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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

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

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

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.

Grand Opera House
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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

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

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

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

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

Beautiful trip by the coast with a journey through game of thrones

Very interesting, the tour guide was very enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgable. Beautiful scenic spots and stunning coastal roads. Could have done with a bit longer at Carrick-a-rede and Giants Causeway but to be expected with such a jam packed tour. Well worth the money.

Brian starred in the best tour I've ever been on

A brilliant tour stopping at incredible Irish points of interest. Brian was in depth in describing the storied history of various buildings, people and conflict. A superb tour and one I would recommend to anyone visiting Dublin. 10/10.

Daniel and Peter are so great. I am so happy to join this trip.

I will definitely refer to your company to my China friends if they travel to Ireland. Daniel is a really great tour guider. We really enjoy this trip. Thanks!

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by YUN, 08/01/2019

Great job of restoration, very informative and very friendly staff .

To me the visit to HMS Caroline was more enjoyable than the Titanic experience perfect restoration and very informative. Staff very helpful and friendly a pleasure to visit. A must see in Belfast!

Belfast: HMS Caroline Ticket & Audio Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/12/2018

We really enjoyed our tour and learned a lot. Would highly recommend!

My girlfriend and I took a tour on a day trip to Belfast and really enjoyed it. We found it insightful and interesting. There's no way you can truly understand what has happened without the inside information of Taxi mural tour. Our tour guide, Brian, was extremely welcoming and kind. He was a fountain of knowledge. We hung on his every word. In short, you simply cannot go to Belfast and not take one of these tours. So worth the money and the time, even on a day trip. We have already recommended the tour to friends and plan to take the tour again next time we are up to take more in.

Belfast Taxi Mural Tour Reviewed by colm, 26/11/2018