The 9 Best Things to Do in Belfast Ireland

This city is the capital of Northern Ireland and it is even the largest city. One of the most known things is that Belfast is the place where the RMS Titanic was built as well as for the violence and suffering here during The Troubles in the later part of the 20th century.

Belfast Ireland
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Nowadays Belfast is known for being the home of the tallest building in Ireland. The tallest building is the Obel Tower, which is one of the best places to see in Belfast Ireland. Around the city, you can find pubs, museums, many street murals, amazing gardens, and Victorian architecture. The symbol of the city is a seahorse, it was printed on the coins of the city during the century 17. Let’s explore together The 9 best things to do in Belfast Ireland.


1. Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast

Titanic is one of the most interesting places to see in Belfast. It is an attraction for all the visitors and the iconic six floors is located at the historic site where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912. The purpose of the attraction is to show the story of the Titanic, since from the conception in 1900s.


2. Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum is very important for this place because there is the past and the present. There is a mixed collection of art, history, and natural sciences. It is considered a treasure house and is one of the most interesting things to do in Belfast, especially for art lovers.


3. Visit Castle

Visit Castle

This Castle was built in the late 12th century by the Normans and it is located in the centre of the city. Then in 1611 was constructed a second castle. It was constructed by Sir Arthur Chichester, Baron of Belfast, and was from stone and timber. But this castle was burned almost 100 years later, and now is one street called Belfast Castle.


4. Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall

City Hall is a civic building and is located in the centre of the city. It was opened in 1906 and is like a memorial of the history of this city. The grounds have two lawns, the Titanic Memorial Garden, The Cenotaph and the Garden of Remembrance. It is one of the most amazing things to do in Belfast Ireland.


5. Botanic Gardens of Belfast

Botanic Gardens of Belfast

Botanic Gardens is considered the most important part of the Victorian heritage and even a popular meeting between tourists, citizens, and students. It was the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society which built it in 1828, as a response to public interest in horticulture and botany. It is an amazing place to visit in Belfast, for everybody.


6. Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo

In this Zoo there are 120 species of animal, many of which are in danger in their natural habitat. It is one of the most important things to do in Belfast Ireland, where there are more than 200,000 visitors each year. There are Asian elephants, Barbary lions, Rothschild’s giraffes, California sea lions, penguins, apes, red squirrels, giant anteater, Malayan sun bears, Visayan warty pigs, Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo, red panda, Eastern bongo, ring-tailed lemurs and reptiles.


7. Grand Opera House

Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House was designed by renowned architect Frank Matcham. It has been part of Belfast’s vibrant theatre scene for over 100 years, providing quality entertainment, and unforgettable experiences. The Grand Opera House is located in the city centre.


8. Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle

The castle has been besieged in turn by the French, Irish, Scots & English. It played an important role during the war. The castle has been rebuilt 3 times and still stands today, retaining 6 of the 22 cannons that lined the sea-viewing walls. Prince William of Wales was made the Baron of Carrickfergus on his wedding day 29th April 2011.


9. Obel Tower

Obel Tower

The Obel Tower, overlooking the banks of Rive Lagan, is the tallest building on the island of Ireland, standing at 88.31 meters high (28 stories high) into the Belfast skyline. The 28-story building compromises 282 luxury apartments, grade-A office accommodation, and a two-story basement car park.


10. Belfast to Drogheda by train

Belfast to Drogheda by train
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Drogheda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Newgrange and even it is considered a gateway to the world-famous Boyne Valley region. In Dragheta you can find a mix of the young in people’s hearts, a feel of a village, and a wealth of unique attractions within walking distance of each other. For more travel articles check this category.