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. Belfast Sea Safari from £24pp
What better way to see the city's Titanic Quarter than by boat!
The 50 minute Belfast Sea Safari tour is a must for all Titanic fanatics. Follow the route that RMS Titanic took through the Victoria Channel experiencing the speed she travelled at – 24 knots. See the Titanic Dry Dock where she first went afloat and enjoy some of ther best photo opportunities – including: the iconic cranes of Harland and Wolff Shipyard (‘Samson and Goliath’).
NB. minimum age is 3 years old.
2. Titanic Segway Tour
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.
3. Bike 'n' Brew £40pp
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 Tow Path, 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. Don’t forget the essentials - waterproof coat, camera, sun screen, sunglasses, money and a sense of humour!
4. Belfast Print Workshop
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.
BPW is offering a weekend package deal. Book a one day screenprint class in BPW, either: Saturday 10am - 4pm £60 or Sunday 10am - 4pm £60.
This includes: Ibis City Centre Hotel, Ibis Queens Quarter, Days Hotel or Holiday Inn Express
Bed & Breakfast for £50 to £60 or if you prefer the self-catering option you can hire a 2 bed apartment that can sleep up to 6 for £94 when booked through BPW.
Like this? Also check out: Golden Thread Art Gallery, Red Barn Gallery.
5. 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.
6. 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.
Like this? Also check out: Terri Hooley - Alternative Walking Tour, Belfast Music Tour.
7. George Best Trail (Self-Guided)
This self-guided 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.
Download The George Best Trail here: www.communitygreenway.co.uk/trails
8. After Dark Ideas - Dinner and Drinks
Looking for something different to do in the evening? Why not try: 'After Hours - Titanic Belfast' (first Friday of every month).
If you love food and drink, be sure to check out and enjoy (but keep secret): the Secret Supper Club, Dinner and Comedy on the Belfast Barge or drinks at some of our coolest venues: Secret Cocktail Club, Hudson, Aether and Echo and Kelly's Cellars.
9. 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.