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Revealed: Ten spots battling to be named Northern Ireland's Best Place

The shortlist for Northern Ireland’s Best Places competition has been revealed by the Royal Town Planning Institute NI.

The top venues nominated by the public have been whittled down to ten local spots by a judging panel, with one winner to be announced in November.

Votes for the following can be cast until October 20:

  • Antrim Historic Town Centre, Antrim and Newtownabbey
  • Merville Garden Village, Antrim and Newtownabbey
  • Armagh City Historic Town Centre and Cathedrals, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon
  • Connswater Community Greenway, Belfast
  • Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
  • Giants Causeway, Causeway Coast and Glens
  • Rathlin Island, Causeway Coast and Glens
  • Walled City, Guildhall, Peace Bridge and Ebrington, Derry/Londonderry, Derry City and Strabane
  • Lough Erne, Fermanagh and Omagh
  • Newcastle and the Mourne, Newry, Mourne and Down

The competition aims to celebrate some of the "most attractive and inspiring places" in Northern Ireland as well as the role planners have played in protecting or shaping them for communities.

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Rathlin Island

Beverly Clyde, Chair of RTPI Northern Ireland, said: “The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love.

"The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system.

"I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins.”

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Lough Erne

To vote for your favourite, you can:

  1. Submit your vote online at
  2. Email it to
  3. Tweet your vote for your chosen place, tagging #RTPINIBestPlaces

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