Belfast Attractions

Belfast attractions reiterate the complex makeup of a city that is still heavily influenced by its past but has moved forward and transformed into a modern city featuring all types of attractions both old and new. Belfast attractions are very family friendly, with places like the zoo and magnificent Giant's Causeway drawing a large majority of visitors. From historic pubs and castles to shopping and entertainment, Belfast offers culture, heritage ad modern delights wrapped up in one great city.

Crown Liquor Saloon

Crown Liquor Saloon
Crown Liquor Saloon

At 46 Great Victoria Street in Belfast lies Crown Liquor Saloon, one of the most famous bars in the world. The ceiling is burnished in  red, yellow and gold, walls are brocaded with intense detail, and the mosaic floor tiles are so fascinating they’re enough to keep you looking down all night. Brass taps donning massive casks, a column-laced granite top bar, and the bar’s mahogany bottle cabinet are more incredible features. Famous “snugs”, unique booths along the right side, are each distinct in shape. Originally known as a Gin Palace, it is one of the most popular pubs in the country today.

Black Taxi Tours

Black Taxi Tours
Black Taxi Tours

Black Taxi Tours is the best known tour company in Ireland, famous for fun, relaxed, and detailed tours throughout Belfast and the Antrim Coast. Black Taxi Tours whisk off to such famous attractions as the Titanic Shipyards, St Annes Cathedral, Cave Hill and Ulster Museum. They take tourists to cemeteries and graveyards, historic bars and pubs, and upon arrangement, up to the beautiful Antrim Coast and Giant’s Causeway. They are best known for rich detail and excellent value for money.

Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo
Belfast Zoo

Just on the outskirts of Belfast is the Belfast Zoo, one of the top Belfast attractions in late spring and summer. The zoo is often commended on its secluded location, offering the animals a peaceful and well-planned sanctuary. More than 1,200 animals cover roughly 400 species living on the zoo’s 55 acres. Some of the animals living at the zoo include elephants, giraffes, gorillas, chimpanzees, and lions. Most of the animals are rescued because their natural habitats have been threatened. Breeding and conservation programs have earned the zoo high praise.

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle
Belfast Castle

These days Belfast Castle is a s treasured for its history as it is a place for weddings, conferences and other meetings. Cavehill Country Park, high up above sea level, is the castle’s second home. It was first built within the city center but burned and rebuilt in the early 18th century. Today, castle tours are still popular. Inside, there is a restaurant, antique shop, and visitor’s center.

Grand Opera House Belfast

Grand Opera House Belfast
Grand Opera House Belfast

Frank Matcham, an extremely famous designer of his time, conjured the Grand Opera House Belfast and had it built in 1895. The theater architecture indoors is said to be one of the most important of all surviving oriental designs in the United Kingdom. It operated during the period called The Troubles in Ireland, and was listed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest in the 1970s. In 2006 it was extensively upgraded to include several modern facilities. The theater features comedy, musical, and dramatic shows of a small caliber.

Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway
Giant’s Causeway

One of the most opted for sightseeing trips are Giant’s Causeway tours, a detailed looked into a world wonder set along Ireland’s north coast. Most tours leave Belfast and Dublin daily, traveling the sort trip north and stopping for an in-depth look at the coastal formations with plenty of natural history offered. A large majority of tours also visit renowned  Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, Bushmills, Whitepark Bay.

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