Eat Out (But Not Outside!)
Indoor dining open from Monday 24 May
Belfast has a fantastic foodie scene and with indoor dining reopening from 24 May, it’s time to discover it again! Whether it’s fine dining from some of the country’s most renowned chefs, or authentic Mexican with a colourful cocktail on the side, Belfast serves up an unbeatable selection of local and international cuisine. Browse the city’s top restaurants and book a table for up to six people from two households.
Rediscover Titanic Belfast
Reopening 27 May
Titanic Belfast reopens on 27 May and they have plenty of measures in place to ensure a safe visit, including a one-way system through the award-winning exhibition, reduced visitor numbers and sanitising stations throughout. Book your tickets in advance at titanicbelfast.com and rediscover the incredible story of the world’s most famous ship.
Make a Splash
Water slides reopening from 26 May
Andersonstown Indoor Aqua Park is reopening to the public and epic water adventures await! Try the Abyss (if you dare) – a high speed drop slide and the first of its kind in Ireland, where the floor drops beneath your feet, plunging you into the ride of lifetime! Or experience the thrill of catching a wave indoors on Northern Ireland’s first indoor surf simulator. There’s an aqua park for kids, too. Water slides reopen from 26 May and Surf Belfast reopens from 27 May. Opening times may be limited. Book in advance via the Better app.
Step Back in Time
Indoor attractions reopening from 24 May
The Ulster Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park are reopening on 25 May, giving you a chance to come face to face with dinosaurs, see majestic locomotives or follow in the footsteps of Irish migrants on a journey to America! Pre-book your date and time slot at nmni.com. Or discover a host of indoor attractions in Belfast and beyond that are able to reopen from 24 May. Opening times may vary and booking may be required, so check with individual businesses for the most up to date information.
Raise a Toast to Bars Reopening
Indoor service in bars and pubs from Monday 24 May
This weekend, you can finally enjoy a drink in your favourite pub! Belfast’s bars are reopening for indoor service from Monday 24 May, so you can toast with local craft beer or perfectly poured cocktail inside a warm and comfy pub. Book in advance, for tables of up to six people from two households. Get home safe with Translink bus and rail services or Value Cabs taxis.
Return to the MAC
Reopening 26 May
The MAC is reopening on Wednesday 26 May with three gallery spaces to peruse and coffee and lunches available in the Café Bar. Measures will be in place to ensure a safe visit, including a one-way system, social distancing measures, extra sanitising measures and a face covering policy.
Go on a Shopping Spree
Belfast is the place to go for some serious retail therapy – whether it’s working on your summer wardrobe or finishing off your lockdown DIY project with gorgeous home accessories. Find fashion for all budgets in Victoria Square and CastleCourt, and gifts and homeware in Avoca or Belfast’s independent retailers.
Book a Spa Treatment
After a long lockdown you’ve definitely earned a massage, so why not treat yourself to a spa treatment? The Spa at The Merchant Hotel opened on 7 May for weekend treatments and daily treatments resume from 24 May. Try the Perfect Duo Treatment – a combination of a massage and some TLC for your skin too, finished with a glass of prosecco. Perfection!
Outdoor sports have resumed in Belfast, so it’s a great time to try a new sport or rediscover a long-time sporting passion. Here’s your guide to sport in the city, including golfing, fishing, archery, cycling and much more.
Go Exploring in the City
Explore Belfast city centre on foot with walking trails and self-guided tours. Delve into Belfast’s vibrant street art scene or follow the Titanic Trail into a bygone shipbuilding era. Retrace the steps of Belfast’s famous figures on George Best, CS Lewis and Van Morrison walking trails, or take an audio tour of the city centre.
Experience the Maritime Mile
Discover Belfast’s historic waterfront with a stroll along the Maritime Mile, which covers one mile of water and 10 kilometres of connected pathway. Stretching from Sailortown to the Titanic Pump House the pathway includes the Big Fish, SS Nomadic, Titanic Belfast and Titanic Slipways. It’s also perfect for cycling so why not bring your bikes and experience the whole thing on two wheels?
Have an Outdoor Adventure
From the stunning formal gardens of Mount Stewart and Rowallane to the rolling hills of Black Mountain, get outside and enjoy a day out exploring nature, just moments from Belfast. All outdoor attractions have reopened including Castle Espie, Lets Go Hydro,
Colin Glen and The Jungle NI. Opening times may be limited and advance booking may apply.