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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

A fantastic day out with a great guide Phil, at a great price. A1.

We didn't really know what to expect but we were blown away by the tour. Phil, our guide was brilliant. he just kept us up to date on everything that we passed and saw and he was very funny. Every bit of the tour was great. Far exceeded our expectations. I would advise though to let people know that it's a bit of a hike to get to the rope bridge because we noticed a lot of elderly people struggling on the way back. One older gent said to us 'God, the bridge was the easy part'.
Giant’s Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast Reviewed by Majella, 07/11/2016

Tour was amazing!!! It was my second time and would do it again!!!

Our driver Phil (?) was excellent !!! Very professional and informative , loved every minute!
Giant’s Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast Reviewed by Sandra, 07/05/2016

Ian provided excellent and humorous commentary.

Great value for money. Time allocated at each stop was perfect. Appreciated opportunity to take a tour of th Giant's Causeway. Our guide Mark? Rogerson was extremely informative with a great sense of humour. Ian our driver was courteous, informative and also provided excellent commentary with a sense of humour.

This tour was excellent. Brian was our guide and he was terrific.

Brian was informative, honest, full of enthusiasm and is a credit to your company. He was thoughtful and very courteous.
Private Driving Tour: Belfast Black Taxi Reviewed by robert, 06/09/2016

Looking for an adventure? Here you go! Great stuff !!!

Paddywagon is the best for doing this tour ! I had so much fun with the other people. There were all age groups but a big bunch of young people as well which I really appreciated. The hostels aren't breathtaking but that is called backpacking so don't expect too much!!! For me it was ok anyway and I thought I would be way more picky. Not all things are all inclusive, had to pay a fee for quite a few things but it was worth it. We saw a lot of this Ireland and that much beautiful places! The nights were awesome too, lot of great parties and and amazing pub nights ! For those who don't like parties, don't worry, there is always the chill-out-opportunity. Loved it ! Really would tell you to go if you look for an adventure !!
Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour Reviewed by Valentina, 06/06/2016

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