We managed to do quite a bit during our few days including one of the Game of Thrones tours, a hop on hop off bus tour and the Titanic Experience but there’s still so much more I’d love to do in the city so here’s four reasons why I want to go back to the city.
To do the other Game of Thrones tour
There’s two distinct tours, one which covers Winterfell locations and one which covers the Iron Islands. We plumped to do the former on our trip but I’d love to do the other tour and see the other locations used in Belfast. The Iron Islands tour would visit the Cushendum Caves where Melisandre gave birth to the dark spirit, the Dark Hedges, the Iron Islanda beach where Theon dedicated his faith to the ‘Drowned God’ and Renly’s camp in the Stormlands among other things.
I had such a good time on the previous tour and a lot of the guides have been extras within the show so they have so much interesting information to impart.
Visit Giants Causeway
Thankfully Giants Causeway is included within the other Game of Thrones tour so I could do both in one day but the UNESCO site looks absolutely amazing in photos. The Giants Causeway is an area with about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which were the result of a very old volcanic eruption and it’s something I’d love to experience for myself.
Photo taken by Ellen of Elfeelsgoodvintage
Explore Crumlin Road Gaol
This was something I really wanted to do last year but we just didn’t have time, this is an old prison which closed in 1996 but dates back to 1845, and now you can take a guided tour around to learn the history and why the decision was made to close the prison. As well as seeing the prison you can visit the underground tunnel which connected the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse meaning those in prison had no means for escape. I don’t visit a huge amount of historical places but this is definitely something which peaked my interest as I’m a fan of the bloodier/ gorier side of history.
Visit City Hall
I am a huge fan of beautiful buildings and the Belfast City Hall is just that, the outside looks absolutely stunning. I barely even caught a glimpse of it during my last trip so I’d love to go into the entry hall and pick up a walking guided tour (especially as they’re free).
Have you ever been to Belfast?