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Destination guide

Explore Northern Ireland with self-contained holiday lets

Welcome to Northern Ireland, a multifaceted slice of the UK cradling vibrant cities, history-soaked landmarks and the kind of scenery that made Game of Thrones location scouts go weak at the knees. Places like the Causeway Coast offer a glimpse of Northern Ireland's wild and rugged side, while urban hubs, like Belfast and Armagh, enchant visitors with magnificent architecture and Michelin-starred restaurants. Whether you're planning a city break, rural escape or a bit of both, Northern Ireland holiday lettings unlock access to exclusive self-contained properties across the country.

History

Historic landmarks near your Northern Ireland holiday let

From magnificent stately homes and neoclassical palaces to Norman castles and Iron Age forts, Northern Ireland is steeped in history. Mount Stewart, set in beautifully manicured formal gardens, is one of Britain's grandest estates. Today, this National Trust property has been restored to the glory of its halcyon era, when its owners entertained the likes of Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain and WB Yeats. Infatuated by the past? Don't miss the chance to stay in a living slice of history with Northern Ireland's holiday rentals housed in 18th-century cottages, grand Victorian terraced houses and even the occasional castle.

Things to do

Top attractions near your Northern Ireland holiday rental

As Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage site, Giant's Causeway carries a big reputation. It doesn't disappoint, either, with dramatic hexagon-shaped stone pillars rising from the ocean floor. Want to wake up to stunning ocean views? Snap up one of the coveted seaside holiday cottages strung along the Causeway Coast. Whether you're a diehard Jack and Rose fan or simply want to discover Northern Ireland's shipbuilding legacy, Titanic Belfast is a not-to-be-missed attraction. The immersive experience brings the iconic ocean liner to life, with animated projections, interactive exhibits and a cart ride through a recreated shipyard.

How to get around

Navigating Northern Ireland from your holiday home

How you get around Northern Ireland will largely depend on your itinerary. Cities like Belfast, Armagh and Derry are easy to navigate on foot, especially when you stay local with Northern Ireland holiday rental apartments. Rental cars are an appealing option if you want to explore far-flung destinations, like the Causeway Coast and Ards Peninsula. Alternatively, take advantage of local buses and trains. If you've got the time and inclination, renting a bike and exploring Northern Ireland on 2 wheels can be a scenic way to see the country.

Food & drink 

Potatoes and Guinness in hearty Northern Ireland

Start your day right with an Ulster Fry, a traditional Northern Ireland breakfast loaded with soda bread, fried eggs, golden potatoes, crispy bacon, pork sausages, black pudding and grilled tomato. The iconic Crown Liquor Saloon is both a National Trust landmark and a local watering hole. It's one of the best places in Ireland to enjoy a creamy pint of Guinness. Want to stroll home after a night of pub hopping? Belfast holiday rentals just steps from the action put you in the heart of Northern Ireland's beloved capital.

Essential info

A guide to Northern Ireland holiday rentals stays

  • Northern Ireland is part of the UK, which means the currency is British pounds
  • Pack layers, as Northern Ireland can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • If you're planning on visiting over Saint Patrick's Day, book holiday rentals well in advance and don't forget to wear green from head to toe
  • Browse DiscoverNorthernIreland.com for the scoop on Game of Thrones filming locations, self-guided Belfast pub tours, scenic cycling routes and more

How many holiday rentals are available around Northern Ireland?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 967 holiday lettings around Northern Ireland. From 284 cabins to 346 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Northern Ireland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Northern Ireland. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ballycastle: 136 holiday homes
  • Newtownards: 327 holiday homes
  • Portrush: 201 holiday homes
  • Belfast: 330 holiday homes
  • Castlerock: 143 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Northern Ireland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Northern Ireland?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Northern Ireland with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Ballycastle: 136 holiday lettings
  • Newtownards: 327 holiday lettings
  • Portrush: 201 holiday lettings
  • Belfast: 330 holiday lettings
  • Newcastle: 66 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Northern Ireland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Northern Ireland are:

  • Belfast International Airport (BFS): 320 self catering accommodations
  • Belfast City Airport (BHD): 360 self catering accommodations
  • City of Derry Airport (LDY): 69 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Northern Ireland?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Northern Ireland. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lough Erne: 63 holiday rentals
  • Killyleagh Castle: 332 holiday rentals
  • Copeland Islands: 301 holiday rentals
  • Glenarm Castle: 89 holiday rentals
  • Royal County Down Golf Course: 118 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Northern Ireland listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.