Belfast Tourist Attractions
Belfast offers the buzz and vibrancy of a capital European city while being a gateway to the rural retreat of beautiful Northern Ireland. At the head of Belfast Lough, this lively metropolis is filled with tourist treasures, and is easy to get around by car or foot. A unique blend of history and hip, Belfast is teeming with stylish bars, gourmet restaurants, trendy clubs, golf links and some of the best shopping in the UK. Enjoy traditional Irish music and whiskey in a local pub, dance an Irish jig, tour the historic districts, and experience the rich culture of Belfast at fun annual festivals.
Belfast Castle. For over 120 years, Belfast Castle has been a significant landmark in Belfast. Situated 400 feet above sea level, the Castle offers the most panoramic views of Belfast Lough and the city. On the slopes of Cave Hill, it is a wonderful place to sample excellent cuisine, historical atmosphere, and beautiful gardens. Don't miss the nearby Cave Hill Visitor Centre and Country Park. Cave Hill Adventurous Playground is an exciting outdoor facility located on the picturesque grounds of Belfast Castle Estate - an extremely popular attraction for children. Renowned for its superb menu, using fresh local produce to create innovative and modern dishes served in the warm, historic ambiance of the cellar, the Cellar Restaurant is one of the best dining secrets in Northern Ireland. Visit www.belfastcastle.co.uk.
Belfast City Hall. Belfast City Hall at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland No theatre-lover's visit to Belfast would be complete without a night out at Northern Ireland's famous repertory theatre on the river. The Lyric presents classical and contemporary plays with a particular emphasis on Irish productions, and is a splendid setting for music, dance and comedy events. Don't miss the foyer photos of Lyric players like Liam Neeson before (and often after) they became famous on TV and in movies. Visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.
Odyssey & Odyssey Arena. Odyssey Arena is Belfast’s new live entertainment and major league sports venue and home of the Belfast Giants - the hottest team on ice! Watch the Giants battle for possession of the puck, slamming the dashers and clashing sticks in quest for a home goal. Ireland's biggest indoor venue, the Arena seats up to 10,000 for concerts, competitions, conferences and special events. Presenting rock, pop and classical artists from around the world, the Arena hosts an amazing range of sporting events including boxing, basketball, tennis and motorcycle trials. It also features a permanent ice-pad and Ireland's only indoor hydraulic 200 metre running track. Odyssey Arena is the showpiece of Odyssey, Northern Ireland's Landmark Millennium Project, and one of the world's most adventurous leisure and entertainment venues. The Odyssey complex features W5, an interactive science and technology centre, Sheridan IMAX theatre and Odyssey Pavilion featuring bars, restaurants, shops and the Warner Village Cinemas multiplex. Visit www.odysseyarena.com.
Crown Liquor Saloon. A great place for thirst-quenching in historical surroundings, this splendid gin palace, built in 1826, is one of the best-known landmarks in Belfast. Its ornate Victorian exterior and delightful interior decor make it one of the National Trust's greatest treasures. Enjoy wonderful food in the historic, gas lit pub. The Crown Bar has been placed in the 'best place to drink' category in the Observer Food Monthly magazine. Visit www.crownbar.com
Lagan Lookout. The Lagan Lookout offers a range of informative exhibits. Study the working of the Lagan Weir and follow the rise of Belfast into today’s modern city. Capture views of the Waterfront Hall and riverside skyline. Enjoy the walkways, and check out the detailing on the scales and eyes of the 30-foot ceramic “Big Fish” by Belfast-born sculptor John Kindness in the piazza. Take a stroll here and enjoy the new Belfast.
Belfast Heritage. The birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast's industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture, portrayed at the Ulster Museum, City Hall, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the city's preserved historic buildings. Magnificent Victorian structures still line the streets of the city center, housing chic new hotels, fashionable bars and smart restaurants. The city's beautiful parks, gardens and galleries offer a perfect haven to relax. For a unique glimpse at the city’s history and Victorian and Edwardian architecture, tour the magnificent cathedrals and estates that grace Belfast. Emerging from the throes of a historical transition, the city is home to some of the warmest people in Northern Ireland.
Day Trips From Belfast. Within an hour of Belfast, you can marvel at the Giant's Causeway, hike the Mountains of Mourne, fish in Fermanagh, play Northern Ireland’s oldest links-style golf courses, or visit the picturesque villages that abound with recreation - all perfect locations to discover the landscapes and people of Northern Ireland!
Belfast Zoo. A modern, world-class zoo set in beautifully landscaped parkland, the Belfast Zoo houses over 557 animals and over 160 species of rare/endangered animals in enclosures which replicate their natural environments. Follow the Primate Trail, view the African enclosure and the elephant paddock, enjoy the penguin/sea lion pools and walk through the free flight aviary and bird park. A pair of critically-endangered pied tamarins - Alex and Charlie - were recently born at Belfast Zoo. These are one of the many threatened species which the Belfast Zoo is working to save from extinction. Only seven zoos world wide have pied tamarins in captivity. Visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk