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Things to do in Belfast

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Great local museum - free entry and a range of exhibits to suit every taste. Very impressive art collection. Located in the lovely Botanic gardens this makes for an always easy and pleasant day out. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Museum
“Free of charge! Great for a rainy day and with a lovely Café! Beside botanic gardens and Queens University ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Pub
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“This historical gem is worth a visit to get a glimpse at how a "private area" pub was like.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park with an old and stunning glasshouse. Ideal place to spend a pleasant afternoon. Lots of plants, old and modern glasshouses to admire, rose garden and Ulster Museum on the side. And if you are hungry, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes around. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“If you are here over the weekend then definitely check out St. Georges Market. It runs Friday through to Sunday.”
  • 53 locals recommend
University
“Download the self guided tour and walk around these iconic buildings designed by Charles Lanyon”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“One of the largest and busiest parks in the city and contains a variety of horticulture, woodland, wildlife and sporting facilities. Located just 700m away.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Fabulous original Frank Matcham theatre with many fun, family favourites programmed every year. Be sure to catch the Christmas panto for the real spirit of Belfast! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Route
“Beautiful gardens set between Queens University Belfast and the Ulster Museum. Used in many TV programmes.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“There are many sites in Ireland where filming has taken place for Game of Thrones, a must see. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Theatre
“The national theatre of Northern Ireland this is a fabulous theatre that programmes a range of classics. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bus Station
“The main bus and train depot. Trains and buses to the South of Ireland arrive and depart from here. Other routes to the rest of Northern Ireland depart from here. For best prices book in advance online.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
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“Long-established bar which serves craft beers. Popular with locals on a Friday night and during sporting events. It is on the Ormeau Road which is an up-and-coming popular area in South Belfast. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Entertainment
“ Belfast's oldest family-owned pub, at the heart of the city's social life for almost 100 years - it looks small from the outside but is actually a huge complex with something for everyone including a front bar with roaring fire, back bar and beer garden with live music, pool hall, nightclub and great food!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Wonderful market with spectacular range of food and drink stalls. Belfast's best breakfast. Open Friday Saturday and Sunday during the day. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Music Venue
“A converted church in the heart of Belfast, The Empire hosts regular Music Hall gigs and comedians from the UK and international comedy circuit. 3 floors of bars and music, including blues, rock, jazz and traditional Irish acts, plus comedy. I'd recommend it.”
  • 21 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“This historical gem is worth a visit to get a glimpse at how a "private area" pub was like.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Pub
“Long-established bar which serves craft beers. Popular with locals on a Friday night and during sporting events. It is on the Ormeau Road which is an up-and-coming popular area in South Belfast. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Music Venue
“A converted church in the heart of Belfast, The Empire hosts regular Music Hall gigs and comedians from the UK and international comedy circuit. 3 floors of bars and music, including blues, rock, jazz and traditional Irish acts, plus comedy. I'd recommend it.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bistro
“Very popular breakfast and brunch place, great coffee and great tray bakes. Very lively atmosphere, especially at weekends!”
  • 16 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Michael Dean first openned this restaurant in the heart of Belfast making his brand grow to an extent where he now ownes the Love Fish, Meatlocker, Bistro & Eipic(Michelin Star).”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another firm favourite of mine for dinner. Food and drink is great here, be sure to try the soft in the middle chocolate cake for dessert. This place is a bit more on the pricey side but totally worth it. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Nice wee restaurant, contemporary cuisine at affordable prices in a chique cosy atmosphere”
  • 10 locals recommend

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