Northern Ireland in the News

October 12, 2020

Game of Thrones Studio Tour at Linen Mill Studios avails of £3.5m funding

Linen Mill Studios has secured £3.5m of funding through Whiterock Finance’s Growth Finance Fund and Growth Loan Fund II towards the cost of its landmark new Game of Thrones Studio Tour visitor attraction.

September 02, 2020

New aquarium for Belfast and £500m Tribeca development get the go-ahead

Plans for a £12m aquarium have been given the go-ahead by Belfast City Council.

September 01, 2020

£24m Game of Thrones attraction in Banbridge gets go-ahead

A £24m Game of Thrones centre in Co Down could become a visitor draw on a level with the Giant's Causeway, a tourism boss has said.

August 19, 2020

New pictures emerge of The Northman film set starring Nicole Kidman and Skarsgård brothers

Pictures have emerged of a site where a Viking revenge blockbuster starring Nicole Kidman is set to be filmed.

August 12, 2020

Last US Ranger of unit formed in Carrick dies

The last veteran of the original 1st Battalion US Rangers, which was formed at Carrickfergus in 1942, has died.

August 11, 2020

Ireland's biggest marine life attraction now a step closer for Belfast

A major £12m aquarium which could create more than 50 full-time jobs for Belfast looks set to get the go ahead.

April 11, 2020

Travel reporter Stephanie Abrams locked down in Larne sells NI tourism sector to native USA

An American travel journalist taking an unexpected extended stay in Co Antrim due to coronavirus travel restrictions hopes to showcase Northern Ireland as a holiday destination for US citizens.

April 06, 2020

Armagh's Brian Hughes crowned champion jockey in dream come true

Armagh's Brian Hughes has vowed to do all he can to defend his title after officially being announced as champion jockey for the first time following the close of the 2019-20 jumps season.

February 17, 2020

£45m plan will give Northern Ireland one of UK's largest film studio sites

A planning application that will quadruple the size of the Belfast Harbour Film Studio complex has been filed with Belfast City Council.

February 10, 2020

Rory McIlroy: World number one return down to relentless consistency

McIlroy is back on top of the world because he is the best player on the planet. The official ranking system does a fine job rating the relative merits of the best players.

January 22, 2020

Irish whiskey distilleries hit 1m mark

Northern Ireland distilleries played a "strong role" as more than 1 million people visited Irish whiskey distilleries across the island of Ireland last year.

January 21, 2020

Belfast Secures Purple Flag for a Safe Night Out

Belfast City Centre has been awarded the coveted Purple Flag – a national accreditation that recognises Northern Ireland’s capital as a great place to enjoy a night out. In the same way that the blue flag is awarded to outstanding coastlines, purple flags indicate towns and cities with a well-run night-time economy.

January 07, 2020

Game of Thrones Studio Tour opening this fall!

As reported by The Irish News, the Studio Tour at Banbridge’s Linen Mill Studios, where much of the show was filmed, will employ up to 194 people, operating 12 hours per day, seven days a week. 

January 07, 2020

New £24m Game of Thrones studio tour to create 200 jobs in Banbridge

THE new Game of Thrones studio tour in Banbridge is expected to employ up to 200 people and provide a £400 million tourist spend boost for the north by 2030, a new report has revealed.

January 07, 2020

2020 vision: The Northern Ireland stars set for meteoric rise over next 12 months

This year looks set to be another big one for NI with talent from the world of music, fashion, film & TV putting the country under the spotlight for all the right reasons.

January 02, 2020

Profits boost for Titanic Belfast as over 900,000 visit centre

It is full steam ahead for one of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions as profits at Titanic Belfast increased last year by 63% to £4.2m.

December 23, 2019

Bumper year for Northern Ireland as film location with Game Of Thrones, Derry Girls and Line Of Duty

The body which promotes Northern Ireland as a filming location is celebrating after the region hosted three of the most talked-about TV shows of 2019.

December 17, 2019

Giants Causeway beats Buckingham Palace for TripAdvisor bookings

The Giant's Causeway has been named as the third most booked visitor destination in the UK during 2019 by TripAdvisor.

December 06, 2019

Tourism body hails 'record year' for Northern Ireland and sets out fresh targets

Tourism Ireland wants to grow revenue from overseas visitors to Northern Ireland by 15% to £658m by 2022.

December 04, 2019


Belfast Harbour has been named the best port of call in the UK and Ireland for cruise ships. The accolade was awarded by a global panel of cruise experts as part of the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards.

November 30, 2019

Northern Ireland's real Game of Thrones: Author's search for the real Con O'Neill

He gave his name to the Connswater river in east Belfast and a million people currently live on land he once controlled. But who was the Gaelic chieftain Con O'Neill?

November 08, 2019

Steve Strange 'humbled' to be given Northern Ireland music accolade

Music impresario Steve Strange returned home to be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at a sold-out gala event in Belfast's Ulster Hall last night.

November 08, 2019

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody picks up Oh Yeah Legend award

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has said it feels incredible for the band to be honoured with one of Northern Ireland’s top music prizes.

November 06, 2019

Bloodlands: James Nesbitt to star in BBC crime drama set in Northern Ireland

Coleraine actor James Nesbitt will star in Bloodlands, an original BBC One crime drama which will be filmed and based in Northern Ireland.

October 30, 2019

The Bushmills Inn named top hotel by golfing body

More than 700 golf operators from around the world voted for the hotel, cementing its place as a leading tourist destination in Northern Ireland.

October 21, 2019

Game of Thrones: New tour for fans of hit TV show as Tourism NI launches trail guide

There's a new tour for Game of Thrones fans in Northern Ireland with the launch of the Glass of Thrones Trail in Belfast.

October 21, 2019

12 archaeological finds across Northern Ireland which give a fascinating insight into the people who were here before us

Archaeologists have made hundreds of astonishing discoveries here in the last four years, often as a result of planning conditions developers have had to meet.

October 15, 2019

Belfast star of the show in BBC's Dublin Murders

Belfast is the star of the show in the BBC’s newest hard-hitting crime drama, Dublin Murders.

October 15, 2019

Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort lands top global award

Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort has been crowned winner of the Best Luxury Spa Resort in Northern Europe at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

October 06, 2019

Belfast restaurant The Muddler's Club wins prestigious Michelin star

Belfast eatery The Muddler's Club has become the third Northern Ireland restaurant to receive a Michelin star.

September 26, 2019

Belfast's Fitzwilliam Hotel is named Northern Ireland AA Hotel of Year

The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast has been named Northern Ireland AA Hotel of the Year 2019-20.

September 23, 2019

Europe's top clubs set for Belfast as Windsor Park to host 2021 UEFA Super Cup final

Windsor Park will host one of the most glamorous games and two of the best teams in world football in 2021 following Uefa's announcement that the European Super Cup final is coming to Belfast.

September 11, 2019

When you wish upon a star - the day Disney Magic sailed into Belfast

Belfast welcomed a touch of Disney magic yesterday as one of its spectacular cruise ships arrived in style.

August 25, 2019

PGA Tour champion Rory McIlroy's stunning 2019 by the numbers

A sublime performance from the Holywood golfer saw him comfortably win in Atlanta, Georgia and walk away for the second time in his career as the FedEx Cup champion.

August 20, 2019

Game Of Thrones author hails transformative effect on actors

Game Of Thrones has transformed the lives of some of its actors, the author of the fantasy drama said.

July 15, 2019

Food and drink at the core of tourism drive towards £1bn target

Tourism NI has announced a new initiative to promote food and drink in Northern Ireland as it strives to become a £1bn industry.

August 12, 2019

Giant's Causeway ranked third most incredible sight in UK by Lonely Planet

The Giant's Causeway has been named the UK's third most incredible sight by Lonely Planet.

July 28, 2019

New Belfast cruise ship terminal opens

It is the first dedicated facility of its kind on the island of Ireland.

July 24, 2019

Ireland confirmed as host of Ryder Cup on ‘great day’ for country

The announcement that Ireland will stage the 2026 Ryder Cup marks a “great day” for the country, the CEO of the host venue has said.

July 22, 2019

£10m Titanic Quarter aquarium could attract an extra 300,000 visitors to Northern Ireland

A £10m aquarium planned for Belfast's Titanic Quarter could increase the number of visitors to NI by 300,000 annually, the London-based company behind it has said.

July 20, 2019

Shane Lowry dedicates Open Championship win to Royal Portrush fans and spectators

Shane Lowry has won The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush

July 18, 2019

Ripple effect of The Open being felt well beyond Portrush

Longer stays and more international guests are just some of the rewards the hospitality trade has reaped ahead of the 148th Open as hoteliers ask "what's next" on the agenda.

July 15, 2019

Food producers put taste of Northern Ireland on menu at Open

Almost a dozen of Northern Ireland's best-loved food producers have secured a place for their products on the prestigious menu at The 148th Open taking place at Royal Portrush this week.

July 10, 2019

Tourism Ireland unveils final section of Game of Thrones Tapestry

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones has come to an end – with the season finale airing in May – and scenes from that final season have now been added to complete Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones Tapestry.

July 03, 2019

Port seeking green light for £30m plans to create second biggest film studios in UK

Belfast Harbour will launch its bid tomorrow to establish the second largest filmstudios in the UK outside London's Pinewood Studios.

June 19, 2019

Titanic Quarter welcomes the Belfast Buoys

The Belfast Buoys have officially been welcomed to their new permanent home in the Titanic Quarter.

June 19, 2019

Walking tour of Belfast's dark days beats Harry Potter in top travel website awards

A Belfast Troubles walking tour is proving more popular than Harry Potter after making it into the top five experiences in a leading travel website's awards.

June 18, 2019

Bid to attract World Rally Championship to Northern Ireland revealed

A round of the World Rally Championship could follow The Open Golf Championship as the next major sporting event to be hosted here.

June 18, 2019

Game of Thrones and Troubles tours ranked in Tripadvisor's top UK travel experiences

A Troubles walking tour and a Game of Thrones-themed coach trip are the Northern Ireland attractions ranked in the top 10 travel experiences in the UK on Tripadvisor for 2019.

June 16, 2019

Cameras roll in Northern Ireland on Game of Thrones prequel

The world of dragons, ice and fire has returned to Northern Ireland with filming underway on the Game Of Thrones prequel series.

June 16, 2019

‘An amazing place’ - tourists fall in love with Belfast

Visitors from the Republic are flocking to Northern Ireland like never before.

June 09, 2019

Belfast's Titanic Hotel named Northern Ireland's best at World Travel Awards

Belfast's Titanic Hotel has been awarded the title of 'Northern Ireland's Leading Hotel 2019' at the World Travel Awards

May 30, 2019

£1.6m drive to restore Mourne Wall wins building project of the year at prestigious awards

A scheme launched to restore a 100-year-old Co Down mountain wall to its original condition has been named Northern Ireland's building project of the year

May 30, 2019

A brush with history for Titanic mural artists

Two leading Northern Ireland-based artists have teamed up to create a new mural celebrating the Titanic and Belfast's heritage

May 30, 2019

Northern Ireland’s myth and legends feature in new immersive experience

Lands of Legends is the first exhibition in the £1 million Amaze attraction at W5 in Belfast

May 13, 2019

Duke of York owner to plough £1m into a poetry courtyard with Seamus Heaney 'Wishing Tree'

BELFAST bars czar Willie Jack is injecting another £1 million into a creative Irish poetry courtyard to complement his already unique offering of high-end tourism and hospitality must-sees in the city.

May 15, 2019

Game of Thrones window trail: White Walkers light up Titanic Quarter in latest unveiling

A fifth giant stained glass window has been unveiled in Belfast to mark the latest episode in the final season of Game of Thrones.

May 09, 2019

Belfast Harbour investing £15m in Victoria Terminal 2

Belfast Harbour has announced a £15m plan to redevelop the port's Victoria Terminal 2 (VT2), which services cross-water traffic between the city and Liverpool.

May 05, 2019

Fourth stained glass window unveiled in Belfast Game of Thrones legacy trail

A fourth giant stained glass window has been unveiled in Belfast to mark the latest episode in the final season of Game of Thrones.

May 05, 2019

US thirst for Irish whiskey soon to see it overtake Scotch sales

US sales of Irish whiskey will soon outrank those of Scotch, according to a new report.

May 02, 2019

Bookings for Game of Thrones destinations in Northern Ireland soar by 112%

A 'Game of Thrones effect' has seen tourism bookings more than double in some Northern Ireland destinations featured in the smash-hit fantasy series.

April 30, 2019

Plan for 280-bedroom family-focused hotel in Belfast's Titanic Quarter

A London-based hospitality concern has announced plans to build a hotel next to Titanic Belfast.

April 29, 2019

Tourism Ireland’s colourful new ‘Glass of Thrones’ trail is appearing around Belfast

It’s week three of Tourism Ireland’s 2019 Game of Thrones campaign and the latest ‘Glass of Thrones’ has been revealed in Belfast today (Tuesday, 30th April) – at the Lagan Weir.

April 26, 2019

New Giants Park Belfast video shows how North Foreshore will look by 2026

A new video outlines how North Foreshore will look when work on Northern Ireland's first £150 million active entertainment park is complete.

April 24, 2019

Belfast's HMS Caroline in running for prestigious museum prize

A First World War ship docked in Belfast has been shortlisted for the most prestigious museum prize in the world.

April 23, 2019

Game of Thrones: Map of every Northern Ireland filming location

For almost 10 years, the worldwide TV phenomenon Game of Thrones has called Northern Ireland its home.

April 22, 2019

Second stained glass window unveiled in Belfast Game Of Thrones legacy trail

A second giant stained glass window has been unveiled in Belfast to mark the latest episode in the final season of Game Of Thrones.

April 21, 2019

Belfast Restaurant Week returns after venues report 59% hike in sales

Organisers are bringing back Belfast Restaurant Week this autumn following "phenomenal results" from this year's inaugural event in February.

April 18, 2019

Ballycastle hotel unveils new extension ahead of The Open

A north coast hotel has said it's expecting its best summer yet as it adds new accommodation to prepare for the arrival of golf fans for The Open in July.

April 19, 2019

Relaunched Northern Ireland water resort makes a splash

A water sports and activity resort has reopened in Carryduff, creating 100 jobs following a £4m investment.

April 17, 2019

£60m Bushmills expansion approved

Old Bushmills Distillery is to double production over the next five years after plans were approved yesterday for a major extension at the north coast whiskey maker.

April 17, 2019

Boost for Game Of Thrones tourism after new Inch Abbey Hotel is given green light

Northern Ireland's Game Of Thrones tourism offering has been bolstered by official planning approval for a new 51-bedroom hotel at the Inch Abbey site in Downpatrick

April 16, 2019

Former prison turned tourist attraction launches Troubles tour

A former prison turned tourist attraction in Belfast has launched a new Troubles themed tour.

April 15, 2019

Study to examine impact of rising visitor numbers on Giant’s Causeway

A study is due to assess the impact of more than a million visitors on one of Northern Ireland’s natural wonders.

April 14, 2019

Giant stained glass window unveiled for Game Of Thrones final season

A giant stained glass window has been unveiled in Belfast to mark the start of the final season of Game Of Thrones.

April 11, 2019

Winter arrives for Belfast Game of Thrones season 8 premiere

Forget winter coming - it's arrived as the Game of Thrones cast descended on Belfast for a special star-studded premiere.

April 11, 2019

LIVE: Star-studded red carpet for Game of Thrones season 8 premiere in Belfast

Forget winter coming - it's arrived as the Game of Thrones cast descended on Belfast for a special star-studded premiere.

April 10, 2019

Thrones exhibition feels right at home as it arrives in Belfast

Winter has been coming for seven seasons of fantasy epic Game Of Thrones - and with the final season due to start in the early hours of Sunday, it will finally arrive.

April 09, 2019

Translink's special transport plans for the Open Championship

Translink has announced its special transport plans for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush

April 09, 2019

Watch Live: Game of Thrones stars open exhibition in Belfast

The Game of Thrones touring exhibition has arrived in Belfast for its debut visit to the UK and Ireland

April 09, 2019

Royal approval from Charles and Camilla for Hillsborough Castle makeover

They say he's a hard man to please, but Prince Charles looked decidedly happy yesterday with what the builders had done in a £20m renovation of his Royal family's 'home' in Northern Ireland.

April 04, 2019

‘Game of Thrones’ Is Ending. But You Can Still Visit Westeros

As the spiritual and production home of HBO’s sprawling fantasy drama, Northern Ireland has been transformed by the show. We take you there.

March 14, 2019

Dublin Port's slashing of its cruise ship business due to rising freight 'could be devastating for Northern Ireland tourism'

A decision by Dublin Port to reduce the number of cruise ships that dock there annually could have a "devastating impact" on tourism in Northern Ireland, a tour operator has said.

March 12, 2019

Portrush getting a makeover ahead of Open Championship's return

Portrush is getting spruced up as it prepares for the arrival of The 148th Open Championship in July.

March 05, 2019

£8.3m hotel near Game of Thrones location in Northern Ireland gets go-ahead

A former hotel in Co Down looks set to be revived after planning officials signed off on proposals to build a new 51-bedroom resort on the site.

March 03, 2019

Irish tourism breaks 10 million visitor barrier for first time

It's official - 2018 was a record year for Irish tourism, with visitor numbers surpassing the 10 million milestone for the first time ever.

February 15, 2019

Fallen tree from Dark Hedges to go to highest bidder

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January 31, 2019

Glitz and glamour as build-up begins to Portrush Open Championship

It was a night of glitz and glamour as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build-up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush.

January 23, 2019

Belfast set for record 285,000 cruise tourists

The number of tourists arriving in Belfast on cruise ships is expected to increase by 100,000 this year.

January 02, 2019

North coast eyeing a £80m bonanza when 190,000 hit Portrush for Open

Organisers of golf's Open Championship have said they are staggered by the level of interest in the tournament's return to Northern Ireland.

December 23, 2018

Bumper year saw nine TV dramas and six films shot in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is celebrating a bumper year as a filming location.

December 19, 2018

Giant's Causeway brings in £484m from tourism