Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast is a city overflowing with history, culture and incredible people. If you’re after a UK city to visit this year, definitely bump it up to the top of your list.

As it’s still a relatively small city compared to the likes of London or Manchester, it feels more like you’re in a rather large town. But that doesn’t stop there being plenty to do to fill your time.

Read on for my top 5 attractions in this glorious city.

  • Crumlin Gaol Tour

This tour was actually my highlight of the whole weekend in Belfast. And for just £7, you really can’t go wrong.

The prison was opened in 1845 and only closed in 1996. The only remaining Victorian Era prison left in Northern Ireland, you’ll discover how the prisoners lived, the jobs they had, what happened during The Troubles and so much more. The tour lasts for approximately 75 minutes and often sells out, so I’d suggest booking in advance.

  • Giant’s Causeway Tour

If you have a full day spare, I’d 100% recommend looking up Irish Tour Ticket‘s day tour of The Giant’s Causeway and Antrim Coast. Operated all year round, you travel via coach along the Antrim Coast, with an incredibly knowledgeable guide who will tell you about the area and its history. Not only will you visit The Giant’s Causeway (entry to the Causeway is included in the tour price), but you’ll also visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, Dunluce Castle and many more. It really is worthwhile, and totally worth the money.

  • CS Lewis Square

Famous for writing The Narnia Chronicles, CS Lewis is a Belfast legend. So much so that they’ve created a memorial square, with large sculptures of some of the famous characters from the land through the wardrobe. The square is just a 20 minute walk from the city centre so it’s definitely worth a visit, plus you can see so much more of Belfast on your way.

  • Rugby/Ice Hockey

Sadly our itinerary didn’t leave time for us to go to a rugby or ice hockey game, but if you get the opportunity, I’d 100% go to one.

  • Belfast City Hall

Right in the heart of the city is Belfast’s City Hall.

First opened in 1906, you can visit the City Hall, take a guided tour, admire the stain glass windows, or visit the Titanic Memorial Gardens in it’s grounds.

Other tourist hot spots…

  • Titanic Museum (if you want to avoid paying the ticket fees, you can simply just walk round the shipyard outside, theres plenty to see and read)
  • Ulster Museum
  • Botanic Gardens

Feeling inspired?

Why not book your trip to this beautiful UK city today!

Charley x

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