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About Northern Ireland

A beautiful region to explore, Northern Ireland boasts everything from craggy coastlines to the hip city of Belfast, home to trendy bars and eateries aplenty, as well as heaps of history. With a burgeoning tourism industry, accommodation options are wide-ranging, offering everything from family-run B&Bs to elegant townhouse hotels catering to a variety of budgets. Whilst some of our favourite hotels are in Belfast itself, many of the best places to stay in Northern Ireland are charming country houses and cosy coastal escapes, making the most of the area’s striking scenery.

Featuring a number of national heritage sites, imposing city monuments and a cracking farm-to-table foodie scene, Northern Ireland offers countless wonders to satisfy the curious visitor. Amble through the bustling streets of Belfast, where attractive Victorian properties now play host to quirky cafes and bars, explore the rich maritime heritage of the Titanic Quarter, before discovering Belfast’s troubled past at Stormont, the Ulster Museum and Crumlin Road Gaol.

Beyond Belfast, the Causeway Coastal Route offers spectacular views of pristine seashores and rugged mountain tops, whilst the Giant’s Causeway needs almost no introduction. The 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, have been recognised as an important World Heritage Site and the region is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Fans of Game of Thrones can marvel at key filming locations from the series, whilst golfers will find top-notch courses for a round or three, and ramblers can enjoy exploring dramatic peaks, lush countryside and unspoilt beaches on foot.

Years of peace have brought positivity and prosperity, and a boom in characterful small hotels across the region. Whether you’re eager to unwind at the spa, to feast on locally-sourced delights or to treat yourself to a chic city break, our pick of the best places to stay in Northern Ireland promises something special for everyone.

The best places to stay in Norethern Ireland

For Belfast

  • Merchant Hotel is housed in the restored former headquarters of the Ulster Bank, offering opulent decor with beautiful silks and velvets. A superb bar, restaurant and luxury spa make this a top Belfast base.
  • The Bullitt is a cool city break pick offering slick modern rooms (categories range from ‘Dinky’ to ‘Roomy’), fantastic food and a buzzing rooftop bar with live music. A fun, funky bolthole in the heart of Belfast.
  • Ten Square is a trendy boutique spot in the centre of Belfast. Modern rooms are chic and luxurious, and the proximity to the city’s bars and restaurant makes this a great pick for hip, well-heeled visitors. The smart, slick vibe also suits business travellers.
  • Crescent Town House offers an excellent Belfast base at a reasonable price. Tucked behind a period façade, most rooms are comfortable and contemporary — though there are also two traditional Georgian-style bedrooms. Relax with friends at the bar and restaurant, before hitting the city. A great value choice.
  • House Belfast is a characterful boutique property in Belfast’s vibrant city centre. A fun choice for hip couples, the hotel features upholstered furniture in warm jewel-like tones, quirky artwork and funky wallpaper. Savour top-notch food in the atmospheric restaurant and indulge in awesome cocktails at the seriously cool bar. City chic!

For Londonderry

  • Shipquay Hotel is a smart, boutique pick in the heart of historic Derry. With a great brasserie-style restaurant and swish, luxurious bedrooms tucked inside a period townhouse, this is an excellent base for a weekend in the fascinating 'Walled City’.
  • Bishop's Gate Hotel offers a sophisticated city stay in a 19th century building. The atmospheric bar and excellent restaurant are wonderful places to unwind, whilst recently refurbished rooms and suites promise contemporary luxury. Larger apartments are great for families or groups of friends travelling together.

For a coastal B&B

  • Saltwater House is a stylish B&B with five elegant white-on-white rooms, delicious breakfasts and beautiful views over Portstewart Strand. Golfers will love the proximity to Portstewart and Portrush (both within 5 miles), whilst ramblers are well-placed to explore the coastline.
  • Cairn Bay Lodge is a lovely, laid-back guesthouse overlooking the coast in the beautiful town of Bangor. Think traditional wooden beds, bright artwork and sea views from some of the bedrooms. A family-run B&B offering great brunch, and the ideal base for walking, cycling and cosy evenings in nearby pubs.

For a Rural Retreat

  • Tyrella House is a grand eighteenth century house offering three elegant Georgian bedrooms, mature gardens, a private beach and a polo ground. Stay here for riding and polo lessons, as well as marvellous old-world charm and a friendly family feel. Book the Family Suite if you're travelling with little ones, who can also safely swim in the sea.
  • Newforge House is a sophisticated, family-run country house hotel with warm Georgian interiors, including four-poster beds and antique writing desks. Soak up the house’s romantic charm and savour fantastic fare from co-owner John, a professional chef. Wonderful!
  • Ballymote House promises a peaceful getaway in Country Down, with four traditional rooms, beautiful gardens and heaps of outdoor activities — from fishing to horse riding, scenic rambles to great golf. Pick this place for a quiet, relaxed vibe and impressive big breakfasts.
  • Ballylagan Organic Farm boasts four delightful rooms in a renovated farmhouse, and a separate self-catering cottage. With pigs in the pens, sheep in the field and a substantial offering of home-grown organic produce, this laid-back working farm offers the perfect rural retreat. A farm favourite for families.
  • Peartree Hill is a charming hideaway with three lovely modern rooms, perfectly poised for exploring both Belfast and the County Down coastline. An intimate B&B boasting hearty breakfasts and spacious bedrooms.

For foodies

  • Portaferry Hotel is a charming waterfront hotel with views over the Strangford Lough. Rooms are comfortable and old-fashioned, whilst the award-winning restaurant is the big sell. Mouth-watering dishes are crafted from the finest local ingredients — this is one for foodies who will appreciate a friendly atmosphere and a beautiful view.
  • Ardtara Country House is an imposing retreat with nine bedrooms blending contemporary comforts with attractive period features. Stay here for the pretty rural woodland setting, the nearby fishing and hiking, as well as chef-patron Ian Orr’s inspired cooking. The award-winning restaurant prides itself on offering delectable dishes using local produce — including fruit and vegetables grown in the hotel garden.
  • Bushmills Inn offers warm, Irish hospitality in a cosy inn, with traditionally-decorated bedrooms and lovely free-standing baths for long soaks after scrumptious, locally-sourced meals in the garden or evenings reading by the fire. Think roaring fires, live music, fresh oysters and a cracking tipple in the village which remains home to the world's oldest distillery. What's not to love?

For a spa

  • Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is one of Northern Ireland’s best known hotels, and enjoys a picturesque location between the Mountains of Mourne and the sea. Rooms are stylish and contemporary, The Royal County Down Golf Course is right on the doorstep and the state-of-the-art spa features striking sea views. Unwind with restorative therapies in one of 16 treatment rooms. One for golfers and spa lovers.
  • Culloden Estate and Spa offers a splendid stay, just 10 minutes from Belfast. Overlooking the Belfast Lough and set in 12 acres of grounds, this Gothic edifice promises luxurious rooms and suites, as well as terrific food and easy access to myriad attractions. Try the Total Body Bliss treatment at the indulgent ESPA spa — one of Northern Ireland’s best.

For Families

  • Clandeboye Lodge offers chic rooms with Scandi-style furnishings and luxurious bathrooms in a pretty rural setting near Bangor. The Coq & Bull is a lively eatery focusing on homegrown and local produce, whilst there are stacks of activities for everyone in the area — from golf to interactive museums, beach fun to rural walks. Families will adore the friendly feel and the spacious family suite, which sleeps four people.
  • Rayanne House is a traditional property in a leafy corner of Holywood, three miles from Belfast city centre. Family rooms are ideal for those travelling with little ones, and the team are keen to accommodate kids with books, games and local activity recommendations. Although primarily a B&B, the property also offers private dining — perfect for a party. A relaxed family spot in the suburbs.

For a holiday cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Northern Ireland has two main airports: Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport. Whilst Belfast City Airport is mainly served by the UK, the International Airport offers connections to cities across Europe.
  • There are also frequent ferries between Belfast Harbour and Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. These high-speed vessels are also a great option if you’d like to bring your car.
  • There’s so much to explore by road in Northern Ireland. If you would like to rent a car, we suggest that you contact our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Visit between May and September for the best of the year’s weather. The long days offer great opportunities for scenic drives, walks and discovering both towns and rural areas.

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  • Ballymote House Downpatrick, County Down 4 rooms from £71

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Peartree Hill Belfast, County Down 3 rooms from £75

    Local exploring  -  A great base from which to explore both Belfast and the surrounding countryside.
    Owner managed
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the world famous Harland and Wolff Cranes - Samson and Goliath.
    Great walks  -  Go for a walk around Strangford Lough.

    With sprawling views out over the County Down landscape, the Peartree Hill is a charming spot. Featuring lovely rooms and excellent breakfasts, the B&B is within striking distance of both Belfast and the beautiful County Down coastline. See More

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  • Crescent Town House Belfast 17 rooms from £62

    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

    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. See More

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  • House Belfast Belfast BT7 1JL 31 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Located on vibrant Botanic Avenue, Belfast's main attractions and great nightlife are all within walking distance of this hotel
    City Style  -  With its stylish interiors and central location, this hotel makes a contemporary, chic Belfast hotel
    Romantic Break  -  The comfortable hotel beds and cosy restaurant score highly with couples
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the classical City Hall, located in nearby Donegall Square; guided tours of the historic building are available

    This chic hotel is located in Belfast's vibrant city centre. Interiors feature upholstered furniture, quirky artwork and cosy wood-panelling, while the stylish guestrooms boast feature wallpaper and plush soft linens. Don't miss the great food and cocktail menu in the restaurant; a lively city stay. See More

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  • Ballylagan Organic Farm Ballyclare, County Antrim 4 rooms from £95

    Country Escape  -  Set on a lovely farm in County Antrim, this place is definitely for people who are looking for fresh air and open space.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip into Belfast and explore sights such as the Titanic Museum, the Falls Road and the Ulster Museum.
    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of lovely walking routes.
    Full of character

    With pigs in the pens and sheep in the field, Ballylagan Organic Farm is exactly like its name suggests. The original farmhouse boasts four delightful rooms and there is the option of a self-catering cottage. Perfect for people looking for an immersive rural experience. See More

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  • Shola Coach House Portrush 4 rooms from £110

    Country Escape  -  A little rural hideaway offering easy access to beautiful coastal walks
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant’s Causeway
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the scenic coastal paths
    Minimum Stay  -  2 night min stay

    A charming country house in a secluded spot just outside Portrush. Beautifully renovated rooms are decorated with a choice selection of antiques and boast luxury bathrooms (the best has a freestanding bath). Expect friendly hosts and indulgent breakfasts. A homely adults-only stay. See More

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  • Shipquay Hotel Londonderry 21 rooms from £95

    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

    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. See More

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  • Bishop's Gate Hotel Londonderry 28 rooms from £100

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Blackrock House Portrush 4 rooms from £110

    Active Holiday  -  Find a host of outdoor pursuits in the surrounding region.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the scenic Portrush promenade and beach.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Traditional

    An impeccably designed boutique B&B boasting a coastal position in Portrush. Accommodation mixes the old and new with polished wooden floors, a few select antiques, white-washed walls and soft grey hues. A charming base to discover the region. See More

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  • Shola Coach House Portrush 4 rooms from £110

    Country Escape  -  A little rural hideaway offering easy access to beautiful coastal walks
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant’s Causeway
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the scenic coastal paths
    Minimum Stay  -  2 night min stay

    A charming country house in a secluded spot just outside Portrush. Beautifully renovated rooms are decorated with a choice selection of antiques and boast luxury bathrooms (the best has a freestanding bath). Expect friendly hosts and indulgent breakfasts. A homely adults-only stay. See More

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  • Shipquay Hotel Londonderry 21 rooms from £95

    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

    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. See More

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  • Bishop's Gate Hotel Londonderry 28 rooms from £100

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Cairn Bay Lodge Bangor (County Down) 8 rooms from £104

    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

    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. See More

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  • Clandeboye Lodge Bangor 43 rooms from £115

    Golf  -  This area is renowned for its courses with many just a short drive away and the Blackwood Golf Centre right next door
    Country Escape  -  With chic design, beautiful surrounding countryside, and fine cuisine, this is a luxurious rural break
    Active Holiday  -  There are a plethora of outdoor pursuits in the area with something to suit everyone
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A luxury rural hotel set in the Northern Ireland's rugged and picturesque countryside. Chic rooms are perfectly styled with geometric wallpaper, luxury bathrooms, and Scandinavian inspired furniture. Seasonal produce is used in the restaurant and there is a superb wine list. Country chic. See More

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  • Ballymote House Downpatrick, County Down 4 rooms from £71

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Peartree Hill Belfast, County Down 3 rooms from £75

    Local exploring  -  A great base from which to explore both Belfast and the surrounding countryside.
    Owner managed
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the world famous Harland and Wolff Cranes - Samson and Goliath.
    Great walks  -  Go for a walk around Strangford Lough.

    With sprawling views out over the County Down landscape, the Peartree Hill is a charming spot. Featuring lovely rooms and excellent breakfasts, the B&B is within striking distance of both Belfast and the beautiful County Down coastline. See More

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  • Crescent Town House Belfast 17 rooms from £62

    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

    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. See More

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  • House Belfast Belfast BT7 1JL 31 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Located on vibrant Botanic Avenue, Belfast's main attractions and great nightlife are all within walking distance of this hotel
    City Style  -  With its stylish interiors and central location, this hotel makes a contemporary, chic Belfast hotel
    Romantic Break  -  The comfortable hotel beds and cosy restaurant score highly with couples
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the classical City Hall, located in nearby Donegall Square; guided tours of the historic building are available

    This chic hotel is located in Belfast's vibrant city centre. Interiors feature upholstered furniture, quirky artwork and cosy wood-panelling, while the stylish guestrooms boast feature wallpaper and plush soft linens. Don't miss the great food and cocktail menu in the restaurant; a lively city stay. See More

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  • Ballylagan Organic Farm Ballyclare, County Antrim 4 rooms from £95

    Country Escape  -  Set on a lovely farm in County Antrim, this place is definitely for people who are looking for fresh air and open space.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip into Belfast and explore sights such as the Titanic Museum, the Falls Road and the Ulster Museum.
    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of lovely walking routes.
    Full of character

    With pigs in the pens and sheep in the field, Ballylagan Organic Farm is exactly like its name suggests. The original farmhouse boasts four delightful rooms and there is the option of a self-catering cottage. Perfect for people looking for an immersive rural experience. See More

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  • Shola Coach House Portrush 4 rooms from £110

    Country Escape  -  A little rural hideaway offering easy access to beautiful coastal walks
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant’s Causeway
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the scenic coastal paths
    Minimum Stay  -  2 night min stay

    A charming country house in a secluded spot just outside Portrush. Beautifully renovated rooms are decorated with a choice selection of antiques and boast luxury bathrooms (the best has a freestanding bath). Expect friendly hosts and indulgent breakfasts. A homely adults-only stay. See More

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  • Shipquay Hotel Londonderry 21 rooms from £95

    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

    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. See More

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  • Bishop's Gate Hotel Londonderry 28 rooms from £100

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Blackrock House Portrush 4 rooms from £110

    Active Holiday  -  Find a host of outdoor pursuits in the surrounding region.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the scenic Portrush promenade and beach.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Traditional

    An impeccably designed boutique B&B boasting a coastal position in Portrush. Accommodation mixes the old and new with polished wooden floors, a few select antiques, white-washed walls and soft grey hues. A charming base to discover the region. See More

    Check Availability
  • Shola Coach House Portrush 4 rooms from £110

    Country Escape  -  A little rural hideaway offering easy access to beautiful coastal walks
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant’s Causeway
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the scenic coastal paths
    Minimum Stay  -  2 night min stay

    A charming country house in a secluded spot just outside Portrush. Beautifully renovated rooms are decorated with a choice selection of antiques and boast luxury bathrooms (the best has a freestanding bath). Expect friendly hosts and indulgent breakfasts. A homely adults-only stay. See More

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  • Shipquay Hotel Londonderry 21 rooms from £95

    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

    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. See More

    Check Availability
  • Bishop's Gate Hotel Londonderry 28 rooms from £100

    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.

    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. See More

    Check Availability

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  • Cairn Bay Lodge Bangor (County Down) 8 rooms from £104

    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

    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. See More

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  • Clandeboye Lodge Bangor 43 rooms from £115

    Golf  -  This area is renowned for its courses with many just a short drive away and the Blackwood Golf Centre right next door
    Country Escape  -  With chic design, beautiful surrounding countryside, and fine cuisine, this is a luxurious rural break
    Active Holiday  -  There are a plethora of outdoor pursuits in the area with something to suit everyone
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A luxury rural hotel set in the Northern Ireland's rugged and picturesque countryside. Chic rooms are perfectly styled with geometric wallpaper, luxury bathrooms, and Scandinavian inspired furniture. Seasonal produce is used in the restaurant and there is a superb wine list. Country chic. See More

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