Arrive into Belfast Airport (Belfast International or George Best Belfast City Airport), pick up your hire car and drive to the outskirts of Belfast for an overnight stay at the prestigious Culloden Hotel near Holywood in Co. Down.
Depending on your time of arrival you can enjoy the facilities of the hotel spa or go the very short distance to the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Set amongst 170 acres it comprises several areas: the outdoor folk museum features Ballycultra Town, a collection of over 30 exhibit buildings removed from their original sites from all over Ulster and re-erected. There is also a rural area with buildings dating from the beginning of the 20th century. The Transport Museum houses one of the best rail galleries in Europe as well as road and aviation galleries. All in all an excellent introduction to your stay in Northern Ireland.