The top things to do in Belfast
Northern Ireland’s capital city, the astonishing Belfast is a major tourist destination which is not surprising at all if we think of the deluge of the great visitor attractions and things to do offered by the city. Belfast is considered one of the United Kingdom’s most visited cities. It offers fantastic landmarks and sights, including the Belfast Castle, the City Hall, the St. Anne’s Cathedral, the Titanic Belfast, the Botanic Garden, the Crown Liquor Saloon and so on.
In one of the previous guides I have already presented you the visitor attractions of Belfast. Below I will write about the top things to do in Belfast. There are several activities which can not be missed if you visit this fantastic city. Read on to find out which are these.
Find out more about the tragedy of the Titanic
Perhaps the most popular tourist attraction of the city is the astonishing Titanic Belfast which is dedicated to the worldwide famous ship (built here) which sank tragically in 1912. It is also dedicated to the maritime past of Belfast. It was recently opened, in 2012 and attracted over 800.000 of visitors in its first year.
What could be a better place to find out more about the tragedy of the Titanic than this astonishing visitor attraction? The Titanic Belfast includes numerous interactive and interpretative galleries, including “The Shipyard”, “The Launch”, “The Maiden Voyage”, “The Sinking” and others. Visit this amazing centre and you will have part of a unique experience.
Have a drink in an authentic pub – the Crown Liquor Saloon
Have you ever been to a traditional pub which has really kept its original look? Well, if you visit Belfast, you will have the occasion to do it. The Crown Liquor Saloon is an extremely popular traditional pub of the city.
Stepping inside the pub is like stepping back in past. The astonishing Victorian style pub offers classic pub food and drinks, including ale. The pub is open Monday to Wednesday from 11:30 to 23:00, Thursday to Saturday from 11:30 to 24:00 and on Sundays from 12:30 to 22:00. (May 2013)
Take a photo at the Belfast Castle
The breathtaking Belfast Castle is with no doubt one of the best landmarks of the city. Built in the middle 19th century, the castle is a true architectural jewel of the city. Besides being a great sight to visit, it offers conference rooms, wedding rooms, rooms for different events, a Cellar Restaurant, the Castle Tavern and a souvenir shop, too. I suggest you not to miss this sight and don’t forget to take a photo in front of the castle.
Make a religious experience at St. Anne’s Cathedral
The beautiful St. Anne’s Cathedral is another amazing landmark of the city of Belfast. The unusual thing about the cathedral is that it serves two different dioceses at the same time. With beautiful historical artifacts, textiles, mosaics and carvings, the religious building is a must for those who prefer to visit churches. The cathedral can be visited daily from 8:00 to 16:00. (May 2013)