5 Things to do in Belfast this weekend
So you’ve set your heart on visiting Belfast! You’ve heard all of the rumours about how fantastic the people are, how delicious the restaurants are and the vibrant buzz you’ll experience at all of Belfast’s best attractions, but it’s time to experience it all for yourself.
To help you out (as that’s they type of people we are in Stena Line) we’ve put together our top 5 must dos when you visit Belfast. The good news is you can pack it all in 24 hours, or take your time and savour the sights and sounds of the Northern Irish capital.
Titanic is one of the world’s best known vessel’s and throughout the years it’s managed to fascinate and intrigue millions of people around the world with her myths and legends. Belfast is the city where this all began, from conception, design and build to the beautiful Titanic Quarter that stands today.
With so much to learn about the doomed liner Titanic Belfast is one of the most unique things to do in Belfast. Did you know?
- All musicians on board the ship had to memorise a gigantic book of 352 songs, on the off chance a first-class passenger requested any of them
- The grieving families of those brave musicians were sent bills to cover the cost of the destroyed uniforms they wore to their death
- Scientists estimate that the world’s most famous iceberg that brought the ship crashing down has been standing for thousands of years
The stories are truly captivating and we can vouch for the fact this unique experience totally deserves it’s 4.5 star rating on Trip Advisor. We even do day trips, so if you’re based in Scotland and fancy a day out check out all of the details here.
Crumlin Road Gaol is the only Victorian era prison still standing in Northern Ireland, and hasn’t held a prisoner since 1996.
We’ve picked this one out purely because we love the sound of the Paranormal Tours! Many “sightings, noises and unexplained happening” have been reported throughout the jail’s history. But that comes as no surprise considering a total of 17 men were executed there during the prison’s 150 year history. Visitors will get to see the various areas where paranormal activity has been reported and all of the harrowing tales associated with these areas.
Ok, this is definitely one for you if you’re wondering what to do in Belfast kids. Located only a short walk from Titanic Belfast and located right beside the Odyssey Cinema and Odyssey bowl you can make a whole day of it in the Titanic Quarter.
Why should you go?
- 250 interactive exhibits
- Massive multi-story climbing structures putting the typical playground jungle gym to shame
- Life-sized humanoid interactive robot that anyone can communicate with
W5 reckons you take at least 2 hours to explore everything it has to offer but lots of happy families reckon you can spend a lot longer there and it’s even great value for money!
The walls of every city tell a story and Belfast is no exception. Take a stroll around Belfast City Centre and you’ll be greeted with a plethora of murals and paintings that will teach you lots about the history of this enthralling city!
The city’s artists have taken inspiration from many themes including conflict, peace and the many sporting heroes that hail from the city.
If this sounds like your kind of thing find out more about the tour by clicking here and you can even read some great reviews on Trip Advisor. Or if you you’d rather guide yourself and go on a personalised tour check out Belfast Murals for lots more info.
St George’s Market
Famous for it’s award winning fresh food, artinsanal foods and amazing atmosphere, this 120 year old market is a must for any weekend trip to Belfast city centre.
With a great selection of treats and delicacies to choose from, you’ll be entertained before you even satisfy your taste buds. If it’s not food you’re after, you’ll undoubtedly find something of interest in the various antiques, books, or clothes stalls.
At George’s Market, there’s something for everybody. With live bands and musicians performing across the weekend, the market becomes one of the liveliest of its kind in all of Europe. The programme for the weekend is different for the different days, and you can find all the information you’ll need over here.
The great news is, you can travel to Belfast as a foot passenger with Stena Line from only £10 – it’s too good an opportunity to miss!