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Top 10 Visitor Attractions in Belfast

From the birthplace of the Titanic to our iconic City Hall, you’ll find a cornucopia of historic landmarks and fantastic attractions in Belfast. See our Top 10* below or view all visitor attractions.

1. Titanic Belfast

Recently named Europe's best visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast is a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition. You'll uncover the true story of the Titanic from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Book your tickets online to beat the queues. Read more >>

2. Ulster Museum

As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and the present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and is free to all visitors. The museum tells the story of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day. Impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones bring history, science and art collections to life for visitors of all ages. Read more >>

3. W5

With over 250 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events. They have a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows throughout the day. Read more >>

4. Belfast Zoo

As one of the oldest visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, the zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species, many of which are in danger in their natural habitat. Popular attractions include the Asian elephants, Rothschild's giraffes, California sea lions, penguins, apes and Sumatran tigers. Read more >>

5. Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol first opened its gates to prisoners in 1846 and for 150 years was a fully operational prison. During those 150 years, the Gaol has housed murderers, suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners. It has witnessed births, deaths and marriages and has been the home to executions, escapes, hunger-strikes and riots. On a 70 minute guided tour you will be taken through the years and experience what life was like for those imprisoned in ‘The Crum’ at one of Belfast's most unique visitor attractions. Read more >>

6. Divis & Black Mountain

Divis and Black Mountain are the highest points boasting views across the north. Divis or Dubhais meaning ‘black ridge’ refers to the dark basalt bedrock. Divis and the Black Mountain rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills and provide a backdrop to the cityscape. A mosaic of grassland and heathland bog, they are home to a host of wildlife and archaeological remains. Divis stands at 478 metres and Black Mountain at 390 metres. Divis Coffee Barn – provides seating indoors and out, homemade pastries and cakes and drinking bowls for dogs. Read more >>

7. Belfast Castle Estate and Cave Hill Visitor Centre

Belfast Castle Estate is adjacent to one of the highest spots in Belfast, Cave Hill, offering great views over Belfast Lough and the city.For generations, Cave Hill has been synonymous with Belfast, with its imposing outline visible throughout the city. The landmark, named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features, including Belfast Castle. Its most famous feature, known locally as Napoleon's Nose, is believed to have been the inspiration for Jonathan Swift's novel, Gulliver's Travels. Read more >>

8. Malone House

This stunning Georgian mansion, located in south Belfast next to Barnett Demesne, is a popular location for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, conferences, events and other functions, as well as dining in the Barnett Restaurant. The venue offers walking, jogging or picnics in Barnett Demesne, free exhibition in the Higgin Gallery and several pieces of public art in the manicured gardens. Read more >>

9. Belfast City Hall

One of Belfast's most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall first opened its doors in August 1906 and is Belfast's civic building. It's located in Donegall Square, in the heart of Belfast City Centre. This imposing Portland stone and copper-domed building was completed as a symbol of Belfast's new city status granted by Queen Victoria. Take a free public tour and discover its fascinating history. You can also visit the Titanic Memorial Garden, exhibitions and the Bobbin Coffee Shop, located in the east wing. The grounds feature a number of monuments and memorials. Read more >>

10. Belfast Cathedral

Belfast Cathedral is the church of St. Anne. The building itself is Romanesque, giving it a lofty grandeur associated with that style: semi-circular arches and massive pillars, vast and high single windows, and the whole possessing an uncluttered spaciousness. The Cathedral contains mosaics designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, as well as sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding. The 40 metre stainless steel Spire of Hope was added in 2007 and is illuminated at night. A treasure trove of beautiful artefacts and detailed craftsmanship, it can be easy to miss hidden gems so make sure to take an audio tour! Read more >>

* Our top 10 is based on visitor numbers recorded in the Northern Ireland Visitor Attraction Survey 2014.


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