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How to Spend 1 Day in Belfast

How to Spend 1 Day in Belfast

Belfast is an ideal city for a 1-day break. Not only is it remarkably compact, but it’s also packed with unique attractions, from the world-renowned Titanic Belfast to the colorful Falls Road murals. If you have only 24 hours to explore the capital of Northern Ireland, here’s how to best spend your time.

Morning: Delve into Belfast’s Past

Before the 1998 peace deal that ended the Troubles—a 30-year period of conflict in Northern Ireland—many travelers were scared away from Belfast by tales of unrest. With the city now peaceful, revitalized, and rejuvenated, you can safely delve into its bullet-scarred past. One way to do so is by joining a guided tour, ranging from mural tours highlighting political-themed street art to historical walking tours around central and West Belfast. For a more flexible option, jump aboard a hop-on hop-off bus, which will carry you past Troubles-related sights, such as the Falls Road murals and the Peace Walls.

Afternoon: Explore the Titanic Quarter

Head for the Titanic Quarter, the regenerated waterfront area where the famous cruise ship was built. The centerpiece attraction is Titanic Belfast, whose state-of-the-art multimedia exhibitions document the city’s shipbuilding past, most notably the construction of the doomed RMS Titanic. Take a themed walking tour of the area to see the Titanic Dock and Pump House, the last resting spot for the Titanic before she was launched to sea, or embark on a boat trip on the River Lagan. You can also climb aboard the SS Nomadic, tender ship to the Titanic, and the HMS Caroline, a WWI vessel that’s now a floating museum.

Night: Dinner and Drinks, or a Spooky Tour

Belfast’s dining scene is fast gaining a reputation for greatness, with a high concentration of quality bars and restaurants found in the Cathedral Quarter. If you have time for only one drink, have it at the Crown Liquor Saloon, a Victorian-era, National Trust–run pub famed for its well-preserved interiors, which feature gas lighting, mosaics, and stained glass. It’s a common endpoint for evening walking tours of the city. For some spookier nighttime entertainment, venture inside Crumlin Road Gaol, which hosts evening tours and live music shows.

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Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic

Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic

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Delve into the fascinating history of the Titanic at Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic exhibition, on a self-guided tour of the magnificent museum. Explore the institution at your own pace in order to discover insightful exhibits detailing the construction, voyage, and legacy of the infamous ship. Enjoy interactive displays; watch audiovisual presentations; and feel your adrenaline levels surge during an exhilarating Shipyard Ride. Receive complimentary entry to the SS Nomadic with your Titanic Belfast ticket.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.09
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City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore historic Belfast in an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour.  With your 1- or 2-day pass, create your own adventure with possible stops at wall murals in Falls and Crumlin Roads, St George's Market, Titanic Dock, and Albert Clock. Enjoy unobstructed views, colorful onboard commentary, and a personalized itinerary.
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  • 1 hour
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$20.33
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A History of Terror - Belfast City Centre Walking Tour

A History of Terror - Belfast City Centre Walking Tour

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Over 2 hours and 15 minutes, our local expert guides will take you on a journey back in time through the city centre of Belfast. You will discover how 'the Troubles' started, visit the locations where some of the most important events occurred, and learn about the path to reconciliation and eventually peace (and the challenges the future may hold). You will discover the realities of growing up and living your life during the conflict, and how it touched everyone. The tour is factual and historically accurate to ensure it is unbiased, the guides are conflict historians, who also weave their own stories into their tours to bring history to life, transporting you back to the Belfast of the 1970s and giving you a unique understanding of the recent past. The tour starts each day at 10.30am.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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90 Minute Belfast Mural Tour

90 Minute Belfast Mural Tour

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Discover the poignant and politically charged artworks that adorn Belfast’s streets on this mural tour. Learn about the city’s compelling street art and how its striking murals marked the conflicts and protests of The Troubles of Northern Ireland. See the colorful murals created by both the Nationalist and Loyalist communities, including the notorious Peace Wall, featuring the signatures of the Dalai Lama and President Clinton.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Eclectic Belfast Evening Walking Tour

Eclectic Belfast Evening Walking Tour

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Leave the guidebook at home and get to know the real Belfast on an evening walking tour led by a local. Gain insight into the capital’s early and modern history as you stroll by attractions such as the Waterfront Hall, the Cathedral Quarter, and City Hall, as well as some hidden gems. Benefit from your guide’s insider knowledge and receive useful recommendations for the rest of your stay.
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  • 2 hours
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Official World Famous Belfast Taxi Tour ©

Official World Famous Belfast Taxi Tour ©

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Swap crowded buses for a more intimate and personalized way of exploring Belfast—a private taxi tour. Learn about "The Troubles" that divided the city, and see its famous murals up close; including the Peace Wall, where you can sign your name. During the tour, find out about 800 years of history, and have the chance to visit the Memorial Gardens too.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes
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Belfast Bike Tours

Belfast Bike Tours

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This is the best way to see Belfast, you will feel the city around you. There is no other tour where you can experience so much, go places others can’t, feel as though you know the city as well as the locals by the end. You’ll be guaranteed to have a smile on your face by the end, we can’t wait to see you.
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  • 3 hours
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Original belfast black taxi tour 2hours

Original belfast black taxi tour 2hours

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Gain insight into Belfast’s historical conflict on a private black cab tour, led by a local who lived, and worked, during the Troubles. Transfer with ease between dispersed landmarks, learning more about them from your guide, then hop out for a closer look at sights such as the Falls Road and Shankill murals. Enjoy hassle-free round-trip transfer from your central hotel, and receive a free photograph as a memento of your experience.
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  • 2 hours
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