Besides the multiplex cinemas, mega-malls and big-ticket entertainment venues you might expect in a bustling capital, the city is full of quirky attractions for when you fancy switching things up.
Take an open-top bus tour of the city, past landmarks including Belfast City Hall and Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
Tour the city’s Titanic Quarter, where the world’s most famous ship was built. Rent a Belfast Bike for the day and see the city under your own steam.
The Ulster Museum is the largest museum in Northern Ireland - home to fine art, archaeological artefacts and our very own Egyptian mummy.
Close by is the Lyric Theatre and the MAC, in the Cathedral Quarter, is a live performance venue and home to art exhibitions and installations. See a concert at the Ulster Hall or Waterfront Hall. Or pay a visit to the former Crumlin Road Gaol, still complete with spine-tingling execution chamber.Art and culture
Belfast offers shoppers a mix of big-name stores, designer boutiques, innovative arts and crafts shops and rejuvenated markets.
City centre shopping centres such as Victoria Square and Castle Court offer a wide selection of High Street shops to suit all tastes, with a variety of vintage, charity and low-cost outlets throughout the city.Shopping
There are plenty of student friendly eateries near the University, but if you fancy something a bit more exotic there is no shortage of fantastic restaurants in Belfast.
Try the Lisburn Road area, within a ten minute walk of the campus, for Italian, Indian and Chinese.
Across the city you’ll find sumptuous cuisine from practically every nation and to suit any budget across the city and campus.
New visitors to Belfast are advised to head to the Cathedral Quarter – the area around the city’s St Anne’s Cathedral.
Tucked away down the narrow alleyways are numerous pubs and venues, many of which, such as The Duke of York and The John Hewitt, feature traditional Irish music. White’s Tavern, newly reopened, dates from 1630. The Crown Liquor Saloon, a National Trust property with its ornate interior and central location, is also not to be missed.Nightlife and Music
Northern Ireland's coast is world-famous, home to the iconic Giant’s Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Bushmills whiskey distillery.
Try a Game of Thrones locations tour or a coastal sea safari.Beyond Belfast