Things to Do
Things to Do on the North Coast
Causeway Coast Attractions
Visit Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, as seen from our fabulous Sea View Rooms. With a 60-million-year history and a unique learning experience at the Visitor Centre, the famous hexagonal columns of the Giant’s Causeway are a must-see when visiting the North Coast.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
First erected by fishermen 250 years ago, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede. It spans 20 metres, and is suspended 30 metres above the rocks below, making it a prime spot for stunning photography around the rocky coast at Ballintoy.
Old Bushmills Distillery
The oldest distillery in Northern Ireland was founded in 1608 and produces some of the much-loved whiskeys featured in our bar at Elephant Rock. Distillery tours and tastings are available at the distillery and reservations are advisable during the summer months.
In the picturesque small village of Ballintoy lies the fishing harbour, which has featured in many feature films. Accessed by a spectacular steep and winding road, it is a painter and photographer’s paradise with sea stacks, rocky islands, pools and stunning cliff walks. Car Park and picnic facilities are available beside the harbour café.
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The Dark Hedges
Having always been a local attraction, The Dark Hedges area was thrust into the spotlight when it featured in the HBO television series Game of Thrones. The beautiful beech trees were planted in the 18th century and form the entrance to a Georgian house – Gracehill House. Game of Thrones tours are available in the area with pre-booking.
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 and located on the cliffs near Castlerock, high above the Atlantic Ocean and perched overlooking Downhill Strand, forming part of the Downhill Demesne. The Earl Bishop set up home in this beautiful estate in the 18th century and the demesne features a number of attractions including the temple, Lion’s Gate, Lady Erne’s Seat and the Walled Garden.
Deemed as one of the most picturesque and romantic of Irish Castles, Dunluce Castle, as it stands today, dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries. It was inhabited by the feuding McQuillan and MacDonnell clans and visitors can view historical and archaeological exhibits which are on public display.