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Belfast

Known for Museums, Tours and Bars

The friendly capital of Northern Ireland has a fascinating history and is just an hour away from the country’s scenic Atlantic coastline.

How do you get to Belfast?

Belfast is a traditional Irish city of political, cultural and historical significance and is surrounded by miles of natural beauty. There are less and less reminders of the tumultuous national conflicts that dominated the 1960s and ’70s and Belfast is now a safe, and popular, tourist destination.

With less than 300,000 residents, Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland, but it’s not very urbanized. Walk the cobbled streets of the old center and visit castles and jails to travel back in time. The still quite traditional city has charm, but also has ultra-modern facilities, such as the Belfast Waterfront Hall, an entertainment and conference center along the River Lagan.

Find maps and information at the Belfast Welcome Centre at Donegall Square, the central hub for shopping, entertainment and public transportation.

Visit the nearby Crumlin Road Gaol or explore the historic Titanic Quarter to re-live the story from the ship’s fateful voyage that started in Belfast’s docks. Browse the iconic St. George’s Market or try a hearty potato dish in a typical Irish pub.

Wander through the Belfast Castle, and hike Cave Hill while you are there, or enjoy the public park surrounding the Stormont Parliament Buildings.

Explore the wider County Antrim area around Lough Neagh for an even more scenic nature experience. Drive north to the dramatic Atlantic coast to discover other popular attractions. Climb through the ruins of Dunluce Castle, visit the natural phenomena known as the Giant’s Causeway and tour the oldest licensed whiskey producer in the world: Old Bushmills Distillery.

The downtown area of Belfast is compact and easily explored on foot. Travel outside the city using Belfast’s affordable public buses, or book a tour to see the coast. If you’d rather travel independently, car rental is readily available downtown and at Belfast’s two airports.

Belfast has cool to warm weather in summer and rain year-round. Its winters are known to be windy, with sometimes heavy snowfall.

Best neighborhoods to visit in Belfast

Things to do in Belfast

Arrive at the historic birthplace of the British passenger ship that sank in 1912 and learn about its tragic voyage.

Trover photo by Brent Robert

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around Queen's University of Belfast, a top college in Belfast. Discover the acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

With views across the city and centuries of history, this classical sandstone building is one of the most popular free attractions in Belfast.

Relax amid the sculptures, monuments and plants of the garden and take a tour of the Baroque-style interior of this historic site.

Browse the stalls selling handicrafts and food and enjoy the live entertainment at this indoor market which is among the city’s oldest attractions.

Attend a mesmerizing spectacle in Belfast’s creative hub, which has been at the forefront of performing arts for over a century.

Tours of this historic prison will take you through the cells to the execution chamber, where you’ll have the chance to meet a ghost.

Study the exhibits at Ulster Museum, a popular museum in Belfast. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area.

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See the towering basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway on this guided tour to behold some of the most iconic scenery on Northern Ireland's coast. Dramatic views of the rock formations and the Atlantic Ocean give you the chance to admire the spectacular setting of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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See the history of Belfast with this combination of a sightseeing tour and a museum dedicated to the ill-fated ocean liner built along the city's docks. Admission to Titanic Belfast gives you a fresh look at the giants of the White Star Line, while a hop-on hop-off tour offers plenty of freedom to explore.

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A vibrant, legendary, and controversial city awaits you. Discover the birthplace of the world-famous Titanic, wander through picturesque villages, take in the breathtaking landscapes, and learn details of the city’s turbulent history with the help of your guide.

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See how the coast of North Antrim helped bring George R.R. Martin's tales of war and intrigue to life with a day exploring the scenery from Game of Thrones. This tour lets you in on the mythology and true history surrounding the sites that helped stage the fantastical drama.

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Circle the sights of Belfast—the capital city of Northern Ireland—according to your own agenda, from atop your own double-decker bus ride. This hop-on hop-off adventure hits all of the city’s major attractions including its scenic parks and gardens, historic churches, and artistic neighborhoods.

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Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the Titanic Belfast maritime museum, where you can wander through 9 interactive galleries, walk the decks of the last remaining White Star vessel, the SS Nomadic, and tread across the historic slipways where this iconic ship was built.

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