Northern Ireland Things to Do

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Northern Ireland 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

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    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

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    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 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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  • 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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Hall

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    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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  • 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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  • Belfast Castle

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    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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  • 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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  • Ulster Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • St Anne's Cathedral

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    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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  • 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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  • 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

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    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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  • Queens University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Grand Opera House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Waterfront Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • St Ann's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Odyssey Arena

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Odyssey Complex

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Ulster Transport Museum

    Ulster Transport Museum covers everything from carriages to cars to fighter planes, as well as the definitive exhibition on the Titanic. The multitude transport items on display actually made in Belfast itself is astonishing. The story of transport in Ireland on a country-wide scale began in 1710 with the Post Office running mail coaches along the...

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  • Ulster Folk Museum

    Ulster’s Folk Museum, a 15-minute drives from Belfast, presents a bye gone simpler world where villages are self-contained and have close social cohesion. Reassembled and preserved in its open-plan village are historic churches, bakeries, a bank, a printing shop, a sheriff's office, a basket maker’s shop, a tobacconist, and a general store. To...

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  • Ulster Museum

    nside this hybrid of 1960s concrete and neo-classical architecture lurks 8,000 square metres of public display space spread over three floors. The museum sitting next to the Botanic Gardens contains everything from the first mummy to be exhibited outside Egypt to collections of birds, insects, molluscs, marine invertebrates, flowering plants, algae...

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  • Bushmills Distillery

    What better way to spend a morning than to go round the world’s oldest legal distillery? In 1608 King James I granted the first licence to distil whiskey to this region - the spirit proved a hit with his court. The distillery therefore celebrates its 400th centenary in 2008. Fittingly to commemorate its anniversary, Bushmills will create a limited...

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  • Walls of Derry

    A walk around the walls of Derry reveals a beautiful old city set in a surrounding landscape of natural beauty, diversity and a wealth of history. The walls provide an ideal platform for viewing the Renaissance street plan within and savouring the view across the River Foyle and beyond to Donegal. Derry is the only remaining fully walled city in...

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  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

    If you are bold enough to cross Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge stretching above the swirling sea, you qualify for a commemorative certificate. This rope bridge on the North Antrim Coast between Ballycastle and Balintoy crosses a 30m deep and 20m wide chasm to tiny Carrick Island.Local fishermen have had a bridge here since the mid 1600s because Carrick...

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  • The Giant’s Causeway

    Majestic cliffs and inaccessible bays adjacent to the causeway combine with myth and legend to inspire. Dotted around the coast you'll find small sheltered harbours and slipways, fishermen's cottages. The area is a haven for sea birds such as fulmar, petrel, cormorant, shag, redshank guillemot and razorbill, while the weathered rock formations host...

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  • Dunluce Castle

    The ruins of Dunluce Castle have a desolate, awe-inspiring grandeur as they rise dramatically from a basaltic stack standing 100 feet above the wild northern sea. It cut deep into the land, exploiting cracks on either side of the rock to separate it from the mainland by a deep chasm. The ' Mermaid's Cave' extends underneath the basaltic stack....

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  • Carrickfergus Castle

    On a basalt dyke protruding into Belfast Lough, the Normans erecting Carrickfergus Castle to guard the approach to Belfast Lough. This the earliest castle in Ireland has survived through 750 years of continuous military occupation. Almost surrounded by sea and with strong landward defences the castle must have seemed impregnable. Under its...

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  • Dunluce Castle

    Close to the Giant's causeway are the ruins of Dunluce Castle a 13th century castle built by the earl of Luster. Pathetic castle was abandoned after 1690 when the family that owned it fell into poverty after a military defeat.

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  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

    This 20 meter Rope bridge links the island of Carrick-a-rede with the mainland. besides the bridge the 1 Km walk from the parking lot gives fantastic views over this rugged area of coastline.

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  • Belfast

    Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and famous for its shipyard which produced the Titantic. After years of unrest, peace has returned to Northern Ireland and with it Belfast has been reborn as one of Europe's up and coming cities.

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  • Dunluce Castle

    Worth to visit, the Castle is thought by many to be the most picturesque and romantic of Irish castlesAnd is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea along the North Antrim coast

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  • Giant's Causeway

    The Primary attraction in Norhern Ireland. this geological wonder was created when hexagonal basalt columns were formed after a volcanic eruption 50 to 60 million years ago.

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