Top heritage things to do in Belfast

  1. HMS Caroline, the last surviving British battleship from the Battle of Jutland in 1916, has been docked at Alexandra Dock in Belfast since 1923. The ship has been transformed into a veritable floating museum.

 

  1. The Crumlin Road Gaol only closed its doors as recently as 1996, after 151 years in operation. The gaol has now been fully refurbished as a visitor attraction, and provides a glimpse through prison life from Victorian times to the late 20th century.

 

  1. Probably the most famous ship in the world, the Titanic was built in Belfast, and the city marked the centenary of its launch – and tragic sinking – by opening a new Titanic Quarter. At its heart is the Titanic Belfast, an extraordinary building that celebrates the ship. Also fascinating is the Titanic Dock and Pump House.

 

  1. Built by Bernard and Anne Ward in the 18th century, Castle Ward remains a testament to their wildly different tastes. It is distinguished by the curious architectural style of its Great House; one side of the house is classical, the other is gothic. Castle Ward is less than an hour’s drive south of Belfast.

 

  1. The official residence of the Queen in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle, County Down is an impressive 18th-century mansion. A 40-minute drive south of Belfast, see the castle’s State Drawing Room, Dining Rooms and the furniture plus silver from HMS Nelson.

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