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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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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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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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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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Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall

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The neo-Baroque Belfast City Hall is home to a memorial garden and visitor exhibition that provide insight into the city’s history. Built to commemorate Belfast’s new city status in the late 1800s, the building survived the Belfast Blitz, and was at the center of the 2013 dispute regarding its continued use of the Union flag.More
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SS Nomadic

SS Nomadic

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Now permanently berthed at Belfast’s Hamilton dry dock, the SSNomadic is the last surviving vessel from the White Star Line, the once-prominent shipping line behind the ill-fated RMSTitanic. Built in the Harland and Wolff shipyards, the SSNomadic was the tender to theTitanic, ferrying passengers to the luxury cruise liner.More
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Belfast Falls Road

Belfast Falls Road

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West Belfast’s Falls Road was a violent flashpoint during the Northern Irish conflict. Falls Road is in a predominantly Catholic nationalist neighborhood that borders Shankill Road, a mostly Protestant unionist area. The two areas are now separated by a peace wall that is adorned with hundreds of colorful politically themed murals.More
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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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Shankill

Shankill

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This working-class neighborhood of West Belfast came to prominence during the Northern Irish conflict, when it served as a stronghold for loyalist paramilitary organizations. The peace walls that separated Shankill from the neighboring Falls Road to curb sectarian violence are now covered with political murals.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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Giant's Causeway Tours from Belfast

Giant's Causeway Tours from Belfast

Top activities in Belfast

Giants Causeway & Coastal Tour from Belfast

Giants Causeway & Coastal Tour from Belfast

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Cab tours belfast

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Recent reviews from experiences in Belfast

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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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Review of Official taxi tour
Elaine_T, Jun 2021
Official World Famous Belfast Taxi Tour
A fabulous way to see the real Belfast.
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Brilliant tour! Would highly recommend doing on your trip to Belfast!
Sarah_McD, Jul 2021
Official World Famous Belfast Taxi Tour
Lots of things to see on the taxi ride and was very accommodating and took lots of pictures for us along the way.
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Belfast Black Cab Tour
christine_f, Jun 2021
Belfast Black Cab Tour
The trip down Shankhill road and Falls road was interesting with its flags and bunting.
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The coolest 10 miles ride in Belfast
Emmanuelle, May 2021
Belfast Bike Tours
Excellent way to see the city.
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Titanic
Terry_B, Oct 2020
Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic
Who ever goes to Belfast must go to see the titanic experience, just amazing from start to finish.
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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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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 Small Group
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
Go213977, 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
PapayaBaby, 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
neirbonhoj, 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
mariehenn, 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
Pat964, Jun 2019
Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast
Initially he took time to explain the day's activities.
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A conversation with history
Dream138926, May 2019
Belfast Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
But Falls Road and Shankhill artwork told the modern story.
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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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Our guide Bart was very...
Debra P, Sep 2017
Small Group Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast
Our guide Bart was very knowledgeable, professional and sincere and really went out of his way to make sure we had time to see everything.
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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.
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This is a great way to see a bit of...
Delwyn N, Jun 2017
90 Minute Belfast Mural Tour
This is a great way to see a bit of Belfast and learn about its political history.
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Travelled to Belfast from Edinburgh...
Jane G, Nov 2016
Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic
Would have been nice to see staircase but this is reserved for private parties.

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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