Birthplace of the Titanic and home to the filming of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Belfast is the vibrant, capital city of Northern Ireland. The small city, located at the mouth of the River Lagan, is not only easy to get around in, but is also packed full with history, culture, and great food. Though Belfast dealt with some rough times in 60s, the resilient city has bounced back and is now a thriving, dynamic destination, home to some of the warmest, friendliest people you can find. Visitors can dine at gourmet restaurants, stop for a pint at the local bars, enjoy traditional Irish music, or spend the night dancing to the latest hits. With so many exciting events and so much delicious food to enjoy, you’re sure to find something to make each day worth your while in Belfast. Check out our top five list of things to do and places to see in Belfast to get an idea of what this great city has to offer:
Departs from Castle Pl, Belfast BT1 at 10:00am each day (new tours depart every 15-30 minutes)
Get your first taste of Belfast by joining in on the hop-on hop-off tour bus to see all of the great views and top tourist sites in the city. Purchase your 24-hour ticket and hop on and off as many times as you would like. There are 16 stops in total and buses come every 15-60 minutes. The Belfast City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is truly one of the best ways to see the major sites of this lively city.
1 Olympic Way, Belfast, County Antrim BT3 9EP
Open 10:00am – 5:00pm daily (October – March) & 9:00am – 6:00pm/7:00pm daily (April – September)
Delve into the history of the Titanic at Titanic Belfast, a museum dedicated to providing an in-depth look at the legendary ship. Serving as the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, the 6-floor building tells the story of the Titanic, from her construction in Belfast to her tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean. The experience will take you through nine interactive galleries that retell the story of the Titanic in a new, refreshing way.
Castle Pl, Belfast BT1
Open daily 12:00pm – “late”
If you’re in the mood to enjoy delicious food and some live music, try out 21 Social. Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, the award-winning restaurant, which also serves as a bar and nightclub, offers seasonally designed menus made with locally sourced ingredients. They offer a variety of main entrees and an extensive beer and wine selection to choose from. The fresh food and lively atmosphere will be sure to bring you back for more.
College Park, Botanic Avenue, BT7 1LP
Open 7:30am daily (closing times vary by time of year)
Take a break from the bustling city and visit Belfast’s Botanic Gardens’ 28 acres of green lawn and trees. While there, stop by the Palm House to enjoy the beautiful iron and glass architecture of the Victorian style greenhouse, as well as the many exotic plants inside. Belfast’s Botanic Gardens also serves as a popular venue for concerts, festivals and other events – so keep an eye out when you’re in town!
Botanic Gardens, Belfast, County Antrim BT9 5AB
Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Don’t forget to visit one of Northern Ireland’s top attractions: the Ulster Museum! Claiming the title as the largest museum in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Museum is an 8,000 square meter space packed with many wonderful exhibits, ranging from art to natural sciences to human history. The ancient relics coupled with hands-on activities are perfect for visitors of all interests.
With so much to do and see, Belfast is ripe with opportunities for travelers of all ages. From the many museums to the world-class restaurants, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something you won’t enjoy in this enchanting city. Itching to get your first taste of Belfast? Join World Endeavors for a unique study abroad experience at Queen’s University Belfast: