If you’re touring Northern Ireland, you’ll most certainly end up in Belfast at some point.
Luckily, Belfast is a city that has plenty to offer to both tourists and newcomers. Regardless of the season, time of day, or location, you will always find something to keep you entertained in Linenopolis. Not surprisingly, there are many rainy days in Belfast as, on average, it rains 213 days a year. That’s why you should make a plan B for rainy days in Belfast, whether you’ll spend them alone wandering the city or you want to explore it with friends or family. Keep reading for more tips on how to spend rainy days in Northern Ireland’s capital.
Museums, Museums, Museums
The largest city in Northern Ireland is famous for its museums and their availability to visitors. Interestingly, most museums located in Belfast are free to visit as long as you pre-book a slot.
Probably the most famous is the Ulster museum located in the Botanic Gardens with various modern art, archaeology, ethnography, botany, zoology, and other collections. Don’t forget to include the Titanic Belfast museum — the world’s largest Titanic-oriented visitor experience. The museum opened only eight years ago and soon became a must-see attraction in Belfast. In the same Titanic Quarter, you can also board the SS Nomadic — a 1911 tender of the White Star Line.
Adventure Around Every Corner
Interestingly, Belfast residents are quite keen on adventure and physical activity as you can tell by the number of indoor centres that offer attractive ways for you to engage in sports. Of course, if that’s not your cup of tea, you can always click here and try a different form of online adventure.
The most eye-catching place to visit is a part museum, part interactive play centre called W5 at Odyssey. Visitors can enjoy various interactive games with multiple levels while learning more about music and art. A section of the centre is dedicated to children under the age of eight, so it’s perfect if you’re travelling with kids.
You can also go bowling, climbing, or join a fascinating escape room while you wait for the clouds to clear. For more intense physical activity, you can go swimming at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex or ice skating at Dundonald International Ice Bowl.
Peace and Quiet
On the other hand, if you’re in need of some tranquillity you might want to go in a completely different direction and visit Belfast Cathedral. The Cathedral Church of St Anne’s is a beautiful architectural sight, over a century old. Visitors can join a 40-minute tour of the cathedral and hear the fascinating story of its origin and learn more about this sacred place.
Not far is the Linen Hall Library — the oldest library in Belfast, founded in 1788. The library is the city’s cultural centre and the oldest library in Northern Ireland. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day on the go. You can also learn more about the Linen Hall’s turbulent history.