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    Why we love Belfast

    A colourful and dynamic port city with a troubled past, Belfast is a vibrant cultural hub on northern Ireland’s eastern coast. Packed with lively pubs, an eclectic food scene, iconic buildings, boutique shopping and a myriad of immersive experiences, you can delve into history, science, literature and more.

    Each of the city’s Quarters tells a story - from the history of one of the world’s most famous ships at the The Titanic Museum to tales of the city’s past at the Ulster Museum. Use the city as a base for discovering Game of Thrones filming locations, step aboard HMS Caroline for a taste of First World War maritime combat or see creative colours on a walking tour of Belfast’s famous murals.Whether you’re a culture vulture, party-goer or an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll find an array of memorable things to do in Belfast.

    Things to do in Belfast

    Were these 40,000 interlocking basalt columns created by an ancient volcanic eruption, or built by the fabled giant Finn MacCool? You decide…

    Discover the legends at Giant’s Causeway
    Sunset over the red basalt column. Sea views
    Giant's Causeway

    Calling all Game of Thrones fans! Enter the world of The Seven Kingdoms, complete with original costumes, props and weapons.

    Go behind the scenes on the Game of Thrones Studio Tour
    Costume Gallery at the Game of Thrones Studio Tour
    Game of Thrones Studio Tour

    Even 100 years after this mighty ship sank, its story still captures our imagination – brought to life by Titanic Belfast.

    Explore Titanic Belfast
    The Titanic Belfast, a world famous museum which tells the story of the RMS Titanic
    Titanic Belfast

    Art, nature, history, science: this vast museum puts centuries of heritage at your fingertips, featuring local and international treasures alike.

    Plan your visit to Ulster Museum
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    Ulster Museum

    Experience 150 years of history in Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian prison, which offers both self-guided and guided tours.

    Book your tickets for Crumlin Road Gaol
    Family day out at Crumlin Road Gaol Belfast Co_master_1
    Crumlin Road Gaol

    Were these 40,000 interlocking basalt columns created by an ancient volcanic eruption, or built by the fabled giant Finn MacCool? You decide…

    Discover the legends at Giant’s Causeway
    Sunset over the red basalt column. Sea views
    Giant's Causeway

    Calling all Game of Thrones fans! Enter the world of The Seven Kingdoms, complete with original costumes, props and weapons.

    Go behind the scenes on the Game of Thrones Studio Tour
    Costume Gallery at the Game of Thrones Studio Tour
    Game of Thrones Studio Tour

    Even 100 years after this mighty ship sank, its story still captures our imagination – brought to life by Titanic Belfast.

    Explore Titanic Belfast
    The Titanic Belfast, a world famous museum which tells the story of the RMS Titanic
    Titanic Belfast

    Art, nature, history, science: this vast museum puts centuries of heritage at your fingertips, featuring local and international treasures alike.

    Plan your visit to Ulster Museum
    Ulster Museum_Johnny-Frazer-UM250321-1
    Ulster Museum

    Experience 150 years of history in Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian prison, which offers both self-guided and guided tours.

    Book your tickets for Crumlin Road Gaol
    Family day out at Crumlin Road Gaol Belfast Co_master_1
    Crumlin Road Gaol

    Places to stay in Belfast

    Cathedral Quarter

    Surround yourself with culture in the heart of the city’s historic and creative quarter where you’ll find a mix of lively pubs, incredible architecture, places to dine and a good selection of trendy and cutting-edge galleries.

    Smithfield and Union Quarter

    Spend a lively time in the heart of the city’s vibrant clubbing hotspot and LGBTQI+ hub. It’s seen as one of the city’s coolest clubbing hotspots in Belfast and is home to the city’s 130-year-old Central Library.

    Queen’s Quarter

    Away from the centre, discover Belfast’s quieter, budget-friendly options close to Queen’s University. It’s home to the city’s Botanic Gardens and also No Alibis, Northern Ireland’s only independent crime fiction bookshop.

    Explore nearby

    A land of mighty scenery and epic stories, this wild corner of Northern Ireland will steal your heart.

    Man and boy sitting on the red basalt columns

    Getting to Belfast

    Northern Ireland’s capital lies in the east of the country with an array of connections via land, sea and air. Belfast International Airport is 18 miles (29km) to the northwest of Belfast (around 30 minutes by car) and serves more than 70 destinations around the world. Translink bus services link the airport with the city. Situated around five miles from Belfast city centre, the George Best Belfast City Airport serves routes from elsewhere in Britain, as well as Amsterdam, providing a transfer option for international travellers.

    Getting around

    Translink provides an extensive public transport network. Purchase a Belfast Visitor Pass for unlimited travel the centre of Belfast over 1,2 or 3 days, as well as special offers and discounts on many Belfast attractions.

    By foot

    With wide pathways and pedestrianised areas, the centre of Belfast is best explored by foot. In fact, it takes less than 30 minutes to cross from one side of the city centre to the other.

    By bus

    An extensive bus network connects the main things to do in Belfast. Metro and Belfast Rapid Transit – Glider services serve destinations in Belfast itself, with Goldline and Ultrabus providing connections to the rest of Northern Ireland.

    By bike

    You can hire bikes to explore Belfast from locations all over the city. Belfast Bikes has nearly 50 docking stations with pay as you go.

    Want to know more?

    For tips from those in the know head to Visit Belfast and discover a wealth of things to do in Northern Ireland’s capital city.