What to do in Belfast!

You 'll find plenty to see and do in Belfast,
but if you need a little inspiration, here are a few of our favourite places and activities!

Botanical Gardens

Belfast’s small but beautiful botanical gardens are only 2 minutes away from the hostel, and there are lots of free things to see!
 
The Palm House was designed by Charles Lanyon in the 1830’s, and houses both native and tropical plants.
The Tropical ravine, built in 1889, has several temperature zones, with a range of tropical plants growing, and lots of interesting information for visitors!
 
The Botanical Gardens are also the home of the Ulster Museum (see below),
a rose garden, and a children’s playground.

 

Ulster Museum

 
Fine art, applied art, archaeology, ethnography, Spanish Armada treasures, local history, industrial history, botany, zoology, geology and more,
the Ulster museum has it all!

Completely free to visit, the museum is 2 minutes from the hostel, at the entrance to the Botanical Gardens.

You can easily spend days in the museum (especially when it’s raining outside!), but as it costs nothing, you can also just pop in for 10 minutes to see the things you’re most interested in.

Cave Hill Country Park

Perfect for an easy morning hike, or afternoon wander,
Cavehill is easily acessed by bus from the hostel.
 
At the base of the hill, near the bus stop, is Belfast Castle, with its garden, cafe, and visitor information.
 
From halfway up, in front of the cave, you have views across Belfast Lough,
and from the top you can see the entire city of Belfast, and beyond!
 
Cave Hill is always covered in good doggos, so you should make some new furry pals!
 

Causeway Tour

We can book a fantastic full-day tour to the Giant’s Causeway for you, with Allen’s Tours, for only £18!
You’ll see the beautiful North Coast, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Giant’s Causeway, Dark Hedges, and more!

Pickup from the hostel door at 9:15am, returning to Belfast at 6-7pm
 
 
 
 
Bring a good raincoat, your camera, and a packed lunch (you can also buy lunch on the tour, at the Giant’s Barn Restaurant).

 

Ireland’s Oldest Tree

 On a chilled day, we love to go for walks by the Lagan river.
The towpath is a traffic-free area, with just ducks and trees, and the occasional dog-walker to keep you company.
 
If you walk through Lagan Meadows, and Belvoir Park, you can find Ireland’s oldest tree (over 500 years!) – a freaky looking oak, with lots of crazy moss textures and burnt parts to stare at! FUN.
If you keep going, you can find the Giant’s Ring,an ancient passage tomb, older than the Egyptian Pyramids!
 
 You can visit the Lockkeeper’s cottage & the Barge,  or stop at the Lockkeeper’s Cafe for a drink and a bite to eat.
 

 

Cathedral Quarter Street Art

Walking around the artsy Cathedral Quarter, you’ll find murals from local and international street artists.
 
The Cathedral Quarter also houses the MAC Art Gallery, with regularly changing exhibitions, which are free to visit, and some great independant coffee shops!