Northern Ireland

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Northern Ireland - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Grand Opera House

    Golden Mile | Opera

    Shows from all over Ireland and Britain—and sometimes farther afield—play at this beautifully restored Victorian theater. Though it has no resident...Read More

  • 2. Lyric Theatre

    University Area | Theater

    One of Northern Ireland's most prized cultural organizations, the Lyric presents a diverse repertory of classical, popular, and contemporary...Read More

  • 3. Arts Council of Northern Ireland

    University Area | Festivals

    The country's main arts agency supports a range of cultural events, including many Belfast festivals, and has information about them. ...Read More

  • 4. Belfast Exposed

    Cathedral Quarter | Art Galleries–Arts

    A photography gallery, Belfast Exposed also has a large digital archive of images. ...Read More

  • 5. Belfast Festival at Queen's

    University Area | Festivals

    This long-established festival at Queen's University lasts for three weeks (from late October into early November) and is the city's major arts...Read More

  • 6. Belfast Waterfront

    E. Bridge St. | Music

    During 2015 the Waterfront underwent a major expansion, doubling its exhibition and conference space and now ranks as one of the world's top...Read More

  • 7. Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

    Cathedral Quarter | Festivals

    This early-May festival, always buzzing with energy, attracts local, national, and international visual and performing artists. Its base of...Read More

  • 8. Craft Northern Ireland

    Cathedral Quarter | Arts Centers

    If you want advice or information on where to buy the best crafts in Northern Ireland, this is the one-stop center to help you find that perfect...Read More

  • 9. Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich

    West Belfast | Music

    Celebrating Gaeilge (Irish language) and culture, this cosmopolitan arts center hosts exhibitions, book launches, concerts, theater, and poetry...Read More

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  • 10. Golden Thread Gallery

    Cathedral Quarter | Art Galleries–Arts

    One of Belfast's best arts venues, the Golden Thread has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the International Symposium for Electronic Art...Read More

  • 11. Millennium Forum

    West Bank | Theater

    This catch-all venue hosts everything from boy bands and comedians to plays, musicals, tattoo conventions, and even weddings (invitations required...Read More

  • 12. Movie House Cinema

    Golden Mile | Film

    This major showplace hosts 10 screens of major British and American box-office favorites. ...Read More

  • 13. Odyssey Arena

    Titanic Quarter | Concerts

    The Belfast Giants hockey team is the main tenant of the 10,000-seat Odyssey Arena, but Northern Ireland's biggest indoor venue also hosts rock...Read More

  • 14. Playhouse

    West Bank | Theater

    With its impressive auditorium and workshop spaces, the Playhouse stages traditional and contemporary plays and holds concerts. ...Read More

  • 15. Queen's Film Theatre (QFT)

    University Area | Film

    Belfast's main art cinema shows domestic and foreign movies on its two screens. ...Read More

  • 16. The Crescent Arts Centre

    University Area | Arts Centers

    Based in a beautifully restored rambling stone building—a former girls' high school—the Crescent presents an all-year-round series of events...Read More

  • 17. The Red Barn

    Central District | Art Galleries–Arts

    Popular with visitors, the Red Barn often exhibits photographs reflecting the history of the Troubles and social documentary. The gallery also...Read More

  • 18. Ulster Hall

    Central District | Music

    The historic Ulster Hall (it once hosted Rachmaninov) is the permanent home of the Ulster Orchestra. The classical music season runs here from...Read More

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  • 19. Verbal Arts Centre

    West Bank | Arts Centers

    You might expect to see it in Dublin, but the complete manuscript of James Joyce's Ulysses has been handwritten on to the walls of the Verbal...Read More

  • 20. Cowley Cooper Fine Art

    West Bank | Art Galleries–Arts

    Clare Cooper runs this busy art gallery in the city center. She mounts several exhibitions each year, featuring works of, among others, the...Read More

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