Belfast is vibrant and enticing, with endless opportunities for photos to brighten up your Instagram feed, the ideal destination for a Staycation this Summer. Here are our Top 8 spots that you must visit during your stay to get those all important images guaranteed to make your friends jealous!
1. Deep Love – Graffiti on Dunbar Street
It is pretty much impossible to walk past this street art without taking a picture. ADW’s iconic painting of a diver in an antique diving suit carrying a mermaid in his arms can be found on Dunbar Street and is an absolute must visit for a sneaky snap.
2. Cathedral Quarter – Street Art Umbrellas
While you’re in the area, why not stop into the Cathedral Quarter and snap a shot of the iconic cobbled streets, vibrant bars with decorated walls and don’t forget to look up at the umbrellas! The upbeat Cathedral Quarter is a cultural and nightlife zone around Saint Anne’s Cathedral and is sure to have offer a buzz for visiting guests.
3. The Views in The Observatory at Grand Central Hotel
Welcome to The Observatory – The Grand Central’s jewel and the most spectacular and luxurious of liquor lounges. Take a seat and marvel over never-before-seen views of Belfast and beyond. From pavement to panorama. This is the tallest bar in all of Ireland and it makes for a phenomenally dreamy destination. Take in the view, pore over the dazzling menu and savour the most masterful mixology creations in Belfast’s most memorable sky-bar. To book a table CLICK HERE.
4. Top of Victoria Square
Call into the top of Victoria Square and experience the Dome with 360 views of Belfast. Their in house guide Gerry will be on hand to point out local attractions and points of interest such as the famous Harland & Wolff Cranes, Belfast City Hall, Stormont Buildings and Cave Hill.
5. The Big Fish
Visit the Lagan Lookout and you’ll notice a big fish sculpture beside the Lagan. It was created by John Kindness, and the most interesting thing about this fish are its beautiful blue scales, which are made up of ceramic tiles describing different scenes from the city’s history.
Stop by this piece of public art for a selfie and closer inspection of the tiled exterior, which tells the story of Belfast.
6. The Famous Crown Bar
The Crown Bar is the most famous pub in Belfast. You won’t find another place like it!
Formerly known as The Liquor Saloon in Great Victoria Street, it was one of the mightiest Victorian gin palaces which once flourished in the industrial cities of the British Isles. Dating back to 1826, it is now owned by the National Trust and has been sympathetically restored over the years.
The Crown remains a unique visual gem, a veritable masterpiece in bar architecture, which has the distinction of being known to millions the world over. The exterior facade of the bar is iconic and must stop for a picture when visiting the City.
7. Glass of Thrones
To celebrate 10 years of filming in Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland created giant, stained glass windows depicting some of the most iconic scenes from Game of Thrones.
The windows were unveiled to coincide with the final season of the show with each one representing a different house or legacy; including the Lannisters, Baratheons, Targaryens, White Walkers and the Iron Throne.
Find the Glass of Thrones installations dotted throughout Belfast city centre and Titanic Quarter, forming a trail from Waterfront Hall to Titanic Studios. Take a stroll to photograph the most iconic moments from the saga immortalised in stained glass!
8. Harland and Wolff
Take a stroll round Titanic Quarter and snap a picture of the famous yellow Harland and Wolff Cranes, view the original pump house at Titanic and the dry dock were the Titanic sat during it’s construction.
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