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Portrush, Northern Ireland

The Crown Bar

We headed further along the Antrim coast, past the Giant’s Causeway (less impressive than its spectacular other end at Fingal’s Cave, Staffa) and round into Portrush. Of somewhat faded seaside glamour, the town was mobbed with many hundreds of bikers who had come to watch a major road race over the weekend. We took the train into Belfast and had a good wander round although it was cold with the occasional shower. Unfortunately, the City Hall was closed to visitors that day, but its Edwardian exterior is most impressive. We were also impressed by the Crown Bar, largely unchanged since Victorian times, and billing itself as the only pub with a webcam and still lit by gas! We also took a trip to Londonderry – a very attractive train journey, first to Coleraine and then along the coastline to Derry itself. We did the charity shops, bookshop, walk round the Walls and had lunch (Irish Stew, of course!) in a tearoom.

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