Letter from Northern Ireland



Annalong, Antrim, Ardglass, Armagh, Ballintoy Harbour, Balmoral, Carrickfergus Castle, Castledownhill, Cushendun, Derry/Londonderry, Devenish Island, Donaghadee, Downpatrick Cathedral, Enniskillen, Giant's Causeway, Hillsborough, Larne, Mussenden Temple, Portavogie, Portrush, Saul, Slemish, Strangford Lough, Struell Wells





17min 03sec







Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage


British Film Institute, National Museums NI, Tourism NI

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A cinematic postcard from Northern Ireland, in which an English visitor vividly recalls all the sights and excitement of her memorable holiday in Northern Ireland.

This enchanting visual 'letter' home creates a rich tapestry of  the delights Northern Ireland has to offer. Get caught in the spell of the icons of Ulster's landscape be it the imposing Slemish Mountain, ancient monuments, or journey by car along the dramatic Antrim Coast road. Enjoy the thrill of the TT Race or the thundering hooves at the Royal Down Race Course and Balmoral show. If you prefer a more leisurely pace there are many pleasurable ways of doing absolutely nothing.



This film comes from the collection of National Museums Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Tourist Board had their own staff that documented the region through stills and moving images and the films they created capture various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The department was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films like this that aimed to sell Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This material captures Northern Ireland at an intriguing time, post-World War Two and pre-Troubles.


Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Narrator: Gay Mc Gregor

Music: Havelock Nelson

Music: Edgar  Boucher

Editor: Polytechnic Studios Ltd.

Footage: Courtesy of Lord Wakehurst



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