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HISTORY

The history of the Causeway Coast is ancient. You can see, and visit, the obvious remains of old buildings and castles like the 13th Century Dunluce Castle [the Girona from the Spanish Armada famously sunk off Dunluce in 1588, treasures from which you can see in the Belfast Museum] and the 15th Century Bonamargy Monastry. But if you look hard at the landscape you’ll see obvious ‘unnatural’ mounds in the landscape which were the sites of the forts and residences of the early clans. You never know, if you have Irish ancestry you might be related to them, so maybe you could turn this trip into a family pilgrimage! Our Ancestry page will show you how. Going further back in time the caves in Ballintoy Harbour and others are well regarded as very early sites of shelter. If you love history and you’re keen to travel around NI or the whole island of Ireland exploring our heritage, this section shows you how to do that. Please share your tales, stories and photos socially, tagged with #causewaycoast and #NI to help us connect with the world! Thank you…

History of Royal Portrush Golf Club

1951 Open [Courtesy of Belfast Telegraph] - click image for a full histoy of The Royal Portrush Golf Club

Footage: 1951 Open in Portrush

Archive footage from the 1951 Open

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Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

If you’d like to step back in time and experience what Northern Ireland / Ulster looked like in history, we can’t recommend enough the Folk & Transport Museum, 15 minutes up the road from Belfast. The Transport part has steam engines, trams, a fine collection of some of the oldest cars, bikes and buses, a Delorean (from Back to the Future – built here in NI) and lots more. The Folk part has rebuilt houses from the centuries and a fantastic team in period dress who will transport you back to the bygone days of Ulster. Highly recommended! More details here