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The best places in the UK for royalty fans

Discover the shining jewels of Her Majesty’s dominion, from majestic mountains to ancient woodlands and sandy beaches

Posted: 15 August 2011
by Helen McKay-Ferguson

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Northern Ireland

Royal Connection The official royal residence of Hillsborough Castle in Hillsborough village, County Down.

Why visit? The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, with its towering basalt columns, is fun to clamber across. Other wonders include the mysterious Seven Beaghmore Stone Circles in County Tyrone and Finnis Souterrain, an ancient underground tunnel hide-out in County Down. Capital city Belfast boasts the splendid buildings of Queen’s University and a clutch of fabulous museums, including the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum which tells the story of the Titanic. Belfast Castle is a fun day out, made all the more appealing by its amazing Cavehill Adventurous Playground. Out of town, children can meet the animals at Streamvale Open Farm.

Dine out at Nick’s Warehouse, an old whiskey warehouse reborn as a fine-dining venue in the heart of Belfast. 

Stay at The Culloden Estate & Spa, perched on the Holywood Hills just outside Belfast. From £105 per night. 

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