Fun things to do in Belfast

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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

    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

    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

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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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    Belfast mural tour

    by tex1235 Written Jan 12, 2012

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    an amazing in depth narrative on the murals, ive read that others see these paintings as uninteresting or a history that should be forgotten, we booked with BELFASTMURALTOURS.COM and the owner joe picked us up,this was mind blowing,eyeopening, informative, highly interesting, educational,sad,funny and much more,this guide was very knowledgable and relayed the stories behind them with passion,if your gonna tour the murals, go with someone who understands them and will give you their meaning, as joe said to us "Dont just see the murals..HEAR them,
    book with joe and you will understand also. TEX,MICK, RYANO..IRELAND

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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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  • Belfast City Bike Tour

    by RoryMartin Written Jul 11, 2011

    It's roughly a 2.5 - 3 hour guided tour of Belfast by bike over a distance of about 10k. The bikes are pretty cool - called California Cruisers and remind me of some sort of beach cruiser that you might see in the USA. The tour takes you right through the city to places that only bikes can get too using one way streets, cycle lanes and networks. I loved the views of the Titanic Quarter from the bridge. You really get a sense of the city's shipbuilding past. We stopped in at St Gerorges market too and saw some of the delights on offer. The towpath was cool and Botanic Gardens and Queens quarter. We stopped for an ice cream and heard some cool stories of literary greats and famous scientists.

    Our guide was lovely and he really made us feel welcome. It is definitely the personal service that makes this tour so cool. If you are young and active, this is definitely a must for you.

    It's relatively inexpensive, friendly and fun and you really see a lot of what Belfast has to offer in such a cool way!

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    Beacon of Hope

    by MalenaN Written May 25, 2011

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    On the west bank of River Lagan, just south of Queen’s Bridge, stands the 19,5 metres tall statue Beacon of Hope. It was made by the artist Andy Scott in 2006 and it is a symbol of peace. On a globe, made of cast bronze, stands a female figure holding up a ring. The female figure is made of stainless steel.

    I like this statue, and also the Bigfish, which you can find a couple of hundred meters to the north on the same side of River Lagan. The Beacon of Hope is well liked in Belfast and has got many nicknames, names like the Thing with the Ring, Nuala with the Hula and Thanksgiving Angel.

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    The Tropical Ravine

    by MalenaN Written May 20, 2011

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    Near the Palm House, in the Botanic Gardens, is the Tropical Ravine. It is a greenhouse built in red brick in 1889 and it was designed by Charles Mc Kimm, the garden’s curator. Inside there is a railed balcony along the sides and in the middle there is a sunken ravine. The ravine is filled with tropical plants like ferns, lilies, orchids banana plants, cinnamon and much more.

    The Tropical Ravine is open daily (not on Christmas Day):
    April - September between 10 - 12 and 13 - 16.45
    October - March between 10 - 12 and 13 - 15.45

    Admission is free.

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    The Palm House

    by MalenaN Written May 20, 2011

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    The Palm House, which is situated in the Botanic Gardens, is an early example of a glasshouse made with glass and curved iron . It is even older than the glass houses in Kew Gardens and Glasnevin. It was designed by the architect Charles Lanyon and the foundation stone was laid in 1839. In 1852 the dome was added.

    Under the dome there is a subtropical area and here you will find the oldest plant of the Palm House, a 400 year old Australian Grasstress (Xanthorrhoea preissii). The west wing is cool and the east wing is tropical.

    The Palm House is open daily:
    April - September between 10 - 12 and 13 - 16.45
    October - March between 10 - 12 and 13 - 15.45

    Admission is free.

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    Bigfish Sculpture

    by MalenaN Updated May 20, 2011

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    By Lagan River, near Custom House, is the Big Fish Sculpture. It is a 10 metre long printed ceramic mosaic sculpture in blue and white. When you come close you will see that the ceramic tiles are decorated with images and texts telling something about the history of Belfast. For example there are photos and texts from old newspapers and drawings made by schoolchildren.
    The sculpture was made by the artist John Kindness in 1999, and it contains a time capsule.

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    Belfast City Council Website

    by catherineneill Written May 5, 2011

    The Belfast City Council Website gives you a good look at the council planned events, fun days and festivals throughout the year:

    http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk

    for example http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/parksandopenspaces/juneevents.asp

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