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Things to do in Belfast

Belfast – a tale of two castles

Belfast is the administrative capital of Northern Ireland. The word Belfast means “mouth of the sandbanks,” with the sandbanks being a peninsula that crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour on the English Channel.

 

Things to do in Belfast

There is a lof of activities, events and fun things to do in Belfast while on vacation. We’ve listed some of our favorite tourist spots in the city;

 

Belfast Zoo

Animal lovers will delight in the Belfast Zoo, which gets more than 300,000 visitors every year. It’s 55 acres are home to 1,200 animals representing 140 species, and many are endangered species as well. The zoo has programs to help preserve these species.

 

Belfast Castle

If you love castles, don’t miss the Belfast Castle. The original was built in the 12th century and Sir Arthur Chichester, the Baron of Belfast made it his home. It burned down in 1708 but his relatives built a new one at a different site in 1811-70. The castle was refurbished in 1978 and now has a restaurant, antique store, and hosts weddings, meetings and private dining.

 

Grand Opera House Belfast

Music lovers should check out the Grand Opera House Belfast, a theatre in Belfast designed by Frank Matcham and opened first in 1895.

 

When to go to Belfast

Belfast has a temperate climate, which means it has a temperature that doesn’t fluctuate very much, plus there is a large amount of rainfall, but the Gulf Stream makes it warmer than some of the other nearby countries. Temperatures during the year range from a low of 2.7 degrees Celsius (36.9 ºF) in February and a high of 19.4 Celsius (66.9 ºF) in July and August.

 

Belfast Marathon

Come in May for the Belfast Marathon, held on May Day every year for the past 31 years. It has categories for men, women, veterans, wheelchairs and relays.

 

Belfast Christmas Market

Holiday goers who want to experience the Belfast Christmas Market should come in the middle of November to purchase food, drinks, crafts and decorations related to this celebration from all over Europe and elsewhere.

 

Belfast Facts

Population286 000
CountryIreland
LanguageEnglish
CurrencyBritish Pound
Longitude-5.93
Latitude54.597
AirportBelfast Intl, United Kingdom (BFS)

Belfast average temperatures

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
7~8 °C 7~9 °C 10 °C 12 °C 12~15 °C 15~18 °C 16~20 °C 16~19 °C 14~17 °C 11~14 °C 8~11 °C 7~9 °C

OPERA

Belfast Opera House

Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House is the name of the most prolific opera house in Northern Ireland. Designed in Victorian style by one of the most famous architects of the time, Frank Matcham, the Grand Opera House opened their doors to the anticipation of the Irish public in 1895. In 2006 an extension of the opera was made in which smaller concerts and comedy performances are being held. The Grand Opera House's vision is to enrich peoples lives, so go ahead and let them do just that by visiting their remarkable venue.

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MARATHON

Belfast City Marathon

The Belfast City Marathon is an annual marathon event held in May and has been the love of Irish runners since 2001. Apart from the main marathon run the event also features a team relay run and a wheelchair race. The marathon starts at the Belfast City Hall and finishes at Ormeau Park and the route will lead you on a sightseeing tour in central Belfast including the Lagan Tow Path by the Lagan River, the Victoria Park and the Ravenhill Road, which is a part of the finishing stretch and is the place where a lot of people will gather to cheer you on. If you are in Belfast in May, don't miss this running festival!

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GOLF

Golf in Belfast

Belfast is famous for its many golf courses, some of them recognized on top 100 lists of the best courses in the world. One of those is the Royal Belfast Golf Club, the oldest golf club in Ireland. The perfectly cut fairways, gentle elevation changes and strategically placed bunkers set on an undulating parkland course make for a great golfing experience. Other great, centrally located courses include Belvoir Park Golf Club, Balmoral Golf Club and Shandon Park Golf Club. No matter for how long your stay here is, there will always be more golf to be had!

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