Please note, with a lockdown in place until 5 March 2021, all of the non-essential retailers, accommodation providers and attractions mentioned in this article will be closed. Restaurants, pubs and cafés will be open for takeaway only. Visit our Ideas page for ways to enjoy Belfast from home!

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

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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

Crumlin Road Gaol

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.

Mount Stewart House and Garden

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!

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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

Queen's University

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.

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Golf Courses

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.

Sightseeing Tours

DC Tours

DC Tours

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

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 or call 028 9020 0770 (Tuesday to Friday 10am-3pm) for more information.

Belfast Hidden Tours

More Sightseeing Tours

The following tours have all resumed...

Food & Drink

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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 Hotels

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

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

The Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort reopened on 24 July. New policies have been put in place to ensure guest comfort and peace of mind. Read their full hygiene commitment at

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

Victoria Square

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 Exterior


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.

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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!

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Matchetts Music

Matchetts Music has reopened for business! Current opening hours are 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday (closed 11-13 July). Social distancing measures are in place in store.

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Robinson's Shoes

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.

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Other Shops and Stores

ArtisAnn Gallery

ArtisAnn Gallery

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

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Value Cabs

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 ( or call 028 9080 9080.

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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 ( and telephone (028 9024 6609).

Public Amenities

Public restrooms are open at the following locations:  Bankmore Square, Custom House Square, Lombard Street, Waterworks, Gasworks, Victoria Square shopping centre, CastleCourt shopping centre.

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