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The stunning Causeway Coast, castles, beautiful sheer cliffs, Guinness and ultra-friendly locals. If you’re a Throner (if you don’t know what that means, then you’re not) you will definitely have a few GoT-related places on your checklist.
There’s no shortage of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from luxury 5* hotels to budget 2* starting from £49 to £149 a night, airbnb, hostels or campsites. I stayed in an Airbnb just outside of the city centre for £50, split between 5 of us was only £10 a night for an entire private house to ourselves.
When in Ireland it goes without saying you have to have a guiness or 10, but there are others I tried that I would recommend. Smithwick’s Red & Pale ale, Open Gate Summer Ale were nice if your like me and enjoy ale and If your a lager drinker then check out Harp or Citra. If you like Gin try Jawbox and Shortcross. You have to sample the local cuisine I highly recommend a Boojum Burrito.
We hired a car as we had a fair distance to travel to our destinations. When in the city though It was easy to book a local taxi or walk. Translink is Northern Ireland’s main public transport provider.
- Tip: Don’t be insulted if someone calls you love, dearie, or darling. These are commonly used and not considered rude.
- Tip: “Please” and “Thank You” are very important in the UK. Say “Please” and “Thank You” to everyone for even the smallest kindness.
- Tip: Say “Pardon me” or “Excuse me” if you bump into someone or even get close to someone. The British also say this if they sneeze, cough or do not understand something someone has said.
In UK power sockets are Type G: This socket has no alternative plugs. The voltage in the UK is 220/240 AC, 50 Hz. Electrical plugs have three rectangular pins and take fuses of 3, 5 and 13 amps.
Visitors from abroad will need an adaptor for appliances that have been brought from home, such as laptops, hairdryers and phone chargers. Most hotels will have two-pronged European-style sockets for shavers only. The Mu Worldwide Traveller Duo is a superb addition for those who travel light and it stays in my travel bag all the time. It doesn’t matter where you go in the world this has you covered and will keep you charged up and ready to go with US and Euro plug adaptors and two USB ports.
It is easier and cheaper to purchase a PAYG (pay as you go) SIM card locally and top it up with credit. This will allow you to use the local mobile-phone networks, though you can only do this if your handset is not locked to a specific network.
Most of the time Wi-fi is freely available. If you’re staying in a hotel they may include Internet facilities as part of their service. Wi-fi is often available for free at libraries, many pubs, cafés and museums, so you can sit down and use your laptop, tablet or phone.
- Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland.
- Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when Ireland was partitioned between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland by the Government of Ireland Act 1920.
- What currency does Northern Ireland use? Northern Ireland uses the £ sterling.
- Will I be able to use Euro in Northern Ireland? Most large stores will accept Euro currency, however please enquire first to confirm if there will be a charge attached to this service and to confirm exact rate.
- Is Northern Ireland safe? Yes. Northern Ireland has the second lowest crime rate in Europe.
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