Wall murals at Commercial Court, Belfast, County Antrim
Looking for a 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 are plenty of unusual ways to see this cultural city and make it a break you’ll never forget.
1. Segway around the Titanic Quarter
See the sights and key locations which made the world’s most famous ship – Titanic, but do it all on board a Segway. The Segway Titanic Tour is the only Segway guided city tour in the UK, so definitely one to try.
Make sure you also squeeze in a tour of the World's Leading Visitor Attraction, Titanic Belfast.
2. Bike 'n' Brew
Perfect for groups, this 4.5 hr tour with 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. View the work of some of the finest printmakers and artists at the gallery space or learn first-hand some of the great printmaking techniques at one of the printmaking day courses. A print rack within the workshop houses a selection of artists' prints ranging in size, medium and price.
And while you're in the area, check out the Golden Thread Art 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. Play 'name that face' - there are tributes to 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.
One of the most valuable organs in the world dominates the hall, alongside acclaimed historical paintings of Belfast.
6. Step into the 'football boots' of George Best
The 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 by 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.
East Belfast is home to another famous son - The Mystic of the East - Van Morrison Trail.
7. Take a behind-the-scenes tour
Ever wanted to find out what goes on backstage at a theatre? 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.
8. Immerse yourself in the magic of Narnia
Image courtesy of Bradley Quinn
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.
And when you get hungry again, test your culinary skills at James Street South Cookery School.
10. Take the Belfast Music Tour
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.