Here in Belfast, our friendly people go that extra mile to make sure you have a memorable visit. We have some of the coolest nightclubs, superb shopping and enough eateries to satisfy every taste and budget. There’s also no shortage of local and international artists and bands that stop by to perform at fantastic venues like Belfast Waterfront and the world class Odyssey Arena. You will also find fascinating walking, bus and taxi tours, cultural escapes, scientific exhibitions and literary inspirations. After all, this is the city that inspired the Chronicles of Narnia and Gulliver’s Travels.
A full list of things to do is available by visiting the Visit Belfast website here.
Some places you may want to see during your visit:
Titanic Belfast - the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience
Ulster Museum - home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences
St Georges Market - The market is home to some of the finest fresh produce, with customers traveling near and far to sample the delights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday markets
Botanic Gardens (next to the conference venue) - Botanic Gardens was established in 1828, and contains exotic tree species and impressive plant collections from the southern hemisphere
Belfast City Hall (venue for the conference dinner) - opened in August 1906, Belfast City Hall offers free public tours
Did you know...
- Professor Sir Frank Pantridge invented the portable cardiac defibrillator, which saves thousands of lives each year.
- Belfast’s Sirocco Works invented air conditioning and the Royal Victoria Hospital became the first building in the world to be fitted with air conditioning.
- Milk of Magnesia was invented in Belfast, as were the pneumatic tyre and the tractor.
- Shorts Aircraft Factory pioneered Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircrafts in the 50’s when Sir James Martin invented the aircraft ejector seat.
- The unbeaten record for hammering the most rivets in a working shift was set by James Moir at Harland & Wolff shipyard. He slammed 11,209 red-hot rivets into metal plates of a warship in nine hours in June 1918.
- Belfast poet Michael Longley in 2000 and 2001 won four top literary prizes, something never before achieved by any living poet in the British Isles. (Prizes included: Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, TS Eliot Award, Hawthornden Award and a Whitbread Award.)
- Belfast’s Crown Bar was the first pub ever owned by the National Trust.