With its lively music scene and nightlife, alongside an eclectic mix of culture, history and food, Belfast
city is one of the most vibrant and bohemian locations on the island of Ireland. And the great thing is, you can explore a lot of its delights for FREE!
Walking the streets of the city, one of the first places you’ll spot is Belfast City Hall
. This is one of the city’s most famous buildings (dating back to 1906). You can pop in for a free tour of the location, or even just take a walk around its beautifully maintained grounds.
Another historical location is just a quick bus journey outside of the city. Belfast Castle Estate
is a lovely Scottish Baronial Style Castle that’s well worth a look. While you’re there, take a hike along Cave Hill Country Park. It is a challenging ascent, but well worth it for the glorious views of the city at the peak.
Back in the city, make your way to the Ulster Museum
. This diverse spot emphasises the past, present and future, with a wide selection of art, historical artifacts and natural science displays. Here you’ll witness impressive dinosaur fossils, as well as an Egyptian mummy. Recent exhibitions have focused on the fashion of the 1920s, and an examination of photography in the mass media age. Spend an afternoon here, and you’ll find plenty of fascinating pieces to get your teeth into!
If want to check out the art scene, head to the MAC Art Gallery
. The gallery has a wide range of international art exhibitions, as well as a wide range of unique live performances and experimental works to enjoy. While you’ll have to pay to check out some of the gigs, there are plenty of free workshops to enjoy. A recent highlight of the gallery was a profound series of artworks by Ron Mueck, featuring sculpted figures that give a stirring insight into the human condition. Before you visit, make sure to check the website to see what exhibitions are on! Entrance is free, but it’s recommended you book your visit ahead of time.
If you’re a TV fan, there’s a good chance you enjoyed HBO’s megahit series Game of Thrones®
. The series was filmed around Northern Ireland, and you’ll find some cool nods to the show around the city. One highlight is the Glass of Thrones trail, which consists of six beautifully crafted glass windows illustrating some of the most memorable moments from the Seven Kingdoms. The perfect spots to grab a photo for your insta story.
Have you ever been to Belfast? What other cheap and cheerful suggestions does our Community have?