Fun things to do in Belfast

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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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    Music in the Parks - Yearly event

    by catherineneill Written May 5, 2011

    Music in the parks offers awide range of music across the various parks in Belfast from June to September with a great finale in September.

    2011 events can be seen here http://www.waterfront.co.uk/whatson/familyfestivalweekend.aspx

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    Belfast Giants Ice Hockey

    by catherineneill Updated Apr 30, 2011

    What about watching a game of ice hockey when the weathers bad? Why not pop down the odyssey arena at queens quay, grab some dinner in one of the restaurants or a drink at one of the bars, then into the arena for a fast paced game of ice hockey?

    adult - £18
    concession £10.50
    child £8

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    Odyssey Arena

    by catherineneill Updated Apr 30, 2011

    Massive sports and entertainment arena in Queens Quay a short walkable distance from the city center

    Includes restaurants, bowling arcade, cinema, bars, clubs and the arena itself which holds 14,000 people and hosts concerts as well as the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey games.

    For events check out www.odysseyarena.com

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    Step back in time - Ulster Folk and Transport ...

    by catherineneill Written Apr 28, 2011

    If you came straight from Dublin to Belfast, or just landed you could be forgiven for thinking that the common perception of Ireland is just a myth. The thatched cottages, the smell of turf, the old man with a cap sitting on a wall........well no, these placed do exist but they're off the beaten track.

    If your time is limited and you still want the above flavour you must get to the Ulster Folk and Transport museum for a step back in time.

    Folk museum : reflection on the past - old cottages perfectly re-assembled into a village, school, 'picture house' , church, shop etc. Beautiful old Northern Ireland comes to life. Great for a photo too....

    The transport museum, located on the site, has a wide range of vintage and more recent transport from all eras.

    Makes for a great day out!

    £8 for an adult for access to both museums, £4.50 per child/concession. Family tickets available. Kids under 5 go free!

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    Victoria Square Dome - view of Belfast

    by catherineneill Updated Apr 27, 2011

    During the day you can take the glass elevator in the Victoria Square Shopping Mall to the top for some great 360 degree views over Belfast City.

    From there you can see Cave Hill, Stormont Estate in the east, the cranes in the historic shipyard and the whole of Belfast laid out below you. Awesome!

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    Watch a game in an authentic bar.....

    by catherineneill Written Apr 25, 2011

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    Nothing beats a good game of rugby. And if you can't make it to a game either in the north or down in the Republic at the Aviva stadium, best bet is to head to a local bar.

    The Garrick, situated near Victoria Square shopping mall in the city is the perfect spot for a Saturday afternoon pint, lunch and a good old game of rugby or football. Built in 1870, there is also traditional music on a wednesday night and sundays from 4pm

    We watched all the S.A world cup here, as well as the 6 nations, and the atmosphere is always relaxed and uniquely northern irish.

    They have great deals on food and of course beer, try their irish stew to round off the authentic experience.

    Fixtures/games are available to view on the web, get in early to get a seat at this popular spot. You may see me there with a bottle of corona and a Springboks jersey!

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    The Belfast Wheel

    by St_Vincent Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Belfast Wheel sits in the grounds of City Hall and provides passengers (if that’s the right word) with panoramic views of the city - well unless you have a fear of heights and have your eyes closed I suppose. Open daily from 10am to 9pm. Rides last around 13 minutes and cost £6 for adults and £4 for children. You can save 10% by booking online

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    Pirate adventure golf

    by catherineneill Updated Apr 4, 2011

    A great day for the family - before heading to the ice bowl and something to eat (see other tips) adventure golf at dundonald ice bowl is great fun with some crazy settings here. Mini golf with a pirates theme

    prices £5.50 £3.75 (under 11s) or £2.10 (under 2s) for 18 holes, anout double that for 36

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    Autumn Leaves

    by Traveldi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Take a Walk in the Park, It's great to take a walk in the park, especially in Autumn.
    You can enjoy a coffee in the Botanic Area, check out the University and walk through Botanic Gardens - which has lovely
    Green houses. It is also home to the Ulster Museum. My favourite local park is Ormeau Park, further on up the Ormeau Road there are nice coffee shops too!

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