Whole Earth Guide

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Whole Earth Guide

Let us be your tourist guide to the world. As we expand into new countries, we'll give you all the information that you need to know before you go and show you all the highlights of each country and region. Along the way we'll reveal places that you can stay with the service levels you thought had long since gone.

Whole Earth Guide from around the world

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Van Morrison's Birthplace

Fans of Van Morrison have made this unassuming residence in a quiet little street in the working class area of East Belfast a place of pilgrimage over the years. 125 Hyndford Street is marked with a bronze plaque as the house where 'Van the Man' spent his childhood in an area which significantly influenced his later music.

The street in which the house stands is relatively unchanged since Morri...

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Last updated 27 Apr 2012


Killyleagh is best known for the 12th century Killyleagh Castle that dominates the town and looks more along the lines of a Loire Chateau than a medieval castle.

Killyleagh, not far from Downpatrick, is located at the southwest corner of Strangford Lough and is a plantation town and port. Strangford Lough is a spectacular sea lough, 26 miles long, and is studded with countless islands, secret ...

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Last updated 25 Apr 2012

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park. It stands 400 feet (120 m) above sea level and overlooks the city and affords a fantastic view of the region and the famous Belfast dockyards.

The original Belfast Castle was built in the late 12th century was built by the Normans and was located in what is now Belfast city centre. The home of Sir Arthur Chichester, baron of Belfast...

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Last updated 23 Apr 2012

Belfast Zoo

Compared to major zoos around the world, Belfast Zoo does not rate up there with Sydney's Taronga Zoo, or London Zoo, but it does offer a good enough day out and it is located in the shadow of Cave Hill which means you can combine a visit there with that of Belfast Castle and Cave Hill Forest Park itself as they are all within close proximity of each other.

The site of the zoo means it is on st...

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Last updated 23 Apr 2012

Giant's Ring: Neolithic History of Belfast

The enclosure with passage tomb known as the Giant's Ring is a State Care Historic Monument and is an interesting site dating back to 2700BC. The Ring consists of a large neolithic tomb at the centre with five upright stones and a cap stone. At least three of the five irregularly spaced gaps in the bank are intentional and possibly of the original layout.

East of the centre of the enclosure is...

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Last updated 23 Apr 2012

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