20 Surprising Sights in Northern Ireland

Peace Murals

Throughout Belfast are a series of peace murals celebrating the peace accord signed between the Protestants and Catholics. If you look a little closer though, around the corner from many peace murals are darker images painted by former paramilitary groups honoring their fallen and reminding us how fragile peace can be.

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Cathedral District Victorian Pubs

No trip to Northern Ireland is complete without a proper pub-crawl. The best place to do it is in Belfast’s Cathedral District. From Crown Liquor Saloon to Duke of York to John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant and a many other pubs in between, the options are endless for a swill or twelve of Guinness.

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Leonid Andronov / Shutterstock.com

Country Music

While you’re sipping a proper pint, don’t be surprised if the pub singer mixes in a fair bit of American country music alongside Irish classics. Some locals describe Belfast as Nashville’s sister city due to their love of country music. Roll with it and raise your glass and voice to “Wagon Wheel.”

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11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.