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Exploring Northern Belfast's Tourist Attractions

Updated on June 2, 2018
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Belfast, Ireland is considered as one of the best places to visit in Europe. Not only because RMS Titanic was built in this city, but also the place offers its rich history to the tourists. Presented below are Top 8 Must Visit Places in Northern Belfast:

1. Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office

Harbour Commissioners Office is the official headquarters of Harbour Board for more than 150 years. It was designed by George Smith and was built on William Ritchie’s shipyard in 1852. The board is led by Ulster Scots of Belfast to develop the port infrastructure of the city.

Found inside the Harbour Office are the following:

  • Heritage room - It shows the story success story of the development of the Belfast Port. There are unique art collections found inside this room. Titanic Table It is a furniture commissioned for Captain Edward Smith, the captain of White Star Liner RMS Titanic.
  • Harbour Commissioners’ Uniform - Displayed inside the office is the uniform used by the Harbour Commissioner when Queen Victoria visited the place in 1849.
  • Ground Floor Stained Window - The centerpiece of the glass window shows Neptune holding the world with horn of plenty by his side.
  • Flax Flower - The fibers of flax flower were sold by merchants during American Civil War. As a result, this simple plant played an important role in the success of Belfast economy.
  • Old Market House Bell - The bell was originally used in Market House found in lower part of the High Street.
  • Barnett Room - The room has a Victorian Fashion design. It served different functions of mostly well-known personalities.
  • Retiring Room - The room served as a private reception area or private dining area for dignitaries.
  • Moreland Room - It is a smaller room that houses the Holywood Lighthouse painting. The light house was built by Alexander Mitchell, a famous blind engineer, in 1844.
  • Boardroom - The original office space of the harbor staff. Hanging in its wall is a portrait of the former Commissioner chairman Sir Ernest Herdman.
  • Watercolour Room - Found inside the room are paintings that show the progressive success of the area within the Harbour Commissioners Building.
  • Clock Tower - It was constructed to be a part of the Harbour Commissioner’s Office in 1854.

Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall | Source

2. Clarendon Dock

Clarendon Dock is a part of the earliest port infrastructure of Belfast, which was built in 1796 by a shipbuilder named William Ritchie. It was then recognized as the #1 graving dock, which is located beside the Harbour Office.

3. Corn Exchange

Corn Exchange was an elegant architecture designed structure built by a group of grain merchants. The building has one of the most elegant architectural design in the town of Belfast. IN 1859, the building was used for the celebration of the 100th birthday celebration of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet. After how many years, the Corn Exchange building was then transformed into Discover Ulster-Scots Centre.

4. Custom House

Custom House is one of the finest public buildings in Belfast in 1857. This Italian style building was designed by Charles Lanyon, a famous 19th century English architect. During the Victorian era, the construction of the building showed the affluence of the business community of the area. Found inside are the sculpted images of Britannia, Mercury and Neptune.

Did you know that Anthony Trollope, the 19th century novelist, worked in Custom House as a Post Office Surveyor?

5. Donegall Quay

Donegall Quay is the first ever quay in Belfast lies on the Southern part of River Farset or now known as the High Street. The quay was built by David Tomb in 1804. It was then the place of embarkation and disembarkation of passengers, goods and livestock from different ferries to all over Britain.

6. First Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church is the oldest worshiping ever survived in Belfast. The first structure of the church was built in 1695, then was eventually replaced in 1783. The interior of the church presents detailed wooden carvings, remarkable stained glass windows and typical box pews.

One of the most famous member of the congregation on his time was Edward Harland, the owner of the leading shipbuilder in Belfast. Even the family of Thomas Andrews, the designer of RMS Titanic, actively worshipped in this church.

7. Sinclair Seamen’s Church

Seamen’s Friend Society of Belfast developed the congregation. The church was named after John Sinclair, a rich merchant and philanthropist. John is the brother of Thomas Sinclair, who donated 1000 pounds for the construction of the congregation’s meeting house. The seamen’s church became well known for its interior nautical features, which include a nautical themed stain windows, ringing bell, ship’s wheel and ship’s bow attached in front of the pulpit. There is no admission charge when visiting the church.

Belfast Shopping Center
Belfast Shopping Center | Source

8. York Road Belfast

York Road or York Street is located in the heart of the Maritime Commercial District of Belfast. The mural in York Street shows Scottish migrants of Northern Ireland and famous firms established in Belfast. The artwork is painted on a Victorian railway building connected to York Street Terminus and Northern Counties Railway.

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York Street:
York St, Belfast BT15 1WZ, UK

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Sinclair Seamen’s Church:
5-7 Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AJ, UK

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C
First Presbyterian Church:
University Street, Belfast, BT7 1HL, United Kingdom

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Donegall Quay:
Donegall Quay, Belfast BT1 3EZ, UK

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E
Custom House:
Custom House Square, Belfast BT1 3EZ, UK

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Corn Exchange:
The Corn Exchange Building, 31 Gordon St, Belfast BT1 2LG, UK

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Clarendon Dock:
Clarendon Dock, Belfast BT3 9TR, UK

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Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office:
Harbour Office, Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL, United Kingdom

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      3 years ago from Manila

      Louise,

      It's such a wonderful place to visit! You can totally enjoy most part of the place. Also if you're an avid fan of the Titanic the Movie, the museum is a must visit too! Thanks for dropping by!

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      Louise Powles 

      3 years ago from Norfolk, England

      I'd love to visit Belfast. It's such a lovely city.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      3 years ago from Manila

      Liz,

      I see. If you have a chance, try to visit Cobh. You'll get the chance to see the last port of the Titanic and stand on the same spot where those joining passengers waited for their turn to go onboard. Actually, I've posted a hub about my the titanic experience in Cobh (in case you're interested). Anyway, I heard about giant causeway too and I would love to visit it as well. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 years ago from UK

      No, I haven't been to Cobh. I would like to go to Belfast again and also visit Giant's Causeway.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      3 years ago from Manila

      Are you referring to the old prison building? The former prison turned into tourist attraction and conference center. I think it is in Northern Belfast as well, it wasn't mentioned here though. Cheers!

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      Robert Clarke 

      3 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed my visit to Belfast a couple of years but there wasn't that much of interest to me in the way of sights/attractions. The Crumlin Road Gaol was my favourite sight but I guess that's not North Belfast.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      3 years ago from Manila

      Liz, Belfast has been one of my favorite place because there's so many things to do in there. Have you been in Cobh too? You might also like to visit that place as well, you will I will make the adjustments. Thank you for dropping by!

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed a short break in Belfast 10 years ago and would like to return, especially to see the Titanic Experience. You might want to adjust the map. I have a problem sometimes when it flicks back to the USA. I tend to edit the map capsule again and drag the map across to the area I want to show.

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