Northern Ireland is hot becoming the place to visit! It’s changed so much since I first arrived 14 years ago. We’ve certainly had our differences, but we’ve also grown fond of each other. It’s so very different from Canada and Japan! To help you plan your next family visit, I thought I’d share some books with you. Most of these books we either have in our own personal collection or have borrowed from the library, and a couple we’ve also reviewed here on the blog.
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Books About Northern Ireland
Interesting facts about Northern Ireland:
- Fact Cat: United Kingdom: Northern Ireland: This book has lots of colourful photos and bit of information.
- Let’s Visit: Northern Ireland: First visit virtually and then compare it to reality!
- Favorite Castles: Ireland and Northern Ireland (Volume 2) Who can resist learning more about castles?
We have 2 of these 3 books, purchased to help save special memories about visits to some of our favourite places:
- Scrabo and the Brent Goose: Scrabo Tower is now open to the public again, and I have my eye on this book to commemorate a trip we will take there.
- Finn’s Causeway Adventure: we took this book along with us on a visit to the Giant’s Causeway, of course.
- Brainy Bot: This book reminds the children of a day in Botanic Gardens in Belfast and watching the squirrels run amongst the trees.
A varied selection of books for young children to pre-teens:
- S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet (Discover the World): I love alphabet books!
- Samson’s Titanic Journey: A different viewpoint of the iconic sail.
- The Headmaster’s Cave (The Adventures of George and Flanagan Book 1): This is an adventure set in an area near Whitehead. (You can read our review here), and there is now a second book available in the series: The Bone Whisperer.
And if you do make it over here to visit or travel, you’ll find you many want to record your journey or find out where the ‘craic’ is good:
- Kids travel journal: my trip to Northern Ireland: Write down your thoughts and experiences so you can remember your trip in the future with this fun book.
- Giant’s Causeway Northern Ireland Journal
- Easy Guide to…Northern Ireland Slang: Some words and phrases are unique to Northern Ireland and kids will have fun quizing their parents with them!
And for us adults who may also be interested in Northern Ireland; from what to do, where to go, the history and politics, there is no shortage of reading material available. If you’d like to browse through more mature titles, click here.
When I travel I like to do as much as I can and often wish there was an easy way to build in multi-stop destinations without the huge hassle and cost usually involved. I’ve just found out about AirWander, a multi-day stopovers flight search tool. This would have been so useful in the past instead of having to work between multiple airlines myself in order to visit friends on my way back home for Christmas; and I will be using it in the future so we can show the children more of the world.