24 Hours in Belfast

Here’s your perfect itinerary for spending 24 hours in Belfast

How to spend 24 hours in Belfast

Are you ready for a thrilling adventure in Belfast? You won’t believe all the amazing things you can pack into just 24 hours! From stunning historic sites and magnificent architecture to mouth-watering food and drinks, Belfast has it all. Journey through the city’s unique neighborhoods, meet friendly locals and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history. 

Take a photo at the peace walls and be inspired by the messages of unity and hope. Afterwards, visit the famous Titanic Museum or hike up the Divis and Black Mountain for stunning views of the entire city. 

Do not forget to indulge in a traditional Irish breakfast and a pint of the world-renowned Guinness beer. You will leave Belfast with a newfound love for the city and memories that will last a lifetime!

The International Wall (Divis Street)

The International Wall

Belfast is a remarkable city that has many exciting tourist attractions and activities for visitors to experience. If you’re planning a trip to this vibrant capital city, you’ll want to make the most of your time there. Luckily, we have a comprehensive list of places to visit and things to do that will give you a taste of everything Belfast has to offer, all in just one day!

Belfast is famous for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, and the renovated dockyards in the Titanic Quarter are a must-see destination. Here, you can explore the impressive Titanic Belfast museum, which is stunningly designed to resemble the shape of a ship’s hull. You can also visit the Titanic Slipways and Harland & Wolff’s Drawing Offices, where shipbuilders designed and constructed some of the world’s most iconic vessels.

Aside from the Titanic Quarter, there are various other attractions worth exploring, such as unique visitor experiences and popular sightseeing tours that showcase Belfast’s rich history, culture, and contemporary lifestyle. Take a city tour to discover some of Belfast’s most famous landmarks, parks, and monuments. Additionally, the city boasts beautiful gardens and excellent gastronomic hotspots where you can enjoy local delicacies for lunch and dinner.

In conclusion, Belfast is a city that has a lot to offer visitors, and even if you only have one day, you can still experience plenty of its best features. By following this 24-hour travel guide, you’ll be able to create cherishable memories and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Belfast City Hall

Things to do in Belfast

24 hours in Belfast Morning

Start your morning in Belfast the right way with a traditional Ulster Fry, Considered to be the ultimate breakfast food in Northern Ireland. The Ulster fry owes its existence to the tourism ‘boom’ on the British Isles in the 1960s. 

Today it is considered to be one of Northern Ireland’s most popular breakfast choices. This famous breakfast dish consists of sausages, bacon, fried eggs,  mushrooms, tomatoes, potato bread, and soda bread all fried until golden and crispy. This hearty breakfast is best accompanied by a cup of hot tea or Irish coffee.

After your breakfast, you can begin exploring the city with a visit to the Queen’s quarter here you will find Queen’s University and Ulster Museum. You could easily spend most of the day browsing its state-of-the-art exhibits, but limit yourself to 90 minutes and be sure to visit the Armada Room. 

This section of the museum hosts artefacts retrieved from the 1588 wreck of the Spanish galleon Girona, the 2500-year-old Egyptian mummy of Princess Takabuti (unwrapped in Belfast in 1835), and the bronze Bann Disc, a superb example of Iron Age Celtic design.

Belfast Peace Wall - Peace line - 24 Hours in Belfast

Belfast Political and Mural Tour

Continue your 24 hours in Belfast with a Belfast political and Murals tour. Learn about the history of the Troubles. A 1.5-hour tour of West Belfast (you can arrange free pick up anywhere in Belfast city centre). This neighbourhood provides a window into the past when religious tensions tore the city apart. on this West Belfast tour, visitors will find political murals, memorials, and the infamous Peace Line.

The first peace wall was built in 1969, following the outbreak of the 1969 Northern Ireland riots and “the Troubles”. They were built as temporary structures meant to last only six months, but due to their effective nature, they have become wider, longer, and more permanent. 

Originally few in number, they have multiplied over the years, from 18 in the early 1990s to 48 today; in total, they stretch over 21 miles (34 km), with most located in Belfast. They have increased in both height and number since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

Communities are separated by a wall up to 6 meters high. gates along its length that are still locked at night; and artwork painted on either side that talks of harmony but with messages of revenge or oppression. The streets may be quiet these days, the sounds of gunshots or bombs silenced, but the streets are still divided.

Don’t forget to stop at the International Wall after visiting the Peace Wall of Belfast while you are there.

The “International Wall” sits close to Cupar Way on the Falls side and includes some murals on political themes, and environmental issues and features famous world figures. Importantly this wall still has a mural painted by two artists based on Picasso’s Guernica. One is a Catholic, the other a Protestant these two artists come from different traditions.

There are several companies offering tours, You can book this tour from Belfast’s leading private tour company Belfast Tours NI.

if you are only one day in Belfast, you can make the most of your day by taking multiple tours in one day.

Belfast international wall

Belfast international wall 24 Hours in Belfast

Ask your tour guide to drop you at Belfast City Hall, Entering city Hall is free. A monument to the prosperity derived from Belfast’s 19th-century linen and shipbuilding industries. The gardens are littered with statues, including one of Sir Edward Harland (1831-95), mayor of Belfast and founder of the famous Harland & Wolff shipyard that built the SS Titanic.

Walk east along Chichester St where you will find Victoria Square Shopping mall. Victoria Square Shopping Centre is one of the biggest and most expensive developments in Northern Ireland. It includes both residential and commercial space, with the British department store House of Fraser as its anchor tenant. 

The square’s iconic feature is undoubtedly its glass dome that offers panoramic 360-degree views of the city. The 35-meter diameter dome has two covered, multi-level streets linking in, and an ornate Jaffee Fountain sits below the dome in what is the hub of the entire area.

From there stop for lunch in the Kitchen Bar. The Kitchen Bar is a Belfast institution dating back to 1859 it is also Unique to Victoria Squares as it is the only original pub where visitors experience a full range of drinks, home-cooked traditional food, entertainment, and great craic. The original building was a women’s boarding house prior to its use as a pub. 

The former Empire Theatre previously stood next to the pub and actors from the theatre would drink there, often leaving behind publicity photographs, which were displayed on the walls. Charlie Chaplin would often drop in for a drink after a show.

Afternoon

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Titanic Quarter - How can I spend 24 hours in Belfast?

After indulging in a delicious lunch, why not take a refreshing and scenic walk across the Lagan footbridge? As you traverse the bridge, you will come across a truly breathtaking sight – a gigantic ceramic sculpture of a majestic salmon, fondly known as “Bigfish” amongst the locals. 

This awe-inspiring masterpiece pays tribute to the remarkable transformation of the River Lagan, which underwent major cleaning efforts during the 1990s.

Continuing your journey across the bridge will lead you right into the heart of the Titanic Quarter, an area that has undergone significant redevelopment over the years. This once-gritty and industrial neighbourhood has transformed into an exciting and vibrant hub, with a strong focus on reviving the area’s rich maritime heritage. 

The Quarter centres upon the former shipyards and quays that once witnessed the construction of grand ocean liners. Get ready to be immersed in a world of captivating history, cutting-edge architecture, and cultural delights.

No ship is more famous than the luxurious Titanic and nowhere on earth is better equipped to tell its story than the Titanic Quarter of Belfast. This 185-acre waterfront attraction is home to dozens of historical landmarks, a film studio, and the largest collection of Titanic-themed artifacts on earth.

Travelers to Titanic Quarter can venture off on historic walking tours or visit Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House for an up-close look at the old-school maritime operations. Visitors can also explore the berths of the famous Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line ship on Earth. Travellers are transported more than 100 years back in time after boarding the newly restored ship.

Crown Liquor Saloon

The Crown Bar

Around 5.00 pm head back to the city centre to take a rest while enjoying a pint of the (black stuff) Guinness in Belfast’s famous Crown Liquor Saloon before you head to the Crumlin Road Gaol for your evening tour. 

This 1826 fantasy beguiles the eye with every glance. Look up there’s a pressed ceiling. There to your left? Brocaded walls and patterned tiles. To the right? Smoked glass screens and stained glass windows. Not to mention gunmetal plates (once used to strike matches) and antique bells (once used to summon your next drink).

Mosaics, carved wooden swans, mirrors, a red granite bar with a heated footrest will spoil you for sodden beer mats and pokies forevermore. This temple to the art of conviviality was actually made by Italian craftsmen who were in Ireland to make Catholic churches. The owner of the Crown convinced them to do some work on the side for him.

Book your table for 8.30 pm, which gives you time to explore an evening tour of Crumlin Road Gaol first (tours start at 6 pm, Fridays and Saturdays only check times and book in advance). Crumlin Road Gaol features two imposing structures of Belfast’s criminal justice system, the Crumlin Road Gaol (Jail) and Courthouse. 

The jail opened in 1845 and the courthouse five years later, though neither has been in service since the late 1990s. Crumlin Road Jail is the only Victorian-era prison remaining in Northern Ireland and is commonly referred to as “The Crum.”

Afterwards, sample a few tipples in Belfast’s famous Cathedral Quarter where you will find an array of bars and nightlife to please everyone and finish your  24 Hours in Belfast.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even if you have only 1 day in Belfast, it’s possible to have a wonderful experience that will leave you wanting more. With 24 hours in Belfast, you’ll have to pick and choose which Belfast attractions, activities and tours you want to experience and explore. however we suggest 48 hours in Belfast.

The easiest way to begin planning your trip is to have a conversation with one of our Experts – we’re always here and ready to chat. Our general line is 0044(0)7969836608, and our Phone Line are open on Mondays through Fridays from 9 – 8pm EST, and on Saturdays and Sunday from 10 – 5pm EST. You can also request a quote online by filling out this Contact us. Once submitted, a member of our team will reach out to you in the next 2 business days.

Private guided touring means no set departure dates, no minimum spend and no existing groups for you to join. You travel where you want and when you want, simply bring us the number of travelers, the ideal dates and the ‘must-haves’ for the trip, and our Experts will create your itinerary to fit your needs.

Every Belfast Tours NI trip is 100% personalized to fit your needs, and that includes our pricing. A private guided tour ranges in cost depending on the length of your trip, what time of the year you travel, the number of travelers in your party, the destinations you wish to visit, the experiences you want to have, and the style of accommodation you prefer. With the help of our Experts, we can design your dream trip within your ideal budget. Get an idea of which style of private guided travel suits your budget or contact our Experts for more detailed pricing.

From Belfast’s Great Victoria Street, take the train to Coleraine. The journey should last about 1 hour 15 minutes. When you arrive in Coleraine, get either the 170 or 420 bus, both of which run directly to the Giant’s Causeway.

51 miles
 
How far is it from Belfast to Giant’s Causeway? The distance between Belfast and Giant’s Causeway is 51 miles. The road distance is 60.9 miles.

The Giant’s Causeway itself is free to enter and it is possible to do a self-guided tour around the area. The main attraction is undoubtedly the causeway’s 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns, and natural rock formations such as the ‘Giant’s Boot’, the ‘Organ’ and the ‘Wishing Chair’.

Visiting the Giant’s Causeway needs some consideration if you are not at least of average fitness. The visit includes a roadside climb down to the rocks but more importantly the steep climb back up. Allow at least 2 hours on a fine day to explore the site. or you can your Chauffeur Service which is better way to see Causeway Coast.

How long will my visit take? As the Titanic Experience is a self-guided tour, the duration does depend upon pace and level of interest of our customers, however an average visit lasts 1½ – 2½ hours. This is normally followed by 30mins – 1 hour on board SS Nomadic.

You Can Visit the Giant’s Causeway Without Paying

To skip the fees simply park away from the visitors centre. The lot at Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Railway is just a few pounds and a short walk away. You may also find a local farmer who will let you park and walk from his land for a small fee.

To walk onsite to the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre and Causeway Hotel, you can park in the nearby seaside village of Portballintrae and walk part of the Causeway Coast Way, (called the Yellow Trail on our maps) and then the Green Trail which links to the Red Trail.

Tourists began to flow to the Giant’s Causeway during the nineteenth century. After the National Trust took over its care in the 1960s and removed some commercialism, the Causeway became a well established tourist attraction. Visitors were able to walk over the basalt columns right at the edge of the sea.

It’s easy to reach the Giant’s Causeway – it’s just 60 miles north of Belfast. … You can wave to Scotland en route – the Scottish mainland is just 13 miles away in some parts, such as Tor Head in Northern Ireland to the Mull of Kintyre.

There are two ways to experience the Giant’s Causeway. Admission prices.
 
 Online priceStandard price
Adult£13.00£13.00
Child£6.50£6.50
Family*£32.50£32.50
Under 5sFREEFREE

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Visitor info | Giants Causeway Admission prices

Formed 50 to 60 million years ago, during the Paleogene Period, the Giant’s Causeway resulted from successive flows of lava inching toward the coast and cooling when they contacted the sea.

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