Belfast Things to Do

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Belfast Things to Do

  • Open Top Bus Tour

    Belfast Things to Do

    My boyfriend and I recently decided last minute to take a black taxi tour of Belfast and its murals having being recommended by a friend. We weren't sure if it was our thing, but we did want to see the murals especially with a locally knowledgeable guide. http://www.belfastblacktaxitours.com We phoned the morning we wanted to go and were able to...

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  • Belfast Murals

    Belfast Things to Do

    Belfast and the rest of Northern Ireland has long been known for it's murals, often on the gable walls of terrace houses and unmissable if you are passing by. When I lived in Belfast in the 1970's and early 80's these were entirely "tribal" depicting terrorist activity and political dogma, historical events glorifying one or other political view,...

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  • Titanic

    Belfast Things to Do

    Samson and Goliath are two shipbuilding cranes dominate the skyline of Belfast. They are both at the shipyard of Harland & Wolf, where the Titanic was built. The cranes were made by the German company Krupp. The 96 meter tall Goliath was ready for use in 1969, the 106 meter high Samson in 1974. They can each 840 tons lifting up. The cranes were...

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  • Further Afield

    Belfast Things to Do

    The Giant's Causeway is located about an hour and a half's drive from Belgast City (by motorway - longer by coastal route). Quiet simply the Casueway is breathtaking and one of Ireland's most stunning pieces of landscape. To visit the north of Ireland and not visit the Causeway is unthinkable. Tghe causeway was formed thousands of years ago by a...

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  • Parish Church of St George

    Belfast Things to Do

    This stained glass piece was propped up against a plain glass window. It was a portrait of Saint George. The lady that I'd spoken to earlier had disappeared into a room off the Chancel, then reappeared later with a black and white photo of this piece. She told me that she thought the framed portrait was a 'Test Piece' created by an apprentice....

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  • River Lagan

    Belfast Things to Do

    The Lagan Boat Company run two different tours, each travelling in different directions on the Lagan River. Tickets for both tours can be bought from the small kiosk near the Big Fish, by the Lagan Lookout and weir (see picture/map). The Titanic Tour operates from the jetty next to the Big Fish, by the Lagan Lookout and weir (see picture/map). The...

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  • Albert Memorial Clock

    Belfast Things to Do

    At Queens Square, in the end of High Street stands the leaning Albert Clock Tower. It was erected in 1867 in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, who died in 1861. Because the clock tower was built on muddy land reclaimed from the River Lagan it’s leaning 1.25 metres off vertical. The Albert Clock Tower is built in white sandstone and...

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  • City Hall

    Belfast Things to Do

    It is a very impressive building in the heart of Belfast, very elegant. I've been to the Christmas market in the grounds of the City Hall and it is great fun, loads of foreign foods and trinkets :) It looks great when it is lit up at night. AFAIK tours are available but we did not have time to do one.

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  • City Hall

    Belfast Things to Do

    This Renaissance building was opened in 1906 and reflects the power of the British Empire The Town Hall is undergoing extensive renovation and is only opened to the public in 2009. Until then you can create a virtual tour and everyone can admire the outside The central hall is the large marble stairs, the beautifully decorated dome attracts...

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  • City Centre

    Belfast Things to Do

    I was recently on a trip back home to Northern Ireland and had just visited the rather interesting St. Anne's Cathedral, which I suggest you do, and was wandering fairly aimlessly wondering what to do next in the city I was born in and now barely recognise! I saw a roadsign pointing down Talbot Street to the Northern Ireland War Memorial. Now I...

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  • Samson and Goliath

    Belfast Things to Do

    These two massive cranes still loom over the Harland and Wolff shipyards, said to have the largest dry dock in the world. The cranes are the second and third largest in the world and, even for someone with little interest in industry, they are pretty impressive. The Titanic was built here, of course......s new museum will soon open on site, and...

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  • City Tours

    Belfast Things to Do

    Titanic walking tours start at the Odessey arena (11pm seems to ring a bell). As the name suggests it is a walk around the old dockyard where the titanice was built. First port of call was the drawing rooms where the great (or not so great) ship was designed. It is in a state of disrepair as it has been left vacant for years but there is a feeling...

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  • Crown Liquor Saloon

    Belfast Things to Do

    This is a pretty wonderful place. It's now owned by the National Trust, hardly surprising given the wonderful tiling, carving, colours, whirls and swirls of its interior and the equally over-the-top decoration of its exterior. You'll find it almost opposite the Europa hotel on Great Victoria Street. The bar dates back to 1826 and is a most...

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  • St Ann's Cathedral

    Belfast Things to Do

    On a recent visit to Belfast I was walking past St. Ann's Cathedral en-route to another place and it suddenly dawned on me that I had bever actually been inside it. This surprised me as I spent the first 28 years of my life on Northern Ireland and 10 of those in Belfast itself. Although not religious now, I was brought up in the Anglican faith and...

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  • Murals

    Belfast Things to Do

    The struggle between Catholics and Protestants was not only conducted together to harass, to hold large parades and bickering in parliament. With bombs There were also large murals made​​. They are mainly found in the west of Belfast, around Shankill Road and Falls Road separated by a wall of up to six meters from each other Shankill...

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  • Grand Opera House

    Belfast Things to Do

    THE 106 YEAR OLD GRAND OPERA HOUSE IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE ANYWHERE IN THE UK OR IRELAND. OPENED ON THE 23 DECEMBER 1895 THIS LOVELY BUILDING LEAD A VERY FULL LIFE BEFORE HITTING ON BAD TIMES DURING THE 1960'S. AT ONE TIME IT EVEN LOOKED LIKE THIS FINE OLD BUILDING MAY CLOSE OR EVEN BE KNOCKED DOWN.. BUT IN THE...

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  • St Anne's Cathedral

    Belfast Things to Do

    Construction of the cathedral was begun in 1899, but it was not completed until 1981. Well, the 40 metre high spire in stainless steel was added as late as 2006, it is named a Spire of Hope. Even if the cathedral was not completed, but only the nave, the church was consecrated in 1904. Inside there are beautiful mosaics and stained glass windows....

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  • Ulster Museum

    Belfast Things to Do

    This museum has been revamped with some fabulous displays and best of all its free to visit. I started on the top floor in the Art Galleries and there was a display of fashion clothing through the years as well as modern, contempory and classic art. The history zone has a section on the troubles in Belfast through the ages this was really...

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  • St George's Market

    Belfast Things to Do

    St Georges Market was built between 1890 - 1896 and has a façade of red brick. Inside you will find many stands selling fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and bread, but also clothes and books and second-hand goods. There is a market in the building every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Fridays there is a Variety Market open between 6 - 14. On...

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  • Belfast Castle

    Belfast Things to Do

    One of the stops on the Minibus Tour of Belfast was a midmorning coffee stop at Belfast Castle. Originally built by the Normans in the 12th century, a later building was burnt in1708. It was rebuilt again and finished in 1870. The Castle is a favorite site for weddings having beautiful manicured grounds. There is a coffe shop in the bottom, an...

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  • Botanic Gardens

    Belfast Things to Do

    The Botanic Gardens, located next door to the main Queen's University buildings, is a lovely place for a walk on a sunny day. Not far from the main entrance, you will see a small tree in a cage. This is Belfast's wollemy pine and is caged for it's own protection as they are so rare. Further on, you can't miss the gorgeous Victorian Palm House, a...

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  • St George's Market

    Belfast Things to Do

    This handsome market is housed in a 19th century building with wonderful wrought-iron gates, has over 230 stalls, ranging from zips to shark meat. It's actually the oldest covered market in Ireland. A variety market on Friday (6am-1pm) is a mixture of secondhand and cheap clothes, books, antiques, fruit and vegetables and fish.

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  • Grand Opera House

    Belfast Things to Do

    This impressive building is partly due to its red brick color one of the most striking buildings in Belfast It is built in Victorian style and completely restored in 1980. Inside are statues of elephants that support the balconies the biggest highlights. Over the years, many great opera voices already stood on the podium, including Pavarotti....

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  • Botanic Gardens

    Belfast Things to Do

    The Botanic Gardens in Belfast are a very pleasant place to spend some time, and they are also a great reminder of my childhood. I used to walk through them every day to get the bus home from school, so my recent return was more than a little nostalgic. In truth, nothing much has changed, and I suspect it has been thus since the Gardens opened in...

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  • Queens University

    Belfast Things to Do

    Designed by Charles Lanyon, the university buildings are absolutely beautiful (it helped that the sun was finally coming out!). The university quarter is a nice part of the city with lots of bars, places to eat and the botanical gardens nearby.

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  • Odyssey Complex

    Belfast Things to Do

    The Odyssey Complex is a new cultural complex in Belfast and is home to W5 Interactive Discovery Centre (W5 refers to "who, what, where, when, why,") the IMAX Cinema, the Hard Rock Café and the Odyssey Arena ( home of the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey Team). Odyssey, the Belfast's millennium landmark project and the latest architectural addition to the...

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  • Near Belfast

    Belfast Things to Do

    There is a saying in the UK (and possibly elsewhere) that you are getting old when police officers start looking young. This may well be true. Where do you stand, however, when you visit a museum and remember a good proportion of the exhibits from your childhood? Well, this was exactly what happened to me when I visited the Ulster Folk Museum...

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  • Waterfront Hall

    Belfast Things to Do

    THE BELFAST WATERFRONT HALL IN LANYON PLACE WAS THE ORIGIONAL SIGNATURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW FACE OF BELFAST. THE BRONZE DOME OF THIS STUNNING BUILDING WILL EVENTUALLY TURN GREEN AND REFLECT THE DOME OF CITY HALL. THIS ARCHITECTUAL STAR WITH A CAPACITY OF 2235 HAS THE FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE A WIDE VARIETY OF ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENTS, FROM...

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  • Belvoir Zoo

    Belfast Things to Do

    Belfast Zoo, just off the Cavehill road (on a main bus route from the city centre) is one of the leading breeding zoos in Europe. With everything from Polar bears to Meercats (a firm visitor favourite) it is well worth the £6 entrance fee. You will also laugh at the gophers who have made their home all over the grounds with burrows appearing under...

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  • Historical Pub Tours

    Belfast Things to Do

    Crown Liquor Saloon has more the feel of 'Dodge city' about it rather than that of an Irish watering hole. The place is widely regarded as one of the best examples of the Edwardian mania for incredibly ornate pubs. As such it is owned by the Nation trust and leased to a company. The mixture of gas lamps, tiling and mirrors is ceratinly very...

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  • Odyssey Arena

    Belfast Things to Do

    A trip to watch the Belfast Giants is a must. The team themselves may not be as good as they once were, but you must go and see a game. The atmosphere is electric,. The crowds certainly know how to pump up their team. Be prepared to come away with a sore throat and a hoarse voice but memories of an enjoyable night

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  • Catalyst Arts Gallery

    Belfasts Catalyst Arts Gallery is an off the beaten track artist led gallery space i visited back in October (2012), I love coming across these alternative gallery spaces in whatever city i visit. After some time trying to find the gallery (not well sign posted) I eventually found it down a side alley.The space was beautifully presented with one of...

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  • Laganside

    The Lagan is the river which meets the sea in the middle of the city. The part which is right in the city centre (before the river reaches the docks) has been regenerated in recent years, and is very pleasant now in most parts. A useful open space to just stroll around or sit about if the weather permits.These photos were taken on a wet January...

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  • A fine military Museum.

    Readers of my other pages will know that I am extremely fond of military history and, by association, military museums. I have been lucky enough to have visited many excellent examples but strangely, it was only on a recent visit to the city of my birth that I finally managed to visit the Museum of the Royal Ulster Rifles. In the nature of things...

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  • The grand old Duke of York.

    I don't want the reader of my Belfast pages to go away with the idea that it is nothing more than a collection of pub reviews but there is rather a good selection of excellent watering holes in the City. In my opinion, no visit is complete without a visit to one or two of them. I fully understand that not everybody drinks alcohol for various...

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  • How many can you spot?

    Belfast and the rest of Northern Ireland has long been known for it's murals, often on the gable walls of terrace houses and unmissable if you are passing by. When I lived in Belfast in the 1970's and early 80's these were entirely "tribal" depicting terrorist activity and political dogma, historical events glorifying one or other political view,...

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  • Certainly changed a bit.

    A frequent haunt of my youth was "the EGG", or to give it it's proper title, the Eglantine Inn. A great traditional pub, usually busy, with great Guinness and a friendly atmosphere. I returned there in February 2005 to find the place entirely changed. Don't get me wrong, it's very well done and a great place for a drink or a bite to eat but it...

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  • Lest we forget.

    I was recently on a trip back home to Northern Ireland and had just visited the rather interesting St. Anne's Cathedral, which I suggest you do, and was wandering fairly aimlessly wondering what to do next in the city I was born in and now barely recognise! I saw a roadsign pointing down Talbot Street to the Northern Ireland War Memorial. Now I...

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  • Come write me down.

    If you visit the fascinating St. Anne's Cathedral, and I suggest you do, you should spend a little time either before or adter in the open area just across the road. This area is known as Writers Square and, as the name suggests, reflects the rich literary history of Northern Ireland and Belfast in particular.I am going to do something slightly...

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  • Why did it take so long.

    On a recent visit to Belfast I was walking past St. Ann's Cathedral en-route to another place and it suddenly dawned on me that I had bever actually been inside it. This surprised me as I spent the first 28 years of my life on Northern Ireland and 10 of those in Belfast itself. Although not religious now, I was brought up in the Anglican faith and...

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  • A walk in the park.

    The Botanic Gardens in Belfast are a very pleasant place to spend some time, and they are also a great reminder of my childhood. I used to walk through them every day to get the bus home from school, so my recent return was more than a little nostalgic. In truth, nothing much has changed, and I suspect it has been thus since the Gardens opened in...

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  • Belfast Wheel

    Situated at the east side of the City Hall, this is the cities version of the London Eye. The wheel is open daily & gives you spectacular views of the city & beyond from a height of 200 feet. The ride takes about 12 minutes & the current price for an adult is £6.50.

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  • Big wheel

    Great views over the city and beyond. Choose a clear day if possible, a little misty for us but reasoanble. Rotates fairly quickly so more than one trip around.Enjoyed our visit here.

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  • Giant's Causeway

    The Giant's Causeway is located about an hour and a half's drive from Belgast City (by motorway - longer by coastal route).Quiet simply the Casueway is breathtaking and one of Ireland's most stunning pieces of landscape. To visit the north of Ireland and not visit the Causeway is unthinkable.Tghe causeway was formed thousands of years ago by a...

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  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

    Located 20 minutes east of the Giant's Causeway is the famous Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. There has been a rope bridge in existence at this location for 350 years and was primarily used as a crossing for fishermen to the small Carrick Island. The bridge is 20 metres long and is suspended 30 metres above the rocks and sea below. Visitors flock to...

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