When you’re torn between the need to finish paying off your summer holiday and wanting to get out and about in the good weather, it can be a difficult inner-battle. Here’s the solution – free things to do in Belfast…

1. Ulster Museum

Botanic Gardens

The largest museum in Northern Ireland, featuring collections of art, archeology, local history and zoology. The Ulster Museum is located by Botanic Gardens, another free and beautiful spot to visit.

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2. Belfast City Hall

Donegall Sq

Once you’ve had an in-depth tour of the City Hall, revealing unique stories about the building’s history, you can relax on the grass outside and admire the architecture.

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3. Stormont Parliament Building

Upper Newtownards Rd

See both inside and out of Northern Ireland’s main government buildings. Free public tours run throughout the day and there are two woodland walks within the public area as well as a range of events taking place this summer.


4. Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Sq N

Discover more about Belfast at Linen Hall Library, containing an unparalleled Irish and Local Studies Collection. Throughout summer a range of free exhibitions and events will also be running for visitors, such as a lecture about Samuel Beckett.

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5. Oh Yeah Music Centre

15-21 Gordon St

The Oh Yeah Music Centre plays host to a one-of-a-kind permanent exhibition using storyboards to plot the history of music in Northern Ireland featuring the likes of Snow Patrol, Van Morrison, Therapy?, Ash, Energy Orchard and Ulster punk’s big two – Rudi and The Outcasts.

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7. Belfast Art Galleries


10 Exchange St W

The galleries at The MAC are free to be enjoyed at your leisure. With a constant stream of exhibitions, there’s always something new to see.


Belfast Exposed

23 Donegall St

Northern Ireland’s first dedicated photographic gallery, featuring contemporary photography that addresses social issues. The gallery’s mission is to inspire – you never know, you might be persuaded to give it a go.

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8. Belfast Castle Estate and Cave Hill Country Park

Cave Hill

Explore Belfast Castle and Cave Hill Country Park’s walking trails, suitable for casual or serious walkers. You can witness panoramic views of Belfast from the hillside.

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9. Barnett Demesne

Milltown Rd

Go red squirrel spotting at Barnett Demesne. There’s also an eco-trail and orienteering routes to make a typical walk in the park more fun.

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10. Divis and Black Mountain

Divis Rd

Walking trails will guide you through Belfast’s hills which offer vast wildlife and a view of the city’s skyline.

Black Mountain

11. Walk Along The Sea Front

Visit one of the 11 beautiful beaches near Belfast to see the views and enjoy some rare good weather. With all the money you’ll be saving, you might as well splash out on an ice-cream.

Whitepark Bay

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