Belfast may be a small city but don't let the size fool you - because we're big on excitement. Once the home of the Irish linen industry, tobacco production, rope making and the world famous Harland and Wolff shipbuilders, Belfast lays claim to a unique history. And there's something for everyone to love. Shopping, tours, world-class dining, block rockin' beats, you name it - we've got it.
Soak up the lively atmosphere, stroll along its fine Victorian streets, enjoy the range of world-class visitor attractions and indulge in a café, restaurant and entertainment scene that can rival any city in Europe. Most of all, we invite you to enjoy the experience of visiting a city that truly welcomes you.
Filled with arts, music, youth and craft festivals month by month, there’s an excuse for a night out in the city every week of the year. Whether it’s comedy, maritime history, community arts, carnival parades, bluegrass music, song writing, European cinema, contemporary dance, the crème de la crème of local cuisine or avant-garde puppetry that’s your thing, Belfast has a suite of festivals to suit your tastes in a host of state of the art, al fresco or Victorian venues across the city.
Belfast is also perfect for foodies and we’ve got everything you need to discover your very own gourmet Garden of Eden from artisan bakeries, to traditional apple pies and garden parties galore throughout the summer months. You can enjoy Ireland’s oldest covered food market, the award winning St George’s Market, not to mention one of the liveliest and best value eating scenes in the UK or Ireland. You can also discover delicious Northern Irish breads like soda and potato, and gourmet chocolates in the city where Hans Sloane was educated.
Less than an hour from the world famous Giant’s Causeway and the Mountains of Mourne, Belfast is a gateway city to a land of legends, so whether you’re here for the weekend or you have the opportunity to linger a little longer, a trip to Belfast promises memories to last a lifetime.
Tours & Activities
Top things to do
Titanic Belfast is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and a "must see" visit in any tour of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Housed in an iconic 6-floor, 9-gallery building, the ‘hulls’ of which are the exact height of Titanic when she sat on the slipways, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.
Black Cab Tours
Experience the City’s culture, politics, history, environment or landmarks from the back seat of an authentic Belfast Taxi, with your driver as your guide and plenty of opportunities to stop off, see the sights and take some photos. Tours can be tailored to suit your area of interest and the amount of time you have available, so if you only have an afternoon in Belfast this is the perfect way to see the murals, peacewall and living culture of the city.
Crumlin Road Gaol
Now a nineteenth century Grade ‘A’ listed building, the Crumlin Road Gaol has undergone a significant restoration and its doors are now open once again, but this time, as a visitor attraction to the public. Visitors can now take the tour and live life behind bars, in a history that begins when the Gaol opened in 1845, where you can find out first-hand how a Victorian prison evolved through history.
Historical Pub Walking Tour
Pubs have long been an integral part of Belfast's social and cultural life. Some of them have been lost down the years, but fortunately for visitors and locals alike, a significant number of Belfast's fantastic historic pubs still exist and they continue to serve a thirsty public. There's no better way to experience the unique atmosphere of these pubs than on a light-hearted and informative tour.
Ulster Museum and Botanic Gardens
An inspiring piece of modern architecture set in the beautiful Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum is the largest museum in Northern Ireland. A hybrid of distinctive architectural styles, the Ulster Museum incorporates a traditional 1929 building designed by James Cumming Wynne and a very distinctive 1960s modernist extension designed by Francis Pym alongside a completely refurbished, visitor-friendly interior which was completed in 2009.