Your dream Northern Ireland honeymoon could be a week filled with adventure, outstanding natural beauty and fantastic nightlife. With it’s outstanding views, rich history, and a welcoming culture, Ireland is quickly becoming one of the UK’s most popular honeymoon destinations.
Northern Ireland is a fantastic choice for a honeymoon getaway with its combination of convenience and excitement. Even after Brexit, Northern Ireland is still part of the UK, which makes it relatively easy to travel to from England during the past few years.
But if you choose Ireland for your honeymoon, where are the best places to stay, eat, and do?
Honeymoon Hotels in Northern Ireland
The first step in planning your Northern Ireland honeymoon is to book your accommodation. Hotels are an excellent option in Ireland. Northern Ireland takes great care in furnishing and keeping their hotels to a very high standard. The hotel staff will generally be very helpful and go the extra mile to make your stay a romantic one.
These top 10 honeymoon hotels in Ireland are ideal for unwinding and spending some alone time as a newlywed couple:
- Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry
- Grand Central Hotel, Belfast
- Ballygally Castle, Ballygally
- Roa Park Resort, Limavady
- Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen
- Titanic Hotel, Belfast
- Malmaison, Belfast
- Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast
- The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast
- Shipquay Boutique Hotel, Derry
Things To Do In Northern Ireland
The next stage in honeymoon planning is the activities! While you will want to spend a lot of time just enjoying each other as a couple, it seems a waste to go away and not see any sights at all.
From coastal walks and traditional villages, to big cities and pubs, there are so many things to see and do on a Northern Ireland honeymoon that it is impossible to see everything during a short stay in the country!
Narrowing things down is hard, but to add an extra special element to your honeymoon, you need to try these activities:
- Take a tour around Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast
- Go Whiskey tasting Bushmills Distillery in Bushmills
- Take a walk around Crawfordsburn Country Park in Bangor
- Take a picnic to Tollymore Forest Park in Newcastle
- Visit Dunluce Castle in Portrush
- Have the perfect photo opportunity at Giant’s Causeway in Bushmills
- Visit the The Titanic monument in Belfast
- Be a daredevil at the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge in County Antrim
- Test your love (or fear) of heights Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail (Stairway to Heaven) in Enniskillen
- Take a romantic stroll around Cushendun Village in Ballymena
Places To Eat In Northern Ireland
The final aspect of honeymoon planning should be the food and drink. There is nothing less romantic than hangrily arguing over where to get dinner, so having a loose plan ahead is a great idea. Boasting many Michelin Star restaurants, Northern Ireland is the perfect place to visit if you’re a couple with a love for food.
However, if your budget doesn’t stretch as far as high end fine dining, then there are hundreds of amazingly high quality restaurants which will suit every budget and preference without the need to visit a Michelin star venue.
Here are some of the best restaurants for your Northern Ireland honeymoon:
- Home Restaurant, Belfast – Michelin Star
- Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough – Michelin Star
- Oliver’s Restaurant, Belfast
- The Muddlers Club Restaurant, Belfast
- Dean’s Meat Locker, Belfast – Michelin Star
- Underground Dining, Bangor
- The Lantern Restaurant, Belfast
- Shipquay Restaurant, Derry
- Timber Quay Restaurant, Derry
- Walled City Brewery, Derry
Other UK Honeymoon Destinations
If a romantic trip to Northern Ireland doesn’t quite tick all the boxes for your honeymoon destination, search for other top places in the UK to getaway after your wedding.