Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- LanguageEnglish, Irish Gaelic, and Ulster Scots
- CurrencyBritish Pound (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+44
- Best time to visitThe 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
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!
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.
Our guide Micheal & driver Steven were the best! We had such a great time going through all the important filming destinations, and really gasping at the beautiful landscape of Northern Ireland! Each place had its charms and rich history, so even if you're not a fan of the series, there's plenty to enjoy during a full-day tour. Taking pictures with the props from the show turned out to be REALLY fun, and picturesque! (Don't shy away and miss the opportunity to put on some actual gears from the show, because there aren't many other tours that provide you with one!) Thanks again to Micheal and Steven for a memorable trip! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
No stone left unturned. The personal stories of those who survived and those who didn’t was very touching. The attention to detail as regards the sheer scale and magnitude of the workmanship and materials used to build the Titanic was fascinating and illustrated quite intensely which showed a great depiction and insight into life in Belfast for many at that time. Arguably the best exhibition on the island of Ireland.
The tour provided a vital complement and contrast to the stately architecture and impressive pubs and shops of Belfast city centre. Both of our guides - Jack & Mark - made a point of being were very welcoming, open and honest. I feared I would feel a voyeur but Jack & Mark both conveyed the sense that they want people to know more about what happened in the Troubles, and how things are today, so that understanding can be improved on all sides. The people in the streets we walked through did not seem to mind the presence of incomers staring at their houses, shops, murals and memorials. That seemed quite an irony - these segregated, sectarian communities on both sides are welcoming groups of people who might be from anywhere, and of any political and religious persuasion. It felt difficult to comprehend the horrific things which have taken place as the physical damage from the Troubles has all been cleared and repaired, but the murals and the personal stories on show made it real.