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  • 1 Belfast Zoological Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Antrim Road GB - Belfast BT36 7PN

    Opened in 1934, Belfast Zoo has built an enviable reputation since its first enclosures, surrounded by ditches, were established on a green site called Hazelwood. Big cats, deer and kangaroos roam in expansive verdant spaces. Penguins, sealions and p..

  • 2 Crown Liquor Saloon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Great Victoria Street GB - Belfast BT27

    The Victorian interior is richly decorated with tinted glass and tiles in lively colours which are reflected in the arcaded mirrors behind the long curved marble bar. Inspired by his journeys to Spain and Italy Patrick Flanagan built this cafe like a..

  • 3 Ulster Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Botanic Avenue GB - Belfast

    This museum's varied collections provide a remarkable perspective on the history of Ulster and its capital. Its Art Gallery includes works by Turner, Gainsborough, Bacon and Henry Moore. In addition to its decorative arts exhibits, there are some fin..

  • 4 Queen's University Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    University Road GB - Belfast BT7 1NF

    A University since 1908, Queen's College (1845) with its Tudor-style architecture is reminiscent of Magdalen College Oxford. Charles Lanyon also designed the Union Theological College of the Irish Presbyterian Church (1852-1855) where the first North..

  • 5 City Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Donegall square GB - Belfast BT1

    The town hall (1898-1906) was built to celebrate the granting by Queen Victoria in 1888 of a new statute to the town of Belfast. The building in Portland stone stands on the site of the old White Linen house (1784) and was designed around a courtyard..

  • 6 Donegall Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Donegall Square GB - Belfast BT1

    At the heart of Belfast, this square's gardens are dotted with statues; note Queen Victoria, surrounded by allegorical representations of the textile industry and shipbuilding (see the memorial to the Titanic, built here in Belfast). To the south is ..

  • 7 Sinclair Seamen's Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Corporation Square GB - Belfast BT13

    Services in this Church (1857) are only for the maritime community in Belfast as shown by the location of this building near the docks and in the originality of its interior decor. Everything here recalls the sea and ships. The bell from HMS Hood is ..

  • 8 St Anne's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Donegall Street GB - Belfast BT1

    The building of this impressive Anglican cathedral stretched over more than a hundred years (1899 to 1981) which explains the variety of architectural styles. The sober interior has a military chapel devoted to the memory of Irish soldiers killed in ..

  • 9 Botanic Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Botanic Avenue GB - Belfast

    Here there is a bowls green, lawns which follow a majestic curve of huge shrubs, flowerbeds and a Rose Garden with a pergola descending gently towards the River Lagan. The gardens (11 ha) were originally designed by the plant devoted society Horticul..

  • 10 Belfast Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Antrim Road GB - Belfast BT15 5GR

    Belfast Castle, a great mansion in the Scottish Baronial style, was built in 1867-70. The external Baroque staircase was added to the east front in 1894. The interior now houses a restaurant, reception rooms, and a Heritage Centre with displays on th..

  • 11 Cave Hill

    Nature and gardens

    Antrim Road GB - Belfast

    Cave Hill is a black 360m-high cliff riddled with caves that mark the southern end of the Antrim plateau. The headland is the site of an earthwork known as McArts Fort. It served as a watchtower against Vikings and Anglo-Normans and affords a fine vi..

  • 12 Stormont

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Building GB - Belfast BT4 3SJ

    Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament, is a sober and imposing white Classical building with a central portico. It stands on a hill approached by a broad avenue that cuts through rolling parkland. Parliament met here between 1932 and 1972. Stormo..

  • 13 Glencairn People's Museum

    Museums and art

    Glencairn Road GB - Belfast BT13 3PT

    Set in a former Victorian residence, the Glencairn People's Museum includes an exhibition on the social history of the Shankhill area, with fascinating photographs of residents and their houses, and a history of Unionism (the Unionists formed a polit..

  • 14 Royal Ulster Rifles Museum

    Museums and art

    Stranmillis Road GB - Belfast BT9

    The small Museum of the Irish Light Infantry celebrates the military and sporting deeds of the regiment through weapons, trophies, medals, 19C uniforms and a collection of drums including those of Lambeg.

  • 15 Royal Belfast Academy Institute

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    College Square GB - Belfast BT1 6DD

    The interdenominational School for children commonly called the «Inst.» is set back from the road behind pleasant gardens. The main building has a long brick facade on three floors, lightened by four pairs of bare pilasters and a frame at the back of..

  • 16 Custom House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    34 Donegall Quay GB - Belfast BT1

    Designed by Charles Lanyon, the Custom House was built in 1857 on the west bank of the River Lagan overlooking the docks. The two wings and the central entrance form an E facing towards the town.

  • 17 Royal Courts of Justice

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Oxford Street GB - Belfast

    This huge Portland stone building was designed by J.G.West and built between 1929 and 1933.

  • 18 Albert Memorial Clock

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Victoria Street GB - Belfast BT1

    As a result of a land subsidence, the tower has started to lean slightly since its construction in 1865 by W.J.Barre. A statue of Prince Albert stands in a recess on the west side facing the High Street.

  • 19 St George's Church

    Religious buildings

    High Street GB - Belfast BT1 2AG

    John Bowden designed the Church in 1816. The classical portico comes from the Palace that the bishop of Derry began to build at Ballyscullion after 1787.

  • 20 Oval Church

    Religious buildings

    Rosemary Street GB - Belfast

    The first Presbyterian Church in Belfast (1783) is the oldest religious building still standing in the town. Its elliptical layout was designed by Roger Mulholland. The line of boxwood benches echoes the curve of the galleries, held up by columns cro..

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