Belfast’s outdoor spaces, shops, facilities and visitor attractions have opened their doors again. Many have opened in stages, with reduced services, special times or new measures to make sure everyone stays safe, so we’ve rounded up a list of what is open. For the latest government advice, go to nidirect.gov.uk.
- Visitor Attractions & Outdoor Spaces
- Sightseeing Tours
- Food & Drink
- Hotels & Accommodation
- Shops & Retail
- Information & Services
Visitor Attractions & Outdoor Spaces
Titanic Belfast & SS Nomadic
Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic reopened 1 August. In line with the World Health Organisation and Government advice, they’ve developed a Customer Confidence Charter, outlining their commitment to ensuring the health and safety of visitors. Book your visit in advance online at titanicbelfast.com.
Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol opened its Victorian era prison doors to the public on 3 July! To ensure social distancing is observed, the experience is now a virtual self-guided tour, which includes all the information you would have received on their previous daily guided tours. Discover over 150 years of history and follow in the footsteps of over 25,000 prisoners with access to all of the gaol including the hanging cell, holding cells, underground tunnel and graveyard.
National Trust Properties
The National Trust’s grounds, gardens and some indoor spaces have reopened! Advance booking is required and social distancing measures will be in place so everyone can enjoy the properties safely. Bookings open weekly and those without bookings will be turned away. Various parts of Mount Stewart, Castle Ward, The Argory and Rowallane Garden are open, and the full Visitor Experience at Giant’s Causeway has reopened!
Hillsborough Castle & Gardens
The beautiful gardens at Hillsborough Castle & Gardens have reopened to the public, along with the lower visitor centre cafe. The team at Historic Royal Palaces have put lots of new measures in place to ensure they can offer everyone a safe and enjoyable visit. Open Thursday to Sunday.
Queen’s University has reopened for visitors, whether it be for a coffee at one of the campus cafes, to enjoy a film in Queen’s Film Theatre, or to attend the opening exhibition at The Naughton Gallery (opening 17 September). With enhanced hygiene measures in place, Queen’s University promises a safe campus environment and will ensure that all guidelines issued by the Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland will be adhered to as a minimum.
The following attractions have all reopened...
- Belfast Zoo
- Prison Island
- Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory
- Vertigo Titanic Park
- Lost City Adventure Golf
- Let’s Go Hydro
Museums, Galleries and Historic Attractions
- James Connolly Visitor Centre
- Seamus Heaney Homeplace
- Ulster Museum open six days per week, Tuesday to Sunday.
- Ulster American Folk Park open four days per week, Thursday to Sunday
- Whitehead Railway Museum
- Belfast Cathedral
- Linen Hall Library
- Belfast Exposed
- Golden Thread Gallery
- Terry Bradly Art
- Craft NI Gallery
- Northern Ireland War Memorial
- Belfast Castle open Fridays to Sundays
- Museum of Orange Heritage Heritage open Tuesdays to Fridays
Lisburn and Castlereagh
Ards and North Down
- Ulster Folk Museum open four days a week, Thursday to Sunday
- Ulster Transport Museum open four days a week, Thursday to Sunday
- Exploris Aquarium (pre-booking required)
- Pickie Funpark (pre-booking required)
- Ark Open Farm, Clip n Climb, Castle Espie, North Down Museum, Eddie Irvine Sports, Thunder Park, Ballyholme Beach & Park, Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure complex, Bangor Castle, Bangor Castle Walled Garden Bangor Visitor Information Centre and Dundonald International Ice Bowl have all reopened.
Many golf courses in Belfast and across Northern Ireland have reopened. Make sure you observe social distancing measures and check with individual clubs for specific protocols before playing.
DC Tours started running again on 27 June, running their scheduled city centre tour once daily from 10.30am. Numbers are currently restricted to nine guests and private tours are available for those who do not wish to be part of a mixed group. They are offering private tours seven days per week, morning or afternoon, subject to guide availability.
Coiste Irish Political Tours
Coiste Irish Political Tours have resumed but are available upon request only. The tour office remains closed to the public until further notice. All tours will be conducted as private tours for a maximum of 10 people who are from a single household or support bubble and allowed to travel under the current government health and safety regulations. Tours must be booked in advance and pre-paid. Email at email@example.com or call 028 9020 0770 (Tuesday to Friday 10am-3pm) for more information.
More Sightseeing Tours
The following tours have all resumed...
- If Buildings Could Talk Tour operating every Saturday and Sunday 10am and 1pm
- Belfast Hidden Tours
- Belfast Free Walking Tour
- Walking Tours Belfast operating Saturday and Sunday
- Clifton Street Cemetery Tours
- City Tours Belfast
- Titanic Discovery Tours
- Taste and Tour
- Experience Belfast Walking Tours
- Black Taxi Tours
- Taxi Trax tours have resumed with perspex screens and hand santising station inside the taxis. Maximum of six passengers
- Value Cab Tours
- Black Cab Tours
Bus and Coach Tours
- Black Sheep Tours
- Belfast City Sightseeing
- Paddywagaon Tours
- Allens Tours
- McCombs bus tours
- Irish Tour Tickets
- Odyssey Tours
- Travel Ireland Coaches
- Giant Tours Ireland
- Away a Wee Walk
- Titanic Boat Tours resuming 2 October
Food & Drink
The following restaurants have all reopened...
Fish City, Coppi, Deanes at Queens, Top Blade, BaoBun, Mumbai Milano, 44 Hill Street, AMPM, House of Zen, Morning Star, Cutters Wharf, Little Wings, Shed Bistro, Ryan’s Bar, Zen, Coco, The Lamppost Cafe, Holohan’s Pantry, Buba, OX, BaoBun, James St, Hadskis, Deanes Meat Locker, Deanes Love Fish, Deanes EIPIC, Actons, Mumbai Milano, Kamakura, Novelli at City Quays, House of Zen, Zen,Brights Restaurant, EDO, Deane and Decano, Cutters Wharf, Flame Restaurant, Sakura Sushi, Scalini, Villa Italia, Wagamama.
Pubs and bars that have reopened include...
Morning Star, Dirty Onion, Fountain Lane, Northern Whig, Margot, Pug Uglys, The Perch, Sweet Afton, The Jailhouse, Henrys, The National, The Points, The Cloth Ear, McHugh’s, Belfast Empire, Parlour Bar, The Chelsea, Doyen Belfast, Horatio Todd’s, Crown Bar, Sunflower Pub, Babel, Cabaret Supper Club, Rita’s Belfast, Kelly’s Cellars, Granny Annies, The Errigle, Fountain Lane, Revolucion de Cuba, Bridge House, John Hewitt, Robinsons Bar.
Cargo by Vertigo - Belfast's Biggest Outdoor Licensed Restaurant
Vertigo Titanic Park has opened a brand new open-air restaurant and bar, the biggest of its kind in the city! Enjoy simple tasty pizzas, delicious platters and a pint in quirky teepees and shipping containers, with plenty of space for social distancing and hand sanitiser fixed to all tables to make sure everyone stays safe. Book a table online in advance to guarantee your spot.
Hotels & Accommodation
- Hastings Grand Central Hotel and Stormont Hotel opened 3 July
- Hastings Culloden Estate and Spa opened 17 July
- Hastings Europa Hotel opened 31 July
A new Peace of Mind policy has been implemented across Hastings Hotels to ensure our guests still receive a luxurious experience while adhering to the required social distancing and increased hygiene measures. Read the policy at hastingshotels.com/peaceofmind.
The following hotels have all reopened...
Titanic Hotel , The Merchant Hotel, Bullitt Hotel, Maldron Hotel Belfast City, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Clayton Hotel, Malmaison Hotel, Ibis Belfast City Centre, Ibis Queen’s Quarter, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton by Hilton,Holiday Inn City Centre, Holiday Inn Express, Ten Square Hotel, Malone Lodge Hotel, Hilton Belfast, Wellington Park Hotel, Balmoral Hotel, Travelodge Hotel, Benedicts of Belfast, Chimney Corner Hotel, ETAP Hotel, Jurys Inn, Ramada By Wyndham
- Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Maldron Belfast International Airport, Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro, Hilton Templepatrick, Strangford Arms, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn, La Mon Hotel, Corr’s Corner Hotel, Park Inn by Radisson, Radisson Blu, Tara Lodge Killeavy Castle Estate, Dunadry Hotel And Gardens
- Belfast Loughshore Hotel reopening 1 November
Camping and Caravans
Self Catering Accommodation
- Dream Pods
- Cordia Serviced Apartments
- George Best Guest House
- Abbey Self Catering
- Central Belfast Apartments
- Dream Apartments
- Strangford Arms Self Catering
Guesthouses and B&Bs
Shops & Retail
All non-essential retailers in Northern Ireland have be able to reopen. Social distancing measures apply in stores and face coverings are required.
Victoria Square has opened up again! Look out for a new, easy-to-navigate journey through the centre marked out by blue arrows and signage. Stores that have reopened include House of Fraser, Lunns, Tommy Hilfiger, Rio Brazil, Specsavers, JD Sports, Topshop, EE, Lifestyle Sports, Remus Uomo, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein Underwear, Terry Bradley, Rituals and Replay. View Victoria Square’s new safety guidelines via the button below.
CastleCourt has reopened its doors and there are new systems in place to make sure shoppers have a safe and enjoyable experience. Entry and exit points have changed to include one entry door and one exit door. Hand sanitising stations are available on arrival and a one way system has been introduced around the mall. Hungry? The food court is open for takeaway service. Shops open include Debenhams, Jack and Jones, Boots, Holland and Barrett, Matalan, SOHO, Yankee Candle, Wrapped Up and many more.
St George’s Market
St George’s Market has reopened with reduced opening hours of 10am to 2pm. Wear a face mask when you visit and practice social distancing while you browse the market’s fantastic range of local food vendors and craft stalls!
Robinson’s Shoes has now reopened both its stores. The Belfast store will be open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, and the Carrickfergus outlet store will be open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 3pm. As the number of people in-store at any one time is being limited, booking is strongly encouraged, and priority will be given to those with an appointment. Book online or call 028 9335 5464. Robinson’s will still be offering fittings, although they will take on a slightly different format, with social distancing measures in place. They also have a stringent quarantine procedure for shoes that have been tried on. They will be encouraging card payments where possible, will have hand sanitiser available for you to use, and staff will be carrying out frequent cleaning measures throughout the day.
The ArtisAnn Gallery has reopened its doors at 70 Bloomfield Avenue. This friendly contemporary gallery based in east Belfast sells unique artworks, from established and emerging artists.
Information & Services
Value Cabs have been operating 24/7 during the COVID-19 pandemic and they have adopted some measures to ensure the safety of their passengers. This includes a maximum of two passengers in the rear of the taxi only and touch point clean down between journeys. Protective screens have been fitted in many of their taxis and vehicles fitted with screens are available upon request. Download the app (valuecabs.co.uk/app) or call 028 9080 9080.
Visit Belfast Welcome Centre
The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre has reopened! Throughout July we will be opening Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm. New measures are in place in the centre, including a one-way system, hand sanitising stations and contactless payment where possible. For the time being, we will not be providing a left-luggage service. Visit Belfast airport kiosks have also reopened. We will continue to provide vital information services via our website, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and telephone (028 9024 6609).
Public restrooms are open at the following locations: Bankmore Square, Custom House Square, Lombard Street, Waterworks, Gasworks, Victoria Square shopping centre, CastleCourt shopping centre.