City Break Activities in Belfast21st December 2012
Despite its somewhat notorious but certainly rainy reputation, Northern Ireland’s premier city is the ideal setting for a city break! It’s unique character in an attractive setting with low hills as the backdrop and the River Lagan flowing past and is fascinating for visitors from all over the world. Take a look at our pick of city break activities and add any of your suggestions, tips or thoughts in the comments box…
Titanic Belfast Museum
We all know the tale of RMS Titanic and with the ship herself having been built in Belfast back in 1909, there is no better place for the world’s largest Titanic Museum. Opened in March 2012 to coincide with 100 year anniversary of the sinking, a visit to the museum allows you to revisit the tale of this unforgettable disaster. Learn of the story from the start right through to the very end with 9 separate galleries to visit complete with special effects, full scale reconstructions and interactive features. Bear in mind that there is a fair amount of reading so it’s not really ideal for young children. Are you interested in the story of the Titanic or was Leo and Kate’s 1997 film version quite enough for you?
The Giant’s Causeway
Enjoy a day trip away from the confines of the city and head to the north coast to visit the famous Giant’s Causeway. Although it is a unique feat of natural beauty, there are apparently several different tales and legends surrounding the creation of this fantastic sight! Do you know any? Do you have any tips to make a visit here even better?
There’s no denying that Belfast has suffered a turbulent past and a mural tour is a fascinating way to learn of the conflict that has been experienced here in the fight between Catholic and Protestant communities, and indeed Republican and Loyalist communities. Murals which adorn walls in the west of the city depict the city and indeed the country’s history in a fascinating and unique way. It will certainly be an excellent and engaging experience. Would you choose an activity like this if you were on holiday in Belfast, or a similar destination?
Visit a Pub
With an Irish bar to be found in practically every city around the globe, you probably have some idea of the how integral the pub culture is in Ireland so no trip to Belfast would be complete without one of two trips to the local watering holes! Many boast frequent live music to really add to the atmosphere and all serve up a tasty pint of tar Guinness! There are apparently 4,500 bars in Belfast so you will be hard pressed to visit and not visit any! Why not give us some recommendations?
Set 400ft above sea level with fabulous views over Belfast, the castle, having been exceptionally well maintained, oozes grandeur. Complete with numerous fairytale turrets, it’s idyllic indeed. The fact that it isn’t in the city centre means it’s not often included on visitors itineraries so it can be considered a true hidden gem to some degree. Come here and explore the estate for a different view of Belfast! What’s the best city castle you have visited?
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