Belfast city's top ten tourist attractions

City Hall: Belfast has changed enormously in recent years and is now Ireland's second most visited hub.

Since opening in 2000 the arena has hosted some of the most famous bands and artists from around the world, and it is also home to the Belfast Giants.

The Odyssey Arena is easily accessible to all people and is superbly located in the heart of the city, close to three motorways, five minutes from the nearest airport and 15 minutes walk from Central station.

For information on upcoming events visit the website.

8. St. Georges Market

St. Georges Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions and one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland.

It has been voted for numerous local and national titles and awards for its fresh, local produce and great atmosphere.

The Friday Variety Market, on the St George’s Market site, dates back to 1604. The fish section alone contains 23 fish stalls and holds the reputation for being the leading retail fish market on the island of Ireland.

The Saturday Market has a fusion of tempting speciality foods from around the world as well as handmade crafts, flowers, plants and local artwork.

The Sunday Market has a special emphasis on local arts and crafts, offering more local craftspeople the opportunity to show off their talents.

Live music from top local bands and solo artists also ensures that visitors are kept entertained on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information visit the website.

9. Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle estate is situated on the lower slopes of Cave Hill County Park in the North of Belfast. The castle offers stunning views over Belfast city and is also a popular venue for marriages because of its gorgeous scenery and gardens. Its Victorian-era surroundings is great for a fun day out with plenty of things to do. You can visit Cave Hill visitor center or even climb Cave Hill itself. For more information visit its page on Discover Ireland.

10. Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House is Northern Ireland’s premier theatre presenting outstanding west end musicals, dramas, opera, dance, and family plays. According to The Theatres Trust, the "magnificent auditorium is probably the best surviving example in the United Kingdom of the oriental style applied to theatre architecture.” For more information visit the website. 

*Originally published in 2013