Experience a Titanic city full of surprises and hidden gems. Soak up the lively atmosphere, stroll along fine Victorian streets, enjoy world-class visitor attractions and explore our unique culture. Most of all, enjoy the experience of visiting a city that truly welcomes you.
Belfast’s history and heritage is unique and can be found in everything from our architecture to our visitor attractions.
Visit Titanic Belfast, named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards in 2016. The iconic building has six floors with nine galleries to experience the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, the world’s most famous ship built in the city more than 100 years ago.
Belfast City Hall is one of Belfast’s most recognisable buildings and the heart of the city. Take a free tour around the marble-clad building to gain an insight into Belfast’s industrial, political and cultural past.
Hop on a sightseeing bus or take a taxi tour to discover the hidden parts of the city. Explore the political murals and peace wall, and see the thousands of names scrawled over every inch of the wall, described by The Independent’s Travel Editor Simon Calder as “the world’s greatest open-air gallery”.
Crumlin Road Gaol is a 19th century prison which witnessed 150 years of imprisonment, conflict and executions before it closed its doors in 1996 and reopened as a visitor attraction. Discover what prison life was like and visit the condemned man’s cell and execution room.
Shop till you drop
With two huge shopping hubs, Castle Court and Victoria Square, and a busy city centre, brimming with high street stores alongside some of our quirkier offerings, Belfast is a hive of activity for the busy shopper. With Ireland’s only Apple Store, and shops like House of Fraser, Ted Baker, Debenhams, Kurt Geiger and Topshop, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The award-winning St George’s Market opens three times a week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with stalls brimming with the finest, freshest local produce and handmade crafts as well as vintage and unique treasures.
Events and festivals
Belfast is filled with colour by day and lit up by night through our would-class programme of annual festivals. No matter what time of year you visit the city, your trip is bound to coincide with one of Belfast’s many festivals giving you the chance to experience everything from world music and theatre to gastronomic food festivals and contemporary dance.
The Cathedral Quarter is packed full of cobblestone allies, colourful street art, buzzing beer gardens and tasty restaurants. Contrasting the old with the new, discover welcoming eateries alongside some of the oldest streets in Belfast, full of character and one of the most enjoyable places to hang out once the sun goes down.
Tucked away in the historic back streets, The Muddlers Club is named after the secret society that met there more than 200 years ago. It serves deceptively simple food, with an extensive cocktail list. Or opt for a tasty range of cichetti (Italian style tapas) at the hugely popular Coppi in St Anne's Square.
Discover the best of local theatre and art at The MAC, or stroll along the cobbled streets and fairy light lined alleys to find a lively bar and settle in for the night! The Duke of York is a local favourite, with a hidden beer garden filled with street art on Commercial Court, as well as The Dirty Onion with its impressively old structure and live music offering every night.
Northern Ireland boasts some of the most stunning scenery and dramatic drives. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a geological formation on the north coast, steeped in myth and legend.
Northern Ireland is the Home of Thrones. The HBO hit television series Game of Thrones is filmed in Titanic Studios, Belfast and across various locations throughout Northern Ireland including the Cushendun Caves, Castle Ward, Inch Abbey and Downhill Strand. Get the full experience and tour the Game of Thrones' Northern Ireland filming locations while you are here. Rugged coast lines, historic castles and breathtaking scenery provide the perfect setting for the epic story.