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Things to Know
Belfast is located in County Antrim, east of Northern Ireland’s six counties, where the River Lagan runs through into the Atlantic. As Northern Ireland’s largest metropolitan area, Belfast is a bustling port city with many things to see and even more things to do. Like most European cities, Belfast boasts world-class dining, excellent nightlife, and great shopping.
Things to See
Hillsborough Castle
The official residence of the British royal family when they’re in Northern Ireland and home to the Secretary of State since the 1970s, this castle is a landmark of the region.
Cave Hill Country Park
Walk up the Cave Hill Country Park for breathtaking views of Belfast city. Head to the north side of the hill and see Belfast Castle distinguished by its popular Scottish baronial style.
Belfast Zoological Gardens
Located in North Belfast on the slopes of Cave Hill, the zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals; it is a center for important conservation work and global collaborative breeding programs.
Carrickfergus Castle
Whether approached by land, sea or air, this Norman Irish castle is an imposing monument on the Northern Ireland landscape.
Bangor Castle
Located on the grounds of Castle Park, this impressive building from 1852 is currently the headquarters of Ards and North Down Borough Council. Enjoy the castle grounds as well as the famous view.
Albert Memorial Clock
This Gothic style clock is a city landmark built to reclaim land from the River Lagan.
Giant's Causeway
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a magnificent and mysterious geological formation created by an ancient volcanic eruption located on the North-East coast of County Antrim.
Ulster Museum
View temporary exhibitions, treasures from the Spanish Armada as well as a vast collection of natural science and human history including precious rocks and minerals.
HMS Caroline Museum
Step on board Caroline, walk along her decks and learn about the important role this decommissioned c-class light cruiser had during WW1.
Crumlin Road Gaol
A working prison until 1996, explore this landmark and learn about its interesting history dating back to 1845.
St. Anne’s Cathedral
Seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Leeds, admire the impressive century old Romanesque architecture, as well as the Spire of Hope added in 2006.
Antrim Castle Gardens
A complex living museum with over four centuries of culture and heritage. Be sure to visit the Clotworthy House in the heart of the gardens.
Mount Stewart
A 19th century house and garden located in Country Down North Ireland that is most inspiring and unusual!
Big Fish
Located in Donegall Quay, this 10m (32ft) printed ceramic sculpture was commissioned in 1999 to celebrate the regeneration of the River Lagan and the historic importance of the site.
Things to Do
Titanic Studios Belfast
Located at the heart of the Titanic Quarter, not only is it an architectural triumph for the city, but it houses the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.
Game of Thrones Locations
Belfast is home to Titanic Studios where the Game of Thrones was filmed; also just a stone’s throw away are several other film location including The King's Road, Winterfell, The Wall and Dragonstone.
Grand Opera House
Visit Northern Ireland's premier theatre and enjoy an outstanding variety of drama, dance, opera, comedy, shows and musicals.
W5 Interactive Discovery Centre
A science and discovery center, with more than 250 hands-on permanent exhibits that are excellent for the whole family.
Dundonald International Ice Bowl
Northern Ireland’s only public Olympic sized ice rink offering ice skating, bowling, and a play kingdom.
We Are Vertigo
Northern Ireland’s first indoor adventure park offering an indoor ski center, trampoline park, as well as an adventure and climbing center.
Lough Shore Park
A lovely outdoor park ideal for a leisurely walk or picnic; feed the swans and enjoy the several footpaths.
Located on Royal Avenue, this is one of the largest shopping centers in Northern Ireland and offers the ultimate indoor shopping experience.
Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory
See first-hand how chocolate and fudge is made and even sample some as they’re produced.