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Welcome to Belfast

Often overlooked in favor of the Irish Republic’s lively capital Dublin, Belfast is a city rich with history, culture, and Northern Irish ""craic."" Having shed its war-torn reputation in the past few years, Belfast has undergone a radical transformation and now offers an abundance of museums, restaurants, and swanky accommodation. Top sights on any Belfast city tour are the Titanic Belfast in the Titanic Quarter, City Hall, and the cultural hub of Cathedral Quarter, where St. Anne’s Cathedral—also known as Belfast Cathedral—and a maze of cobbled streets lend themselves well to walking tours. History buffs can take a guided tour of the infamous Crumlin Road Gaol, formerly filled with dangerous convicts, and for maritime enthusiasts and families, the HMS Caroline is a great place to spend the afternoon. Belfast’s proximity to Giant’s Causeway makes the Northern Ireland capital an ideal launchpad for day trips to and along the Causeway Coastal Route, whose other highlights include Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle, and the Bushmills Distillery. And fans of the hit HBO show ""Games of Thrones"" will jump at the opportunity to take a sightseeing tour to Cushendun Caves, Carrickfergus Castle, the macabre Dark Hedges road, and other GoT filming locations.

Top 10 attractions in Belfast

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Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

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The Giant's Causeway is a cluster of approximately 40,000 basalt columns rising out of the sea on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the area draws thousands of tourists each year who come to marvel at and photograph this natural wonder.More
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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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Crossing the nerve-racking Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a feat for the sure-footed—the narrow 66-foot-long (20-meter) swinging span is suspended high above the choppy Atlantic waters, connecting the Northern Irish mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. Originally built more than 300 years ago by salmon fishermen—and since rebuilt with sturdier materials—the National Trust-managed footbridge is now traversed by wobbly-kneed travelers who want to soak up the rugged coastal scenery.More
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Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

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The picturesque Dark Hedges tree tunnel, formed by the overhanging and intertwined branches of beech trees that line either side, was planted in the 18th century in an effort to spruce up the nearby Gracehill House. Amateur and professional photographers have long been drawn to its eerie beauty, and Dark Hedges is now a popular pilgrimage site for fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones.More
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Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

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Nestled high along the Antrim coastline, Dunluce Castle offers dramatic views and insight into the life and legends of old Irish clans. Explore ancient ruins, discover township remains, or descend into a hidden cave to experience the site that inspired CS Lewis’ Cair Paravel and served as a filming location for HBO’sGame of Thrones.More
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Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast is a rich multimedia spectacle standing on the site where the eponymous ill-fated luxury liner was built and first launched. Opened in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s infamous maiden—and only—voyage, Titanic Belfast swiftly became one of Northern Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions. Exhibits chronicle the rise of Belfast as an industrial superpower, re-create the city’s shipyard experience circa the early 1900s, and chart every detail of the construction of the Titanic, from bridge to passenger quarters.More
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Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle

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The 800-year-old Carrickfergus Castle is one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland. Built in the 12th century by Norman lord John de Courcy, it was used to ward off attacks from the Scots, Irish, English, and French, and also served as a garrison during World War I and an air raid shelter during World War II.More
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Old Bushmills Distillery

Old Bushmills Distillery

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The world’s oldest legal distillery, Bushmills was first granted its whiskey-producing license back in 1608, though historical records suggest production began even earlier. Distillers used malted Irish barley, grains, and water from St. Columb’s Rill to produce their oak-aged Bushmills Original and their Black Bush blend.More
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Belfast Peace Wall

Belfast Peace Wall

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The first Belfast Peace Walls were built in 1969 in response to Northern Ireland’s sectarian conflict. Initially intended as temporary barriers, the continuation of the Troubles led to the extension and reinforcement of the walls. Today, they’re political and philosophical murals and attract visitors looking for insight into this part of Irish history.More
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Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol

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Built in 1850 to accommodate prisoners tried at the courthouse across the street, Crumlin Road Gaol (Crumlin Road Jail) housed some of Northern Ireland’s most notorious criminals as well as leading political figures during its 150 years in operation. The jail was also the setting for executions, riots, and hunger strikes.More
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Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum

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Viking plunder, Egyptian mummies, whale skeletons, fossils, and more than 15,000 artworks, are just some of the items in the vast and eclectic collections of the fascinating Ulster museum. Exhibits focus on history, natural sciences, and art, with paintings, sculptures, costumes, and mixed-media works on display.More

Trip ideas

Giant's Causeway Tours from Belfast

Giant's Causeway Tours from Belfast

Top activities in Belfast

Belfast Bike Tour with BYO Drinks

Belfast Bike Tour with BYO Drinks

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Recent reviews from experiences in Belfast

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Best Belfast Welcome
Jarrod_E, Jan 2022
Belfast City Airport BHD Executive transfer to Belfast 1-4 people
He provided a lot of great history and advice on great places to see on our visit.
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Highly recommend this...
Sinead_G, Oct 2021
Official World Famous Belfast Taxi Tour ™
Best way to see the real city, hear the stories and history of Belfast.
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Brilliant way to see Belfast
Sarah_B, Oct 2021
Belfast Black Cab Tour
A great way to see Belfast and visit locations you would otherwise miss.
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Brilliant Belfast Tour
Neil_P, Sep 2021
Official World Famous Belfast Taxi Tour ™
This is the best way to see and understand Belfast.
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Northern Ireland - a must visit!
Robert_P, Sep 2021
Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic
Great places to visit - Giants Causeway worth a visit too!
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Add this to your must do list!
Marie_C, Sep 2021
Private Belfast Black Taxi Tour
He took us to places we never would have known to visit.
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A must see if in Belfast.
Annggel, Aug 2021
Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic
Lots to see and do here and following a one way system, we sometimes encountered a hold up.
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Taster of Northern Ireland
Philip-S, Aug 2021
Guided Day Tour of Giant's Causeway from Belfast by Comfortable Coach
Due to covid and non availability of some of the listed attractions and stopping places.
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Great day out
Aoife_M, Aug 2021
Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast
You really get to see Antrim at it's best & there's loads of time to stop & take photos & see all the wonderful places Antrim has to offer.
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Enjoyable
Julie_B, Jul 2021
Belfast Bike Tours
It was safe and I would recommend to anyone as a great way to see the city.
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Beautiful coastline and well worth it
Yngve_R, Oct 2020
Guided Day Tour of Giant's Causeway from Belfast by Comfortable Coach
A lot to see and experience on this full day tour.
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2nd Honeymoon
Amit_S, Sep 2020
City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Hope to visit again.
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Belfast city walking tour
Sue, Feb 2020
Eclectic Belfast Walking Tour
Had an amazing guide in Marti our tour was for 2 hours but 3 hours later we were still walking, Marti showed us all of Belfast and explained all the history, he told us the best restaurants to eat in and the best places to visit, showed us the best spots for photos and took some amazing photos of us, had an amazing experience
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Belfast tour Vicky leverage
Veronica_L, Sep 2019
Belfast Hop-on Hop-off Tours
Visiting Belfast with my sister to visit family we booked on your site for the tour the gentleman who took us threw the tour was outstanding.
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Beautiful coastline
William_F, Aug 2019
Shore Excursion from Belfast: Including Giants Causeway and Belfast City.
Didn't know what to do with the time in Belfast...
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Highly recommended
John_O, Aug 2019
City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
It was very educational and a great way to see the important areas of the city.
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Northern Ireland Tour
Marie_H, Jul 2019
Shore Excursion: Giant's Causeway Tour Including Belfast City Tour
Had a driving tour in Belfast and then time to walk along "the Wall" to see a bit of history.
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Excellent Tour
JAMES_W, Jun 2019
Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast
Initially he took time to explain the day's activities.
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Fabulous day in Northern Ireland
claireabbe, Sep 2018
Shore Excursion Belfast-Giants Causeway Full Day Tour
We wanted to see some Game of Thrones shoot locations but didn’t want to miss Giants Causeway or the Belfast murals.
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Lovely driver, very helpful with...
Bernadette L, Sep 2017
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Belfast Airport
Lovely driver, very helpful with suggestions on what to do and see in Belfast.

All about Belfast

When to visit

The summer months of June, July, and August offer the most pleasant weather, but in a city where it rains more than 200 days a year, good weather can never be guaranteed. Travelers thinking about a July trip should keep in mind that many locals head out of the city on vacation over the July 12 holiday, leaving the rest of the month quieter than normal.

A local’s pocket guide to Belfast

Mark Bolan

A native of Northern Ireland, Mark grew up close to the city and studied at Queen’s University Belfast. He loves the chance to come home and enjoy a pint of Guinness in one of Belfast’s many pubs.

The first thing you should do in Belfast is...

is take a walk. Belfast is a compact city so explore the city centre on foot, walk along the River Lagan, and see the docks where the Titanic was built.

A perfect Saturday in Belfast...

begins with brunch on Botanic Avenue, relaxation in the Botanic Gardens and Palm House, and a visit to the Ulster Museum. After dark, get a Guinness at the Crown Bar and dine in the Cathedral Quarter.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Titanic Museum really is worth a visit. Learn about Belfast’s shipbuilding past and the tragic tale of the Titanic from inside one of the city’s most impressive buildings.

To discover the "real" Belfast...

visit the atmospheric Victorian St. George’s Market on the weekend. Sample the amazing local food—I recommend the Belfast Bap for breakfast—and meet the stallholders and regulars.

For the best view of the city...

climb the spiral staircase to the impressive dome inside Victoria Square Shopping Centre or treat yourself to a cocktail at one of the highest bars in Ireland at the Grand Central Hotel.

One thing people get wrong...

is only associating Belfast with the Troubles, when it’s actually a young, vibrant city with amazing restaurants and bars popping up everywhere, live music, and good “craic.”

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