Belfast Museums & Gardens
Ulster Museum. Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, Ulster Museum features rich displays of archaeology, ethnography, art, history and natural sciences, as well as a constantly changing environment of exhibitions and events that offer a fascinating voyage of discovery. From ancient Ireland to the South Pacific, from masterpieces of modern art to rare flowers, the museum is a window to the world. Don’t miss the award-winning Early Ireland gallery, the outstanding Made in Belfast exhibits and Treasures of the Armada, featuring items recovered from the Spanish galleass Girona. Top floor art galleries showcase changing exhibitions from the fine and applied art collections, as well as exhibitions on loan. The café overlooks the ancient Friar's Bush graveyard. Visit www.ulstermuseum.org.uk.
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Ulster Folk & Transport Museum at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland Ulster Folk and Transport Museum illustrates the life and traditions of the people of Northern Ireland. The exhibit buildings of the Folk Museum include furnished houses, mills, shops, schools and churches set in a recreated landscape extending 60 acres. This setting presents life in Ulster in the early 1900's through costumed interpretation, activities, crafts and skills. The award-winning galleries of the Transport Museum display Ireland's comprehensive transport collections from horse drawn cart to Irish built motor cars, from the mighty steam locomotives which graced railways to the history of ship and boat building. Check out the permanent Titanic Exhibit. Visit www.magni.org.uk.
Botanic Gardens and Palm House. Enjoyed by the people of Belfast since 1895, the Botanic Gardens feature extensive rose garden with long herbaceous borders and rare oaks planted in the 1880s, including the hornbeam-leafed oak. Constructed in the 1830s, the Palm House is one of the earliest curvilinear cast iron glasshouses, and has a reputation for fine plant collections. The cool wing houses displays of colour and scent using plants such as geranium, fuchsia, and begonia. The Tropical Ravine is a fine example of horticultural Victoriana, and plants grow in a sunken glen overlooked by a balcony. The stove wing and dome area contain temperate and tropical plants.
Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park. Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland One of the most outstanding parks in Belfast, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park consists of 128 acres of tranquil flower meadows, copses, woodland and gardens. Visit the famed International Rose Garden and the rhododendron displays, listen to a band concert, enjoy the children’s playground or relax in the tranquil surroundings. The Belfast International Rose Garden has over 45,000 rose bushes in bloom each summer creating a fusion of colours. While meandering through display beds savouring the scent and colour, you can follow the story of the rose in the Historical Section, see local roses in the Irish Heritage Section or enjoy contemplation in the Princess Diana Memorial Garden. Check out the Japanese Garden, the Golden Crown Fountain, the Nature Study Centre and outdoor sculptures. Band concerts jam from May to September as part of the Music in the Park program. Rose Week is an annual event in July with competitions, music, plant and craft stalls, entertainment and demonstrations.