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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 rugged landscape and the lush countryside is perfect for a relaxing and leisurely holiday. Our pick of the best places to stay in Northern Ireland offers something for everyone whether you're in search of a chic city pad or a rural country house retreat.

The region is well known as featuring 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.

A walk through the bustling roads of Belfast city is essential on any trip to Northern Ireland. 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. However, 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 rugged mountain tops. Lastly, 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 trendy offerings. We have selected a handful of these for our pick of the best places to stay in Northern Ireland.

The best places to stay in Norethern Ireland

For 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.
  • Crescent Town House is an excellent city centre choice at a reasonable price. Elegant interiors behind a 19th century traditional facade. Feautring an superb food at the bar and restaurant and a small hotel cafe. An ideal central crashpad.
  • House Belfast is a chic hotel located in Belfast's vibrant city centre. Interiors feature upholstered furniture, quirky artwork and cosy wood-panelling. The great food and cocktail menu is not to be missed! A lively city stay.

For Londonderry

  • Shipquay Hotel is set right in the heart of historic Derry. Featuring smart rooms, a fine restaurant and spa facilities, it's a great base for a weekend of exploring the fascinating 'Walled City'.
  • Set 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 city's fascinating history and culture.

For foodies

  • 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.

For a golf break

  • 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.
  • Overlooking Portstewart Strand, the Saltwater House is a stylish, modern B&B. With a selection of elegantly designed rooms and delicious breakfasts, it's a great base from which to explore the surrounding coastline and an especially good spot for keen golfers.

For a coastal break

  • Cain Bay Lodge is a quaint guesthouse overlooking the coast in the beautiful town of Bangor. Interiors are traditionally styled. A cosy, fire lit lounge offers the perfect respite after a day spent on the coast.

For a traditional stay

  • 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 meals and 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.
  • The Newforge House is a sophisticated, family-run country house hotel with excellent food and original Georgian interiors. A beautiful romantic country escape.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ardtara Country House is an imposing country house set in picturesque grounds. Beautifully designed throughout mixing contemporary styles seamlessly alongside the house's original features. Chef-patron Ian Orr has created an inspired restaurant. The staff are delightful and surrounding countryside sublime.
  • 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.

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 car, which we strongly advise if you plan to tour the region, we recommend you check out our online partner Rentalcars.

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  • Ballymote House Downpatrick, County Down 4 rooms from AU$133

    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 AU$141

    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 AU$116

    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 AU$130

    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 AU$178

    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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  • Ardtara Country House Upperlands, County Antrim 9 rooms from AU$224

    Country Escape  -  A beautiful country house tucked away amidst wodland and surrounded by some serious natural beauty.
    Fishing  -  Ardtara is close to a variety of good rivers and lakes and the Irish sea is only 45 minute drive away.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the nearby Dunlace Castle.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.

    An imposing country house set in picturesque grounds. Beautifully designed throughout mixing contemporary styles seamlessly alongside the houses original features. Chef-patron Ian Orr has created an inspired restaurant. The staff are delightful and surrounding countryside sublime. See More

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  • Shipquay Hotel Londonderry 21 rooms from AU$178

    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 AU$188

    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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  • Shipquay Hotel Londonderry 21 rooms from AU$178

    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 AU$188

    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 AU$195

    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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  • Saltwater House Portstewart 5 rooms from AU$207

    Sights nearby  -  Take a trip to the magnificent Giants Causeway.
    Great walks  -  Go for lovely walks along Portstewart Strand.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    Overlooking Portstewart Strand, the Saltwater House is a stylish, modern B&B. With a selection of elegantly designed rooms and delicious breakfasts, it's a great base from which to explore the surrounding coastline. An especially good spot for keen golfers. See More

    Check Availability

See all » 11 hotels in County Down

  • Ballymote House Downpatrick, County Down 4 rooms from AU$133

    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

    Check Availability
  • Peartree Hill Belfast, County Down 3 rooms from AU$141

    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

    Check Availability

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  • Crescent Town House Belfast 17 rooms from AU$116

    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

    Check Availability
  • House Belfast Belfast BT7 1JL 31 rooms from AU$130

    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

    Check Availability

See all » 4 hotels in County Antrim

  • Ballylagan Organic Farm Ballyclare, County Antrim 4 rooms from AU$178

    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

    Check Availability
  • Ardtara Country House Upperlands, County Antrim 9 rooms from AU$224

    Country Escape  -  A beautiful country house tucked away amidst wodland and surrounded by some serious natural beauty.
    Fishing  -  Ardtara is close to a variety of good rivers and lakes and the Irish sea is only 45 minute drive away.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the nearby Dunlace Castle.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.

    An imposing country house set in picturesque grounds. Beautifully designed throughout mixing contemporary styles seamlessly alongside the houses original features. Chef-patron Ian Orr has created an inspired restaurant. The staff are delightful and surrounding countryside sublime. See More

    Check Availability

See all » 3 hotels in County Londonderry

  • Shipquay Hotel Londonderry 21 rooms from AU$178

    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 AU$188

    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

See all » 2 hotels in Londonderry

  • Shipquay Hotel Londonderry 21 rooms from AU$178

    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 AU$188

    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

See all » 1 hotel in Bangor

  • Cairn Bay Lodge Bangor (County Down) 8 rooms from AU$195

    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

    Check Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Portstewart

  • Saltwater House Portstewart 5 rooms from AU$207

    Sights nearby  -  Take a trip to the magnificent Giants Causeway.
    Great walks  -  Go for lovely walks along Portstewart Strand.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    Overlooking Portstewart Strand, the Saltwater House is a stylish, modern B&B. With a selection of elegantly designed rooms and delicious breakfasts, it's a great base from which to explore the surrounding coastline. An especially good spot for keen golfers. See More

    Check Availability