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About Belfast

Belfast enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Its name originated from the Gaelic 'Beal Feirste' meaning 'mouth of the sandy fjord'. Founded in the 17th century, the city was one of the world's leading industrial names, home to Harland and Wolff - the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic.

 

Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast is today an alluring destination. Amidst its majestic Victorian buildings, shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness, or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The city's centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase. 

 

Must-sees include the Crown Bar. Owned by the National Trust, it's still a vibrant drinking venue, with an amazingly rich and ornate interior of brightly coloured tiles, carvings, stained and etched glass, period gas lighting and cosy snugs.

 

Shore excursions in Belfast

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Belfast and Crumlin Road Gaol

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

View the sights of Belfast on a city drive and visit the historic Crumlin Road Gaol.

Take a drive through Belfast and gain an insight into the city’s long and often turbulent history. From the city’s colourful development and great industrial triumphs to its civil unrest.

You’ll pass by places such as the Grand Opera House and Albert Memorial and the Queen’s University. A photo stop will be made at the impressive Belfast City Hall that dominates Donegall Square. The most notable feature in the grounds is the marble figure of the goddess Thane, in memorial to the victims of the RMS Titanic.

Your drive will take you to the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, where the political murals are located. A short stop will be made here for you to view this poignant artwork.

The main feature of your tour will be a visit to the Victorian Crumlin Road Gaol, now fully renovated, but still retaining the eeriness of its past. Your guide will share the story behind this historical and architecturally significant prison building, which finally closed its doors in 1996 after 150 years. Discover how prison life was at Crumlin and view areas such as the C-Wing, the condemned man’s cell and the execution cell. You’ll also be taken into the infamous underground tunnel that once led to the Courthouse, the same route that the prisoners would have taken.

At the end of your visit there will be a brief opportunity to visit the small shop and museum, before the return drive to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking which includes steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. Passengers will be entering the underground tunnel on this tour.

Belfast City Walking Tour

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Belfast whilst listening to its captivating history.

Stroll the charming streets of Belfast and immerse yourself in 300 fascinating years of history. Savour the architectural gems as you explore the city’s humble origins and follow the original 1660’s street layout. Starting at Queen’s Square, the oldest part of the city, you will see the Custom House and Albert Clock, before wandering down to the River Lagan. Here, you can glimpse the cranes of Harland and Wolff shipyard whilst listening to tales of the famous ill-fated Titanic that was constructed here. As you amble along the High Street your guide will explain the city’s historic origins whilst you pass Pottingers Entry, Ann Street, Cornmarket, Castle Lane, Castle Arcade and Donegall Place. Marvel at the City Hall, a symbol of Belfast’s Victorian greatness, where the Titanic Memorial is located in its grounds.

Belfast’s friendly pubs have been the cornerstones of the city’s social life for centuries. You’ll stop at one of these pubs where you’ll be able to soak up the local atmosphere whilst enjoying refreshments of tea, coffee and scones.

On the return drive, you will pass the renowned Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road. A photo stop will be made at the murals which tell the story of Belfast’s troubled past.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves steps, inclines and 1½ hours’ continuous walking. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Belfast Highlights and Titanic Experience

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Combine the main sights of Belfast with a visit to the innovative Titanic Belfast for a fascinating and interactive Titanic Experience.

A leisurely drive around Belfast’s main sights will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city including the Grand Opera House, Albert Memorial, Queen’s University, Botanical Gardens and many of its other fine buildings. Your knowledgeable guide will explain all about Belfast’s rich and varied history as you pass the majestic renaissance style Belfast City Hall which houses the Titanic Memorial in its grounds. A photo stop will be made at the political wall murals at the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which are a poignant reminder of Belfast’s turbulent past.

The main highlight is a visit to the new state-of-the-art Titanic Belfast, which is housed in an iconic, hull shaped building adjacent to the site where the Titanic was constructed. This fascinating Titanic Experience, created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic liner, uses special effects, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way.

You’ll have around 2 hours to explore the 9 large galleries on a self-guided audio tour and to discover the story of the Titanic. You’ll hear stories of the passengers, crew and the heroes of the day before reliving the drama of Titanic’s tragic end. Finally, in the unique Ocean Exploration Centre, you’ll be able to see the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic Sea. If time permits, you can also view the slipways where the Titanic was launched, relax in one of the restaurants or browse the extensive gift shop before returning to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to Titanic Belfast is a self guided audio tour. There are lifts to all of the 6 floors and guests will have around 2 hours in total at the attraction.

Belfast Panorama

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

This leisurely drive will introduce you to the industrial and elegant Titanic city of Belfast with its rich and varied past.

Embark on a journey around the main sights of Belfast including the Grand Opera House, Albert Memorial, Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens, as your friendly guide brings the local area to life.

As you pass the impressive renaissance style Belfast City Hall, you’ll have the chance to see the marble Titanic Memorial, which was erected in the grounds to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.

Travelling a short distance outside the bustling city, you will learn about Northern Ireland’s troubled past as you pass by Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, before reaching Cave Hill Country Park for views of Belfast Castle. The Castle is one of Belfast's most outstanding and historically significant buildings. There are beautiful gardens and an adjoining country park. Don't miss the splendid views of Belfast Lough and sight of the city below you.

Cave Hill has become ingrained into Belfast's social history and culture, and into the very lives of its people. Indeed the Hill is one of the most celebrated landmarks of the city along with ‘Mac Art’s Fort’, a rock where United Irishmen planned the rebellion of 1795.

See the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which are a unique cultural experience. Look out for the former Crumlin Road Court House, Crumlin Jail and the Peace Line.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach, with photo stops along the way. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach.

City Drive and Hillsborough Castle

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

See the city sights of Belfast and visit Hillsborough Castle, the Royal Family’s official residence in Northern Ireland.

Discover the sights of Belfast as you travel through the main city streets, passing by exuberant Victorian and Edwardian buildings. View the giant cranes of the Harland and Wolff Shipyards, affectionately known as Samson and Goliath, which dominate the skyline. Here, you’ll be reminded of the tragic sinking of the Titanic, since it was in these shipyards that the ill-fated ship was built. Your drive will continue past the Queens University, and take in the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road.

Heading to the outskirts of the city, you’ll continue to the picturesque village of Hillsborough, home to Hillsborough Castle. The Georgian mansion was built in 1770 and remodeled in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today it’s a working ‘royal palace’ and serves as the British royal family’s official residence when visiting Northern Ireland. It has also been home to the Secretary of State since the 1970s.

A guided tour of the castle offers a fascinating insight into its background and history and allows you to view the elegant state rooms, including the throne room and drawing room. There will also be an opportunity to take an independent stroll through the lovely gardens, before its time to head back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of guided walking which includes uneven terrain, steps and stairs. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. As a working Royal Palace, Hillsborough Castle is subject to closure without prior notice. The order of sights visited may vary.

 

A selection of cruises to Belfast

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