Don't let bad weather stop you from having a fantastic time in Belfast! See our top suggestions for rainy day activities and attractions for all the family.

Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast

1. Titanic Belfast

The Titanic Experience spans 9 galleries telling the story of the Titanic through interactive special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative features. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.

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Boy Examining a Dinosaur Skeleton at Ulster Museum

2. Ulster Museum

A top, free attraction in Belfast, the Ulster Museum captures the imaginations of old and young visitors alike. View temporary exhibitions as well as all of the vast collection of natural science and human history from precious rocks and minerals to treasure from the Spanish Armada. From Ireland to the South Pacific, ancient relics to hands on activities, the museum offers something for everyone from the simply curious to the enthusiast.

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Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol

3. Crumlin Road Gaol

Dating back to 1845, Crumlin Road Gaol was a working prison until 1996. Explore the Tunnel linking the courthouse and Hanging Cell, the Historic Holding Cells, Governors Office and more on the unique tour, which runs daily. For those with an extra sense of adventure, take the Paranormal Tour, bringing you to various hot spots of the Gaol where Paranormal Activity has been reported. Discover where there have been sightings, noises and unexplained happenings within the walls where 17 men were executed over its 150 year history.

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Belfast Cathedral, St Anne's Cathedral

4. Belfast Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St Anne's is over a century old, consecrated in 1904. With an imposing facade and Romanesque architecture, you cant help but notice the Spire of Hope, added in 2006. Enjoy the audio guide which takes you on an intimate, 40 minute tour of Belfast's magnificent cathedral. Point by point you'll find out how the Cathedrals story is intertwined with that of its home city, discover its rich historic artefacts, and be introduced to the people who helped to shape this sacred place. You'll find hidden gems from the unique craftsmanship and architecture to the stained glass and stonework.

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HMS Caroline

5. HMS Caroline

Step on-board Belfast’s newest attraction and be blown away by a dynamic film showing the drama and devastation a battle can bring. Explore the impressively recreated cabins that have been restored as if the crew left the ship yesterday, listen in on the everyday sounds in the Captain’s and Senior Officers’ cabins and enjoy interactive exhibits throughout the ship.

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Sunday Family Fun at W5

6. W5

Part museum, part interactive play centre, W5 answers all those difficult questions who, what, when, where, why? Exploration begins on the ground floor with butterflies on an interactive wall, where you can create smoke rings or launch hot air balloons high into the air. Climb the musical stairs to Level 2 where you'll find START, a colourful interactive exhibition area specially created for 8s and under. Climbit is a unique, new experience taking over the Atrium at the heart of W5. Unique in Britain and Ireland, Climbit is an unusual mixture of physical fun, exploration and art! This huge multi-storey climbing structure, which is a cross between a maze and a jungle gym, allows visitors to climb over the structure.

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Dundonald Ice Bowl

7. Dundonald International Ice Bowl

Get your skates on at Dundonald International Ice Bowl with public sessions 7 days a week. Northern Ireland's only public Olympic sized ice rink, Dundonald is the training ground for the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey team. There is a 30 lane tenpin bowling centre with glow in the dark extreme sessions and Indiana Land, a wild, jungle inspired playground for under 12s.

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8. We Are Vertigo

Northern Ireland's first indoor Ski and Adventure park We are Vertigo is based at Newtownbreda Industrial Estate. The Centre offers exciting experiences for people of all ages and abilities to try out, or brush up, on their skiing skills as well as experience extreme fun. It is also the site of Northern Ireland's largest indoor trampoline park. Try the Alpine Swiss play village, Sky Trail high ropes, low ropes, climbing wall, electric quads and log cabin party rooms. For those who want to take adventure to a new height there is the opportunity to try out the 40m zip line. The zip line is also mobile and available for hire at a range of events such as charity, parties and corporate functions.

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Movie House Cinemas
Movie House Cinemas

9. The Movies

Relax at one of Belfast's cinemas to see the most recent movies. From The Odeon in Victoria Square to Movie House cinemas there are plenty of choices, so order your popcorn and put your feet up for a couple of hours.

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10. Shopping

Belfast City Centre is full of shops and shopping centres you can duck into during a downpour. CastleCourt is the ultimate shopping experience with all your favourite shops under one roof right in the heart of Belfast, with over 80 great stores and 15 great food places. Victoria Square boasts fantastic shops split over four levels with covered streets and topped by an iconic dome, with panoramic views across the city and the river Lagan. Between Friday and Sunday call into St Georges Market, the UK's best indoor market, filled with fresh food, antiques and locally crafted merchandise.

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