Coming to Northern Ireland this spring? Don’t miss the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Belfast! On Tuesday 17 March Belfast city will turn green to mark the day of Northern Ireland’s own patron saint.
Join the fun with a host of events, parties and experiences across Belfast. Watch the annual St Patrick’s Day parade, go to a free open-air concert, sample tasty Irish food and drink or follow in the footsteps of the saint himself on the St Patrick’s trail.
St Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade and Concert
The annual carnival parade is the beating heart of Belfast’s St Patrick’s celebrations. Expect colourful floats, music and fun for all the family!
Get fuelled up for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in one of Belfast’s many eateries. Sample delicious Irish cuisine made from the best local produce, enjoy a hearty breakfast before the parade or eat out with the whole family in the city’s child friendly restaurants.
Irish Cuisine in Belfast
Ever eaten a boxty? Or sipped on an Irish coffee after a tasty, traditional meal? Find out where to discover authentic Irish food and drinks in Belfast.
Breakfast and Brunch
Nothing beats a big breakfast or brunch with friends. From a traditional Ulster fry to avocado toast, see our top suggestions for breakfast in Belfast.
Family Friendly Restaurants in Belfast
With special menus and activities for little ones, have a look at some of our suggestions for child-friendly restaurants and cafés in Belfast.
Traditional Music in Belfast
Belfast’s pub culture thrives on traditional music sessions. Grab a pint and immerse yourself in the sounds of Irish trad in these bars and venues with regular traditional live music
Pubs & Nightlife
St Patrick’s Day is one of the best times of year to experience Belfast’s pub scene. Get cosy with a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish bar or wander to the Cathedral Quarter for a labyrinth of lively venues full of live music, great drinks and St Paddy’s cheer.
Traditional Pubs in Belfast
Find the best traditional pubs with warm, lively atmospheres in Belfast complete with snugs, traditional music sessions and the perfect pint of Guinness.
Belfast Pub Trail Map
Enjoy a great range of Irish beers in Belfast, thanks to Diageo's Pub Trail Map.
City breaks are the perfect time to let your hair down. Whether you enjoy tasty cocktails or a night on the dancefloor Belfast has the ideal spot for you.
Best Places for Guinness in Belfast
It wouldn’t be St Patrick’s Day without a pint of the black stuff! Read our guide to the best places in Belfast for a pint of Guinness.
Irish Culture in Belfast
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day by getting in touch with some Irish culture in Belfast! Experience a traditional Irish dance show, take a ceili dancing lesson or visit an Irish language and arts centre.
The Belfast Dance Show
Join a celebration of Belfast through music, song and dance at The Belfast Dance Show, Northern Ireland’s leading traditional music and dance event.
Real Belfast Ceili
Authentic Irish ceili dancing experience where you will learn some traditional Irish ceili dances to live music, rounded off by some local traditional cuisine!
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
Cultúrlann produces a vibrant arts programme that promotes Irish language and culture and provides a meeting place for visitors and locals alike.
Discover the Saint
Follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s patron saint on the 92-mile St Patrick’s trail. This scenic driving route includes the St Patrick Centre, his burial ground, historic cathedrals and Down County Museum. Or book a sightseeing tour to hear the history from a local guide.
There are loads of ways to experience Ireland’s much-loved spirit in Belfast. Take a self-guided whiskey tour, visit a whiskey emporium or join a guided whiskey tasting session in one of our traditional pubs.
Belfast Whiskey Club
Belfast Whiskey Club is Belfast’s only fully independent and non-profit whiskey club that opens its doors to people from all over the world to come and experience unique whiskey tastings in venues right across Belfast.
Whiskey Experiences in Belfast
From tours to tastings, take a look at some of the best Irish whiskey experiences available in Belfast.
Irish whiskey tastings tours tailored to suit the various venues and occasions. Bespoke tours can be arranged.
Plan Your Visit
Getting Around Belfast
Belfast is compact and bijou, so getting around the city is easy on foot, by bike or by taxi
Northern Ireland has three airports, sea crossings from England and Scotland, and a direct rail link from Dublin.
Car Parking in Belfast
Secure car parking is available across Belfast. See our guide to car parks in the city or leave the car at home and opt for Translink's public transport options