Belfast has art, museums, markets, and more.
A host of free attractions, a world-renowned university, a 400 year old farmers’ market, a thriving café scene, and one “Titanic” of a museum –it’s no wonder Belfast residents are the happiest in the United Kingdom! And they’re welcoming visitors with open arms, sharing their civic pride as they host millions of travelers from around the world. Here’s how to grab your own piece of Belfast with the happiest long weekend trip imaginable.
Bonnie Budget Belfast
Value minded travelers will LOVE Belfast! Your first stop? St. George’s Market, a Friday tradition since 1604. Twenty three fish stalls, endless fresh produce, even antiques and jewelry – this is your perfect stop for some great people watching, snack selection, or grabbing delicious treats for a gourmet meal. Even better? There’s a free shuttle bus to take you there! (Catch it outside Boots the Chemist, Donegall Place or HMV, Castle Place)
With your belly full you’ll have the energy to visit some historic sites. The Ulster Museum is totally free and you could easily spend an entire day there. With events like “Meteorite Day”, talks on “Bloomsbury and Brit Art”, and a collection that includes Egyptian mummies, Iron Age weapons, and dinosaurs, there are hundreds of ways to pique your curiosity.
If you feel like reminiscing about your college days, drop by historic Queen’s University. A world renowned institution, it has a gorgeous campus that’s always free to explore. Make sure to swing by the on-campus Naughton Gallery. This peaceful space, with diverse, thought-provoking art, is just the place to gain some restorative energy.
A Contemporary Café Scene
If you think the European café scene is limited to Paris, think again! Belfast offers great coffeehouses for people watching, fresh & funky eateries that embrace local produce, and even some sweet treats. Here are 5 cafes that should be on everybody’s list.
A Titanic Tribute
No trip to Belfast is complete without a visit to Titanic Belfast, an architectural marvel and fitting tribute to the city’s shipyard legacy. This incredible complex has hidden Morse code messages, the chance to walk down the slipway where the Titanic and Olympic launched, and priceless artifacts from Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage– and all without an annoying soundtrack! Forget everything you thought you knew from certain famous movie and get the real, behind the scenes secrets here.
Why Not See Belfast for Yourself?
If I can’t convince you to visit Belfast, maybe these smiling faces can!
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