Made plans for the Easter Break yet? Maybe we can help – Northern Ireland is the perfect place to relax and unwind this Easter. Whether it’s Titanic experiences, Giant adventures or LegenDerry events – you’ll find it all right here! Here’s a few idea’s of what you can get up to over the long weekend.
Join the Culture fest
Soak up some culture in the Walled City this Easter weekend with entertainment from the Royal Ballet and Ulster Orchestra. On the 30th and 31st of march the Millennium Forum will host 2 nights of ballet at its beautiful best! The Royal Ballet will perform selected highlights from the company’s repertory including the pas de deux from Acts II and III of ‘Swan Lake’. Supported by the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Paul Murphy, dancers Yuhui Choe, Dromore-born Melissa Hamilton, Ryoichi Hirano and Dawid Trzensimiech this will thrill both lovers of ballet and newcomers to the artform. You’ll find plenty more entertainment in the Maiden City over the Easter weekend with lots of live music in the city’s cosy pubs and great restaurants to choose from. Don’t forget to take a walk along the historic City Walls which are celebrating 400 years this year and visit the Derry Walls Unpacked! History conference, April 6 -7, exploring the history and legacy of the walls. You can also enjoy a walk along the Peace Bridge which leads to Ebrington Square, one of the key venues for the UK City of Culture events.
Take a trip to Titanic Town
Spend a weekend in Belfast City and Join in on the birthday celebration’s at Titanic Belfast which celebrates it’s first birthday on March 31st, reflecting on a momentous opening year in which the World’s Largest Titanic Visitor Experience welcomed more than 700,000 visitors from over 128 countries. If you’re new to the city why not take a Belfast City Bike Tour – one of the best ways to get to know the city. Indulge in a bit of retail therapy, you’ll find lots of great value shopping and high street names in Victoria Square. No trip to Belfast is complete without a night in the buzzing Cathedral Quarter, enjoy some live music in the famous Duke of York pub or spoil yourself with a few jam jar cocktails in the quirky surroundings of Muriel’s Cafe Bar.
Easter usually marks the start of some brighter weather – and there’s no better way to enjoy the sunshine than with a scenic drive along the Causeway Coastal Route. There’s so many hidden gems along the way – make sure you stop off in the seaside village of Cushendun and for the brave take a walk along Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge. Finish your epic road trip at the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre. Visitor’s can explore the stunning new Visitor Centre before taking those giant’s steps on the world famous stones! The new visitor centre which fits seamlessly into the surrounding landscape is filled ancient history & lots of interactive information on the area’s abundant myths, rich history and unique geology.
Island hopping in Fermanagh
Enjoy the great outdoors in the stunning Fermanagh Lakelands. This Easter why not push the boat out with a break on a luxury cruiser. Explore the beauty of Lough Erne and discover some of it’s hidden gems. Stop off in the main town of Enniskillen and discover the history of the County in Enniskillen Castle, or check out one of Northern Ireland’s top attractions – the Marble Arch Caves and Global Geopark which is now open for the 2013 season this Easter. Why not finish off your trip with a bit of pampering at the Thai Spa in the 5* Lough Erne Resort. Find out what great events are taking place in Fermanagh over the Easter weekend here: fermanaghlakelands.com/Easter
Get active in the Mournes
Why not visit the magical landscape that inspired CS Lewis to create the Land of Narnia. The Mournes are not only one of Ireland’s most scenic areas and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, they are quite simply an adventurer’s paradise. A good base for discovering the magic of the Mourne Mountains is the popular resort of Newcastle, where Slieve Donard really does ‘sweep down to the sea’. Newcastle offers family fun, picturesque surroundings of mountain and beach. For a bit of adventure check out Tollymore, offering outdoor adventures from the sublime to the extreme. There’s plenty of new acitvities to try out in the Mournes including pony-trekking, bouldering, canoeing, abseiling, hillwalking and even Ireland’s only mountainboarding facility! And if you fancy a bit of retail therapy stop off in the popular shopping town of Newry where you’ll find lots of high street names and independent retailers.
That’s just a small taster of what you can get up to in Northern Ireland this Easter break. And you’ll find great offers on accommodation across Northern Ireland this Easter with many hotels stating from only £49 per room. Plan your Easter Break here: discovernorthernireland.com/offers/
Whatever you get up to this Easter – we hope it’s a good one! Happy Easter!