Explore more of Belfast with our insider's guide - pulling together the best that the city has to offer!
Take a Tour
Get acquainted with Belfast by foot or open top bus - or if you really want to get to know the city take a guided tour from a local in a Black Taxi Tour. If that's not alternative enough for you, try Segway tours. Combining adventure and exhilaration, with some of the best sights of the city this is a fun way to get around and something you won't find in every city you visit!
Visit City Hall
Not only is this a beautiful Baroque revival building - it's also a historical landmark, full of interesting stories and artefacts. Take a free guided tour around City Hall to admire our civic treasure, the stylish council chambers and historic potraits in person. There's also a visitor exhibition, which details the history of Belfast and stretches over 16 rooms. Don't forget to peruse the gift shop, and stop by the Bobbin Coffee Shop which serves a delicious selection of beverages and light bites.
Shop local at St George's Market
Get a taste for local produce at this infamous weekend market, with sights and smells that will bring your senses to life. Recognised as one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland, at St George's Market there's nearly 250 stalls full of unique items, thoughtful gifts and tasty bites. Look out for handmade jewellery, crafts and pottery, sweet treats and wholesome food as well as antiques, professional photography of national landmarks and keepsakes to remind you of your trip to the city.
Revisit the past at Crumlin Road Gaol
A crumbling jailhouse which only closed its doors in 1996 - the Crumlin Road Gaol offers a fascinating experience not to be missed. It's been fully restored and is now a remarkable building. Take a guided tour around the jail and learn about the history of its prisoners and guards, dating back to 1845. The old courthouse across the road has been recently acquired by a developer and is earmarked for redevelopment - see it now as it currently stands and make a note to come back in future to see it in its renewed splendour!
Get cultured at CS Lewis Square
Dedicated to the writer known perhaps best for The Chronicle's of Narnia, the CS Lewis square located in East Belfast features seven characters from "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" a short walk from the city centre. It's perfect for a family activity or for older fans of the books. Created as part of a multi-million pound regeneration project, it is located alongside a Community Greenway path and sits next to the Eastside Visitor Centre which is open 7 days a week.
Get back to nature at Botanic Gardens
This public park features extensive rose gardens, herbaceous borders and even a tropical ravine - plenty to satisfy even the most passionate of gardeners. Having recently undergone a multi-million pound regeneration, there are many species of rare tropical plants housed in the listed building, while the impressive nearby Palm House, designed by Charles Lanyon, dates back to the 1830s. Around Botanic Gardens there's plenty of green space, a children's playground and bowling green - all within walking distance of the city centre and located next to Queen's University.
Learn at Ulster Museum
Housing dinosaurs, an egyptian mummy and modern masterpieces, the Ulster Museum brings culture for all the family together in one very impressive space. Admission is free and grants access to five discovery zones, including interactive exhibitions. The museum is located within the grounds of Botanic Gardens, and has a cafe overlooking the grounds, which is the perfect spot to people watch.
Stretch your legs at Cave Hill
If you want a panoramic view of the city, head to Cave Hill. The country park takes its name from the five caves located on the side of the Belfast Cliffs, which rise above the city. With archaeological sites, ecotrails, orienteering routes and Belfast Castle there's plenty to see and do while in the park - and your visit can be as strenuous or relaxing as you choose!
Enjoy the splendour of the Titanic Quarter
The real life location where the actual Titanic was built - the Titanic Quarter is a historic place to visit and the area has benefitted from recent investment which has restored it to its former glory. Today there are attractions, hotels and eateries around the Belfast Lough location, and to help you make the most of your visit here we've summarised the top 10 things to do, plus a few hidden gems.