It might be ‘Summer’ here in Belfast – but it doesn’t seem as if anyone told the sun.

Check out our top 11 things to do in Belfast when the weather is bad! Chances are, you’re going to need it…


1. Ulster Museum

Botanic Gardens – Website

Ulster Museum. Credit - Facebook

Natural science and human history with ever-changing exhibitions, the Ulster Museum is one of the top free attractions in Belfast.

If you have hopes of the weather changing,this museum is a great way to spend a few peaceful hours – plus you can later boast about how educated you are.

2. Yellow Door Cafe

Ulster Museum – Website

The Ulster Museum Cafe catered by The Yellow Door is fantastic with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking Botanic Gardens.

You can enjoy the sight of people getting soaked as you bite into your Goats Cheese Croque Monsieur! Find out more in our: 5 Cafes You Should Go Out Of Your Way To Visit This Month.

3. Dundonald International Ice Bowl

111 Old Dundonald Road – Website

IMBV-Dundonald Ice Bowl

Northern Ireland’s only Olympic sized ice rink is not to be missed! This one’s a great family day out or a laugh with friends. We can’t be the only ones who enjoy watching people fall…

4. Odyssey Bowl

2 Queens Quay – Website

We love Belfast’s bowling alley in the heart of the Odyssey Pavilion where there’s practically no limit to the number of players you can have in a game! The computers will track the lanes and scores on your behalf.

The whole family can play together – children and parents – on the same lane, or if you’re going for a fun night out with mates you can book three lanes together and have a mini-league night. You could even take the entire staff out for the evening if you wanted to go for one of the corporate packages.

5. Titanic Belfast

1 Olympic Way – Website


Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and the perfect way to spend a rainy day with the family. Located on the very slipways where she was built.

Good craic with mates…


Unit 2, City Business Park The Cutts- Website

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You are in a room. The door is locked. You have 60 minutes to get out. Do you think you can make it?

Escaped is a live action adventure escape game. No more point’n’click pixel hunting at home sitting in front of your monitor. It’s real.

All you need is a team for solving puzzles, thinking out of the box, working together and finally find out the code for freedom. From the age of 12 to 120. Check out what happened when Belfastvibe attempted to crack the code: Escap3d: The Live Action Adventure Game That’s Taking Belfast By Storm.

7. Citigolf

Cromac St – Website

CitiGolf is a fully licensed entertainment facility, incorporating Golf, Big Screen Wii / Xbox, Karaoke, food and drink in the heart of Belfast city centre.

Whether you are on your own or part of a large group, Citigolf is a fun venue for all to enjoy. Ideal for birthdays or stag and hen parties!

8. Crumlin Road Gaol

53-55 Crumlin Road – Website

Crumlin Road Gaol

The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. Explore over 150 years of history with a Guided Tour of Belfast’s Infamous Prison. Open seven days a week, tours run every 30 minutes, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

We’re also huge fans of the popular Paranormal Tours – Crumlin Road Gaol has been interconnected with Paranormal Activity ever since it closed its doors. This tour will take you to the various hot spots of the Gaol where Paranormal Activity has been reported and the harrowing stories associated with these areas. Check out the site for more info and times!

9. Oh Yeah Music Centre

15-21 Gordon St – Website

IMBV- Oh Yeah Centre

Host to Northern Ireland’s music exhibition and tour. From the warmth of a bus you can travel through the city’s music history, including Led Zeppelin’s 1971 premier of Stairway To Heaven.

Or you can stay inside and eat and drink…

10. Vandal

3 Winecellar Entry – Website

Opening 28 May, Vandal is a new bar & pizza joint based in Winecellar Entry (above Whites) in Belfast – featuring pizzas, boozy shakes and Disco! Our kinda place!

11. Zen

55-59 Adelaide St – Website

Well if it’s going to rain – there’s no better place to be trapped than in a Japanese/ Asian fusion restaurant with famously delicious cocktails to keep you busy!

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