The capital of Northern Island is steeped in history and culture. As a result, there are plenty of things to do on weekend break in the city. We’ve highlighted our top five below, because you should be spending more time doing, not researching.
1. Learn about the Titanic
Titanic Belfast is the largest museum in the world dedicated to the infamous passenger liner, which was built in the city. With nine interactive galleries explaining the story of this gargantuan ship, you’ll be sure to leave wiser than you arrived. Outside, marvel at the architectural design of the museum which towers over Belfast Harbour and the River Lagan.
2. Visit the Peace Wall
The troubles in Northern Island officially ended 20 years ago, but the Peace Wall murals serve as a constant reminder of the conflict that once occurred. The murals depict stories of oppression, revenge and harmony. They are sombre reminder of Belfast’s troubled past, but a walk along the wall is vital for any visitor, trying at least, to understand the true history of the city.
3. Immerse yourself in the Ulster Museum
With exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to mummies, the Ulster Museum is a must see for art lovers and history buffs, or just those who are curious about the world. The museum has something for all tastes and is jam-packed full of permanent exhibitions. Best of all, admission is completely free, so for that reason, even a brief visit is recommended.
4. Kick back at St George’s Market
This 19th century, award winning market is famous for its fresh and local produce. There are over 200 indoor market stalls, ranging from food & drink to crafts and antiques. But there is one rival to the variety of wares and that’s the eclectic live music atmosphere! The market is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and as a result it is a must visit on a weekend break.
5. Climb up Cave Hill
At a height of 368m, the summit of Cave Hill Country Park offers spectacular panoramic views of the city. But to get there you’ll need to take the hike through the park (which takes its name from five nearby caves) and complete a 7km circular trail, starting and finishing at Belfast Castle. Getting there will be worth it because you’ll be able to admire the docks and city from above (as long as it’s not cloudy!)
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