10 Things to Do in Belfast That You Shouldn't Miss

July 23, 2017 Natalie Tallman

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.
Restaurants in Belfast

1. Titanic Belfast

Queen's Road | 1 Olympic Way, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP, Northern Ireland +44 28 9076 6361
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Titanic Belfast

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 Dawn A - Baltimore, Maryland

This was a pretty cool place! Lots of cool visuals. It was actually better than I expected but,,, shouldn’t the Titanic museum have some of the real artifacts?
Even a few would have been nice to see.
The only thing that really annoyed me was that the girls at the picture desk couldn’t find my Titanic photo that they took of me at the entrance. I waited for 15 minutes and never got my photo. My bus was leaving and I couldn’t wait any longer. They need a better way to organize people’s photos!

2. HMS Caroline

Queens Rd | Alexandra Dock, Belfast BT3 9DT, Northern Ireland +44 28 9045 4484
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5 based on 384 reviews

HMS Caroline

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 Gauldie2015 - Dundee, United Kingdom

Important link and tribute to our historical past in war, in ship building and the locale/many people responsible for it's construction, operation and now availability to us. A very worthwhile visit here.

3. Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road, Belfast BT14 6ST, Northern Ireland +44 28 9074 1500
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Crumlin Road Gaol

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 ateosinfrontera - Almansa, Spain

We hadn’t planned on visiting this place but it turned to be one of the most interesting of our Belfast experience. Not only do you dab into the lives (and deaths) of the former inmates; you also learn a lot about Northern Ireland history.

4. Kingspan Stadium

134 Mount Merrion Avenue, Belfast BT6 0FT, Northern Ireland +44 28 9049 3222
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5 based on 174 reviews

Kingspan Stadium

*Tours must be prebooked* Kingspan Stadium tours are fully guided and give visitors a chance to see behind the scenes of a modern working stadium. Covering all four stands, tour guides provide a full overview of the stadium from the historic Memorial Arch to the new public art installation. Supporters will visit the 7,000 sq ft gym used by the professional team, the home and away changing rooms and walk through the tunnel to sit pitch side in the dugouts. A unique opportunity to see the stadium outside of a match night, tours are limited to 20 people and are suitable for visitors of all ages. The tour can last up to one hour and involves approximately ¼ mile of walking including stepped areas. A wheelchair accessible route is available but will cover a similar distance. Parties with additional requirements are asked to advise of these upon booking. Tours run in all weathers and are primarily outdoor so please wear suitable footwear and clothing when attending a stadium tour.

Reviewed By Bill M - Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Great modern stadium with all the facilities one would expect i.e hot food, beverages and alcohol all to hand. Lifts available if required. Ample clean toilet facilities. All in all a good all round experience

5. St. Malachy's Church

24 Alfred Street, Belfast BT2 8EN, Northern Ireland +44 28 9032 1713
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4.5 based on 271 reviews

St. Malachy's Church

Reviewed By eddon - usa

We got a message from our aunt while we were in Belfast informing us that this is the church our great grandparents belonged to so naturally we stopped by. The interior is beautiful , the statues and ceiling are exquisite. If you're in the area it is well worth a visit to see the remodeling that was undertaken.

6. Ulster Museum

Stranmillis Road | Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB, Northern Ireland +44 28 9044 0000
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Ulster Museum

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 annelainea - London, United Kingdom

Good museum with good overview of history. The section on the Armada with artefacts from Spanish boats shipwrecked off Ireland is fascinating. Currently a good art exhibition of Lavery pictures contrasted with some older works from their collection. Some beautiful portraits by Lavery.

7. Streamvale Open Farm

38 Ballyhanwood Road, Belfast BT5 7SN, Northern Ireland +44 28 9048 3244
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4.5 based on 289 reviews

Streamvale Open Farm

Open every day from the 17th of March until 4th of November 2018. We are not just a farm but a fantastic family experience with many opportunities for children and parents to learn and play together. Our staff are always on hand to make sure you and your family have a fantastic day out and we all hope to see you soon! We try to make sure that the kids get a real hands on experience with our animals, letting them handle and feed them with our staff. We also have many different play areas for the kids to make sure they have as much fun as possible. We opened our new farm themed Play Village last year, this state of the art play center encourages children to learn and develop through role play. It is super fun and includes a milking parlour, farm shop and and vet's clinic to name a few. This year we have new alpacas and free tractor and barrel rides for everyone! Families typically spend around 3 hours with us and students are very welcome! Our pups are a big hit!

Reviewed By Troualy - Keystone Heights, Florida

This is a nice attraction on the outskirts of Belfast that is great for children to get up close and personal to animals and an open dairy farm. They have a nice attraction set up with a gift store, restrooms, playground, and cafe. They have...MoreHello. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. I am delighted you enjoyed your day with us. It is always great to hear. Thank you again. Helen

8. Cave Hill Country Park

Antrim Rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland +44 7920 187643
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4.5 based on 371 reviews

Cave Hill Country Park

Reviewed By lydia1keating - County Waterford, Ireland

We came here in Early November 2017. We came with 10 kids aged between 4-14, all of them made their way to the peak. The path was a bit muddy but that is to be expected for November. I would recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes. The views of Belfast city were absolutely amazing. There is a good playground at the entrance. There is lots of car-parking too. I would really recommend coming here, it is a worthwhile walk.

9. Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre 55 Ridgeway Street | Stranmillis, Belfast BT9 5FB, Northern Ireland +44 28 9038 1081
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Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre is Northern Ireland's full-time producing theatre. The new theatre opened in May 2011 to great critical acclaim. The award winning building is built in traditional Belfast red brick, glass and iroko wood and the cafe bar offer beautiful views over the River Lagan and Stranmillis Embankment.The theatre is open seven days a week with Performances usually running in the evenings from Tuesday through to Saturday and matinees on Saturday and Sundays. Contact our box office for more details or check online under "What's On". Our cafe serves coffee/tea and light lunches and is open every day. A brunch menu is available on Sunday mornings.As well theatrical productions, we also offer backstage tours, a programme of theatre school and professional learning and corporate hospitality. Pre-theatre dining is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Free Wifi is availble

Reviewed By FrequentTraveller066 - Armagh, United Kingdom

We attended a show here recently and as we hadn't been here before - we had a good look around. The staff were very professional and helpful. Everything was spot on and the show was well produced and delivered.Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We're always very proud when we read how much our audiences enjoy the theatre and leave positive feedback for our staff. We hope to see you again when you again soon!

10. St. George's Market

May Street, Belfast BT1 1NN, Northern Ireland +44 28 9024 6609
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

St. George's Market

Reviewed By JacMc61 - Perth, Australia

I went to the markets on a Friday and enjoyed it so much I went back on the Saturday. The Saturday was even better, more stalls open with a variety of food, art, drinks and live music. I found the prices reasonable for lots of things including the food. I imagine it depends on where you come from and what you are buying as to whether or not you find it expensive. I thought some of the artisan stalls were great. Had some of the best coffee during my holiday at the market.

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