Belfast - Quirky Things to Do
Looking for a really cool and alternative city break in Belfast with some weird and wonderful things to do?
Whether it’s your first time in the city or you are returning for another fun break – there’s plenty of unusual ways to see this cool and cultural city and make it a break you’ll never forget.
Some of the Best:
1. Segway your way around the Titanic Quarter
Like to keep your feet on dry land, but looking for something a little more adventurous than the norm? Then why not see the sights and key locations which made the world’s most famous ship – Titanic, but do all of this from a Segway! The Segway Titanic Tour is the only Segway guided city tour in the UK, so definitely one to try.
Like this? Take a tour of the world's best visitor attraction Titanic Belfast
2. Bike 'n' Brew – £45pp
Perfect for groups, this 4.5 hr tour offered by Belfast City Bike Tours combines sightseeing in the city and further afield. See the University Quarter as you cycle towards the Lagan Towpath, Lagan Meadows, Belvoir Forest Park, Clement Wilson Park, Shaw’s Bridge, Minnowburn Beeches and Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park before stopping at the Hilden Brewery near the city of Lisburn. Enjoy a 40 - 45 minute tour of the brewery, the oldest independent one in Ireland, a light meal and tasting tour.
3. Spend a day at the Printers
Creative sorts will love the Belfast Print Workshop in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. Come view the work of some of the finest print makers and artists at the Gallery space or learn first hand some of the great printmaking techniques at one of the print making day courses.A print rack within the workshop houses a selection of artists' prints ranging in size, medium and price. The Workshop is available at very reasonable rates on an open access basis to artists with printmaking experience.
Like this? Also check out: Golden Thread Art Gallery, Red Barn Gallery
4. Outdoor Gallery at The Duke of York
Opposite the popular Duke of York bar, these colourful murals provide the visitor with an insight into the region's culture and traditions. There are tributes to some local famous faces including George Best, Phil Coulter and Barry McGuigan.
5. Explore the Ulster Hall
The Ulster Hall is among Belfast's premier venues and has been a much loved music venue in the city for over 140 years. It’s catered for all types of gigs from the Manic Street Preachers to organ recitals, rock gigs to Rimsky-Korsakov. Political rallies and debates have also been held in the venue. It’s also home to the renowned Ulster Orchestra.
Look out for the organ pipes of one of the most valuable organs in the world that dominate the back of the hall, as well as the acclaimed historical paintings of Belfast that line the walls.
6. Step into the 'football boots' of George Best
This self-guided George Best Trail is a must for football fans, taking you through the football legend’s humble beginnings in East Belfast.
See the places that shaped a young George Best before he was talent-spotted and left for Manchester United. Places of interest include George Best House - his home at 16 Burren Way which is now available as a holiday rental, the playing fields where he honed his skills, his favourite east Belfast haunts and of course his final resting place.
Like this? check out The Mystic of the East - Van Morrison Trail
7. Take a Behind the Scenes Tour
Ever wanted to find out what goes on backstage? Take a behind the scenes tour of the Lyric Theatre, the region's only full-time producing theatre. Tours must be pre-booked.
Like this? Take a tour of the Grand Opera House, also offering 360 virtual tours.
8. Immerse yourself in the Magical of Narnia
Take a journey of C.S Lewis Square where you will see some of the special characters featured in the famous tales of The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) Aslan, Maugrim, Mr and Mrs Beaver, the Robin, the White Witch, the Stone Table and Mr Tumnus. Aftewards stop off at the Eastside Visitor Centre for a relaxing cup of coffee and learn more more about the legends of East Belfast.
Like this? Take a tour of the C.S Lewis Trail
9. Take a food tour 'off the eaten track'
Take a tour 'off the eaten track' with Belfast Food Tours, starting in the historic St George’s Market, meeting producers, then visiting traditional bars, world-class shops and finishing in a top restaurant in the lively Cathedral Quarter, eating and drinking over 25 of the some of the best local products along the way. Their enthusiastic local foodie guides ensure guests get a flavour for the city and the produce of Northern Ireland.
Like this? test your culinary skills at James Street South Cookery School
10. Step into the shoes of Belfast Famous Music Legends
The Oh Yeah Centre runs a music bus tour through the heart of this rock and roll city. The two-hour trip starts at the Ulster Hall, then takes in the site of the Maritime hotel, where Van Morrison and the Them made their debut, then heads south to remember the amazing career of Ruby Murray. West Belfast is next, the home of folk dynasty the McPeake family and the bus then crosses the Shore Road, former stomping ground of the flautist James Galway before reaching the childhood haunts of Gary Moore in East Belfast.
Like this, check out the Music Exhibition dedicated to Northern Ireland's Music Legends