When the Giant’s Causeway was discovered in 1693, many regarded it as the 8th wonder of the world. The Causeway is an astonishing complex of hexagonal basalt columns packed tightly together and the tops of these form stepping stones which lead from the cliff foot to disappear under the sea. Columns, which are very similar, can also be found on the Island of Staffa in the Hebrides, this is why the story goes that the road was built by the giant Finn MacCool to enable him to cross over to Scotland.
Our highly recommended Game of Thrones Tour which showcases the breath-taking locations around Northern Ireland where the hit-series was filmed, including: Downhill strand, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Ballintoy Harbour and the mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’.
Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, exploring the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, it’s located in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the very slipways where she was built. The Titanic experience takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The galleries are innovative and interactive with many features including diving to the depth of the ocean to explore where RMS Titanic now rests.
Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital, is a port city known as the birthplace of the Titanic, and for its political murals, documenting the ‘Troubles’ of the 20th century. In the city’s renovated dockyards, the Titanic Quarter includes the Titanic Belfast museum and the Titanic slipways, which now host open-air concerts. Other sights to see are City Hall, the Botanical Gardens and the Ulster Museum.
Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 acres in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. The tour takes in the castle and gardens, as well as hill walks to see the herds of Irish Red Deer.
The Inishowen 100 may sound like a Formula One race, but it gets its name from the approximate distance in miles of the sign – posted drive. This tour takes our students around one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions – the Inishowen Peninsula. We visit the ancient hill top fort of Grianan an Aileach (pictured) as well as the quaint village of Buncrana and then finally to the most northerly point of Ireland – Malin Head.
The Ulster American Folk Park is an open-air museum just outside Omagh, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share. The indoor exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park examines life in Ulster in the 18th and 19th centuries.
NCUK International Foundation Year
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