Top free things to do in Belfast

  1. Have a wander around the Victorian covered St George’s Market, close to Belfast’s waterfront. It’s neatly ordered into different food zones (the fresh fish section contains more than 20 fish counters alone). Assemble a picnic of local produce and head to the City Hall gardens.

 

  1. See dinosaurs and mummies brought to life at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, an impressive treasure trove of objects that span everything from ancient relics to modern art. Explore the light-flooded galleries to see jewellery excavated from the Spanish Armada, take part in interactive exhibitions that chart the history of the city and discover skeletons of extinct Irish animals.

 

  1. Walk along Belfast’s riverside on the Lagan Towpath. You can go all the way to Lisburn through a variety of wetland, riverside meadows and woodlands.

 

  1. Take a walk around the city and spot Belfast’s murals, considered the most famous political murals in Europe, and which document Northern Ireland’s political and religious divisions over the years.

 

  1. Belfast City Hall is the hub of the city. You can take a free tour of the beautiful building or simply hang out in the peaceful gardens that surround it. Look out for the Titanic monument and Memorial Gardens, too, on the eastern side of the hall.

 

  1. The Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival in Cushendall is free and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Glens of Antrim. Join local storytellers and musicians, as well as featured guests from the rest of Northern Ireland, while being inspired by the natural beauty, heritage and history of the area, around a 60-minute car journey from Belfast.

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