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Belfast attractions

Belfast makes the most of its fascinating history and here are some of the best attractions to visit. Your first day out in the city has to involve the Titanic, the White Star Line’s most luxurious liner, conceived and built in Belfast just over a century ago. After touring the Titanic Experience at Titanic Belfast and hearing all about this incredible true story, you should also have a look at the Titanic Dock and Pump House.

Then you need to move from a real 20th-century tragedy to George RR Martin’s imagined Game of Thrones. County Down provides many of the series’ best locations, so select one of several coach trips on offer and set off for Winterfell. Many tours combine a visit to the Game of Thrones locations with a trip to the famed Giant’s Causeway, Ulster’s greatest prehistoric marvel. If the stones have inspired you, how about a family visit to W5, the award-winning science and education centre in Belfast’s SSE complex? It makes the subject fun via innovative exhibitions which over the past few years have included an Oscar-winning animation featuring Wallace and Gromit.

Our picks

Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House
Butterfly on flowers

Randalstown Road, Antrim BT41 4LH

A visit to Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House is a must do. A hidden gem waiting to be explored! This 17th-century Anglo Dutch water garden located in Antrim Town was developed around Antrim Castle which was constructed by Sir Hugh Clotworthy and his son Sir John Clotworthy, 1st Viscount Massereene, between 1610 and 1662. Antrim Castle Gardens is a breathtaking walk into history and much more. Visit website

Belfast Castle
Belfast Castle

Antrim Road, Belfast BT15 5GR

Belfast Castle estate is situated on the lower slopes of Cave Hill Country Park in north Belfast. It contains both parkland and mature mixed woodland and offers superb views of the city from a variety of vantage points. The estate features include Cave Hill adventurous playground, Cave Hill visitor centre, landscaped gardens, herb garden, eco trails and orienteering routes. It is also home to many different species of wildlife, including long-eared owls, sparrow-hawks and Belfast’s rarest plant, the town hall clock. Visit website

Old Bushmills Distillery
Old Bushmills Distillery

2 Distillery Road, Bushmills BT57 8XH

In the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river you’ll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland, the Old Bushmills Distillery. A place where family and friends have worked for generations, in a small Northern Irish village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey. Take a guided tour around the working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise. Visit website

Lost City Adventure Golf
Lost City Adventure Golf

Cityside Retail & Leisure Park, Belfast BT15 1JH

Enjoy two 18-hole jungle-themed adventure golf courses, Sunken Skull Ridge and Explorer Falls, complete with interactive obstacles and special effects, including simulated thunder and lightning storms. From a cascading waterfall to talking statues, exotic animals and moving skulls, visitors will be transported to the tropics on arrival! The Lost City is the perfect venue and suitable for everyone! Visit website

Carnfunnock Country Park
Carnfunnock Country Park

Coast Road, Ballygalley, Larne BT40 2QZ

Carnfunnock Country Park is a fun-filled day out for the family with over 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, walking trails and coastline, not forgetting its spectacular panoramic views of the Antrim Coast. Spend your day exploring beautiful ancient woodlands, marvel at the agility of the red squirrels high up the beech trees, find your way into – and out of – the Maze or hit some balls around the nine-hole golf course or at the driving range. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Bria Stoddart/Lost City Adventure Golf; Getty Images; Mid and East Antrim Borough Council; Old Bushmills Distillery; Sergey Pristyazhnyuk/

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