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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.

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Living in Northern Ireland: the Basics

These pages give you a an overview of what you need to know to live in Northern Ireland. We hope it covers all the essentials, but if we've missed something, let us know:

getting in to begin with: visas and immigration

the country: geography, climate a...

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Last updated 22 Apr 2012

The centre piece of Belfast City

Belfast City Hall is a landmark all visitors to the city should take the time to see. There is no charge to enter and guided tours of the building are also free of charge - these must be booked however you can pretty much sign up right before one starts. Most of the City Hall can be explored without being part of a tour although if you wish to take in detailed information a guided tour would suit ...

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Last updated 21 Apr 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly Building: Stormont Estate

Known by locals as 'the white house on the hill', the Northern Ireland Assembly Building is a striking neo-classical palatial structure built between 1928 and 1932 and was designed as the seat of the Northern Ireland Parliament after the partition of the island of Ireland into the North and the Republic in 1922. Set in its own extensive grounds, the main building stands at the end of a majestic on...

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Last updated 21 Apr 2012

Stormont Castle

Built in 1830, Stormont Castle is a a B2 listed Georgian mansion standing on the Stormont Estate, about ten minutes walk along from the Northern Ireland Assembly Building. The Castle is located down a lane off the main avenue in the Estate manned by a boom gate and a security guard and it is not usually open to the public. One chance to tour the castle however is offered on European Heritage Open ...

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Last updated 21 Apr 2012

Living in Northern Ireland: Daily Life


Over the last few years there has been quite a growth in the private rental market so you have a choice of public housing through the Housing Executive or various private landlords. Most houses are semi-detached (duplex) although there are a considerable number of terrace houses. A good site to find housing is P...

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Last updated 21 Apr 2012

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