10 Things to do in Belfast for New Students
Things may never be back to ‘normal’ but rather a ‘new normal’.
As the new academic year starts, many of our new students are preparing to move to Belfast in the upcoming weeks – some arriving for the first time!
Here is a short guide of fun & safe activities for you to begin exploring Belfast with!
10. Explore the Botanic Gardens in Queen’s Quarter
Established in 1828, the city’s Botanic Gardens, which are located beside Queen’s University Belfast, (Beside the McClay Library- perfect for a study break) are well worth a visit if the bustle of city life becomes too much. With several walking routes, a Palm House, tropical ravine and rose garden.
9. Stormont Parliament Building
Stormont is built on a beautiful estate east of the city centre that is surrounded by greenery and walks. There are daily tours of the interior which are currently suspended but check back in the future.
8. The Victoria Square Dome
For a unique view 360° of the city- head to Victoria Square Dome, and you can do a spot of shopping and head for lunch in the city centre while you’re in the centre of the city.
7. Explore the Titanic Quarter, and Belfast’s Shipbuilding Legacy
The largest museum in the world dedicated to the infamous liner is situated in Titanic Quarter, Belfast, overlooked by the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the ship was built. The museum consists of nine interactive spaces and includes authentic Titanic artefacts and a replica of the ship.
6. Food and Drinks at the Cathedral Quarter
Belfast is an incredible town for a night out and the Cathedral Quarter has all the ingredients you need for a great night out- boasting a variety of restaurants and bars.
5. Belfast Castle and Cave Hill Country Park
Belfast from above is from the peak of Cave Hill, a basaltic hill overlooking the city. From this view, visitors to Cave Hill Country Park can enjoy panoramic views across Belfast from different vantage points on the hillside. You can start at the car park at Belfast Castle, and climb up until you reach the top.
4. St. George’s Market
Located close to the River Lagan, St. George’s Market is the last-surviving Victorian, covered market in Belfast. The market is open Friday to Sunday (with the odd twilight market so keep an eye out). It is the perfect place to soak up a bit of local atmosphere while trying local Northern Irish products like a Belfast bap or some soda bread!
3. Crumlin Road Gaol
The Crumlin Road Gaol opened in 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site. During the tour of the gaol you will be taken by your tour guide to visit the underground tunnel that used to connect the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse.
2. Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
This park is located on the edge of south Belfast and is one of the city’s most popular parks. The park covers more than 128 acres, featuring rolling meadows, woodland, and gardens.
1. Queen’s University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast is one of the great architectural landmarks and a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Belfast. The university is a highly respected, world-renowned academic institution ranked in the top 140 universities in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). Guided campus tours are available throughout the year on request- but there is plenty to explore on your own.
Written By: Ellen Convery