In Belfast, there are well-marked walking paths throughout the city, as well as throughout all of Northern Ireland. You can get details on them all at Walk Northern Ireland’s website. In the photo above, we are walking along the Lagan River on the Lagan Towpath, heading to the Belfast Botanical Gardens. You can walk up the entire 11 miles Lagan Towpath that is a section of the 26-mile Lagan canal constructed in the 18th Century to transport bulk commodities between Belfast and Lough Neagh.
The Palm House conservatory is the highlight of the Belfast Botanical Gardens. Completed in 1840, it is one of the world’s earliest examples of a curvilinear cast iron greenhouse, and it is free to all visitors.
Belfast is home to an impressive amount of public art. One of our favorites was the Thanksgiving Statue, a 64-foot sculpture by Andy Scott. The sculpture has several nicknames including the Beacon of Hope and the Nuala with the Hula. We liked her flying ponytail.
You might recognize The Big Fish ceramic mosaic sculpture by John Kindness if you looked at tourism marketing materials for Belfast and Northern Ireland. Inside the Big Fish there is a time capsule storing information and images on the city of Belfast, while the outer skin is made of ceramic tiles decorated with texts and images relating to Belfast’s history.
Opened in March, 2012 on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard, the Titanic Belfast Museum is dedicated to Belfast’s maritime history. It’s a stunning building inside and out.
Throughout Belfast, you will see a small blue sign like this one noting places of historical significance. The one picture above marked the site where John Boyd Dunlop invented the first successful pneumatic tire. It was interesting to learn that Mr. Dunlop was a veterinary surgeon before he founded a tire company.
Colorful murals are found on building walls throughout Belfast. This one pays homage to some personalities with a tie to Belfast. Can you pick out actor Liam Neeson, who was born in Belfast and had his stage premier at Belfast’s Lyric Theater?
These 15 photos are just a small sampling of the delights of Belfast we discovered while walking around the city.
Have you visited Belfast? What is one of your favorite sites? Please share in comments below.
Other posts on our visit to Belfast you may want to check out:
- Getting from Kansas City to Belfast
- A Look Inside the Hilton Belfast Hotel
- 34 Fun Facts About Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Adding Northern Ireland to Our Travelers’s Century Club List of 324 Destinations
In preparation for our trip, we created a Belfast and Northern Ireland board on Pinterest.