Belfast's Top 10
Collected by Aoife O Riordain , AFAR Contributor
1 Olympic Way, Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP, UK
With its landmark canary-yellow gantry cranes, the Titanic Quarter has swiftly become one of the city's star attractions. Titanic Belfast tells the story of the famous ship—from construction and launch to its disastrous end—through an engaging...
Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, UK
Opened in 1906, Belfast City Hall proudly surveys the heart of the city on Donegall Square. It's here that residents congregate in times of celebration or protest and it's also home to a cheery traditional European-style market in the run up to...
Botanic Ct, Belfast BT9 5AB, UK
A diverse collection spanning a broad range of periods and disciplines, with fine art, archaeology, social history and natural sciences all under the same roof. There are Egyptian mummies, dinosaur skeletons, South Pacific tribal art and engaging...
University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
Anchoring a leafy corner of the city's south, Queen's University was founded by Queen Victoria in 1845 as one of three nondenominational alternatives to the Anglican-run Trinity College in Dublin—the other two were in Cork and Galway. Its imposing...
55 Ridgeway St, Belfast BT9 5FB, UK
This influential platform stages the work of both established and emerging playwrights. Designed by internationally acclaimed Dublin-based architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Architecture Prize, the theater...
71 Causeway Rd, Bushmills BT57 8SX, UK
If you're going to see one thing outside of Belfast, make it this otherworldly landscape of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that resembles a giant, natural jigsaw puzzle. Located on the County Antrim coast, this curious landform was...
College Park, Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1LP, UK
Located in the University Quarter and designed by the same architect as Queen's University, the bosky Botanic Gardens contain one of the city's most impressive Victorian relics. The Palm House is an original wrought-iron conservatory greenhouse...
Marine Hwy, Carrickfergus BT38 7BG, UK
The is one of the best-preserved Norman castles in Ireland, with a stunning vantage point overlooking Belfast Lough from its northern shore. But the castle was not just built for the views. It played an important military role until 1928 and down...
Winterfell Castle & Demesne, Old Castle Ward, Park Rd, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, UK
Many fans of HBO's fantasy TV series Game of Thrones will be familiar with the Northern Irish countryside, as several places were used as locations in the series' first five seasons. County Down's aristocratic Castle Ward was featured as...
81/2 sella rd, Kataragama 91400, Sri Lanka
An hour's drive north of Hambantota is Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's second-largest nature reserve, where visitors flock to catch a glimpse of one of the elusive leopards that prowl among its jungles, bush and rocky outcrops....