Fun things to do in Belfast

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    ~ Folk Gallery ~

    by RavensWing Written Oct 12, 2014

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    As we were heading to the Folk Museum we noticed the Folk Gallery and thought we would stop in and see what they had inside.

    The first level is where they hold their temporary exhibit - Irish Dancing outfits, videos, and plaques of information about the dancing and who wore what type of outfit.

    The second level was the Food and Farming Exhibit - this is a permanent exhibit. It has many models showing how farmers used to farm. There are also pieces of farming equipment in the exhibit room.

    The third level is the Meet the Victorians Exhibit - this is a permanent exhibit. In here they show how different 'classes' of people lived in the Victorian times. You see what they felt was important, how they viewed their lives.

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    Folk Galleries Irish Dancing Outfits Food and Farming Model Meet the Victorians Meet the Victorians
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    ~ A Step Back in Time ~

    by RavensWing Updated Oct 12, 2014

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    After we were done at the Transport portion we headed over to the Folk Museum. The Folk Museum part is also surprisingly huge. If you are planning to walk around the "town" allow 2-3 hours. There is lots to see.

    While we were there, there was a skit being acted out. It was quite funny. They are very good at acting. When you go into the "Print shop" you watch while a character explains how the 'old' way of printing was done and they let you watch as they print recipe cards, then they group them together - which they make into small cookbooks. and put up for sale. The money goes towards the maintenance of the Museum.

    We were running out of time - the museum was closing. We didn't make it to the farm areas - I guess that will have to wait until next time.

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    Heading to the 'Town' Old Stone Church Cobble streets Parochiohal Hall One of the private houses
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    ~ Deceivingly Huge ~

    by RavensWing Updated Oct 12, 2014

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    We headed off to the Transport Museum one sunny morning. We went into the office where we would pay for our admission. We walked around the small gift shop and then headed into the Transport Museum . I thought there was just a small area of old transport cars - how very wrong I was - the place is absolutely huge. There are 5 levels filled with decades of modes of transportation.

    If you are going to visit the Transport Museum I would suggest you allow at least 2 - 3 hours to get through the museum. Not only is there 5 levels in the first building --- there is also another building down the road with even more exhibits.

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    Front Entrance Fire Truck Interactive Activities Old Beauties Old Double Decker Bus
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    ~ Land Sea and Sky Gallery ~

    by RavensWing Written Oct 12, 2014

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    Just down the hill from the Transport Museum is the Land, Sea and Sky Gallery. Inside this building you find early transport, horsedrawn transport, flight experience and driving transport. There are many interesting types of travel in this gallery.

    One of my favorites was the 'Davy Jones Car'. Davy Jones was 2'2" tall, he was born in Lisburn, County Down. He took a child's Cheetah and put a lawnmower petrol engine in it, During the 60's and 70's he was a familiar face on the streets of Northern Ireland.

    It's quite interesting to walk through the different 'transport' times - to see how the mode of transportation has changed over the years.

    Once you get to the plane section, not only are there models to look at but interactive games to play too. One of the games is you as an Air Traffic Controller(ATC). After killing about 100 passengers I knew that being an ATC was not my calling - Planxty (fergy) on the other hand waited until he killed a little over 300 passengers to accept that he wasn't going to succeed as an ATC either.

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    Davy Jones Car Early Transport - By foot or carts Early Transport - Carriages Shorts 360 Plane Air Traffic Controller Terminal
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    ~ Queens University ~

    by RavensWing Written Sep 30, 2014

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    Queen's University is the 9th oldest university in the UK. Founded as the Queens College in 1845, it became a university in 1908. Students come from all over the world (over 100 countries) to attend Queen's.

    The Ulster Museum and Botanic Gardens are located on the campus.

    Queens University under the Full Moon
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    ~ The Eg ~

    by RavensWing Written Sep 30, 2014

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    Ye Olde Eglantine Inn, or 'The Eg' as it is affectionately known is a great place to have some drinks and friendly conversation with your buddies. I found that when we got there around 9:00pm there wasn't a lot of people but by the end of the night the pub is packed with people of all ages.

    No matter what day you show up on The Eg has some type of entertainment planned. Whether it's 'Oh Chessus it's Wednesday' or 'Thursday Eggeoke', there is always something happening there.

    They have a Buckfast Bar where you can order up a Buckfast Cocktail. I have never heard of this drink - Buckfast. I was able to taste the Buckfast Bramble which is Buckfast with wild berry puree, lemon juice, sugar syrup and topped up with soda water - It is incredibly sweet and hides the strong taste of the Buckfast. Buckfast is a tonic wine (sort of tasted close to a port or sherry both of which I happen to dislike).

    The have doorman there to make sure everything is going smoothly in the pub. Don't get caught sleeping in the comfy chairs - he will make you leave. Don't get so drunk you can't handle your liquor - he will make you leave. The doorman is a no nonsense guy - he's not there to be your friend, he's there to make things go smoothly.

    Inside the 'Eg' Buckfast and a Guiness

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    ~ Tim Hortons Invades Belfast ~

    by RavensWing Updated Sep 26, 2014

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    We were headed towards the train station so we could head to the Transport and Folk Museum. Still groggy from waking up I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted a Tim Hortons sign. I was so shocked to see one that I just had to go in and get one.

    Turns out it's a mini Tim Hortons. It's the self serve machine with all the choices - latte, coffee, etc. Right beside it is a small glass case that holds a variety of donuts.

    I grabbed my coffee and donuts, paid for it and went outside to enjoy my Timmy's coffee.

    I will say that it didn't quite taste like the Timmy's I'm used too. But I would still get another one.

    Tim Hortons Coffee and Donuts Come in for a coffee!
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    Belfast Castle

    by shavy Written Aug 3, 2013

    The Castle stands at Cave Hill, a 360 meter high that is clearly visible from the city. In earlier times it was the residence of local chieftains. The castle is now used for conferences and parties, but at the Visitor (Visitor's Centre) will teach you all about the history of Cave Hill and about the castle

    At the earliest inhabitants, the castle was in 1708 burned out, the construction of the present castle (which the Donegan family almost went bankrupt) the caves in the area and how the castle at the beginning of the last century was decorated. A separate exhibition is devoted to the weddings that took place here from the end of World War II.

    Also see the remains of at Cave Hill macarthur's Fort which was built to hold. The Normans outside the door Several footpaths through this beautiful nature walk to caves (hence the name Cave Hill). In the visitor center explains about the special plants and animals that live here

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    Peace Wall

    by shavy Written Aug 3, 2013

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    The wall consists of one part brick, one part iron, and one part steel. More than seven metres high, it's topped with spikes and barbed wire. Its purpose is not just to stop people jumping from one side to another, but also to stop them from throwing cobblestones, nails and petrol bombs

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  • Unmissable mural/political taxi tour

    by Garyhomes Written Jan 18, 2013

    A fascinating tour of The Republican Falls road and The Loyalist Shankill.A long with peaces walls,jail, politicial solgans and wall art.I totally feel sympathy for both sides because everybody felt they were right!Gerards suming up and balanced accounts helped us understand the history a lot better 2 hours of biase.We took the airport and tour package on the way home offered by Belfast attractions.
    http://www.belfastattractions.co.uk 02890247797

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    The Ulster Museum

    by vityaz Written May 21, 2012

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    Free admission for a start so thats always a plus! The museum covers so many different things right back to the stone age and onto modern times. Very kid friendly (My 3-year old son loves going there) there are loads of interactive exhibits. Sometimes they have special events that you have to pay for, but main museum admission still free. Plenty of AV exhibits as well and a well stocked gift shop. They also have toilet facilities and a cafe, and if you need to rest your feet after walking round theres some nice comfy seats in the entrance hall. Its away from the city centre within walking distance for most able bodied people (Approx 20 mins walk from city hall) and if youre not among the able bodied then it is on a bus route. I dont advise driving down as parking can possibly be a problem - Its right near the university and the area is controlled parking!
    Before or after, you can have a stroll in the park or a look round the botanic gardens if theyre open

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  • Belfast black taxi tours

    by hopeandglory Written May 1, 2012

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    Well...where to start with this?Anyone visiting Belfast will not get better value for money than booking a tour with this company.Myself and my 18 year old son have just spent a morning doing the political tour with Gerard as our guide.Gerard tells the story of the troubles in belfast without prejudice or fiction.The tour involved Gerard taking us round the areas of belfast where the events took place,then sitting us down in the taxi to explain what we had seen using laminated news cuttings,photographs and other items.He also ensured we got the best photo shots,taking some of them for us.Gerard explained indepth the history behind the troubles from the start to present date with great knowledge.We were fortunate enough to travel in the white taxi cab which was extremely impressive including the facilty for Gerard to give us commentry as we travelled through the city.We thoroughly recommend this tour if you are in the city especially if you get Gerard as your guide.We came home with the images we had of the troubles erased and now have an understanding of what actually happened and what events took place.We booked Gerard to transfer us to Belfast international airport after the tour so that we did not have to worry about time.All in all, it was an excellent experience contact http://www.belfastblacktaxitours.com or phone 02890247797

    coins Gerald has on display
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  • BLACK CAB TOURS

    by sparkler21 Updated Jan 13, 2012

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    A personal guided tour around the amazing paintings of belfast,it is very special because you have your own personal guide, who will answer all your questions, and give you a one to one on the history of the city,theres something very special about taking a tour with someone who actually lived through the troubles you are visiting.this time of year i recommend a hat an scarf,cold but well worth it.

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  • A journey into the past

    by SNOOPY11 Written Jan 13, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, I WOULD URGE ANYONE WANTING TO UNDERSTAND THE TROUBLES,AND LEARN ABOUT THE COMMUN ITIES YOU ARE VISITING TO TAKE THIS TOUR, IT GIVES A GREAT OVERVIEW OF THINGS DURING THE CONFLICT THAT RAGED THERE FOR DECADES.
    JOE AT BELFASTMURALTOURS.COM BROUGHT US AROUND, ONE WORD,...AWESOME
    THANK YOU , MEGAN

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    Black Cab Tours

    by LozzerMezzer Written Dec 7, 2011

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    A friend and I were traveling to Northern Ireland, but didn't know too much about the 'Troubles'. We wanted to learn about Belfast and that meant learning about it's past - good and bad. It started spitting rain on us and we were due to meet our cab driver for the tour so we made it out of the rain just in time. Pat our cab driver (mid 60's?) drove us around the 'troubled' areas of Belfast. He lived through it all and told us a vastly detailed and interesting history dating from William the Orange to present day. He was very serious but very friendly. He guessed whether we were protestant or catholic (we were one of each) and he had us guess about him! We went to all the murals, protsetant and catholic, went to the 'Peace Wall' where he gave us a large marker and had us write a message of peace. Honestly it was an amazing tour for Carla and I. Pat was absolutely fantastic. I 110% recommend taking this tour.

    http://www.belfasttours.com/about.htm
    (ask for Pat!)

    Historical
    Informative
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    Affordable
    A MUST!

    Bobby Sands Peace Wall Loyalist Murals
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