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How to Spend 3 Days in Belfast

How to Spend 3 Days in Belfast

With engaging visitor attractions, lively nightlife, and some of Northern Ireland’s most magnificent scenery on its doorstep, Belfast is perfect mini-break material. From exploring Titanic Belfast to mural-viewing in West Belfast to hitting Game of Thrones filming locations, here’s how we suggest you spend your 3-day break in Belfast.

Day 1: Discover the Docks

The port city of Belfast was once a shipbuilding powerhouse, perhaps best known for producing the White Star Line’s RMS Titanic. Today the city’s shipbuilding heritage is most keenly remembered at the waterside Titanic Quarter—an excellent place to spend your first day.

Start at the high-tech Titanic Belfast. Explore interactive exhibitions chronicling the famous cruise ship’s construction, take a turn on the Shipyard Ride, and board the SS Nomadic, the Titanic’s tender ship. If you’re hungry for more Titanic connections, a walking tour of the area takes you to the Titanic slipways, the old Harland and Wolff drawing offices, and the floor of the sunken dry dock where the final touches were put on the mammoth cruise liner. Alternatively, explore the HMS Caroline, a World War I ship now permanently stationed here, or take a cruise out on the River Lagan. Later, pop into a waterfront restaurant for dinner and sunset views.

Day 2: Unearth Belfast’s History

Use day two to learn about Belfast’s history, finding out about the events and influences that have helped shape the Northern Irish capital into its current form. Walking tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours take you past historical landmarks, such as Belfast City Hall, St. Anne’s Cathedral, and the Albert Clock.

Though the country has been at peace since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, evidence of its turbulent history is still visible on the streets, whether in the mural-strewn Shankill and Falls Road neighborhoods or at the still-standing Belfast Peace Walls. History-keen tourists can take a more in-depth look at the Troubles on black cab tours and historical walking tours, both of which check off key sights relating to the conflict.

Come evening, head to the Crown Liquor Saloon for a bite to eat. This historic pub boasts a Victorian-era interior featuring carved wood, stained glass, and patterned tiles.

Day 3: Cruise the Causeway Coastal Route

Extending north from Belfast along the Antrim coastline, the Causeway Coastal Route shows off Northern Ireland’s most spectacular coastal scenery and cultural attractions. Set off on a day trip along the scenic roadway, stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the waterfalls of Glenariff Nature Reserve.

Fans of the HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones can opt for a Causeway Coastal Route tour that stops at sites used as filming locations in the series. These tours typically pause at Dark Hedges (the tree tunnel where Arya Stark, disguised as a boy, fled King’s Landing) and Cushendun Caves (where Melisandre of Asshai birthed her shadow baby), and also include free time at the Giant’s Causeway.

Back in town, enjoy a night out in Belfast’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter, an atmospheric neighborhood packed with bars and restaurants.

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Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast

Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast

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See the magical location where the hit fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’ is filmed on a full-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway from Belfast. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, visit key filming locations while listening to inside gossip about popular characters. Ride through the atmospheric, tree-shrouded Dark Hedges Road and marvel at the mystifying rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway.
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  • 10 hours
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Northern Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour in Northern Ireland

Northern Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour in Northern Ireland

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A convenient option for time-tight travelers who want to see as much of Northern Ireland as possible in a single day, this tour encompasses the country’s highlights as well as some lesser-known sights. Explore Belfast city with a guide and travel along the Antrim Coast, stopping at the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the waterfalls of Glenariff Nature Reserve without the hassle of navigation.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic

Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic

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Delve into the fascinating history of the Titanic at Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic exhibition, on a self-guided tour of the magnificent museum. Explore the institution at your own pace in order to discover insightful exhibits detailing the construction, voyage, and legacy of the infamous ship. Enjoy interactive displays; watch audiovisual presentations; and feel your adrenaline levels surge during an exhilarating Shipyard Ride. Receive complimentary entry to the SS Nomadic with your Titanic Belfast ticket.
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City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore historic Belfast in an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour.  With your 1- or 2-day pass, create your own adventure with possible stops at wall murals in Falls and Crumlin Roads, St George's Market, Titanic Dock, and Albert Clock. Enjoy unobstructed views, colorful onboard commentary, and a personalized itinerary.
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A History of Terror - Belfast City Centre Walking Tour

A History of Terror - Belfast City Centre Walking Tour

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Over 2 hours and 15 minutes, our local expert guides will take you on a journey back in time through the city centre of Belfast. You will discover how 'the Troubles' started, visit the locations where some of the most important events occurred, and learn about the path to reconciliation and eventually peace (and the challenges the future may hold). You will discover the realities of growing up and living your life during the conflict, and how it touched everyone. The tour is factual and historically accurate to ensure it is unbiased, the guides are conflict historians, who also weave their own stories into their tours to bring history to life, transporting you back to the Belfast of the 1970s and giving you a unique understanding of the recent past. The tour starts each day at 10.30am.
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Eclectic Belfast Walking Tour Small Group

Eclectic Belfast Walking Tour Small Group

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The Belfast Eclectic City Center Walking Tour is the most popular experience along #theMartiWay. And covers the History, of not only the period known as the Troubles, but also the Architecture, Street Art and People, and everything from it’s Industrial Heritage to it’s modern day Hi Tech and Advanced Engineering. Leaving from Belfast City Hall and ending in the Cathedral Quarter. We'll discover some of the Belfast Buildings along the way that make the city such a beautiful and unique space. You'll hear of the colourful history that has shaped this part of the Island of the Island over 9,000 years. You'll also discover some of the famous local People and what they are remembered for. Hear of things invented here. And of other things to do and be entertained by, while in Belfast and Northern ireland. You'll hear of its past history, its present innovation and future redevelopment. Street Art History Architecture and Other things to see and do and be entertained by are the important bits
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Black Cab Tour mural & political 2 hours

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Black Cab Tour mural & political 2 hours

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The situation in Northern Ireland is quite sensitive and complex. To best understand the history of the area and people’s political views, travel with guides who go into great detail about different political views during this Belfast political mural tour. Ride in traditional black cabs to multiple murals around the city, and hear stories about the issues that took place during the 35 years of conflict. You’ll also make a special stop at the Peace Wall.
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