Belfast Castle

There are many things to see and do in Belfast cost-free, and that's not even counting the city’s frequent free festivals and events.

Here are 14 freebies to get you started.


1. Ulster Museum

Encounter the famous Egyptian mummy, Takabuti, come face to face with dinosaurs and unravel the making of Ulster at the Modern History Gallery in one of Northern Ireland’s most-visited attractions.

2. Belfast City Hall

Take the tour to sightsee the wonders of the building itself, and then explore the grounds, complete with Titanic Memorial Garden, lawns and benches on which to relax and watch the big screen.

3. Parliament Buildings

Ramble for hours in the extensive Stormont estate surrounding Parliament Buildings, or go inside to be awe-struck by the Great Hall, historic Senate Chamber and the Assembly Chamber.

4. Linen Hall Library

Lose yourself in a good book from Linen Hall Library’s fantastic collections, or make use of the free newspapers and Wi-Fi. Belfast’s oldest library dates to 1788 and is a haven of tranquillity.

5. The MAC

 

Be inspired at this leading contemporary arts centre in the Cathedral Quarter. It has two theatres, three art galleries, a bar, restaurant and a rolling programme of visual art exhibitions, performances, dance, workshops, and experimental works.

6. Botanic Gardens

A walk in the park can hardly come any better than at the extensive rose garden, long herbaceous borders and exotic tree species of Botanic Gardens. Enjoy the splendour of the Palm House too, both outside and in, where tropical plants and birds of paradise flourish.

7. Oh Yeah Music Centre

Spend an absorbing afternoon exploring the legacy of Northern Ireland’s music stars of today and yesterday. The Oh Yeah centre charts everything from folk to Snow Patrol and the likes of Van Morrison and Them, The Undertones and Gary Moore.

8. Titanic Slipways

Step back in time and walk around the restored slipways where Titanic first slipped into the water. There’s a life-size plan of her Promenade Deck inlaid in white stone and much symbolism to explore.

9. Belfast Castle

Admire the sublime sea and city views looking out from Belfast Castle’s ornate towers and gardens. It has an antiques shop, restaurant, visitor centre, and even a cat garden with a good story behind it.

10. St George’s Market

OK, it sells things, but you can still revel in the atmosphere, browse to your heart’s content, listen to the music and watch the entertainment.

11. Belfast hills

Get up into the fresh air of Black Mountain, Divis Mountain or the other Belfast hills, renowned for providing a beautiful backdrop to the thriving city streets and spectacular views.

12. Belfast Exposed

Lift the shutter on the cultural life of the city and see some thought-provoking images at Belfast Exposed photography gallery, bookshop and reading room. It features artists and photographers from Northern Ireland and across the world.

13. Murals walk

The comfort of a black taxi is often the preferred method of transport for a Belfast murals tour, but you can easily walk to many of them from the city centre.

14. Colin Glen Forest Park

Bring a picnic and escape to Colin Glen Forest Park, where woodland walks, adventurous outdoor activities and the famous Gruffalo Trail can all be enjoyed.

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