10 Things to Do in Belfast That You Shouldn't Miss
With a population of almost 300,000 in the city proper, Belfast has grown into a cosmopolitan destination and become a popular weekend break spot. With feelings of optimism and life pulsing through the city, Belfast makes for an energizing getaway. It's never been easier to tour the city, thanks to a number of intriguing bus, taxi, boat and pedestrian options. Don't miss the Ulster Folk Museum or the Belfast Cathedral, and make sure to experience some of the award-winning restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries and theaters.
1. Crumlin Road Gaol
4.5 based on 7771 reviews
The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it's doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re opened as a visitor attraction and conference centre. Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site from when women and children were held within it's walls through to the political segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison.During the tour of the gaol you will be taken by your tour guide to visit the underground tunnel that used to connect the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, you will get a chance to sit in the Governor's chair, view all the wings from the circle and of course pay a visit to the condemned mans cell before seeing the execution cell where the majority of the 17 men were hanged.
Reviewed By DorkforNewYork - Essex, United KingdomEssex, United Kingdom
Fantastic tour of the Gaol - learned a lot!
We visited the Gaol on a Sunday morning and had tickets booked for the 10am tour, would recommend doing one of the first tours as the group wasn't too big. We pre-booked our tickets the day before and there was still space.Our tour guide Aaron was absolut
2. Titanic Belfast
4.5 based on 21919 reviews
The Titanic Belfast visitor attraction extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. Drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre.
Reviewed By mikelouise - UK EnglandUK England
Full visit of Titanic Experience including Sunday Tea in the Titanic dining room
Overall quite good. We spent approx 3 hours here and then our Sunday Tea in the Titanic dining room took another 1 - 1/2 hours.It's not all about Titanic rather than it gives an insight into who were the people in Belfast at that time, the history of the
3. Ulster Museum
4.5 based on 3367 reviews
Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences with impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones. From Ireland to the South Pacific, ancient relics to modern masterpieces, the Ulster Museum offers something for everyone from the simply curious to the enthusiast.
Reviewed By flaneur40 - New York City, New YorkNew York City, New York
Great Museum in a Beautiful & Vibrant Location
This is a terrific free museum which is really a must if you are in Belfast but especially if you are staying in the southern park of the City near Botanic Garden and Queens University. Don't miss the Girona (Spanish Armada wreck) room with the salamander
4. St. George's Market
4.5 based on 1442 reviews
Reviewed By bekkyw - Manchester, United KingdomManchester, United Kingdom
So good we came twice
In our 3 day stay we came back here twice. The food, atmosphere and stalls were all fantastic. Live music being played whilst your strolling around the craft stalls eating food is just great. Very busy with locals and tourists on sundays as no where opens
5. Peace Wall
4.5 based on 989 reviews
Reviewed By 2014Jandy - Nottingham, United KingdomNottingham, United Kingdom
We viewed the Peace Wall from the top of the city sightseeing bus tours and it is something that is with spending more time to see. Even after 20 years you can see the division still exists. We were surprised that the gates were still being locked at nigh
6. HMS Caroline
5 based on 605 reviews
Much of HMS Caroline has undergone extensive restoration to her 1916 appearance from the Battle of Jutland. Visitors can discover a wide range of historic spaces, including the Captain's Cabin, Royal Marines Mess, and Seamen's Wash as well as the very important engine room, sick-bay and galley kitchen. During their visit, visitors will discover the importance of the Battle of Jutland, learning what life at sea was like the over three hundred crew who served on board HMS Caroline during 1916. Visit the Torpedo School and explore the role of naval weaponry; peruse the Virtual Access Suite a contemporary, comfortable space where all visitors can explore the ship; Grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink in the Mess Deck Cafe, and finally visit the Gift Shop, to bring home a reminder of your visit to HMS Caroline.
Reviewed By shawnday - Dublin, IrelandDublin, Ireland
The restored HMS Caroline is a living museum where you appreciate not just the ship, but also shipboard life, the crew, and the Battle of Jutland in new innovative ways. The quayside visitor's centre prepares you with background and history surrounding th
7. City Hall
4.5 based on 4211 reviews
At the centre of Donegall Square proudly stands City Hall; the civic headquarters of Belfast City Council. City Hall is open to the public 7 days a week. It is a multi-purpose venue hosting a large number of events in its large functions rooms or outdoors on the beautiful lawns. Daily tours of the building allow visitors to admire the superb art collection, formal rooms such as the Council Chamber and Great Hall while its opulent interiors are lit by a stunning collection of stained glass windows. Guests can relax and refresh in the Bobbin Coffee Shop or pick up souvenirs in the Gift Shop. A 16 room visitor exhibition explores the history of the city through themed and interactive displays. City Hall grounds are the primary green space in Belfast City Centre and host continental markets and open air concerts. The grounds feature a number of statues and memorials relating to Belfast’s leading figures and historic past, including the Titanic Memorial Garden.
Reviewed By giftedelaine - Bridgewater NJ USABridgewater NJ USA
Beautiful building and excellent free exhibits
On our way to our hotel, we saw this magnificient building from the bus and our Globus tour guide recommended that we stop in later that day. What an excellent suggestion. First, the building is an architectural delight, so try to see if from all sides. T
8. Falls Road
4.5 based on 855 reviews
Reviewed By Annabellacottonsocks - Redhill, United KingdomRedhill, United Kingdom
We saw the Falls Road initially whilst on a sightseeing bus tour and decided we'd like to return,especially to view the murals more closely. We have always been interested in Irish history and sadly "The Troubles" are a part of that. With both Falls Road
9. Botanic Gardens
4.5 based on 1758 reviews
Reviewed By Annabellacottonsocks - Redhill, United KingdomRedhill, United Kingdom
Little oasis in the city
We had a lovely stroll around the gardens, the tulips and wallflowers looked stunning and no doubt in a few weeks time the herbaceous borders will be equally attractive as will the rose garden. The Tropical Ravine is very interesting and so lush and green
10. Grand Opera House
4.5 based on 1225 reviews
The Grand Opera House in Belfast is Northern Ireland's premier theatre, presenting a range of drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals, pantomime, family and West End shows. Established in 1895, the theatre boasts the majestic Victorian main auditorium designed by renowned architect Frank Matcham. Extended in 2006, the original building has been joined by a striking addition to Belfast's skyline, The Baby Grand. The initiate studio is home to a smaller performance space with 100 seats. Northern Ireland's premier theatre delivers an outstanding programme of entertainment, playing host to some of the greatest names in theatre and music. The theatre boasts a wide array of popular shows; everything from opera and drama to pantomime, comedy and musicals. The Grand Opera House offers unrivalled corporate hospitality with tailored events packages and is the perfect venue for meetings, special events and conferences of all sizes. The historical theatre is one of the most unique conference venues in Belfast, catering for seminars, conferences, meetings and weddings for up to 130 people in the Baby Grand Studio. The Main Auditorium holds up to 1060 people and smaller meeting rooms are also available. The theatre bars stock a range of drinks including beer, wine and spirits, in addition to tea and coffee.
Reviewed By Hanni_LR43 - Whitehead, United KingdomWhitehead, United Kingdom
A trip down memory lane
Had a very nice experience when revisiting this lovely old theater with some friends. We went to see` Sound of music ` and it was most enjoyable. I had never seen the bar system that is run here and which I thought was excellent. You ordered your drinks,