Northern Ireland

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  • 1. City Hall

    Central District | Government Building

    Built of Portland stone between 1898 and 1906 and modeled on St. Paul's Cathedral in London, this Renaissance Revival–style edifice—the cynosure...Read More

  • 2. Crown Liquor Saloon

    Golden Mile | Restaurant–Sight

    Belfast is blessed with some exceptional pubs but the Crown is one of the city's glories. Owned by the National Trust (the U.K.'s official...Read More

  • 3. Crumlin Road Gaol

    North Belfast | Jail

    One of Belfast's hottest tourist tickets, this jail, designed by Charles Lanyon, opened in 1846 and held more than 500 prisoners at its peak...Read More

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  • 4. Linen Hall Library

    Central District | Library/Archive

    With its distinctive grayish-yellow brick, this library—the oldest subscription library in Ireland—is a comfortable place to escape the bustle...Read More

  • 5. Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre

    Titanic Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    This world-class attraction headlines a "Titanic Experience" exhibition along with showcasing nine linked interpretative galleries that outline...Read More

  • 6. Ulster Museum

    University Area | Museum/Gallery

    Next door to the Botanic Gardens, the rejuvenated Ulster Museum is a big hit with visitors for its spacious light-filled atrium and polished...Read More

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  • 7. Albert Memorial Clock Tower

    Central District | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Tilting a little to one side, not unlike Pisa's more notorious leaning landmark, this clock tower was named for Queen Victoria's husband, Prince...Read More

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  • 8. Botanic Gardens

    University Area | Garden/Arboretum

    In the Victorian heyday, it was not unusual to find 10,000 of Belfast's citizens strolling about here on a Saturday afternoon. These gardens...Read More

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  • 9. Custom House

    Central District | Building/Architectural Site

    Another creation of 19th-century architect Charles Lanyon, this building, along with many others in Belfast, including Queen's University and...Read More

  • 10. Europa Hotel

    Golden Mile | Hotel–Sight

    A landmark in Belfast, the Europa is a monument to the resilience of the city in the face of the Troubles. The most bombed hotel in Western...Read More

  • 11. First Presbyterian Church

    Central District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The First Presbyterian Church dates from 1783 and has an interesting elliptical interior. It hosts lunchtime concerts in July and August. Tours...Read More

  • 12. Grand Opera House

    Golden Mile | Arts/Performance Venue

    Belfast's opera house exemplifies the Victorians' fascination with ornamentation, opulent gilt moldings, and intricate plasterwork. The renowned...Read More

  • 13. High Street

    Central District | Neighborhood/Street

    Off High Street, especially down to Ann Street (parallel to the south), run narrow lanes and alleyways called entries. Though mostly cleaned...Read More

  • 14. Kelly's Cellars

    Central District | Local Interest–Sight

    Steeped in history, this circa-1720 pub just off Royal Avenue is brimming with character, including a filling bowl of tasty beef stew at lunchtime...Read More

  • 15. Knockbreda Parish Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Belfast has so many churches you could visit a different one nearly every day of the year and still not make it to them all. The oldest house...Read More

  • 16. Lagan Boat Company N.I. Ltd

    Central District | Tour–Sight

    A 75-minute Titanic harbor tour takes in the shipyard where the famous liner was built. The Lagan Company also runs a separate two-hour boat...Read More

  • 17. Metropolitan Arts Centre

    Cathedral Quarter | Arts/Performance Venue

    Eye-catchingly beautiful, and flooded with light, the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) is Northern Ireland's flagship home for the arts and energizer...Read More

  • 18. Northern Ireland War Memorial

    Cathedral Quarter | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Alongside St. Anne's Cathedral, the memorial building houses an interactive exhibition about World War II. During the April 1941 Belfast blitz...Read More

  • 19. Queen's University Belfast

    University Area | Educational Institution

    Dominating University Road is Queen's University. The main buildings, modeled on Oxford's Magdalen College and designed by the ubiquitous Charles...Read More

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  • 20. Sinclair Seamen's Church

    Donegall Quay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    By the riverfront is one of the most appealing churches, Presbyterian Sinclair Seamen's Church. Designed by Charles Lanyon, the architect of...Read More

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