As government restrictions slowly start to lift, some of Belfast’s outdoor spaces, shops, facilities and visitor attractions are beginning to open their doors again. Many will open 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 opening, how and when. For the latest government advice, go to nidirect.gov.uk.

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Outdoor Spaces

Colin Glen Forest Park

Adventure at Colin Glen is back! The golf course and TopTracer driving range are open, with members-only access (you can still sign up to be a new member and short term golf memberships have been introduced) and online booking for tee times. Skytrek, Lasertag and Archery have reopened too! Book online now, with sessions beginning from 24 June. Adjustments are in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff, so follow social distancing rules and guidance.

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National Trust Properties

The National Trust’s grounds, gardens and selected cafés have reopened! Advance booking is required and social distancing measures will be in place so everyone can enjoy the outdoor spaces safely. Bookings open weekly and those without bookings will be turned away. The grounds at Mount Stewart, Castle Ward, The Argory and Rowallane Garden, and the full Visitor Experience at Giant’s Causeway has reopened!

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Let's Go Hydro

Craving a swim or some water-based adventure? Let’s Go Hyrdo has opened for cable wakeboarding and open water swimming. Sessions must be booked online in advance and new safety measures have been put in place: use of your own wakeboarding equipment is encouraged and spectators are not permitted. Read the full guidelines on their website. Plus, the on-site glamping pods have reopened, and look out for details of their drive-in cinema!

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Golf Courses

Some 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.

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Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

The beautiful gardens at Hillsborough Castle & Gardens have reopened to the public! 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. Booking is required to visit the gardens – you can book via the button below. Tours of the palace are planned to resume on 30 July.

Information & Services

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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 (info@visitbelfast.com) and telephone (02890246609).

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Value Cabs

Do you need an essential run to the shops, or a delivery to an isolated relative? Value Cabs are still 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.

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.

Hotels & Hospitality

The Northern Ireland Executive has announced new plans that will allow hotels, tourist accommodation, public houses and bars to open from 3 July! Caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering tourist accommodation can reopen on 26 June.

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Confirmed openings include:

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 hastingshotels.com/peaceofmind.

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

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

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Restaurants

Restaurants reopening include:

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Takeaways and Restaurant Deliveries

Many of Belfast’s restaurants have reopened for takeaway and delivery services. Take a look at our restaurant guide to see the full list of what’s open and how to order. Whether you fancy a night off cooking-duty or you’re just in the mood to treat yourself, there’s something for everyone.

Shops & Retail

All non-essential retailers in Northern Ireland can reopen from 12 June. Social distancing measures will apply in stores to make sure everyone stays safe.

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 and Replay.

Rituals will reopen on Monday 15 June, with new measure in place such as limited numbers of customer in store and contactless payment will be encouraged. View Victoria Square’s new safetly guidelines via the button below.

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CastleCourt

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 is opening again on 3 July, 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 will be reopening both its stores on Monday 29 June. Initially, this will be by appointment only.  Book online or call 028 9335 5464 (leave a voicemail and a member of staff will get back to you).  Robinson’s will still be offering fittings, although they will take on a slightly different format, with social distancing measures adhered to. They also have a stringent quarantine procedure for shoes that have been tried on. They will also 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.

Sightseeing & Visitor Attractions

Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol is opening 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.

Titanic Belfast & SS Nomadic

Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic are reopening on 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.

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More Attractions

DC Tours

DC Tours

DC Tours will be starting 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.

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