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.
Street graffiti art
Spot the street art that brings Belfast’s art scene to life, on a creative walk around the city. Look out for the annual Hit the North Street art festival which brings some of the world’s best artists to the city.
A visit to the Northern Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the iconic Causeway Coastline – tour its rugged cliffs, its unique balis unique landscape and uncover its myths and legends.
Things to do in Belfast
Featured things to do
Hit Belfast’s waters
From bobbing along in an inflatable water zorb to paddling on a two-person kayak – take to Belfast’s River Lagan for an adventurous and adrenaline-filled time.Learn more about watersport in Belfast
Discover Game of Thrones film locations
Uncover a world of dragons and the Seven Kingdoms at the Game of Thrones Studio Tour. Located a short drive outside of Belfast, immerse yourself in the iconic sets and artistry.Learn more about the Game of Thrones Studio Tour
Taste and tour
Get a flavour for Belfast with tours to its top food and drink spots, from cosy dining spots and gin jaunts to off-the-beaten-track surprises.Learn more about Belfast food and drink tours
Places to stay in Belfast
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.