Northern Ireland Warnings and Dangers
Northern Ireland is a popular tourist destination, but there are some dangers to be aware of before booking setting out to explore it.
Political and Religious Tension
Generally, tourists have little to fear when visiting Northern Ireland. Common travel sense goes as far in Belfast as it does in anywhere else.
Still, Northern Ireland has been known for the Troubles, and while things have generally calmed, there remain some times of tension, especially in July when parades and protests can disrupt travel plans. Be sure to watch the graffiti to know what type of neighborhood you are in: Catholic (IRA, INLA, FTQ symbols) or Protestant (UDA, UVF, RHC symbols or Union Jack flags).
Pay attention to “unexpected waves” warning signs when traveling around Northern Ireland. Waves from large, high-speed vessels may hit long after the ship has passed out of sight.
Watch Your Luggage
Bus and train stations in Northern Ireland don’t usually have “left luggage” facilities (for safety reasons) so it’s best to hang onto your luggage when traveling. If you’re driving a rental car, don’t leave any valuables behind.
While the Irish are known to be friendly to tourists, don’t make the mistake of watching somebody else’s luggage. You don’t want to be responsible for anything less than legal.
When traveling to Northern Ireland, keep in mind that North Irish banknotes (this doesn’t include coins) are not accepted anywhere else in the UK because Northern Ireland prints its own banknotes.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Northern Ireland warnings and dangers.