What are the top attractions in Belfast? Lonely Planet’s writers have rounded up the best things to see in the UK in their Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist guide. And out of the list of 500 sights, attractions and experiences, here are the best places to visit in Belfast, according to the experts.
Ranked 57 on the list out of 500, Titanic Belfast is a must for your visit to the city. The award-winning exhibition was named World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2016 and stands in the historic docklands where Titanic was built. Its nine interactive galleries detail the story of the world-famous ship, from her conception in the 1900s to her ill-fated journey and subsequent place in history. With the SS Nomadic, Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices, Titanic Slipways and HMS Caroline all located in close proximity, Titanic Belfast is a great starting point for discovering Belfast’s vibrant maritime heritage.
Crown Liquor Saloon
Belfast’s most famous pub has claimed its place on Lonely Planet’s list for good reason. Dating back to 1826, the Crown Liquor Saloon is a true relic of Belfast’s Victorian history and was once one of the most popular gin palaces in the city. Now lovingly restored and owned by the National Trust, the pub boasts an ornate interior with drinking snugs and decorative windows, as well as hearty pub food menu, Guinness and a wholesome Belfast welcome.
Belfast Black Taxi Tours
Belfast’s black taxi tours have become an infamous way to see the city. With a local qualified guide as your driver, visit political murals, peace walls and the local communities most affected by the Troubles to learn about life in Belfast during the conflict. Book an official black taxi tour in the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre.
Fancy meeting an Egyptian mummy or getting up close to some dinosaurs? The Ulster Museum is a mecca of treasures from the natural world and pieces of ancient history from across the globe. There’s also a rich collection of art and science displays, as well as interactive zones for kids. Admission is free and the museum is in a great location to explore the adjacent Botanic Gardens and Tropical Ravine too.
St George’s Market
Every weekend this historic market comes to life with stallholders offering local produce, international food, artisan products, art, souvenirs, antiques and collectables. The market building dates back to the Victorian era and there has been a market on the site since 1604, making St George’s one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. Enjoy live music and a vibrant atmosphere while you browse the stalls, and tuck into an enormous Belfast Bap (an Ulster Fry in a soft white bread roll).
Crumlin Road Gaol
This 19th century jail houses many secrets. It held its first prisoner in 1846 and was a fully operational prison for 150 years. In that time, it saw deaths, marriages, hunger strikes, escapes, executions and riots. Take a tour to see what lies within its historic walls, including the execution cell and underground tunnel connecting to the former courthouse. Crumlin Road Gaol also offers Troubles Tours of the surround area. Led by ex-prisoners, they give insight into local communities and how they were affected by the Troubles.