C.S Lewis, Kenneth Brangah and Eamonn Holmes. Belfast is proud of it’s people!
From sport’s heroes like George Best, Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes to it’s musical talents of Brian Kennedy, James Galway and Van Morrison. For such a small city we have a lot of famous people who have made an impact all across the world. The people of Belfast are warm friendly and always going out of their way to make visitors right at home!
2. World class Titanic Visitor Centre
One hundred years after the birth of the world’s most famous ship, the Titanic Belfast became one of Northern Ireland’s most talked about, awe-inspiring attractions. Housed in an iconic, 6-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of the Titanic, in the city where it all began.
3. The pubs (Great Craic)
The Crown Liquor Saloon, a traditional pub, known for its eclectic range of real ales and classic pub food. With ten snugs featuring original gunmetal plates for striking matches, an antique bell for alerting staff and original hanging gas lamps, it really is a gem of a pub. Another great pub is the Duke of York in Cathedral quarter. With superb décor, rare artefacts and beautiful antique mirrors, take a unique glimpse into the city’s past. Down a cobbled alleyway this traditional pub is the perfect place to sample the authentic taste of Northern Ireland. Order an Irish whiskey or a pint of creamy stout and have a chat with students, hipsters, tourists and locals. In fact, anyone could pop in for some “craic”. ( a good time)
4. Belfast Giants Ice Hockey team
The coolest night out in Belfast. Whether your a die hard fan or your first experience. Even if you don’t understand all the rules, your in for a great night of ice hockey with the Belfast Giants at the Odyssey Arena. There is always a fight guaranteed and plenty of goals. The subway cannon is always a big hit.
5. St Georges Market
Stroll the aisles of the award winning St George’s Market, and watch the locals show off their talents for all things handmade. Cameras, clothes, candles and cakes: this is the perfect place to pick up your souvenirs. With live music in your ears and a Belfast bap in your hand you’ll really get the feel for Belfast.
6. Botanic Gardens
Home to the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine. Botanic Gardens was established in 1828 by the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society. This beautiful park is popular with residents, students and tourists and hosts many concerts, festivals and other events.
When the sun shines, this is the place to be!
7. Divis & Black Mountain
The highest coffee shop and best view of Belfast. The mountains rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills, which provide the backdrop to the city’s skyline. The opening of a new £500,000 walking trail on the mountains looming over the city means hikers and sightseers will now be able to enjoy a spectacular panorama of Belfast. For 50 years, these mountains were forbidden territory because the Ministry of Defence used Divis for reconnaissance, but it has been opened up to the public since it was acquired by the National Trust in 2005 and now has it’s very own barn coffee shop.
8. A food lover’s dream
Now acknowledged as one of the leading food cities in the UK and Ireland, Belfast’s food offering is developing all the time. It’s not just about the talented chefs that have revolutionised the food scene here, but the fantastic local produce they use, like our acclaimed fish, seafood, beef and lamb. Discover our unique food and drink traditions – our famous breads, old-fashioned sweet making, our favourite Belfast brew and the craft beer scene. Belfast offers everything from fine dining, brasseries and bistros to gastro pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Pictured with chef Michael Deane ahead of IFEX is Margaret Hearty, Director of Programmes and Business Services with IntertradeIreland and John Rooney, FSB Deputy National Councillor.
Canteen at the Mac
Beverage Manager, Marco Marro; General Manager, Gavin Carroll and head chef, Jonny Leake
9. Culture Night
Belfast’s biggest and boldest cultural celebration.
200+ events, 100+ venues and over 30,000 people in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Thousands flock to the streets to celebrate about all that’s great about Belfast all in one night. The whole of the city centre becomes an enchanting stage. Music, dance, comedy and art take over. It really is a night to experience.
10. It’s legendary Concerts
Tennents Vital, Belsonic, The Limelight, The Waterfront Hall and the Odyssey Arena are just some of our music venues. 2014 saw the likes of The Killers, David Guetta, Robbie Williams, Katie Perry, Kylie Minogue, Paolo Nutini, Miley Cyrus, Kasabian, Bastille and many more! and 2015 looks just as exciting.