Bank Holiday Monday means Sunday is the new Saturday.
The three-day-weekend adds another 24 hours of endless possibilities, whether you want to spend the day shopping, brunching, having a quality-time day with the family – or spending it drinking with friends.
1. Cafe Conor
11a Stranmillis Road – Website
With a breakfast menu available 9am – 5pm seven days a week, brunch at this historic little cafe with the big reputation is a no-brainer.
Whilst there’s delicious options including everything from omelettes to waffles, anyone in need of a hangover cure needs to opt for the Big Breakfast.
2. St George’s Market
Donegall Quay – Website
Visit Belfast’s amazing indoor market on Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a flavour of local food.
Whether you fancy a Belfast Bap or a French crepe, there’s always plenty of variety!
The market is open Friday 6am – 2pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
3. Bert’s Jazz Bar
16 Skipper Street – Website
Transport yourself back to the Art Deco glamour of 1930’s New York and the Jazz Age in Belfast’s only dedicated Jazz bar and restaurant.
The Weekend Brunch menu is served between 11am – 3pm and includes a Bloody Mary or Buck’s Fizz, a choice of hot dish & tea or coffee for £16.50 per person.
Enjoy your delectable brunch between 12pm – 2pm.
4. Belfast City Hall
Why not take this opportunity to explore some of the amazing landmarks we take for granted?
Belfast City Hall is right on your doorstep, so why not take a tour led by an experienced guide.
Highlights include the Titanic Memorial Garden, exhibitions and the Bobbin Coffee Shop, located in the East Wing. The grounds feature a number of monuments and memorials.
Sunday tour times: 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (June – September).
5. Titanic Belfast
Queen’s Road – Website
Recently named Europe’s best visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast is a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition, where you’ll uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
Sunday opening hours: 10am – 5pm (October – March), 9am – 6pm (April, May and September) and 9am – 7pm (June – August)
6. HMS Caroline
Alexandra Dock, Titanic Quarter – Website
The HMS Caroline, which was awarded a five-star visitor attraction rating recently, is the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland.
Having undergone extensive restoration visitors can discover a range of historic spaces including the Captain Crookes Cabin, Royal Marines Mess and Seamen’s Wash.
It’s open daily from 10am – 6pm.
7. Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens – Website
As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and the present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and is free to all visitors. The museum tells the story of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day.
Impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones bring history, science and art collections to life for visitors of all ages. It’s also home to a pretty delicious cafe catered by Yellow Door which boasts stunning floor-to-ceiling views over Botanic Gardens.
Sunday opening hours: 10am – 5pm
8. Crumlin Road Gaol
53 – 55 Crumlin Road – Website
Crumlin Road Gaol first opened its gates to prisoners in 1846 and for 150 years it was a fully operational prison.
During those 150 years, the Gaol has housed murderers, suffragettes and loyalist and Republican Prisoners. It has witnessed births, deaths and marriages and has been the home to executions, escapes, hunger-strikes and riots.
On a 70 minute guided tour you will be taken through the years and experience what life was like for those imprisoned in ‘The Crum’ at one of Belfast’s most unique visitor attractions.
Sunday opening hours for the Crumlin Road Gaol: 10am – 4.30pm.
Dine For Dinner
9. Cuffs Bar & Grill
Crumlin Road Gaol – Website
Crumlin Road Gaol is now also home to amazing new restaurant Cuffs Bar & Grill – offering a truly unique setting for your evening meal!
Open seven days a week, Cuffs Bar & Grill has unveiled their delicious menus designed to suit all tastes. Lunch menu and dinner menus available, alongside the chefs selection of mouth-watering daily specials.
Bookings are now open from 12pm to 10pm.
10. Havana Bank Square
56-58 Berry Street – Website
Fresh from an exciting new menu launch that boasts stacks of Gluten Free and Vegetarian options, Havana Bank Square is the hidden gem you need to visit this Bank Holiday Weekend.
Firm favorites such as the the Crispy Chili Beef have remained on the menu, whilst a host of exciting new additions have also been added.
Just don’t skip dessert. They might be diet-busting – but they’re worth it!
11. House of Zen
3 St Anne’s Square – Website
House of Zen offers incredible value for money – with one main course alongside any starter or soup just £9.95 on the incredible budget-friendly two-course lunch deal.
It’s also famed for its legendary cocktails and six-course wine-pairing menu.
Out For Drinks
12. The Spaniard
3 Skipper Street – Website
Hidden in the depths of the Cathedral Quarter, be careful not to miss The Spaniard. Providing the perfect cosy, intimate atmosphere, The Spaniard is the ideal place for a chat with good friends or a date with your significant other.
Just be warned though. Thanks to the excellent beer selection, it can get pretty hard to leave.
12-14 Church Lane – Website
Muriel’s is our favourite gin palace.
Boasting an outstanding collection of gins – it had more than 100 at our last count – Muriel’s also offers delicious food, cocktails and tasty cheeseboards of food to share. The perfect setting for a relaxed Saturday (that’s really a Sunday) filled with drinking.
14. The Perch
5th Floor – The Gate – 42 Franklin Street – Website
Sunday, August 28 will feel like a Saturday, with doors at The Perch opening from 1pm and live music from DJ Steve Simpson and Rick Swann.
You can also enjoy the delicious Gourmet Pizza Menu alongside your favourite cocktails on the roof.
15. The National & Sixty6
62-68 High Street – Website
Marking its first summer as a four floor, 6 bar, rooftop bar – The National & Sixty6 is celebrating this Bank Holiday weekend with live music in the Back Garden, a set by Faux DJ’s, Bobby Murray and Residents Kkru DJz.