From museums to Irish whiskey, go beyond the city limits.
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Just an hour outside of the city center, Old Bushmills Distillery is a trip worth making. It’s the oldest working distillery in Ireland and is one of the biggest Irish whiskey labels around. They hold special events in addition to tours and tastings, so check the calendar when planning your trip.
Start at the iconic “Big Fish” and work your way past Belfast City Hall, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Linen Hall Library, the Grand Opera House and Europa Hotel. This should include College avenue and King street, which have tons of cute shops to peek in. While the architecture is stunning, the Linen Hall Library is worth popping inside to see the unparalleled collection of Irish books.
If you were unaware, the Titanic was actually built in Belfast. Today there’s a Titanic quarter around the docks where it was built. There are museums, tours and shops to explore that all lend insight into the massive undertaking that was its construction.
The Ulster Museum is home to 9,000 years worth of Irish history. This museum is fascinating because it explains the country’s complex history. Walk through the fine and applied arts exhibit too, which is quite impressive.
Perched high on a hill, Belfast Castle offers a stunning view of Belfast from Cavehill Country Park. Take a tour of the city, shop the antique store or stay for lunch or dinner at the restaurant. So take your time and enjoy the view no matter how you spend your time at the castle.
This 19th-century indoor market is open on the weekends and is an easy place to while away a few hours. Vendors sell everything from olives, curry and baked goods to soaps, flowers and clothing. It’s certainly an artistic expression, so take your time as you work through the market.
The famous Giant’s Causeway is only an hour outside of Belfast, making it a great day trip too. It’s made up of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns and is a stunning natural beauty to see. It’s also located near the Old Bushmills Distillery, so consider combining the two.