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How to Spend 3 Days in Belfast

How to Spend 3 Days in Belfast

With engaging visitor attractions, lively nightlife, and some of Northern Ireland’s most magnificent scenery on its doorstep, Belfast is perfect mini-break material. From exploring Titanic Belfast to mural-viewing in West Belfast to hittingGame of Thrones filming locations, here’s how we suggest you spend your 3-day break in Belfast.

Day 1: Discover the Docks

The port city of Belfast was once a shipbuilding powerhouse, perhaps best known for producing the White Star Line’s RMSTitanic. Today the city’s shipbuilding heritage is most keenly remembered at the waterside Titanic Quarter—an excellent place to spend your first day.

Start at the high-tech Titanic Belfast. Explore interactive exhibitions chronicling the famous cruise ship’s construction, take a turn on the Shipyard Ride, and board the SSNomadic, theTitanic’s tender ship. If you’re hungry for more Titanic connections, a walking tour of the area takes you to theTitanic slipways, the old Harland and Wolff drawing offices, and the floor of the sunken dry dock where the final touches were put on the mammoth cruise liner. Alternatively, explore the HMSCaroline, a World War I ship now permanently stationed here, or take a cruise out on the River Lagan. Later, pop into a waterfront restaurant for dinner and sunset views.

Day 2: Unearth Belfast’s History

Use day two to learn about Belfast’s history, finding out about the events and influences that have helped shape the Northern Irish capital into its current form. Walking tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours take you past historical landmarks, such as Belfast City Hall, St. Anne’s Cathedral, and the Albert Clock.

Though the country has been at peace since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, evidence of its turbulent history is still visible on the streets, whether in the mural-strewn Shankill and Falls Road neighborhoods or at the still-standing Belfast Peace Walls. History-keen tourists can take a more in-depth look at the Troubles on black cab tours and historical walking tours, both of which check off key sights relating to the conflict.

Come evening, head to the Crown Liquor Saloon for a bite to eat. This historic pub boasts a Victorian-era interior featuring carved wood, stained glass, and patterned tiles.

Day 3: Cruise the Causeway Coastal Route

Extending north from Belfast along the Antrim coastline, the Causeway Coastal Route shows off Northern Ireland’s most spectacular coastal scenery and cultural attractions. Set off on a day trip along the scenic roadway, stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the waterfalls of Glenariff Nature Reserve. 

Fans of the HBO fantasy epicGame of Thrones can opt for a Causeway Coastal Route tour that stops at sites used as filming locations in the series. These tours typically pause at Dark Hedges (the tree tunnel where Arya Stark, disguised as a boy, fled King’s Landing) and Cushendun Caves (where Melisandre of Asshai birthed her shadow baby), and also include free time at the Giant’s Causeway.

Back in town, enjoy a night out in Belfast’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter, an atmospheric neighborhood packed with bars and restaurants. 

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Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast

Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast

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See the magical location where the hit fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’ is filmed on a full-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway from Belfast. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, visit key filming locations while listening to inside gossip about popular characters. Ride through the atmospheric, tree-shrouded Dark Hedges Road and marvel at the mystifying rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway.
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  • 10 hours
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Northern Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour in Northern Ireland

Northern Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour in Northern Ireland

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A convenient option for time-tight travelers who want to see as much of Northern Ireland as possible in a single day, this tour encompasses the country’s highlights as well as some lesser-known sights. Explore Belfast city with a guide and travel along the Antrim Coast, stopping at the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the waterfalls of Glenariff Nature Reserve without the hassle of navigation.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic

Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic

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Delve into the fascinating history of the Titanic at Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic exhibition, on a self-guided tour of the magnificent museum. Explore the institution at your own pace in order to discover insightful exhibits detailing the construction, voyage, and legacy of the infamous ship. Enjoy interactive displays; watch audiovisual presentations; and feel your adrenaline levels surge during an exhilarating Shipyard Ride. Receive complimentary entry to the SS Nomadic with your Titanic Belfast ticket.
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  • 2 hours
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US$24.86
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City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore historic Belfast in an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour.  With your 1- or 2-day pass, create your own adventure with possible stops at wall murals in Falls and Crumlin Roads, St George's Market, Titanic Dock, and Albert Clock. Enjoy unobstructed views, colorful onboard commentary, and a personalized itinerary.
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  • 1 hour
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Guided Belfast Troubles City Centre Walking Tour

Guided Belfast Troubles City Centre Walking Tour

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Since the official end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Belfast has flourished, though the impact of the 30-year conflict is still keenly felt by those who live there. On this walking tour, visit locations where key events took place and get an insider perspective on the conflict, its lingering effects, and Northern Ireland’s path to peace.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Belfast Eclectic Walking Tour Small-Group

Belfast Eclectic Walking Tour Small-Group

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Belfast is known for its heritage and landmarks, but gaining intimate insight can be difficult on a self-led tour. Discover the city with a local, and learn about its history and culture as you visit locations including Waterfront Hall, the Cathedral Quarter, and Belfast City Hall. Benefit from the more personalized experience of a small-group tour, and receive a 10% discount in a local gift shop.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Titanic Walking Tours - Explore the Birthplace of a Legend

Titanic Walking Tours - Explore the Birthplace of a Legend

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Learn the real story of the RMS Titanic—from its design to its 1912 ill-fated maiden voyage—on this 1.5-hour guided walking tour around Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. You’ll past the drawing offices where the British passenger liner was designed, meander along the slipways where it first touched water, and journey 44 feet down to the floor of the massive dry-dock where the Titanic was finished. The tour also includes a visit to the HMS Caroline, World War I’s last surviving battleship.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Belfast Sightseeing Cruise: Titanic Quarter and River Lagan

Belfast Sightseeing Cruise: Titanic Quarter and River Lagan

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Experience Belfast’s vibrant maritime heritage on a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the River Lagan! Aboard the barge, enjoy a narrated history as you pass Harland and Wolff’s drawing offices and the Titanic Quarter, and witness gems of Belfast’s naval and shipbuilding traditions such as the restored HMS Caroline battleship. Summer visitors may have a chance look at the largest seal colony in Northern Ireland!
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