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Things to do in Belfast
Belfast City Hall
Our Glasgow – Belfast Express Drop Off & Departure Point
One of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall first opened its doors in August 1906 and is Belfast’s civic building. Belfast City Hall was originally completed to celebrate Belfast’s new status as a city in 1906. Today, this beautiful building stands in the heart of Belfast City centre as a must-see landmark for Northern Ireland. The grounds of Belfast City Hall are packed with famous monuments and statues, detailing the history of both the building and Belfast. Today, the grounds of City Hall are a favourite of city centre workers, students, and tourists for taking a break from the bustling city. Our Glasgow – Belfast Express Service drop off point is just outside City Hall which is very convenient for anyone visiting Belfast.
Belfast’s ‘Must See’ Attraction
Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and a must-see on any visit to Belfast and Northern Ireland. Titanic Belfast, named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2016, is located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912. The self-guided Titanic Experience extends over nine interpretive and interactive galleries, which explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who made her. You can literally spend all day here, so all-in-all it offers good value for money. We also recommend you make a visit to the SS Nomadic, the Titanic’s little sister, which is just next door and is free to enter with some Titanic Belfast passes.
Book tickets online at www.titanicbelfast.com
Queen’s Road, Belfast
Great for kids
Belfast Zoo occupies a 55-acre site about a 15-minute drive north of Belfast city centre and is a must for a family fun day out if you are visiting Northern Ireland. Belfast Zoo houses over 140 species of animals, many of which are now endangered in their natural habitat. It’s been open since the 1930s and ranks among the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland, receiving over 300,000 visitors a year wanting to see the resident elephants, lions, giraffes and sloths. Belfast Zoo has two café’s offering a range of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks. The Lion’s Den Restaurant and The Treetop Tearoom provide a variety of food and stunning views. They can also organise a picnic lunch for you with perfect views over Belfast from the picnic areas. It’s a great day out, especially if you’re visiting Belfast with the kids and our family friendly coach service from Glasgow to Belfast is a great way for all the family to travel here.
Tickets can be bought online or in person at Belfast Zoo.
Antrim Rd, Belfast, Newtownabbey BT36 7PN
Free Entry and Family Favourite
There’s no better way to find out about the unique history of Belfast than with a visit to the Ulster Museum in the Botanic Gardens. It’s excellent collections vary from fine art and archaeology through to ethnography and sunken treasure from the Spanish Armada. Best of all, entry is absolutely free. It’s easy to explore in a couple of hours and the beautiful Botanic Gardens are an added bonus and perfect if you want to be outdoors when the sun’s shining and the weather’s warm. Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum.
Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Belfast Castle Estate and Cave Hill Country Park
Stretch your legs and take in this view
Belfast Castle is located in the Cave Hill area of North Belfast, just a 20-minute drive out of the city centre. It was built in the 1860s and is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The landmark, named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological, and historical features, including Belfast Castle. Its most famous feature, known locally as Napoleon’s Nose, is believed to have been the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s Travels. Belfast Castle has a fantastic restaurant with varied menus offering something to suit everyone. With breath taking views and great walking and orienteering routes you won’t be disappointed with a day out at Cave Hill. From lunch in the Cellar Restaurant to morning coffee with delicious scones and patisserie items in the Tavern. All catering is provided by the local family run business French Village who are well renowned for their food quality and innovation across Belfast and beyond.
Belfast Castle and Cave Hill Country Park
Cave Hill, Antrim Road
Crumlin Road Gaol
A ‘Halloween Favourite’
The Crumlin Road Gaol is a 19th century Grade A listed jail, open to the public for tours, concerts, and events. It is one of Belfast’s best tourist attractions, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting to see its magnificent architecture and to delve into the stories behind the nickname, “Europe’s Alcatraz”. Take a tour to experience all aspects of the Gaol from the tunnel linking the courthouse on the other side of the Crumlin Road to the hanging cell, Governor’s office, hospital, and graveyard. We think the Gaol’s tour guides are excellent at bringing the building’s gruesome history to life, to the point where seeing the prison’s execution chamber can be quite overwhelming. It’s probably not for the faint-hearted, but it is a fascinating day out. The Gaol has housed murderers, suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners. It has witnessed births, deaths and marriages and has been the home to executions, escapes, hunger-strikes, and riots.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.crumlinroadgaol.com or by calling 028 9074 1500. They can also be purchased at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North.
Crumlin Road Gaol
Visitor Attraction & Conference Centre
53-55 Crumlin Road,
Belfast, BT14 6ST
Remember with Hannon, Bags go Free
Victoria Square is the stunning, modern shopping centre at the heart of Belfast, which should be your first port of call if you’re planning on a bit of retail therapy. You’ll find the likes of Apple, Calvin Klein, House of Fraser, Tommy Hilfiger and Urban Outfitters alongside fast-food favourites like Five Guys, Nando’s and Pizza Express. Castle Court Shopping Centre is where you’ll find more budget-friendly options like Matalan, New Look and Debenhams. You should also explore the shopping streets around Victoria Square. For example, Zara, The Disney Store, and the independent shops of the Queens Arcade are just off Donegall Place. Last but not least, St George’s Market is as much of a tourist attraction as it is a shopping destination. The enormous indoor Victorian market is a bustling world of bargains and a must visit for foodies.
Just a 5-minute walk from our Glasgow – Belfast Express Drop Off/Pick up point
A great hotel to highlight is the Premier Inn which is a firm favourite with our passengers. With three Premier Inn Hotels in Belfast you’ll have the perfect base for exploring this fantastic city. Belfast’s City Centre Premier Inn is located on Alfred Street which is just a 5 min walk from the Glasgow – Belfast Express drop off point. There are also Premier Inns’ at the Titanic Quarter and the Cathedral Quarter which are great spots for visiting some of the best tourist attractions in Belfast.
Premier Inn Belfast City Centre Hotel (Alfred Street) – 5 minutes from Glasgow – Belfast drop off point
Alfred St, Belfast BT2 8ED
0333 777 3688
Premier Inn Cathedral Quarter Hotel – 10 minutes from Glasgow – Belfast drop off point
2-6 Waring St, Belfast BT1 2DX
0333 777 3901
Premier Inn Belfast Titanic Quarter Hotel – Short taxi ride or take Belfast’s Glider Public Transport
2A Queens Rd, Belfast BT3 9DT
0333 321 9207
Glasgow – Belfast Express £39 each way
• Family friendly service
• Convenient pick up and drop off times
• Our services are back up and running with a new timetable. Keeping our customers and staff safe is our number one priority.
• We have put in place a range of new safety measures to keep you safe when travelling on our coaches
10 Great reasons to choose Hannon Coach to travel between Glasgow and Belfast…
- Our service is the ONLY direct through service between Glasgow and Belfast – our coach travels the whole way with you and does not just drop you at the ferry terminal.
- Convenient online booking up to 60 minutes before departure
- The cost of the ferry is included, and we also check you on-board.
- Luxury coach the whole way with on-board toilet, Wi-Fi and reclining seats.
- The coach drops you off just outside Belfast City Hall– right in the heart of the city, within walking distance of bars, cafes and restaurants.
- No luggage charges – bring up to 2 full size 23Kg suitcases and 1 carry-on bag per passenger.
- We can also accommodate bikes and larger items (Passengers are required to contact us in advance).
- We do not hike prices on busy days or closer to your travel date.
- Hassle-free security. Stress-free journey
- Free Wi-Fi the whole way.