Belfast cathedral quarter pubs

Top ten places to go in Belfast

Belfast is an astounding city with an interesting history, great architecture and friendly people. Here are 10 of the things we think are a must-do when visiting Belfast.

1. Belfast City Hall

Belfast City hallFree guided tours around this stunning building.  There’s also a free exhibition showcasing the history of the city.

2. St. George’s Market

St. George’s market Belfast

Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with hot food, arts, crafts and lots of banter.

3. Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast

The Titanic visitor experience has everything about the Titanic from its construction to launch and searching for its remains.

4. Crumlin Road Jail

crumlin road jail belfast

Visit the tunnel underneath which links the jail to the courthouse as well as find out about 150 years of history. Click here to find out more.

5. Stormont Parliament Buildings

Stormont Parliament Belfast

Visit the home of the Northern Irish Assembly and marvel at the architecture and surroundings.

6. Victoria Square

Victoria Square Belfast shopping view

Not only is it filled with shops but you can get the lift up to the dome for a birds’ eye view of the city (and see Samson and Goliath from here too!).

7. Cathedral Quarter

Belfast cathedral quarter pubs

Where to go to for the coolest places to eat and drink in. Wander around the historic streets. Stopping off for a refreshment or two.

8. Peace Wall

Peace wall Belfast the troubles

Visiting a concrete metal wall might not be first on your to-do list however the peace walls around Belfast speak of the history of “The Troubles” as well as where Belfast sees itself now.

9. Eat at the oldest chippy in Belfast

John longs fish and chip shop Belfast

Operating since 1914, John Long converted part of his grocery shop on Mill Street to sell fish & chips. The chip shop is now in Athol Street and is over 100 years old.

10. Visit the most bombed hotel in Europe

Europa Hotel Belfast

The Europa hotel is known as the most bombed hotel in Europe after it was bombed 36 times during The Troubles. Step inside now for a drink, a meal or an overnight stay in this historic building.


Looking for somewhere to eat? How about Belfast’s newest Michelin-starred restaurant? Visit The Muddlers Club

The Muddlers Club Cathedral Quarter belfast Food










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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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