Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland and is located at the mouth of the River Lagan on Belfast Lough. The city is surrounded by low hills. There are lots of attractions and things to see here.
Saint Anne’s Cathedral also known as the Belfast Cathedral is located at the opposite end of Royal Avenue and is a fascinating building and well worth taking a closer look at.
The Waterfront Hall is a large concert and conference venue. The main auditorium offers the best performances with great acoustics.
There are more than 40 parks to enjoy in Belfast. Among them the most popular is Botanical Gardens in the Queen’s Quarter and it is popular with both tourists and locals. The Palm House features interesting plants like carnivorous plants. There is also the Tropical Ravine where visitors can walk about a raised balcony and observe tropical flora and fauna. This is a very popular summer destination. It was built in the 1830s. Special features include a Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Garden, a Japanese Garden, a walled garden and the Golden Crown Fountain.
Belfast Zoo has lots of interesting animals to attract tourists. Visitors are most amused by the antics of the prairie dogs. The zoo has over 1,200 animals of 140 species. Among them are Asian Elephants, Barbary Lions, white tigers, three penguin species, a family of Western Lowland Gorillas, a troop of Common Chimpanzees, a pair of Red Pandas, a pair of Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos and several species of langur.
There are lots of parks and open spaces to explore. You can find a host of walking tours through these parks which also offer facilities for children to play.
Grand Opera House is a great example of Georgian theater architecture. There are matinee performances on Thursdays and Saturdays. The theater also has an art gallery which displays local artwork. For refreshments there is a cafe and contemporary bar.
The Golden Mile is the area between the Belfast City Hall and Queen’s University. Here you will find some of the best bars and restaurants in Belfast.
Milltown Cemetery is one of two very large cemeteries in west Belfast. There is lots of history here and is the final resting place for many Republican paramilitary members. There is also a memorial garden for IRA members who were killed during the Troubles.
Belfast Castle offers interesting views from Cave Hill from which you can see the city and the coast. Cave Hill Country Park has marked walking routes and you can see lots more of Belfast. Here you will discover a mixture of parkland and woodland and there is also wildlife such as long-eared owls and sparrow hawks. The park surrounding the castle offers visitors Cave Hill Visitor Center, Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, landscaped gardens, a Millennium herb garden and ecotrails. Rest and refreshments are available in Belfast Castle.
Visit and enjoy the Titanic quarter which is one of the world’s largest urban-waterfront regeneration. You’ll be able to relive the Titanic story. You’ll be part of a luxury tour of all of the Titanic’s key sites.
Take a look at one of Belfast’s oldest attractions St. Georges Market which counts as one of the best markets in Ireland and the U.K. There is the Friday Variety Market dating back to 1604. The fish section alone has 23 fish stalls. The Saturday Market is where you can find lots of specialty foods from all over the world. You’ll also find handmade crafts, flowers, plants and local artwork. The Sunday Market specially emphasis local arts and crafts and offer artists to show off their talents. On Saturdays and Sunday you will also be entertained by live music from top solo artists and local bands.
For a spectacular look at all of Belfast don’t forget to take a ride on the Belfast Wheel. This is a 60 metre or 200 ft. tall transportable Ferris Wheel. For the comfort of tourists it has 42 fully-enclosed and climate controlled capsules.