Town House 17 rooms from £62

      Belfast

      Excellent city centre choice at a reasonable price. Elegant interiors behind a 19th century traditional facade. Georgian rooms with mahogany canopy beds as well as modern, simple rooms. Excellent food at the bar and restaurant and a small hotel cafe. Great value and good location.

      Local exploring  -  Many of Belfast's sites are within walking distance
      City Style  -  Classic hotel in the heart of town
      Local markets  -  The Friday Variety Market
      Great walks  -  Botanic Gardens
      Check prices

    See all » 4 hotels in County Antrim

    • Whitepark House 3 rooms from £120

      Ballintoy, County Antrim

      A handsome B&B overlooking Whitepark Bay with superbly friendly hosts. Award-winning breakfasts, crackling fires, and three characterful bedrooms. Traditional décor delightfully mixed with eclectic objects brought back from Eastern travels. A charming country escape close to the Giant's Causeway.

      Country Escape  -  A homely and warm place to rest your head after a long days sightseeing and walking around this spectacular countryside.
      Restrictions on children  -  There are no family rooms or facilities for babies. Children are welcome if old enough to take a seperate room.
      Sights nearby  -  The Giants Causeway is just 4 miles west and Ballintoy harbour and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is 2 miles east.
      Great walks  -  Bob will happily advise you on the best walks, as well as providing fluffy slippers and tea for your return!
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
      Check prices
    • Bushmills Inn 41 rooms from £190

      Bushmills

      Renowned inn offering genuine Irish hospitality and scrumptious food in its award-winning restaurant. Classic-chic bedrooms in neutral tones with four poster beds. A warren of little snugs and Wild West-esque gas bar create a cosy ambiance. A great choice for groups and families.

      Local exploring  -  Packed with things to see from the stunning Giant’s Causeway to tours of the world's oldest distillery.
      Foodies  -  Enjoy the locally sourced award-winning cuisine on offer, in a charmingly old school setting.
      Sights nearby  -  Close to attractions such as Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
      Check prices

    See all » 2 hotels in County Londonderry

    • Bishop's Gate Hotel 28 rooms from £100

      Londonderry

      Within the city walls of Derry, the Bishop's Gate Hotel oozes class and sophistication. It features sleek rooms, an atmospheric bar and an excellent restaurant. It's central location makes it ideal for exploring the Walled City's fascinating history and culture.

      Sights nearby  -  History enthusiasts will enjoy a trip into the Bogside and to the famous Free Derry corner.
      Great walks  -  Go for a walk along the city's famous medieval walls.
      Check prices
    • Shipquay Hotel 21 rooms from £95

      Londonderry

      Right in the heart of historic Derry, the Shipquay Hotel is an excellent place to stay. Featuring plush rooms, a fine restaurant and spa facilities, it's a great base for a weekend of exploring the fascinating Walled City.

      Sights nearby  -  A short walk from The Millennium Forum and the Guildhall.
      Great walks  -  Go for a walk along Derry's historic city walls.
      Spa
      Check prices

    See all » 2 hotels in Londonderry

    • Bishop's Gate Hotel 28 rooms from £100

      Londonderry

      Within the city walls of Derry, the Bishop's Gate Hotel oozes class and sophistication. It features sleek rooms, an atmospheric bar and an excellent restaurant. It's central location makes it ideal for exploring the Walled City's fascinating history and culture.

      Sights nearby  -  History enthusiasts will enjoy a trip into the Bogside and to the famous Free Derry corner.
      Great walks  -  Go for a walk along the city's famous medieval walls.
      Check prices
    • Shipquay Hotel 21 rooms from £95

      Londonderry

      Right in the heart of historic Derry, the Shipquay Hotel is an excellent place to stay. Featuring plush rooms, a fine restaurant and spa facilities, it's a great base for a weekend of exploring the fascinating Walled City.

      Sights nearby  -  A short walk from The Millennium Forum and the Guildhall.
      Great walks  -  Go for a walk along Derry's historic city walls.
      Spa
      Check prices

    See all » 1 hotel in Bangor

    • Cairn Bay Lodge 8 rooms from £104

      Bangor (County Down)

      A quaint guesthouse overlooking the coast in the beautiful town of Bangor. Traditionally styled rooms feature elegant dark wooden furniture, patterned wallpaper and spacious bathrooms. A cosy, fire lit lounge offers the perfect respite after a day spent on the coast.

      Total relaxation  -  A quiet coastal guesthouse complete with spa and beauty salon.
      Sailing  -  Take a boat trip to unique island bird sanctuaries.
      Spa
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
      Check prices

    See all » 1 hotel in Bushmills

    • Bushmills Inn 41 rooms from £190

      Bushmills

      Renowned inn offering genuine Irish hospitality and scrumptious food in its award-winning restaurant. Classic-chic bedrooms in neutral tones with four poster beds. A warren of little snugs and Wild West-esque gas bar create a cosy ambiance. A great choice for groups and families.

      Local exploring  -  Packed with things to see from the stunning Giant’s Causeway to tours of the world's oldest distillery.
      Foodies  -  Enjoy the locally sourced award-winning cuisine on offer, in a charmingly old school setting.
      Sights nearby  -  Close to attractions such as Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
      Check prices