Northern Ireland: A Short Guide to the Sights
Why visit Northern Ireland? Find out with the video below. Test yourself and others using the worksheet below!
In the video, you will discover various things to see and things to do in Northern Ireland. Listen and complete the information below:
Exploring Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is a beautiful region, full of rolling hills and glens. Excellent for hiking, you will find cliffs, coasts, and views wherever you go.
In the city, a visit to an Irish pub is usually on any visitors itinerary. Today, Irish pubs can be found all over the world. Irish pubs are famous for their atmosphere, with lively music, sports, and delicious food.
Belfast was also the home of the Titanic, and the Titanic museum now stands on the site of the shipyard where once the largest ships in the world were made. Here, visitors can learn all about Belfast at this time, and the launch and subsequent sinking of the famous boat.
Finally, there are many services offering a tour of sites of “The Troubles” – the conflict in Northern Ireland between the 1960s and 1990s that saw over 3500 people die. These offer a powerful learning experience.
The Giant’s Causeway
According to legend, the Giant’s Causeway is the remains of a bridge built between Ireland and Scotland by an Irish giant. This giant wanted to fight a giant in Scotland, so he built this causeway. In some versions, the Irish giant is so surprised and scared by the size of the Scottish giant that he disguises himself as a baby – but the Scottish giant, seeing such a huge “baby,” is terrified of how big his father must be and so destroys the causeway!
This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of over 40,000 hexagonal columns, standing high above the seashore. Formed by volcanic activity about 50 million years ago, these unique pillars are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.