Accompanying Persons' Programme
Further details coming soon! The programme will include some the following attractions.
Recently named the World's Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast is a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition. You'll uncover the true story of the Titanic from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
Titanic Belfast isn’t just a museum – it’s an experience. Inside the shimmering exterior, you’ll find nine galleries spread across six floors mirroring the height of Titanic, as well as interactive exhibitions, an underwater cinema and gantry rides. Allow at least three hours to take in a mix of moving images, special effects and reconstructions – and do book tickets in advance.
As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and the present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and is free to all visitors. Alongside exhibitions that track the rise and fall of Belfast’s craft trades are tens of thousands of fossils, as well as the only dinosaur bones ever found on the island of Ireland.
Works of Asian, African, European and Pacific art adorn the museum, along with the famed Egyptian mummy, Takabuti. Meanwhile, the archaeological displays capture Ireland’s evolution from the Stone Age right through to Late Medieval times. The excellent fine art exhibitions offer a glimpse into international and local history and culture through costume and fashion, pottery, furniture and even jewellery.
Crumlin Road Gaol first opened its gates to prisoners in 1846 and was a fully operational prison for 150 years. During those 150 years, the Gaol has housed murderers, suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners. It has witnessed births, deaths and marriages and has been the home to executions, escapes, hunger-strikes and riots and nowadays claims to be one of the most haunted sites in Belfast.
Visitors can opt to take part in the Paranormal tour, visiting the hotspots of spooky activity, as well as the gaol’s execution chamber and flogging room. While it might not sound the best option for the faint of heart, children and families are catered to as well, with some great tours.
Belfast’s civic building, the City Hall first opened its doors in 1906 and today runs regular free public tours. The classical Renaissance style of the building is a source of pride for the people of Belfast – and it’s not hard to see why. Beautiful stained glass windows adorn the Hall, depicting Celtic myths and legends, such as the Cattle Raid of Cooley, as well as commemorating victims of the Great Famine and those who fought in the First and Second World Wars.
The grounds feature a number of memorials including the Titanic Memorial Garden to the east, where bronze plaques are inscribed with the names of the 1,512 people who perished on board the ship of dreams.
Belfast Cathedral is the church of St. Anne. The building itself is Romanesque, giving it a lofty grandeur associated with that style: semi-circular arches and massive pillars, vast and high single windows, and the whole possessing an uncluttered spaciousness. The Cathedral contains mosaics designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, as well as sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding. The 40 metre stainless steel Spire of Hope was added in 2007 and is illuminated at night. A treasure trove of beautiful artefacts and detailed craftsmanship, it can be easy to miss hidden gems so make sure to take an audio tour!
This stunning Georgian mansion, located in south Belfast next to Barnett Demesne, is a popular location for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, conferences, events and other functions, as well as dining in the Barnett Restaurant. The venue offers walking, jogging or picnics in Barnett Demesne, free exhibition in the Higgin Gallery and several pieces of public art in the manicured gardens.
Belfast Castle Estate is adjacent to one of the highest spots in Belfast, Cave Hill, offering great views over Belfast Lough and the city. Cave Hill Country Park is a hive of outdoor activity: a sprawling expanse of walking trails and orienteering routes. For generations, Cave Hill has been synonymous with Belfast, with its imposing outline visible throughout the city.
The landmark, named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features, including Belfast Castle. The silhouette of Cave Hill itself is said to resemble a sleeping giant protecting Belfast and even inspired Jonathan Swift to create the character of Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels.
Divis and Black Mountain are the highest points boasting views across the north. Divis or Dubhais meaning ‘black ridge’ refers to the dark basalt bedrock. Divis and the Black Mountain rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills and provide a backdrop to the cityscape. A mosaic of grassland and heathland bog, they are home to a host of wildlife and archaeological remains. Divis stands at 478 metres and Black Mountain at 390 metres. Divis Coffee Barn provides seating indoors and out, homemade pastries and cakes and drinking bowls for dogs.
As one of the oldest visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, the zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species, many of which are in danger in their natural habitat. Popular attractions include the Asian elephants, Rothschild's giraffes, California sea lions, penguins, apes and Sumatran tigers.
With over 250 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events. They have a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows throughout the day.
St. George's Market
For an authentic taste of Belfast life, make your way to the renovated St George’s Market. It’s in full flow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings (with free jazz on the weekends). More than 150 traders set up stalls laden with everything from antiques to metalwork – but what people really visit this market for is the food. Incredible seafood, fresh crusty bread, Broughgammon Farm’s goat meat: whatever your tastes, St George’s Market will provide. Tuck into some Belfast belly-buster soda bread or an Ulster fry, which will fill you for the day, or head over to Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory stall, with its delicious fudge and colourful sweets. You won't leave empty-handed!
Black Taxi Tour
One of the best ways to see Belfast’s famous wall art is to sign up for a Black Taxi Tour. Knowledgeable drivers supply
an informative history lesson peppered with local tidbits, which reflects on both the city’s intrinsic traditions and tells the story of the Troubles. Political turmoil and past conflicts are explored by the guides, with commemoration of much older historic and religious events also recorded across the city’s walls. Travelling by taxi is also a great way to see the more recent murals livening up Belfast, which celebrate its modern sporting and cultural icons. Bring a camera: this is unmissable.
Designed in the 19th century by Sir Charles Lanyon, the Botanic Gardens and their ornate cast-iron Palm House are a tribute to Victorian Belfast.
Home to an assortment of plants and trees, including geranium, fuchsia, begonia and a hornbeam-leafed oak planted in the 1880s, the gardens are an exotic bubble in the city. The Tropical Ravine even houses banana, cinnamon and orchid plants.
The Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast (MAC) is where you want to be for music, theatre, art, dance and everything in between. Opened in 2012, a typical year’s events can range from roller disco to mind-reading shows and experimental documentaries – and that’s just the theatre.
Located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, the self-proclaimed proprietor of all things “weird and wonderful” showcases local and international art exhibitions across three separate galleries, as well as The Permanent Present Installation in the main foyer. An added bonus is the Native by Yellow Door restaurant, a favourite among visitors.