Belfast Capital of Northern Ireland
Belfast is known as the birthplace of the Titanic and for its majestic city hall.
Belfast City Hall - The building is a piece of art in itself. Guided tours allow visitors to explore the history within. Opening times are Monday-Friday at 11am, 2pm and 3pm and Saturday at 2pm and 3pm.
Armagh County Museum - There is no better place to go to get an idea of how Belfast has been founded over the years. It includes everything, from local stories and history to archaeology and natural history. Admission into the museum is free.
Harland and Wolff Headquarters - This building is the home of the Titanic drawing offices. Plans for both the Titanic and her sister ship, the Olympic, were drawn up here.
Albert Clock - This clock was erected in honour of Prince Albert, Queen Elizabeth’s consort and is a standing piece of Belfast’s history.
Armagh Planetarium - The planetarium is a unique opportunity for all ages to learn about astronomy. Each show is interactive so it’s a great experience for visitors to Belfast. Shows are at specific times each day.
Cave Hill Country Park - This is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Cave Hill offers the most spectacular views of Belfast from its high vantage points. Visitors are able to use the playground, view archaeological sites, see the gardens and grab a snack.
Clonard Monastery - Called ‘The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer’ the monastery radiates Belfast history. Each year, the church hosts the Festival of Faith and up to 15,000 pilgrims can be seen praying at Our Mother of Perpetual Help; a sight not to be missed.
Belfast is so over flowing with amazing sights and wonderful culture that it’s hard to narrow down what should be seen first. It can be a magnificent family holiday, with fresh air and lots to learn at Cave Hill and the Armagh Planetarium. The kids will love Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory where they can watch all of their favourite chocolate and sweets being made and even sample a few as they go around. Visitors will be automatically thrilled with sites like the Albert Clock and the Clonard Monastery where it is impossible to not be moved by the architecture and level of faith it radiates.
The city is well known for the maiden voyage of the Titanic and the story of its downfall is found in several parts of Belfast but it’s far from the only thing to see. There are some great places to stay and even better restaurants to eat at. Shopaholics will be living the dream in Belfast city with something for everyone in the vast array of stores. With plenty to do and learn from, visitors will come away from Belfast feeling relaxed and inspired.