Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and free to all visitors.
Belfast City Hall
Take a free tour of Belfast City Hall (Monday - Friday 11am, 2pm and 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm, 2pm and 3pm) and uncover its history and stunning architecture. Led by an experienced guide, the tour lasts around one hour and you can also visit the Titanic Memorial Garden, exhibitions and the Bobbin Coffee Shop, located in the east wing. The grounds feature a number of monuments and memorials. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and leave from the reception area inside Belfast City Hall.
CS Lewis Square
Rediscover The Chronicles of Narnia with a walk through CS Lewis Square, a public space commemorating the Belfast-born Chronicles of Narnia creator, CS Lewis. Featuring seven bronze sculptures from 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe', including Aslan, The White Witch, Tumnus, The Beavers, The Robin and The Stone Table, it is a stunning display of public art.
Belfast Castle Estate and Cave Hill Country Park
Belfast Castle's spectacular location and imposing architecture boast hours of family fun. Discover the nine cats hidden within the garden, and take in the spectacular views of the city. For the adventurous, stretch your legs and gain some of the best sights of Belfast from Cave Hill. The landmark Napoleons Nose is said to have inspired Jonathan Swift's novel, Gullivers Travels and there are walks and trails for all abilities. Cave Hill Visitor Centre is located in the basement of Belfast Castle. This fascinating and intriguing museum is free entry.
Stormont Parliament Buildings
Take a free tour of Stormont Parliament Buildings, home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative body for Northern Ireland. See first-hand the building and beautiful surroundings of the Stormont Estate. The tour provide information on Parliament Buildings, past and present, as well as the architecture of the building and Stormont Estate.
Botanic Gardens was established in 1828 by the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society, in response to public interest in horticulture and botany. Originally known as the Belfast Botanic Garden, the site contained exotic tree species and impressive plant collections from the southern hemisphere, many of which can still be seen in the park. It's also home to the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine.
Belfast has a great range of art galleries including the Golden Thread Gallery, which displays art by local and international artists.
Catch a free exhibition at the Higgin Gallery at Malone House, featuring Belfast's finest amateur and professional artists and look out for the public art sculpture pieces throughout the impressive gardens.
The Naughton Gallery at Queen's University has a vibrant rolling programme of works from the university's own collections, found on the first floor of the iconic Lanyon building.
At Cultúrlann McAdam Fiaich, the Gerard Dillon art gallery hosts an inspiring programme of high quality visual arts exhibitions in the Gaeltacht quarter.
Space Craft is a hidden gem in Fountain Centre where the gallery and shop assistants are the artists and designers themselves which gives you a special insight into the work on display and the people who make it.
The MAC is a cultural hub with an eclectic programme of visual art withing 3 art galleries, and a permanent sculptural work by Irish artist Mark Garry.
Divis and Black Mountain
The new 4.2 mile Ridge Trail on Divis and Black Mountain has extensive views of the city, Mourne Mountains, Scotland and Isle of Man. For 50 years Divis was inaccessible to the general public but in 200, the National Trust took over the management of Divis and Black Mountain and have increasingly opened it up for the enjoyment and recreation of locals and visitors.
Linen Hall Library
The Linen Hall Library is the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland. Over 225 years old, the library has one of the largest Robert Burns collections outside of Scotland as well as early Belfast and Ulster printed books. With an exciting calendar of events and exhibitions it is well worth a visit.
Gruffalo Trail at Colin Glen Forest
Colin Glen Forest Park is home to an amazing eight foot tall Gruffalo, complete with knobbly knees, turned out toes and a poisonous wart on the end of his nose, and all his famous forest friends. Each character has been magically recreated by sculptor Andrew McIntyre and set against the backdrop of a stunning forest park.