Belfast is known for many things shipbuilding, a unique history and locals with a warm welcome of Bout Yea to all holidaymakers and tourists visiting the Bustling Capital of Northern Ireland. Private Belfast City Tours are very popular with visitors as there are many historical and interesting sights in this beautiful city. Some of the top-rated sightseeing tours are of course the famous Titanic Exhibition at the beautiful Belfast Docks, Belfast Castle and Crumlin Road Jail (Gaol).
Belfast has had a rebirth of sorts over the last few years and has become a top destination for visitors, and the numbers are increasing every year. The shopping is also a big draw with Donegal Square and Victoria Square being the centre for all things retail. Sightseeing tours around Belfast will take you to many top attractions like The Grand Opera House, Stormont and The Ulster Museum. With gorgeous parks and the fantastic Botanic Gardens, it is no wonder why people come back year after year. Read More...
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The Illustrious Crumlin Road Jail (Gaol) closed in 1996 but was re-opened in 2012 as a tourist attraction. Private guided tours of this famous Belfast jail will tell you of the gruesome history of the prison. Tourists and visitors are escorted by tour guides through the compound and will see how the conditions were and hear about some of the inmates.
Tours to the condemned man's cells, the underground tunnel system, the governor's office, and general cells are quite an eye-opener. It is recorded that in the early days of the prison there were many women and children incarcerated as inmates for minor and petty crimes. All the inmates were segregated between the Republican and Loyalist wings of the jail for their safety and the safety of others this is a must see tour while visiting Belfast.
Top 10 Things to Do in Belfast
Cave Hill Visitors Centre will be your first stop on a private guided tour of Belfast Castle which is situated on Antrim Road. The stunning Castle itself dates all the way back to the 12th century and has undergone many additions and renovations since then. The grounds of the Castle and Cave Hill Country Park are beautiful with great walks and sightseeing opportunities for tourists.
The Botanic Gardens
Tours of Belfast's Botanic Gardens are a great way to see these beautifully kept grounds which were established in the early 1800's. Set on 28 acres, there is a lot to see in the Gardens like the Palm House filled with beautiful birds of paradise and uniquely tricky to pronounce tropical plants. There is the Tropical Ravine which protects and stores some of the worlds rarest and oldest seeds.
St. Annes Cathedral
The main Anglican Church of Ireland in Belfast is the visually beautiful St. Anne's Church. Tours of the Church are in demand as the interior has exquisite decorative features. The Mosaic ceiling, carved stonework, marble tiles and stained glass windows are magnificent and well worth visiting. There are some tomb's located in the Church including the Tomb of Sir. Edward Carson, a visit here is a must do.
Belfast Opera House
Guided tours of Belfast's Grand Opera House are readily available, but bookings are required. The beautiful building hosts many operas, live theatre performances and musicals to the delight of the local people and visitors to the City of Belfast. An extension was added in 2006, and since that period it has improved in every way allowing big productions to come to Belfast.
Waterfront Hall is located in the Titanic Quarter and looking over the River Lagan. The famous conference venue is world class and shows how the new Belfast has improved and is quickly becoming a go-to destination. Belfast city guided tours has the Hall as one of its stops as the building is beautiful and particularly stunning at night should you choose to go on a city night tour.
The Ulster Museum
The Ulster Museum recently underwent a radical refurbishment and is on every Belfast City Tour. The Egyptian Mummy Princess Takabuti is located at the Museum which is ironic as she was unwrapped in Belfast back in the 1800's. There are both modern and classic exhibitions on display, and the Museum does not shy away from the troubles with exhibits and collections from the era spread around the multiple floors of the museum.
Closed in 1996 the Crumlin Road Jail (Gaol) was re-opened in 2012 as a tourist attraction. Guided tours of the jail will tell you of the sometimes gruesome history of the prison. You will be escorted to the condemned man's cells, the governor's office, the underground tunnel system and the cells. Many inmates were women and children, and they were divided between the Republican and Loyalist sections of the prison.
The Belfast Zoo is situated on over 50 acres of land with stunning views over Belfast Lough and super guided tours. The Zoo dates back to the 1930's and is one of the oldest and dearest tourist attractions in the city. Home to Asian Elephants, Lemurs, Bears, Tigers and Lions there is something for all the family to see here. The rainforest tour is very popular and a perfect way to learn about the environment.
Stormont is the government building of The Northern Ireland Assembly Power Sharing Executive where decisions on the running of Northern Ireland are made. Once many of the politicians who now site on the executive were sworn enemies, but they work together to keep peace in the North of Ireland. A visit and tour to this historic place is a necessity when you are visiting Belfast.
The Titanic Experience
Positioned on the original slipway where the doomed but fabulous Titanic was built is a popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland "The Titanic Exhibition". This is a unique world-class museum, and a must do while visiting this region. It will give you a detailed account of the many people and events of that fateful night, watch and see everything from the conception of the great Ship to the last flickering images of the great lady sailing out to sea.
Travel Tips for Belfast
Best Time To Visit
Private escorted tours around Belfast are ongoing all year round, however, the weather can be unpredictable so come prepared. The high season is the summer months from June to August are usually mild and sunny, but there are days when you will have every season in one day. Belfast tours have lots to offer any holidaymakers and tourists with stunning scenery with lovely lush green fields and fantastically friendly locals.
Belfast private sightseeing tours and accommodations are great value with many tour deals and low-cost hotels to choose from. Most of the Belfast city sightseeing guided tours do charge entrance fee's and don't' forget the UK pound is the currency in Belfast. Eating out is very reasonably priced from lovely restaurants to fantastic eclectic and traditional pub/bar food where you can experience real Northern cuisine.
Know Before Visiting
The weather is very unpredictable in Belfast so always be try to be prepared for everything. Use registered and accredited tour guides for your Belfast private custom tours and book in advance where and if possible. The currency in the North is the UK Pound, and most of the tourist's activities charge entrance fee's, but there are some rare days when entry is free of charge for the museums so keep an eye out.
The weather in Belfast is changeable, the summer months from June to August are usually nice and sunny with mild temperatures and is also a lovely time to visit the areas sightseeing hotspots. Autumn and springtime in Belfast are lovely times of the year to visit with picture perfect views and fantastic coastal tours. The winters are very wet, rainy and can be very harsh from October to February but still lovely.