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The 10 Best Things to Do in Belfast

Belfast's quarters brim with a bevy of cultural attractions, revealing bright and troubled years of history amid a spectrum of art and architecture. Its vibrant music scene will also keep your feet tapping into the wee hours, be it at a modern venue or pub.

Ulster Museum

This top museum's highlight is the Armada Room, which contains the wreck of Girona from 1588, along with treasures, including gold and personal items, from Spanish Armada ships.

Belfast City Hall

This grand Baroque Revival structure is on the site of the city's former 19th-century Linen Exchange. On St Patrick's day and other dates the façade is illuminated with a variety of coloured floodlights.

Belfast Castle

Located on Cave Hill, the 3rd Marquess of Donegall commissioned the re-construction of Belfast Castle in the 19th century. Each of the first two castles in the city burned down.

St. Anne's Cathedral

Construction began in 1899 and finished in 1981. At 131 feet, the Spire of Hope was an addition in 2006. You'll find splendid mosaics and stained-glass windows inside.

Photo: William Murphy@flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Grand Opera House

The refurbished theater, which opened in 1895, hosts operas, concerts, and musicals. During the years of "the Troubles," bomb explosions damaged it in 1991 and 1993.

Botanic Gardens

The gardens first opened as a private park in 1828 and then became public in 1895. The Palm House is its most striking feature, due to its cast iron and glass construction.

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Lady Dixon dedicated the park to her late husband in 1959. There are 40,000 roses and the famed Rose Week celebration in summer. There's also a Diana, Princess of Wales garden.

Waterfront Hall

The main auditorium can host opera and musical performances for up to 2,000 people. The copper, domed roof will ultimately turn green, matching that of City Hall's, among others.

The Odyssey

Located in the Titanic Quarter and comprising the SSE Arena, Odyssey Pavilion and W5, it's Northern Ireland's top venue for sports, concerts, and comedy shows.

Carrickfergus Castle

Thirty minutes from central Belfast, the Norman castle has stood on the shores of Belfast Lough for 800 years. A tour inside will take you back to medieval times.

Planning Your Belfast Visit

How many days to spend in Belfast?

A four-day tour of the city will allow you to see the sights at a leisurely pace and simply enjoy the rhythm of the city. Add a couple extra days if you plan to make day-trips to the surrounding area, such as Carrickfergus Castle or Giant's Causeway.

Getting around

It's easy to get around the heart of the city and see its top attractions on foot. There is a bus system, called Metro, which runs from 6:00AM - 11:00PM. Donegall Square is the hub of public transport. Taxis are the other option, especially if you miss the last bus. It's 30 minutes by car to Carrickfergus. There is also rail service from Belfast Central Station, departing on the half hour, and the journey takes just as long.

Where to stay in Belfast

Stay in the city center, for example in Cathedral Quarter, a center of nightlife, restaurants, pubs, and art. Queen's Quarter also has its share of shops, cafes, and bars.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English, Irish Gaelic, and Ulster Scots
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The high season is from May to September, when temperatures are warm and fairs, markets, and carnivals are in full swing. Try to visit in May or September if you want the summertime benefits with fewer crowds.

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What People Are Saying About Belfast

Interesting and very informative with several good interactive effects

This was a very good experience with some interactive effects . There is a huge amount of information to absorbe and some times the flow is difficult to follow. It's warm and tiring for older people so I would advise using a locker available downstairs at car park level for bags and outdoor clothes. Unfortunately we didn't know about these at start of visit . The glass floor which enables you to see image of wreck on sea floor is effective and the simulator is good and allows for a welcome rest! It's a place to go back to if you want to know all about Titanic. We booked tickets beforehand which included SS Normadic so just exchanged our voucher for admission ticket and went straight in .

Enjoyable, informative , fun, good food,lots of walking.

Young and older people will enjoy this trip it is made so you can do whatever you want. Thank you to the staff who made our trip enjoyable

Giant's Causeway and More: Full-Day Luxury Coach Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/07/2017

Perfect way to get an overview of Belfast

Friendly stuff and if you have very little knowledge of the city, the bus tour is a great introduction to its history

Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Tickets Reviewed by Hermanus, 12/29/2016

Great experience and wonderful exhibition. Well worth the visit.

This is a great reproduction of the building and sinking of the Titanic . Very im pressie.

Great experience. The taxi driver was very friendly.

I enjoyed the tour and Brian the taxi driver was very kind. Good explanations a nd very patient with our questions.

Belfast Black Taxi Mural Tour Reviewed by Eva, 12/04/2016

Belfast
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