Belfast - a modern city with history


After spending a wonderful time on the coast we headed to Belfast to return our rental car and explore the city. We spent 2 nights in Belfast and I would say that this is enough to see most of it. We didn't have time to go to Belfast castle and hike in the surrounding hills, but you can't do it all.

So what did we do?

The first evening we went to Culturlann for a concert. Culturlann is an Irish culture center and this was during our trip the only place where we actually heard people speaking Irish. It's a strange city district - the main road has the independence movement paintings on the wall and you could also see quite recent political messages written there. I didn't take any photos because it was already a bit dark and the whole area didn't feel very nice... It felt a bit like the conflict hasn't quite ended yet. The culture center itself was nice and had a nice cafe and art displays.

The famous fish of Belfast
Of course we had to go and visit one of the main tourist attractions - Titanic museum. Titanic was built in Belfast and as they say - it took many Irishmen to build it and one Englishman to sink it. The museum is advertised a lot and it's very popular among the tourists. We spent there about 2-3 hours because this museum requires you to read a lot. It's mostly explaining the whole building process and the launch. The sinking part is covered very lightly. I honestly expected more from this museum. It's quite new - so instead of having the walls covered with texts and photos I would have expected to see more interactive displays and use of modern technology. There were also reconstructions of Titanic interior which were very nicely done, but in the end I felt that this museum required me to read too much.

Titanic museum
We also went to the public tour at Belfast City Hall. It's a beautiful building and the guide was excellent. It's better to book the tour in advance. We went there an hour before the hour started and managed to get the tickets.

Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall

Stained glass window at Belfast City Hall about the great famine
If you like food markets then St George's Market is a place to go. I didn't take any photos inside, but you can find everything there related to food. Also in the middle there are tables where you can enjoy the ready-made food and a pint.


In general Belfast felt more modern than Dublin and it's understandable - it's much younger city. As I already mentioned we didn't have enough time to go to the castle nor to the botanical gardens. The city center is small enough to reach everywhere on foot, but these 2 places are a bit further away. Well, if we ever happen to go back, who knows...

St Anne's Cathedral

St Anne's Cathedral

Harbour area

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