Things to do in Belfast - My Favourite Belfast City Attractions that I recommend to all my visiting friends.
4 star and is known as the “Most bombed hotel in Europe and even the world” having suffered 36 bomb attacks during the troubles, it was such a symbol of Belfast and is today. It was opened in 1971 on the site of the former Great Northern Railway station. It has 272 bedrooms, lobby bar, a Piano Bar Lounge; great for tea and looking out at Belfast go by… Bill and Hillary Clinton stayed here and had a suite renamed the Clinton Suite!
Crown Liquor Saloon (opens 11.30 to midnight Monday to Saturday, 12.30-11 pm Sunday)
AKA The Crown Bar – best known pub in Northern Ireland – opened as “The Railway Tavern” and it was sold in 1885, renamed and refurbished in 1885 and only twice since then! Italian craftsmen were bought to Ireland to work on the many churches being built at the time and the pub owner persuaded these guys to work in the pub after hours (maybe paid in beer!)
Robinsons next door would also be very famous and is a large bar filled with titanic memorabilia. It was opened in 1895 and has Fibber Magee’s with traditional music, lunch and more.
Golden Mile, stretches from Great Victoria Street, Dublin Road, Bradbury Place to University Road, includes the Crown Salon and Grand Opera House and would be a main area for clubs, bars, restaurants and theatres in Belfast. It would have been the main area back 20 years ago.
Part of the Queens Quarter of Belfast, which is one of 6 cultural areas. It opened in 1810, being granted university status in 1908. It is one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland and has a global reputation for research, attracting many international students. Famous alumni include former Irish President Mary McAleese, poet Seamus Heaney and actor Liam Neeson
Located in Botanic Gardens, it’s the largest museum in Northern Ireland, 8,000 sq meters of display from fine art especially Irish Art to archaeology to treasures from the Spanish Armada and walks through local history. A more recent addition was the Game of Thrones Tapestry, a temporary exhibition which was created from Linen from one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland. This dictates many of the famous scenes from the TV show and is a celebrate of the shows creation in Northern Ireland. (https://www.youtube.com/wat...
28 acres opened in 1828, opened all year. It started as a private park and became public when the Belfast council purchased it in 1895. It has its own Palm House Conservatory which opened in 1840 and is one of the earliest cast iron glasshouses in the world. There are 2 wings, the cool wing and tropical wing and includes 400 year old plants! So anyone into plants will love this stop.
Belfast City Hall
Located in Donegall Square, opened in 1906 it stands on the site that was one the White Line Hall, an international Linen Exchange. The street from the back of the Hall is in what is called “the Linen Quarter” and the street name is “Linen Hall Street”. (https://www.youtube.com/wat...
St Anne’s Cathedral or Belfast Cathedral is the Church of Ireland and was also completed in 1904. It was built on the grounds of an old parish church that existed since 1776 called “St Anne “. Originally only the nave of the cathedral was built with other sections added through the years. The “spire of hope” was added in 2007 which is a 40 metre steel spire. (https://www.youtube.com/wat...
Brings you out to “Albert Clock”
Completed in 1869 – another famous landmark of Belfast. It was built on wooden piles in Marshy reclaimed land around the River Farset, the top of the tower leans 4 feet to the side. (https://www.youtube.com/wat...
Walk through Queens Square to St. George’s Market, last covered Victorian market in Belfast. It was built between 1890 and 1896 and today up to 300 traders, crafters, musicians and amazing food are available on site. Free entry and open Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the weekend days the biggest. Holds events during the week.
It was launched in 1911 and owned by White Star Line. It was a passenger ship to the RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic and is the only White Star Line vessel in existence today. It was built in slipway 1, Olympic was in slipway 2 and Titanic in slipway 3. On 10 April 1912 she transported 274 1st and 2nd class passengers to RMS Titanic–it worked in France for many years and came home to Belfast in 2006.
Opened in 2012 , a monument to Belfast maritime history on the former site of H&W shipyard where the Titanic was built. It tells the complete story of the Titanic which sunk hitting an iceberg in 1912. It has been voted one of the best tourist attractions in the world. Its 8 stories, its shape is meant to mirror the shape of a ships prow, maybe an iceberg? It stands 126 feet,38 metres the same height as the Titanic hull.