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Beyond Belfast

As a student in Belfast, you will likely want to make the most of your time here and see the sights beyond the city. We have everything from World Heritage sites, real-world Game of Thrones locations you can visit, scenery that inspired Narnia and more.

If you're a student staying in Queen's Accommodation, our team will organise a full calendar of events and trips allowing you to explore all that Northern Ireland has to offer.


A road trip to the Giant's Causeway is worth it just for the drive along the spectacular Antrim Coast Road.

Walk in the footsteps of giants at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, surf the famous West Strand in Portrush or test your nerve crossing the death-defying Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.

You can also visit the famous Dark Hedges from Game of Thrones while you're this far!

Student at Slieve Donard mountain
The real-life Narnia

The picturesque Mourne Mountains in County Down is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the inspiration for C.S. Lewis' magical world of Narnia.

If you're an experienced hiker, you can scale the heights of Northern Ireland's tallest peak, Slieve Donard, mountain bike through the Mourne foothills in Tollymore Forest Park or follow the 22-mile Mourne Wall (another backdrop in Game of Thrones).

Take a Weekend Trip to Newcastle, Co. Down

Join Madelyn as she takes on the Mountains

Student Sumita in front of Derry Girls mural
Get a picture by the Derry Girls mural

Located two hours away from Belfast is Derry/Londonderry - the place where Derry Girls was born. You can get a selfie in front of the mural and immerse yourself in the city's history.

If you're a huge fan of the show, you have the chance to see original memorabilia from the show like Erin's diary, Aunt Sarah's famous pyjamas, Ma Mary's Woolworths sweater which are all on display in the Tower Museum.

Take a trip to Derry with Sumita


Northern Ireland boasts many breathtaking forest parks that are perfect for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

We have Tollymore Forest nestled at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, Glenariff with its majestic waterfall, and Roe Valley country park that offers scenic river walks and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting.

Each of these forest parks - and many others in NI - are ideal destinations for exploring the lush landscapes.

Isa at the GOT tour
Step into Winterfell

For more than a decade, HBO and Game of Thrones found their home in Northern Ireland, and we take great pride in that fact!

As you journey through our stunning landscape, you'll quickly understand why Northern Ireland was selected for Game of Thrones and how you can immerse yourself in the essence and excitement of the legendary series.

Inside the Game of Thrones Tour with Queen’s Accommodation

Dunluce Castle
A treasure trove of history

If you want to get to know Northern Ireland, you need to go back in time. Visit the Ulster American Folk Park where you can experience the emigrant life from Ulster to America. Walk the walls in Derry/Londonderry, the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland that dates back to the 17th century.

Northern Ireland is also home to a variety of captivating castles, such as Dunluce Castle, Castle Ward and Enniskillen Castle, each steeped in history that give you a glimpse of the past.

My First Road Trip in Northern Ireland

Guinness storehouse entrance
Cross the border and head to Dublin

Belfast is the perfect starting point if you want to head south and explore Dublin - there are regular trains everyday to Dublin with a two hour journey time. The city has a vibrant atmosphere, rich history, and culture treasures, meaning there's plenty to discover while you're there.

Taking a Day Trip from Belfast to Dublin


Hear from our students on exploring Northern Ireland while at university: