Planning a trip to the wonderful city of Belfast? You lucky thing! In this article, we’re going to take a look at the top 10 things to do in and around the city when planning your static caravan getaway.
From beautiful nature spots to culturally rich museums, there is plenty to do for people of all ages and walks of life. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what the Northern Irish city of Belfast has to offer!
1. Holiday Belfast – Botanical gardens
If you’re a nature lover, there’s no better place to relax and unwind in Belfast than the Botanical gardens. Near Queen’s University, these gardens can be found right outside of the city centre. Residents, students, and tourists enjoy Belfast’s gardens, which are an important part of the city’s Victorian heritage.
The Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society established the gardens in 1828 because of the growing public interest in horticulture and botany. In its heyday, the Belfast Botanic Garden was home to exotic tree species and impressive collections of plants from the southern hemisphere.
2. Holiday Belfast – C.S Lewis Square
Explore C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia through an interactive walk-through. The C.S. Lewis Square is a public space commemorating the Belfast-born author.
Several bronze sculptures from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe can be found in the square. CS Lewis Square is situated in East Belfast next to the Eastside Visitor Centre and you can visit it 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
3. Holiday Belfast – Street art tour
Though Belfast is often associated with political murals there are also dozens of incredible examples of non-political street art in the heart of the city as well. This is truly one of the top things to see in Belfast.
Belfast has become famous for its walls, just as Berlin is, and street artists have flourished on these walls.
4. Holiday Belfast – Cathedral quarter
The Cathedral Quarter in Belfast is an excellent place to spend the night, and it has all the ingredients for an exciting night out. In the centre of Belfast, there is a district named after the cathedral, which has become a hub for the finest restaurants and bars in the city.
Take a stroll in the cobblestone street outside of The Duke of York and let the night take you wherever it may! Bars that can’t be missed include The Duke of York, The Harp Bar, The Dirty Onion, and The Spaniard.
5. Holiday Belfast – Belfast Castle
400 feet above sea level, this historic site offers a breathtaking view of Belfast and Belfast Lough. In addition to landscaped gardens, there is a mature, mixed woodland and there are many vantage points which provide a great view of the city.
This beautiful outdoor cafe at the castle is the ideal setting for a relaxing afternoon tea with the most scenic views you’ll ever see.
6. Holiday Belfast – Irish pub crawling
There’s no better way to take in the Irish culture than to go on a pub crawl in Belfast. With an abundance of warm, welcoming pubs to enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness.
Top Belfast pubs to visit include The Crown Bar, Robinsons, Maddens, Kelly’s Cellars, White’s Tavern, McHugh’s, The Harp Bar, The Duke of York, and The Dirty Onion.
7. Holiday Belfast – Cave hill
Head to the top of Cave Hill, a basalt hill overlooking Belfast, for a spectacular view of the city. From different vantage points in Cave Hill Country Park, visitors can view a panoramic view of Belfast.
Taking off from Belfast Castle’s car park, it’s quite the climb, but when you reach the top and get a glimpse of Belfast in all its glory, it’s a truly rewarding experience.
8. Holiday Belfast – Titanic Belfast
The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage – the famous ship that was known around the world for its tragic history. The world’s largest Titanic Visitor Experience is located in Belfast, where the legendary vessel was built!
In 2012, Titanic Belfast reopened and has since been designated as one of the world’s top tourist attractions. On this self-guided tour, you’ll learn about the people who built the famous ship, as well as those who rode on it on its maiden voyage.
9. Holiday Belfast – St. George’s market
The last-surviving Victorian covered market in Belfast is found near the River Lagan at St. George’s Market.
Here, you’ll find a treasure trove of over 300 stalls alongside musicians and food vendors too! Definitely spend a day here if you can to pick up some goodies to take back home with you.
10. Holiday Belfast – Crumlin Road Gaol
In Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol is perhaps the most intriguing and best historical museum. For any history fans, this is one of the must-see spots in Belfast.
This former prison museum, you will learn about the history of this building and its impact on the people in the surrounding areas. You will see prison wings, execution cells, and tunnels leading to the courthouse.
Are you ready to explore Belfast?
Are you ready to experience all Belfast has to offer? From the history to the nightlife there’s something in Belfast for everyone. Whether it’s a weekend away with the lads or a family holiday you can get all your accommodation needs met at Encore Parcs. We’re a luxury caravan park based just outside Belfast and offer rentals and static homes to buy in three locations all a stone’s throw away from the city.
If you’d like to find out more you can contact us today.