From beautiful coastlines to a fascinating industrial heritage, Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a modern, vibrant and stylish city. Famous for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, Belfast offers visitors the chance to visit the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the fascinating Titanic Experience. Only in Belfast can the Titanic story be traced to its source, and the excitement of an era when the city was at the height of its powers relived.
Close to Queen’s University lie the fascinating Botanical Gardens, established for over 180 years. The unique Palm House was one of the world’s first cast-iron glass-houses and displays a wide range of tropical plants, ranging from bananas to rubber. Alongside, the Renaissance-styled Ulster Museum tells Ireland’s 9,000-year history through art, ceramics, costume, and prehistoric archaeology. To the city’s northern edge is the impressive Belfast Castle, offering wonderful views of the city as it stands 120m above the Irish Sea.
At the city’s heart, Great Victoria Street has excellent restaurants and a wide choice of pubs. Good shopping, world-class dining, and a lively music scene means this small city punches way above its weight. Fans of the TV series Game of Thrones can also enjoy a tour of the sets across the city.
Belfast is also perfectly placed to discover the stunning Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's only UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. This incredible natural wonder is steeped in myths and legends.
The Giant’s Causeway
Travelling inland you will find the mystical and mysterious geological formation of the Giant’s Causeway, approximately an hour and 20 minutes away from Belfast. Located on the North Eastern coast of County Antrim; it is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and attracts visitors from all over the world.
No visit to Belfast is complete without visiting the birthplace of the Titanic. Located in the Titanic Quarter, Titanic Belfast opened in 2012 and is right beside the historic site of this world famous ship's construction. Inside you will uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her construction to her maiden voyage.