If Northern Ireland is on your Wanderlist like it is on ours, don’t forget to check out all that the capital city has to offer! Belfast is a city rich in history and does not lack entertainment or outdoor value in sites to see! The capital is even home to 1/3 of Northern Ireland’s population.
(Image from www.belfastcentre.com)
Our city spotlight includes 3 fun facts that we hope will help guide you to 3 amazing and unforgettable adventures in Belfast!
1. RMS Titanic was built in Belfast
Don’t expect to find Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet here – that is unless they happen to be on a U.K. holiday together. But what you can see is the original site where the real-life Titanic (that inspired Jack and Rose’s on screen love story) was built, docked, and launched in 1911. Titanic Belfast is a major tourist attraction that allows visitors to take a look inside the famous ships creation, journey and tragic end. View historic artifacts including a promotional brochure and the last lunch menu served on board; take a walking tour in Belfast’s historic shipyard; or get a glimpse of life on board, during the maiden voyage, through photographs and stories of individual passengers.
2. Crumlin Road Gaol is the last remaining Victorian Era prison in Northern Ireland (operated from 1846-1996)
Are you a history buff or paranormal enthusiast? Then you won’t want to miss this stop on your next trip to Belfast! Guided walking tours of this Victorian Era prison are offered during the day and at night. Crumlin Road Gaol has a long and dark history, executed prisoners were buried on the grounds and their unmarked graves still remain today (talk about eerie). Book tickets to “the Crum” and your guide will show you the underground tunnel that connected the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, the convicted mans cell and even the execution cell.
Adult tickets cost £8.50
3. Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was first played live in Ulster Hall on 5 March 1971
“There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold. And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.” –Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven
This one is for the music lovers, rock and roll fanatics, and entertainment seekers! Ulster Hall opened its doors in 1862 and still hosts performances, reigning as one of the oldest concert halls in the British Isles. Led Zeppelin wasn’t the only famous music act to take the stage at Ulster Hall. The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Bjork, Van Morrison and Snow Patrol have all played at this amazing venue. Not in the mood for a concert? Ulster Hall also hosts movies, workshops, book reads and interviews!
These are just a few highlights of must see history and entertainment in Belfast. The city has plenty more to offer, so be sure to check out other top sites while you’re there.
Honorable mention goes to:
Belfast pubs – Kelly’s Cellars, White’s Tavern, The bar with no name or Café Vaudeville to name a few. Check out BuzzFeed’s amazing list for more bars to visit on your trip:
Game of Thrones Tours in Belfast – See some of the main sites where the hit HBO show is filmed.
Much love and wandering…