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12 Free Things to Do in Belfast, Ireland

Updated on October 15, 2018
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Belfast Cruise Crew and Passenger Shuttle Bus
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1. Belfast Castle and Cave Hill Visitor Centre

The Belfast Castle is considered as one of the most famous landmarks in Belfast, Ireland. The very first Belfast Castle was built by the Normans in the latter part of 12th century. The second castle was built, on the same site, in 1611 by Sir Arthur Chichester. However, the castle was burned down after almost a hundred years. In 1862, the clan of Chichester decided to build a new castle on the side of the Cave Hill. Cave Hill is an area somewhere in the Northern portion of Belfast. The place contains natural resources and archaeological features. The castle offers wonderful garden views with restaurants and antique shops inside. Important private events are commonly held in the castle as well.

Did you know that people believed that Cavehill has been the inspiration of author Jonathan Swift his Gulliver’s Travels novel?

2. Titanic Memorial Garden

The Titanic Memorial Garden built outside the famous Belfast City Hall to commemorate the lost lives in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The tragic event happened in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days after the maiden voyage of the ship.

The figures are sculpted out of Carrara marble, a high-quality type of marble used for sculpture. The sculpture consists of a female personification of death holding a black laurel wreath above the head of a dead seafarer together with two mermaids. The plaques contain all the names of those who perished on RMS Titanic in the early morning of April 15, 1912.

3. Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden was established by the Belfast Botanic and Horticulture Society. The garden is the home of the restored Palm House and Tropical Ravine. The Palm House was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, an English Architect of the 19th century. The house contains a variety of birds, hanging baskets, seasonal display, and tropical plants. The Tropical Ravine was built by Charles McKimm, a park’s head gardener. The place contains some of the oldest seed plants of today.

4. Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich is a Cultural Centre which offers a varied programme of the Irish language. It is located on the Falls Road, Belfast, Ireland. Found in the place are the art gallery, bookshop, offices, and restaurants.


5. Dome at Victoria Square

Dome at Victoria Square is a high rise building above the Belfast’s skyline with a 360 degrees view across the entire city. It offers a stunning shopping destination. This stunning tour normally runs each day from 10 am to 4 pm.

6. Linen Hall Library

Linen Hall Library is the city’s oldest library founded in the year 1788. The library is renowned for its Irish and Local Studies collections. It houses one of the books of CS Lewis, a British novelist.

7. PRONI or Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

PRONI is the official archive for Northern Ireland. It allows the visitors to make their own research about local and family history. Visitors may also enjoy their events, exhibitions or talks.

8. Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is an internationally renowned public research university in Belfast, Ireland. It became a member of the leading research-intensive universities group, the Russell. QUB has been included among the top 1% of universities worldwide which offers various levels of academic degrees and different courses.

9. St. George’s Market

St. George’s Market is the only surviving Victorian market in Belfast, Ireland. The market was open as a meat market and a slaughterhouse in 1890. The structure was made of red brick with sandstone and Roman styled arches with both Irish and Latin inscriptions on it. The building was designed by a city surveyor named JC Bretland.

Street Performers in Belfast, Ireland
Street Performers in Belfast, Ireland | Source

10. Stormont Parliament Building

Stormont Parliament Building is the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly located in the Stormont Estate area in Belfast. Also found in the Stormont Estate are Stormont Castle and Stormont House.

11. Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum is an interactive museum which bring art collections, history and science into life. Things to see in the museum are as follows:

  • Corrard Torc
  • Champion Patrick of Ifold
  • Dale Chihuly Glass Sculpture
  • Edmontosaurus Dinosaur Skeleton
  • Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab
  • Jacob Jordaens
  • Flemish Saint Christopher carrying the Christ Child
  • Morpho butterflies
  • Nobel Peace Prize Medal
  • Peter the Polar Bear
  • Seymchan meteorite slice
  • The “Girona” salamander – a jewel from an Armada Shipwreck
  • The Kildare Toilet Service
  • The Malone Road hoard of Neolithic polished stone axes
  • Takabuti the ancient Egyptian mummy

12. War Memorial Gallery

The War Memorial Gallery exhibits interesting books and displays of Northern Ireland during the WWII. The gallery is located beside the Belfast Cathedral. There’s audio-visual show on the home front with life-size dioramas. Moreover, a Belfast blitz memorial was built out of a large bronze by the sculptor John Sherlock. The statue represents a mother and child fleeing the Belfast Blitz.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast Castle:
Antrim Rd, Belfast BT15 5GR, UK

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It is a famous landmark in Northern Ireland.

Titanic Memorial Garden:
The Titanic Memorial Garden, 20 Donegall Square E, Belfast BT1 5GS, UK

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Memorial for those who died in Titanic tragic.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich:
216 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6AH, UK

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The cultural centre of Belfast.

Dome at Victoria Square:
1 Victoria Square, Belfast BT1 4QG, UK

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Best place to check Belfast's skyline.

Linen Hall Library:
17 Donegall Square N, Belfast BT1 5GB, UK

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The oldest library in Belfast.

PRONI or Public Record Office of Northern Ireland:
2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ, UK

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Home of the official archive of Northern, Ireland.

Queen’s University Belfast:
University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK

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One of the leading public research university.

St. George’s Market:
12-20 East Bridge St, Belfast BT1 3NQ, UK

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The last surviving Victorian style market in Northern, Ireland.

Stormont Parliament Building:
Parliament Buildings, Belfast BT4 3ST, UK

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The office of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Botanic Garden Belfast:
Botanic Gardens, College Park, Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1LP, UK

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It is a part of Belfast's Horticulture Society.

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