10 Things to See and Do in Belfast

10 Things to See and Do in Belfast

Belfast is the capital city of and the largest city of Northern Ireland and is the second largest city on the island of Ireland. During the period of conflict called “the troubles”, Belfast suffered greatly, but has since sustained a period of calm, free from the political violence of the past and has experienced substantial economic and commercial growth. There are many things to see and do in Belfast for all ages. Because of its rich history in shipbuilding, there are many sites where you can explore the history. For example, you can see where the famous “Titanic” was built or visit the SS Nomadic. If you would like to experience a little culture, a visit to the Grand Opera House should be on your itinerary. Maybe you’d like to visit a castle, take a walk through a park or possibly take the family to a zoo. Whatever your preference, you’ll find it in Belfast.

1. Grand Opera House

Opened in 1895, the Grand Opera House is a theater located in Belfast and is the premier theater in Northern Ireland. Their programming includes drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals and family shows, so its perfect for whatever your taste in theater genre. The goal of the theater is to present world-class entertainment while remaining self-sustaining and to ensure that your experience is enjoyable whether you are watching a show or working at the theater. Some of the shows currently being hosted at the Grand Opera House include: Family – Horrible Histories, The Cat in the Hat, Singalonga Frozen, Snow White, and Mister Maker; Drama – The Business of Murder, The Lord of the Flies, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Comedy – One Night in Istanbul, Mama Mia It’s Murder, Hypnotic Dinner Show, Del and Rodney – The Dinner Show, Jason Byrne, Carry On Screaming – The Comedy Dinner Show, and Give My Head Peace. There are many more shows and events always happening at the theater. Don’t miss out on a great experience.

2. SS Nomadic

First launched on April 25, 1911, the SS Nomadic is the only surviving White Star Line steamship today. It is 230 feet (70m) long and 37 feet (11m) wide with a registered weight of 1,273 tons, had two single ended coal fired boilers and two compound steam engines, each driving two three-bladed screws of 7 feet (2.1m) in diameter with a maximum speed capacity of 12 knots (14 mph/22 km/h). With four working decks, the Nomadic could carry up to 1000 passengers when fully loaded. In 2006, the Nomadic Preservation Society was formed to preserve the SS Nomadic and publicize it as a tourist attraction. She now sits in Belfast’s Hamilton Dock where visitors can climb aboard and experience the history of over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history. Known as the mini Titanic, the Nomadic’s four decks let you experience first hand how it felt to be a passenger aboard the Titanic on her fateful maiden voyage. The story of the Nomadic is told in various interactive manners; hands on, technical and traditional storytelling that appears to all ages.

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