After spending a week in the Republic of Ireland, my sister and I drive across the border to Northern Ireland and arrived in the UK. Northern Ireland is so different from the Republic of Ireland. Everything is much newer and it’s a lot more similar to the US. They use miles instead of kilometers, they use a 12-hour clock instead of the 24-hour, and they use pounds instead of euros. Belfast is the capital and while it’s most comparable to Dublin, it still feels like a totally different country. I felt like I was in a city in England.
We went to Belfast so we could see some of the filming location of Game of Thrones. While I do love the show, no one on this earth is a bigger fan than my sister, so we had to make the trip up to Northern Ireland. Our first two stops were Giant’s Causeway (not a GoT filming location) and The Rope Bridge. The Rope Bridge is where [spoiler alert!] Theon Greyjoy’s dad gets murked by his own bro.
Giant’s Causeway was really cool, but it’s another little scam put on by the locals. You do not have to pay to go to Giant’s Causeway, although they will make it seem like you do. You can park down the road and walk (to get to the causeway, go through the tunnel at the back of the parking lot, to the right of the glass building). We opted to park at the restaurant that’s right next to the entrance and bought a hot chocolate for 3 pounds.
As soon as you go through the tunnel, you see the rocky beaches of Giant’s Causeway. Be sure to keep walking past the second curve. We turned around and missed the coolest part 🙁 By the way, there are tons of tourists here too. Another place I would recommend going to during the week.
After Giant’s Causeway, we went to the Rope Bridge. If you want to walk across the bridge, you have to pay. It’s like 6-8 pounds I think. We got there 5 minutes too late and couldn’t walk across it, but it’s free to walk to path to take a look at it. The views are absolutely spectacular and I definitely recommend walking over to the bridge even if you don’t want to pay to cross it!
The next stop we made was to The Dark Hedges, which was by far my favorite stop. But more on that later this week!
Have you ever been to Northern Ireland?
Photos by me.