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Belfast City Sightseeing Tours

Belfast city centre is compact and can be explored on foot.

The main shopping area is in front of the City Hall and includes two large malls: CastleCourt and Victoria Square (the latter has a rooftop glass dome with good views over the city).

The City Hall is an impressive building - and offers daily tours at set times. Its grounds include the Titanic Memorial Garden with a plinth listing the names of all who perished.

Sightseeing outside of the city centre area requires transport.

My Belfast Chauffeur offers tours of Belfast city in a private executive car with your own chauffeur-guide.

Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast. One of the oldest universities in the UK.
Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast. One of the oldest universities in the UK.
Palm House, Botanic Gardens. Lovely Victorian park near university.
Palm House, Botanic Gardens. Lovely Victorian park near university.
Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Home of the NI Assembly and the NI Executive.
Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Home of the NI Assembly and the NI Executive.
Belfast's iconic landmarks - the twin cranes Samson & Goliath at 
 Harland & Wolff, the shipyard where Titanic was built.
Belfast's iconic landmarks - the twin cranes Samson & Goliath at Harland & Wolff, the shipyard where Titanic was built.
Titanic Belfast - visitor centre opened in 2012 to commemorate the 100th 
 anniversary of the disaster. Pre-booking recommended.
Titanic Belfast - visitor centre opened in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Pre-booking recommended.
Dry dock and pump-house where Titanic was fitted out after her launch. Small visitor centre with cafe.
Dry dock and pump-house where Titanic was fitted out after her launch. Small visitor centre with cafe.
Belfast City Hall. Guided tours at set times each day. A plinth in the Titanic 
 Memorial Garden lists the names of all who perished.
Belfast City Hall. Guided tours at set times each day. A plinth in the Titanic Memorial Garden lists the names of all who perished.
Belfast Castle's elevated position offers great views of the city. 
 Venue for events & conferences. Includes restuarant & bar.
Belfast Castle's elevated position offers great views of the city. Venue for events & conferences. Includes restuarant & bar.
A flagship of the city's regeneration, Belfast Waterfont is a concert and 
 conference venue on the banks of the River Lagan.
A flagship of the city's regeneration, Belfast Waterfont is a concert and conference venue on the banks of the River Lagan.
Carrickfergus Castle. This 800+ year-old castle is one of the finest medieval 
 structures in Ireland. Open to the public.
Carrickfergus Castle. This 800+ year-old castle is one of the finest medieval structures in Ireland. Open to the public.

Taxi Tours Belfast

A chauffeur-driven car is the perfect way to do sightseeing in greater Belfast. You'll want to get the most from every day of your visit and a private taxi tour from My Belfast Chauffeur puts you in control:

  • You define the schedule to suit your priorities
  • You are free to change the itinerary as required
  • You avoid the waiting-for-others problem of large groups
  • You relax in a comfortable executive car or MPV
  • You benefit from the insight of a personal driver-guide

Chauffeur Tours Belfast

The slideshow above offers some ideas for your tour and we have noted below information on three of Belfast's most popular museums. All 3 museums are closed on Mondays (except bank holidays).

Ulster Museum

Located beside Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum is Northern Ireland's largest exhibition of archaeology, botany, zoology, geology and Irish art.

Popular displays include the mummified body of Takabuti, an Egyptian woman from Thebes, and treasures from the Girona, a ship of the Spanish Armada that sank off Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

This extensive museum is located at Holywood, about 7 miles from the city centre. It offers two separate experiences:

The Folk Museum is a re-creation of rural life as it was in the early 1900s. The 170-acre park includes quaint country lanes passing farms, cottages, pastures and rural industries. The countryside exhibits are laid out around Ballycultra, which represents a typical Ulster town from the period.

Most of the buildings are authentic and were rebuilt at the museum brick-by-brick. Many are open to explore and there are regular demonstrations of local craft making and open-hearth cooking.

The Transport Museum tells the story of transportation in Ireland from early times to the modern day. It includes an impressive collection of steam locomotives and railway stock.

A popular exhibit is the DeLorean DMC-12 gull-wing sports car, which was manufactured in Belfast and made famous in the 'Back to the Future' films.

Also included is a Titanic exhibition, TITANICa, which tells the liner's story and its association with Belfast.