Northern Ireland’s Best Hidden Tourist Attractions Our Readers Suggested – From Walks To Ancient Landmarks


Northern Ireland is full of attractions that make the headlines, but what about those that don’t?

We asked you for the top attractions that most people don’t know, and you answered this.

Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Center, Dungannon

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The Gobbins Cliff Walk has been recommended by readers.

One of the most important landmarks in Irish history, The Hill of The O’Neill offers an interactive visitor center that will take you back in time.

Learn about the O Neills and their mighty dynasty that spanned 400 years and the Nine Year War that took place here that changed Ulster forever.

The center includes a glass tower with 360-degree panoramic views of seven Ulster counties, an exhibit on the Earls’ Flight and Ulster Plantation, and a heritage park, perfect for exploring.

Armagh Planetarium and Observatory, Armagh

The UK’s oldest planetarium, Armagh Planetarium and Observatory opened in 1968 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Enjoy immersive solar system dome shows, a human Orrery, meteor exhibits, Astropark, and augmented reality facilities that let you walk in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong.

Manannan Mac Lir, Binevenagh

The statue of Manannán Mac Lir, the Celtic god of the sea, sits atop Binevenagh, just outside Limavady.

Made by sculptor John Sutton, known for his work on the Game Of Thrones television series, this is one of five life-size sculptures highlighting the myths and legends of the Roe Valley.

Amazing vantage point, there are plenty of views of Lough Foyle, Inishowen and the Donegal Coast from the statue’s vantage point.

Nendrum monastic site, Comber

Nendrum is considered the best example of a pre-Norman monastic site in Northern Ireland.

Open year round, the site was created by St Machaoi in the 5th century and has links to St Patrick.

This peaceful site features a ruined church and sundial, and offers peaceful views over Strangford Lough.

The Gobbins are a coastal cliff walk that takes you along the spectacular Antrim coastline from Islandmagee.

As you walk over bridges, sculpted stairs, and sunken caves, you’ll learn about the history of the walk, and hopefully spot wildlife along the way.

The spectacular promenade is 2 miles long and is home to the only puffin colony on the mainland of Northern Ireland.

Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen

Formed over 340 million years ago, the Marble Arch Caves are made up of caves, rivers, mountains, waterfalls and gorges.

Explore the underground caves on a cave walking tour and discover hidden tunnels, still pools, and awe-inspiring formations.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Newry

Slieve Gullion is home to over 2,000 years of legend and history, from Cuchulainn, the Red Branch to Fionn Mac Cumhail (Finn McCool).

The perfect place to stimulate the imagination, the forest park offers walking trails, a scenic drive, an adventure play park and a Giant’s Lair children’s story trail.

Navan Center and Fort, Armagh

Travel back in time to the ancient seat of kings and the first capital of Ulster, the Navan Center and the Fort.

Visit an Iron Age dwelling (open April to September) and learn how people lived 2,000 years ago and see one of Ireland’s most famous ancient sites, Emain Macha (Navan Fort) .

The site also includes an archeology discovery center, an ecological trail and a café.

Ideal for a day out with the family, The Argory is owned by the National Trust and is located in Dungannon.

Open on weekends, there are plenty of walks to explore including Lime Tree Walk and River Walk.

Why not take a stroll along the Blackwater River and try your luck spotting the kingfishers that inhabit this place.

Beaghmore Stone Circles, Cookstown

Discovered by chance during peat cutting in the 1940s, the Beaghmore site is made up of 7 stone circles.

Thought to also include burial cairns and ceremonial circles, this site is a fascinating glimpse into Northern Ireland’s ancient past.

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