Nominate Northern Ireland's Best Places

Competition launched inviting public to help rank the country's top locations, whether a historic town, heritage site, cultural hotspot or a special corner of a city

Image credit: Lorna Butler (left) and Gavin Moore (right)

Are you convinced the place you're from is the best in Northern Ireland? Is there somewhere else in the country which for a special reason stands above the rest?

A new competition has launched celebrating some of our most attractive and inspiring locations, and members of the public are invited to help determine the top ten. Run by the the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the professional body for the UK’s 24,0000 planning professionals, it follows similar competitions that have previously ranked England, Wales and Scotland's best-loved places.

Speaking at Queen's University Belfast, President of the RTPI Stephen Wilkinson said: 'Your best place could be a natural landscape, a historic town, perhaps a national park. It might be a vibrant and diverse community you are especially proud of, a special place within a city, a stunning cultural quarter or a neighbourhood. You could nominate an area that has undergone significant regeneration and has been transformed by that process. There is no single definition of a ‘best place.’ We are leaving that up to you. We want your suggestions.'


Image credit: Ryan Wilkinson

Beverly Clyde, Chair of RTPI Northern Ireland added: 'We want to recognise those special places which we cherish because they have been protected, carefully planned or improved. I expect competition will be fierce and people will be passionate because they care about the places that mean most to them.'

The deadline for nominations is June 2, after which a diverse panel of judges will create a final top ten shortlist to be voted on by the public.

Places can be nominated either by using the online form at, emailing or by including #RTPINIbestplaces and @RTPINI in Twitter and Instagram posts.

Images used in this article were previously entrants into last month's 'Capturing Creativity' Photo Competition. See which submissions ranked best here.