| Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland. Situated on the mouth of the River Lagan,
it thrived during the Industrial Revolution and became a centre for shipbuilding.
Today Belfast is a lively and cultural city offering some of the finest museums and galleries of any UK city as well as many varied pubs and bars. Start your visit at the Northern Ireland Tourist Centre in Donegal Place, close to the City Hall; here you can get tourist information covering Belfast and the whole of Northern Ireland.
Much of the city centre is pedestrianised and therefore best explored on foot. You can find out about walking yours at the Tourist Centre, including the guided Belfast Pub Walking Tours.
In he south of the city you will find two top attractions in close proximity, the beautiful Botanic Gardens and the fascinating Ulster Museum. This part of Belfast is also well populated with restaurants, pubs and accommodation.
Cave Hill, which is part of Belfast Hills, is home to Belfast Castle, Belfast Zoo and the Cave Hill Country Park. From each of these attractions you can enjoy fine views of the city.
Currency in Northern Ireland is the British pound sterling.
Belfast Tourist AttractionsAunt Sandra's Candy Factory Castlereagh Road
Take a tour of the factory and see how many types of sweets are made. Obviously a favourite attraction for the kids.
Tel: (028) 9073 2868
Belfast Castle Off Antrim Road
Built in the 1870's, the castle is situated on the slopes of Cave Hill and overlooks Belfast Lough. Includes attractive gardens, restaurant, antiques shop and Heritage Centre exhibition about the castle and area.
Open: Daily. Tel: (028) 9077 6925
Belfast Zoo Off Antrim Road
A good quality zoo covering some 50 acres and offering fine views over the city.
Tel: (028) 9077 6277
Botanic Gardens Stranmillis Road
Situated next to the University, the Botanic Gardens are populated by both students and wildlife. Highlights of these varied and well kept gardens are the Victorian Palm House, built in 1839 and the Tropical Ravine.
Tel: (028) 9032 4902
Cave Hill Country Park Off Antrim Road
A large open space located by Belfast Castle and Belfast Zoo. Some parts are designated as a nature reserve and number of walks are signposted. The park gets its name from five Neolithic caves which are partly accessible.
Grand Opera House Great Victoria Street
Now over 100 years old, the Grand Opera House is home to high quality theatre, musicals, opera, ballet, comedy, concerts and pantomime. The building boasts exquisite Victorian decor.
Tel: (028) 9024 1919
The Odyssey Queen's Quay
This modern indoor arena is a major venue for sports and other live entertainment. Also includes Science Centre, Warner Cinema and Hard Rock Café. The centre was Belfast's Landmark Millennium Project.
Tel: (028) 9045 1055
St. Anne's Cathedral Donegall Street
The highlights of this large Anglican cathedral are its stained glass windows and mosaics, including an impressive stone floor.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Near Holywood
Take a journey into Ulster's past and visit a typical Ulster town from bygone years. Learn about the daily lives and traditional skills of the people who inhabited Northern Ireland's rural areas.
Tel: (028) 9042 8428
Ulster Museum Stranmillis Road
An excellent museum featuring displays of archaeology, antiquities, Irish art, natural sciences and natural history. Also includes a collection of gold and silver treasure salvaged in 1968 from Girona, the Spanish Armada's flagship which sank off the Northern Ireland coast. Situated by the Botanic Gardens.
Tel: (028) 9038 3000
Belfast Tourist Information CentreBelfast Welcome Centre
47 Donegall Place, Belfast, Tel: (028) 9024 6609