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Explore Belfast

Below are just some of our recommendations for how to spend your time in Belfast.  For more information on these locations or any other activities please feel free to speak to our Concierge Team.


Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and a must see when in Belfast. It is located in Titanic Quarter, right beside the historic site of this world famous ship’s construction.

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Victoria Square

Victoria Square is Belfast’s number one shopping destination with fantastic shops and eateries split over four levels and topped by an iconic dome with panoramic views across the city.

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Belfast Castle Estate

Belfast Castle Estate is adjacent to one of the highest spots in Belfast, Cave Hill, offering great views over Belfast Lough and the city.

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Albert Clock

Until a recent renovation corrected its list, the Albert Memorial Clock was Belfast’s answer to Pisa’s leaning tower featuring a statue of Prince Albert.

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Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory is nationally renowned as one of the finest purveyors of hand made chocolates, fudge and boiled sweets, made from 100 year old recipes.

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Barnett Demesne

Enjoy outstanding beauty within easy reach of Belfast city centre at Barnett Demesne, located next to Malone House. It is home to an annual Spring Fair, which offers music, entertainment and wildlife displays each April.

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The Belfast Barge

Owned and operated by Lagan Legacy, this unique attraction, afloat on the beautiful banks of the River Lagan behind Belfast Waterfront, brings the past and present together in its stunning museum, multi-use venue space and cafe.

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Belfast Cathedral

Belfast Cathedral is the church of St. Anne. The Cathedral seeks to maintain an Anglican and Irish ethos and identity in its daily worship, whilst providing a hospitable space for civic, community and inter-church services.

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Belfast City Hall

One of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall first opened its doors in August 1906 and is Belfast’s civic building. It’s located in Donegall Square, in the heart of Belfast city centre. Take a free public tour and discover its fascinating history.

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Belfast Hills Partnership

Get up into the hills above Belfast. Experience the Belfast Hills, renowned for providing a unique backdrop to a thriving urban area. Being so close to the city, fantastic views over Belfast and beyond can be easily enjoyed at Cave Hill and Belfast Castle or Black Mountain.

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Belfast Zoological Gardens

Belfast Zoological Gardens is located in North Belfast on the slopes of Cave Hill and and is home to more than 1000 animals and 150 species, many of which are in danger in their natural habitat.

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Belfast's Window on Wildlife

Nestled in the heart of the Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast WOW is home to birds and wildlife from all over the world, and you can get up close and personal with them from the comfort of the visitor centre.

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The Big Fish

This 10m (32ft) salmon was commissioned in 1999 to celebrate the regeneration of the River Lagan and the historic importance of the site. The outer ‘skin’ is a cladding of ceramic tiles decorated with texts and images relating to the history of Belfast.

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Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens is an important part of Belfast’s Victorian heritage and a popular meeting place for residents, students and tourists. It was established in 1828 by the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society, in response to public interest in horticulture and botany.

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Clonard Monastery

The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Clonard Monastery is situated just off the Falls Road in West Belfast. Designed in the early French Gothic style, during World War II, the crypt doubled as an air raid shelter for women and children from the area.

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Crumlin Road Gaol

The Crumlin Road Gaol is a nineteenth century Grade A listed building that has recently undergone a significant restoration, and recently reopened to the public for guided tours, concerts and events.

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The Dome At Victoria Square

Boasting 360 degree views that stretch for miles across the city and local landmarks such as Harland & Wolff, Parliament Buildings and Belfast Castle, The Dome is a must visit when in Belfast.

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Grand Opera House

Established in 1895, the Grand Opera House is Northern Ireland’s premier theatre, presenting a range of drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals, pantomime, family and West End shows.

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Lagan Valley Regional Park

The Lagan Valley Regional Park is located between Stranmillis, Belfast and Union locks, Lisburn and covers some 4,500 acres of countryside and eleven miles of riverbank.

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Lagan Weir / Queen's Bridge

The Lagan Weir is situated at the confluence of the Farset and Lagan Rivers, where Belfast’s shipbuilding history began. The weir was constructed in 1994 to control the tidal nature of the Lagan. In the Titanic era, many craft would still dock at the quay here.

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Linen Hall Library

Founded in 1788, Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. As the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland, it has an impressive Irish and Local Studies Collection and houses a significant genealogy section.

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The Lyric Theatre

As the only full-time producing theatre in Northern Ireland, the Lyric makes a unique and vital contribution to the community. Its mission is to produce high-quality professional theatre that is alive to the complex cultural experience and diverse traditions of the community.

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The MAC

The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is Belfast’s brand new arts venue. They select, create and mix up music, theatre, dance and art - bringing you the very best of local and international talent under one roof.

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Nomadic Belfast (SS Nomadic)

The last remaining White Star Line vessel, SS Nomadic, has been restored to her original glory and is back home in historic Hamilton Dock, near Titanic Belfast. Come on board and experience over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.

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The Paint Hall (Titanic Studios)

‘The Paint Hall’ in the historic heart of maritime Belfast, was once a climate controlled facility where the component parts of ships were painted. It is now one of Europe’s largest film studios, currently leased to Northern Ireland Screen.

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Samson and Goliath Cranes

The two great yellow-painted gantry cranes Samson and Goliath have become icons of Belfast, dominating not just Queen’s Island but the entire city skyline.

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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in south Belfast is one of the city’s most popular parks. It is home to the City of Belfast International Rose Garden, which attracts thousands of visitors to our Rose Week celebrations, which take place in July each year.

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St George's Market

The present St. George’s Market, built 1890-1896, is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. The market is home to some of the finest fresh produce, with customers travelling near and far to sample the delights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday markets.

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Stormont Parliament Buildings

Parliament Buildings is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative body for Northern Ireland. Open to the public between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, you can see first-hand the building and beautiful surroundings of the Stormont Estate.

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Titanic Boat Tours

The world’s only provider of boat tours around Belfast Harbour where Titanic was designed, built and launched. Enjoy a unique perspective of the changing face of Belfast’s historic harbour which has built well over 10,000 ships in its history.

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Titanic Memorial Gardens

The Titanic Memorial Garden was offically opened on 15 April 2012, the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. The garden is set on two levels with the upper level containing a nine metre long plinth, inscribed with the names of those who died on RMS Titanic and a lower grassed terrace surrounding the existing monument.

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Titanic's Dock and Pump House

Discover the story behind Belfast’s maritime magic at the site of the Thompson Dry-Dock and Pump-House, once the beating heart of Harland & Wolff during the construction of the great White Star Liners - the Britannic, Olympic and Titanic.

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Ulster Hall

Built in 1862, the Ulster Hall has been entertaining the citizens of Belfast for almost 150 years. This Victorian concert hall has an illustrious past. In its first 50 years it played host to Charles Dickens, Ellen Terry, Lord Randolph Churchill and Caruso.

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Ulster Museum

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and free to all visitors.

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War Memorial Gallery

The NI War Memorial opened in 2007 and replaced an earlier building, Memorial House, which was situated in Waring Street on a site which was bombed during the Blitz in 1941.

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