- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit the Carrickfergus Castle
Around 20 minutes' drive from Belfast is the substantial town and port of Carrickfergus, home to imposing Carrickfergus Castle. One of the best-preserved medieval structures in Ireland, this Norman castle has seen off foes over eight centuries. Perched near the shore and dominating the town, the fortress is still intact and the recreated banqueting hall is a particular treat, especially for kids. You can pick up a guide at the visitor center and explore the interior and battlements at your leisure. Nearby is the Andrew Jackson Centre, the reimagined ancestral home of the 7th president of the USA.