Because you can’t come to Belfast and not learn about the big ship we built 100 years ago which sank first time out. They made a film about it too. There’s lots of other things to do in the Titanic Quarter too. As you can guess by the name, quite a few (but not all) are related to the ship.
In the University area and right beside Botanic Gardens. A highly recommended (and free!) museum with everything from archaeology and natural history to art galleries and a much improved Troubles section. Don’t get caught out, – it’s not open on Mondays (except Bank Holidays). Nice touch of Brutalist architecture in its facades too!
On the outskirts of the city centre in North Belfast. A Victorian gaol which is now a tourist attraction with guided tours. Significant Troubles related history, but not the main focus of their tours. Still worth it probably.
City Hall looks pretty good from the outside, but the inside is even more impressive. Lots of marble and stained glass, and over a dozen exhibition rooms charting the history of the city from the first settlements up until about 50 years ago, and then the exhibition mysteriously stops….
In the words of Dr Samuel Johnson, the Giants Causeway is “worth seeing, but not worth going to see”. If you decide to check it out while you are here there’s lots of tour companies who go there, along with stops at the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle. These guys are just one of them.
HBO filmed a TV series here for 10 years called Game of Thrones. Anyone you see in Belfast with long hair and a beard has probably been an extra in it at some time. There’s lots of Game of Thrones tours to see filming locations of famous scenes that look nothing like they did on TV because of CGI. This is one of them.