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Vote for the Best Place in Northern Ireland

The Royal Town Planning Institute's independent panel of judges have selected 10 great places from across Northern Ireland shaped by planning and planners, from over 50 nominations.

Voting closed on Friday 20 October 2017, we will be announcing the winner in November.

Where are the top ten places?

Antrim Historic Core and connection to Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House

(Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

Antrim Historic CorePlanning has proactively combined the Conservation Area in Antrim with the sensitive development of listed buildings, heritage landscapes and the environment.  Promoting the town as a gateway to recreational links and the natural beauty of Lough Neagh.

Merville Garden Village

(Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

Merville Garden VillageBuilt in the 1940s, Merville took much of its inspiration from the Garden City Movement.  It was the first of a new type of planned residential estates in Northern Ireland and remains virtually as built.

Armagh Historic Core

(Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon Borough Council)

Armagh Historic CorePlanning plays a key role in protecting the historic character of Armagh since the Conservation Area designation in 1961.  The historic core includes two cathedrals and The Mall that has formed a unique open space for over 200 years.


Connswater Community Greenway

(Belfast City Council)

Connswater Community GreenwayThe Greenway provides a 9km linear park for walking, cycling and running.  Planning has been at the core of its development improving the urban environment, encourages healthier, active communities and contributing to economic regeneration.

The Cathedral Quarter

(Belfast City Council)

Cathedral QuarterPreserving the area's historic character through planning has greatly contributed to its rejuvenation, along with a commitment to growth by local arts organisations and small business investors.  The area is now famous for its pubs, restaurants, cobbled streets and charm.

Giant's Causeway

(Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council)

Giant's CausewayA designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, protected through planning due to its sensitive location within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Flanked by the North Atlantic Ocean the dramatic cliffs capture the imagination of all who visit.

 Rathlin Island

(Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council)

Rathlin IslandRathlin is NI's only inhabited off shore island.  Planning has been central to the development of the Rathlin Island Policy and Action Plan, bringing major investment already influencing positively on the island community and tourist market.

Lough Erne

(Fermanagh and Omagh District Council)

Lough ErneCentred on the town of Enniskillen, Lough Erne consists of waterways and stunning landscapes.  The planning process protects the areas natural assets, tourism, listed buildings, State Care Monuments, environmental regeneration and the Fermanagh Heritage Gateway.

Derry/ Londonderry Historic Core, Peace Bridge and Ebrington

(Derry City and Strabane District Council)

Derry Historic CoreThe planning system has been pivotal in the areas hugely successful regeneration including a wealth of listed buildings in a quality urban environment.  The Guildhall links to Ebrington by The Peace Bridge connecting the two banks of the River Foyle providing an exciting and elegant shared space.

Newcastle and the Mournes

(Newry, Mourne and Down District Council)

Newcastle and MournesDeveloped as a major holiday resort in the late 1890s and the gateway into the scenic Mourne Mountains.  The town's dramatic mountain setting has been enhanced with the upgraded promenade and extensive public realm works.