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Best things to do in Belfast

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bar
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“With it’s listed ‘caged’ entrance this is a quirky, welcoming bar in rainbow district of Belfast City Centre. Live bands upstairs, pizza outside and often specialist markets.”
23 locals recommend
Bus Station
“The main bus and train depot. Trains and buses to the South of Ireland arrive and depart from here. Other routes to the rest of Northern Ireland depart from here. For best prices book in advance online.”
14 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This is a good place to go early on in the evening for a cocktail just for the experience and to people watch. The cocktails are fantastic as is the service, a bit on the pricey side (£10-ish for a cocktail) but worth going there for one to start the evening off.”
18 locals recommend
Park
“Great hike up to the top of Cave Hill with panoramic views of Belfast and beyond. Love this walk ”
25 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“This landmark city events venue stages the best in arts and entertainment as well as hosts major conferences and business events. Belfast Waterfront has welcomed more than five million visitors, staged more than 3,000 entertainment events and hosted more than 2,000 conferences since it opened in 1997. Belfast Waterfront is now one of the world's leading conference centres and is a top destination for national and international performers. Facilities: Main auditorium Studio 2 multi-purpose, divisible spaces suitable for conferences, exhibitions and gala dinners Meeting rooms Exhibition facilities Arc brasserie restaurant Bars Cloakroom facilities Adjacent car parking facilities.”
10 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Victoria Square is a shopping and leisure complex. The area includes over 70 international and local brands, restaurants and the Odeon cinema. The centre also features the iconic ‘Dome’ which offers the best views of the city.”
6 locals recommend
Bar
“One of my favourite bars. Great music, atmosphere over two levels. Its poky wee place but fun!”
17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“There are 2 Made in Belfast restaurants, one close to the city hall (which is a good place to go for lunch) and another in Cathedral Quarter (Talbot Street), which is a good choice for dinner as you are close to lots of good bars, so you can go for a drink or two afterwards. Décor in the restaurant is quirky and the focus of the food is local produce from local farms. Good cocktail menu.”
13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bit more trendy, great outdoor garden and they have a gin lounge upstairs. Also Cathedral Quarter ”
17 locals recommend
Train Station
“"Central" train station- slight misnomer as it is no longer very central. Regardless it is the easiest way to travel to the Belfast City Airport as it is only a few stops away.”
10 locals recommend
City Hall
“Take a walk inside the city hall & read yourway through some Belfast Culture & History (Free-of-charge)”
13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you fancy some fine dining, give this place a go. Book well in advance. ”
16 locals recommend
Music Venue
“A converted church in the heart of Belfast, The Empire hosts regular Music Hall gigs and comedians from the UK and international comedy circuit. 3 floors of bars and music, including blues, rock, jazz and traditional Irish acts, plus comedy. I'd recommend it.”
9 locals recommend
Bar
“Great atmosphere, head here before or after Mourne Seafood Bar which is right next door”
15 locals recommend
Park
“Set in the grounds of the impressive Parliament buildings are various walking trails and a large outdoor kids playground.”
16 locals recommend
Premise
“One of Belfast's most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall first opened its doors in August 1906 and is Belfast's civic building. Free public tours of Belfast City Hall are available from Monday to Sunday. Led by an experienced guide, they last around one hour and uncover the history of Belfast City Hall, while exploring some of its finest features. You can also visit the Titanic Memorial Garden and a number of monuments and memorials in the grounds. Look out for the Belfast City Hall illuminations as they light up the building in a variety of colours and combinations at night, showing off the building's beautiful architectural features.”
14 locals recommend