Please note, with a six-week lockdown in place from 26 December, 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 City Hall

One of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall first opened its doors in August 1906 and is Belfast’s civic building. Take a virtual tour inside the building and see some its stunning features and architecture. Or explore the manicured gardens around City Hall, where you’ll find the Titanic Memorial Garden which has 15 bronze plaques listing the names of 1,512 people who died on RMS Titanic I 1912 and a monument in their honour.

The Dome at Victoria Square

Rising high above the city’s skyline, the Dome at Victoria Square boasts 360⁰ views across Belfast. See the whole thing on the image above! How many of Belfast’s famous landmarks can you spot?

Stormont Buildings

The Stormont Parliament Building is the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved legislature for Northern Ireland. Get a glimpse inside this stunning building via the Street View above, where you can explore the Assembly Chambers.

Big Fish

Belfast’ iconic Big Fish can be found on the banks of the River Lagan. This 10m-lone sculpture is covered in beautiful blue ceramic tiles depicting scenes from the city’s history. Pay the Big Fish a visit on Google Street View (above) and see how many Belfast landmarks you can find in his scales!

Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum is Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and the present, with a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences displays. You can view the museum’s collections online on their website, or take a 360⁰ peek at the main entrance foyer via the button below and see if you can spot a couple of dinosaurs lurking in the picture!

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle

Located on Cave Hill in the north of the city, Belfast Castle was built in the 1860s and is one of the Belfast’s most famous landmarks. The estate contains landscaped gardens and mature mixed woodland and offers superb views of the city from a variety of vantage points, which you can see on the virtual view.

Áras Uí Chonghaile (James Connolly Centre)

Áras Uí Chonghaile is a modern inspirational visitor centre in the heart of Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter, with an insightful exhibition about James Connolly, a man of formidable ideas and remarkable vision. While the centre is temporarily closed, you can get a glimpse through the video above and get inspired for a future visit to this exhibition, which is located just yards from where Connolly lived on the Falls Road.

Crown Liquor Saloon

Crown Liquor Saloon

Belfast’s most famous pub, the Crown Liquor Saloon is a traditional pub from the Victorian era, which is now owned by the National Trust. The Crown remains a unique visual gem, a masterpiece in bar architecture, which is known to millions the world over. Take a look inside to admire the mosaic tiles, brocaded walls, ornate mirrors, wooden columns and more.

Queen's University

Queen’s University is one of the great architectural landmarks and must-see attractions in Belfast with over 160 years of heritage. Browse the grounds and see inside on a range of 360⁰ views via the button below. Don’t miss the Great Hall – a magnificent events space with panelled walls, artworks and a warm, historic feel.

HMS Caroline

Based in Belfast’s famous Titanic Quarter, HMS Caroline is a First World War-era ship now restored as an impressive floating museum with an amazing story to tell. Watch the video to see what’s inside the vessel, which is a survivor of the Battle of Jutland in World War One.

Belfast Cathedral

Belfast Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St. Anne, has stood for over 100 years in an area that takes its name from it, the Cathedral Quarter. Explore the cathedral’s stunning interior on the panorama above!

Albert Clock

This 42.3m-high clock in Custom House Square was built in 1865 in memorial to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, husband of Queen Victoria. The clock has been famously leaning almost since its construction – see if you can spot which direction in leans to the 360-view above!

Commercial Court

Commercial Court and Murals Square are next to the Duke of York and Dark Horse pubs, in Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter. The murals depict famous faces and landmarks from Belfast, as well as scenes from film and TV shows. The surrounding cobbled streets adorned with flowers, lights and hanging umbrellas are a must-see, too.

Ulster Transport Musuem

Ulster Transport Museum

Be transported back in time and explore one of the most comprehensive transport collections in Europe – with a virtual glimpse inside the Ulster Transport Museum! The museum is home to majestic locomotives, horse-drawn carriages, steam engines and much more.

St George’s Market

St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions and one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland. On the weekends, it’s a bustling hub of visitors and locals alike, international food stalls, baked goods, fruit, vegetables, seafood, arts, crafts and vintage items. Until it’s safe to visit again, get a feel for the market with a 360⁰ glimpse inside.

Museum of Orange Heritage

Museum of Orange Heritage

The Orange Heritage Museum’s ‘Heritage at Home’ showcases Orange stories from the museum’s archive. Browse the selection of stories and exhibits on their website.

Crumlin Road Gaol

The Crumlin Road Gaol is a 19th century Grade A listed jail, which is usually open for public tours of its historic wings, cells, hospital, graveyard, hanging cell and underground tunnel connecting it to a former courthouse. Watch the video to get a taste for the spine-tingling tour for yourself!

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Take a Virtual Troubles Tour with DC Tours

Hosted by DC Tours’ Top UK Tour Guide of 2019 Paul Donnelly, this two-hour virtual tour includes a 60 minute presentation and virtual tour of Northern Ireland to explain the history of the Troubles and the path to peace, followed by an interactive Q&A where guests can ask questions and learn first-hand about Belfast’s history. The tours are hosted on Zoom, running weekly on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ards and North Down

Immerse yourself in the wonderful places and spaces in Ards and North Down – virtually! Go on a journey with 360° virtual tours of some of the area’s key landmarks, view Ards Arts Centre and North Down Museum exhibitions online and discover the history of Mount Stewart from home. Or why not decorate pottery or take an online cooking class from home? Go to visitardsandnorthdown.com to start exploring.

See more 360 panoramas from Thomas McVea, Professional 360VR photographer, at VirtualVisitTours.com.

 

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