Belfast is the most visited city in Northern Ireland. You’ll see why if you’ve been there. It is rich in history and has a growing urban vibe. It’s becoming more popular for tourists from Europe to visit Belfast for a day. This being said, I have created an itinerary for a day trip to Belfast that will give you a great overview of the city and let you see the best parts.
Start your day in Belfast by visiting the last Victorian market. It was established in 1604 as the first Friday market. Today, it is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, vendors set up shop in this area. You will find a wide variety of fresh produce here that is very popular with the residents of Belfast.
Many stalls sell a variety of cuisines from around the globe. St. George’s Market will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you visit it. It is amazing to see how a market can retain its authenticity after hundreds and even thousands of years. It’s easy to locate the market. It is located on May Street, just a ten minute walk from Belfast’s city centre.
Below are the opening hours of St. Georges Market.
Friday – 08:00 am – 14:00 pm
Saturday – 09:00 am – 15:00 pm
Sunday 10:00am – 15:00pm. If you have a car, the Lanyon Place carpark offers a discount for parking from Friday through Sunday. For PS5, you can park up to four hours. Visit the Belfast City website for more information.
Next, we’ll show you the most popular things to do in Belfast.
The Titanic Belfast is the largest Titanic visitor experience in the world. You might be wondering what the connection is between Belfast and the Titanic. The Titanic was built in Belfast on the slipways next to Hamilton Graving Dock. This is also where the Titanic Experience is located today.
Titanic Belfast is an audiovisual gallery that can be self-guided. You will learn the history of the Titanic as you move through each stage. Learn about the maritime background of Belfast and the hard labor the shipworkers endured.
Once your tour is over, you can go outside to view the SS Nomadic. It’s the last White Star vessel in the world and RMS Titanic’s original tender ship. You will have the opportunity to explore the ship and tour the decks. This is a great experience to include on your Belfast day trip. You can see the old beds and check-in desks of the crew members. The experience is always fully booked so I recommend that you book your tickets as soon as possible.
Cathedral Quarter is a lively, vibrant area. The Cathedral Quarter is home to many of Belfast’s best bars and restaurants, as well as a growing arts scene. You’ll see dozens of umbrellas hanging above your head as you walk through the main street. You’ll be tempted to snap a photo for your Instagram.
If you are looking for live music that is high quality, you will love the Dirty Onion. The atmosphere here will make you want to stay forever. The Dirty Onion, one of many excellent bars in the Cathedral Quarter, is only one example. The Dirty Onion also has a sister restaurant called Yard Bird. They are famous for their ribs, which are some of the finest in Belfast.
Street art is a big part of Belfast’s culture. Some of the most impressive examples can be found in the Cathedral Quarter. However, you won’t find any political murals there. As soon as you enter the Cathedral Quarter, you’ll see amazing works of art you won’t find in any other art gallery. You should definitely take a look at some of these incredible creations.
After having fun in the Cathedral Quarter you will learn the true story behind Belfast .
Unfortunately, Belfast was in civil war for more than 30 years. It ended only in 1998. It was fought between loyalist and nationalist communities. There is peace today in Belfast, thanks to the efforts of both loyalist and nationalist communities. The political murals are a result of the civil war and are one of the most distinctive features of the city. These murals can be found in both the Catholic and Protestant churches scattered around the city. These murals are intricate works of art. These murals depict war efforts and were painted by locals on both sides.
A black taxi tour is a great way to learn about Belfast’s turbulent past. A driver who lived through the Troubles will take you in a black-colored taxi. The driver will take you on a guided tour through the murals and give you an honest view of Belfast’s past during this terrible time.
These tours cost between 60 and 100 pounds. This price is for two people. Black taxi tours of Belfast are a well-known company. Two tours are offered: The Political History Tour or Belfast Murals Tour.
If you are interested in art or history, I recommend a black taxi tour. It’s a wonderful experience that will show you the incredible growth of Belfast over the years.
For a final day in Belfast, you can return to the centre of the city and visit Belfast City Hall. This impressive building dominates the centre’s horizon, and is located in the middle of Donegall Square. It is located on 1.5 acres of greenery and memorials that attract thousands of tourists every day. You can relax here and escape the bustle and hustle of the surroundings.
City Hall offers daily free tours of the grounds. A knowledgeable guide will host you and take you on a tour of the City Hall. They’ll show you places such as the Banqueting Hall, Council Chamber, and many other attractions. These tours are very popular so they are limited.
Make sure you visit the Titanic Memorial Gardens. Keep an eye out for the Cornish and marble statues that honor the victims of the tragedy. You’ll find colourful flowers planted around the memorial to make it stand out.
You won’t be able to miss the Belfast big screen. It is used to show sporting events, news, and movie screenings. If there’s a major match, you will find that the grounds are packed with people, making it a wonderful day out.
Although many people think City Hall is for council members, you will find families enjoying picnics here and young people making new friends. City Hall is known for being a place where people can socialise with one another. Grab a cup of coffee and make your way to the City Hall.
After having visited Belfast five times, I can confidently say that you will get the most from your day trip to Belfast if you follow the itinerary. It is truly a beautiful city with so many things to offer.
With the city’s growing popularity, comes more tourism-focused events. There are many cultural events to choose from in Belfast, including marching bands at the SSE arena and fashion exhibitions in 1870. You can find more information on these events at the Discover Northern Ireland site.
It would be great if you could stay longer than one day in Belfast. The best thing about Belfast is its ability to see everything you need in just 24 hours. You will see Belfast’s true beauty no matter how many days you spend there.