Guidebook for Belfast

Nicola
Guidebook for Belfast

Drinks & Nightlife

Really good music - Rock/alternative bar, nice atmosphere and really friendly people. Also does gigs and live music too.
Voodoo Belfast
11A Fountain St
Really good music - Rock/alternative bar, nice atmosphere and really friendly people. Also does gigs and live music too.
Also a nightclub at the weekends. Really good food and cocktails, quirky vibe.
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Love & Death
10a Ann St
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Also a nightclub at the weekends. Really good food and cocktails, quirky vibe.
Also a bar downstairs, but I go mainly for the nightclub. Owned by the same people as Love and Death, so the same applies: great food and cocktails
Aether & Echo
11 Lower Garfield St
Also a bar downstairs, but I go mainly for the nightclub. Owned by the same people as Love and Death, so the same applies: great food and cocktails
Bar, music venue also. Really really good on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. If you want a taste of the real Belfast nightlife, go here! Belfast is known for it's music scene and this is a true taste of it. Friendly people and really good atmosphere.
The Foundry Belfast
68-72 Newtownards Rd
Bar, music venue also. Really really good on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. If you want a taste of the real Belfast nightlife, go here! Belfast is known for it's music scene and this is a true taste of it. Friendly people and really good atmosphere.
True Irish style pub in a cobbled street. Lots of space and benches outside it so when the whether is good everyone gathers outside and chats, drinks and dances. I highly recommend going here.
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Duke of York
7-11 Commercial Ct
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True Irish style pub in a cobbled street. Lots of space and benches outside it so when the whether is good everyone gathers outside and chats, drinks and dances. I highly recommend going here.
Another real Irish feel bar. Old fashioned, live music, fire roaring and lots of Guinness. They do amazing Irish stew as well.
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Kelly's Cellars
30-32 Bank St
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Another real Irish feel bar. Old fashioned, live music, fire roaring and lots of Guinness. They do amazing Irish stew as well.
Laverys is everything in one. My go to for everything. Really good food, nice atmosphere, three floors with a nightclub on some nights, a pool room with very good quality tables, 2 outdoor areas (one recently renovated roof terrace) and a sister bar joined on which specialises in craft beer. I highly recommend Laverys.
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Lavery's Bar Belfast
12-18 Bradbury Pl
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Laverys is everything in one. My go to for everything. Really good food, nice atmosphere, three floors with a nightclub on some nights, a pool room with very good quality tables, 2 outdoor areas (one recently renovated roof terrace) and a sister bar joined on which specialises in craft beer. I highly recommend Laverys.
The SU is everything in one. They do food which is OK if you're on a budget, but the nightlife is the best thing about it. Twitch is one night where you can get a taste of the true Belfast party scene - if it is on during your stay I strongly recommend. From funky house to dark techno, depending on which DJ is booked, and loads of local talent too. Also: Shine is another which is on seasonally and all the rooms in the SU are opened for it with loads of DJs playing. Strongly recommend if you're over during one. If it's on I will be going, so maybe I could take you!
Queen's Students Union
1 Elmwood Ave
The SU is everything in one. They do food which is OK if you're on a budget, but the nightlife is the best thing about it. Twitch is one night where you can get a taste of the true Belfast party scene - if it is on during your stay I strongly recommend. From funky house to dark techno, depending on which DJ is booked, and loads of local talent too. Also: Shine is another which is on seasonally and all the rooms in the SU are opened for it with loads of DJs playing. Strongly recommend if you're over during one. If it's on I will be going, so maybe I could take you!
Empire has everything - live music, comedy nights, a bar. I would recommend going down if you are over for any shows here. Esp the bi-weekly Tuesday comedy night.
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The Belfast Empire
42 Botanic Ave
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Empire has everything - live music, comedy nights, a bar. I would recommend going down if you are over for any shows here. Esp the bi-weekly Tuesday comedy night.
The Crown Bar is beautiful - decorated in polychromatic tiles, including a mosaic of a Crown on the floor of the entrance. The interior is also decorated with complex mosaics of tiles. The red granite topped bar is of an altar style, with a heated footrest underneath and is lit by gas lamps on the highly decorative carved ceilings. A must go to for a drink. A real part of our culture here in Belfast
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The Crown Liquor Saloon
46 Great Victoria St
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The Crown Bar is beautiful - decorated in polychromatic tiles, including a mosaic of a Crown on the floor of the entrance. The interior is also decorated with complex mosaics of tiles. The red granite topped bar is of an altar style, with a heated footrest underneath and is lit by gas lamps on the highly decorative carved ceilings. A must go to for a drink. A real part of our culture here in Belfast
Good for the students - The Merchant's sister club.
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Ollie's Belfast
35 - 39 Waring St
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Good for the students - The Merchant's sister club.
A good club offering different music on different nights. Hip hop, dance, house and techno. Recently renovated too, looks amazing.
Thompson's Garage
3 Pattersons Pl
A good club offering different music on different nights. Hip hop, dance, house and techno. Recently renovated too, looks amazing.
Mainstream club in the Odyssey Arena.
Box Nightclub
2 Queens Quay
Mainstream club in the Odyssey Arena.
Madison's does really good food, and especially cocktails. Their happy hour lasts 5pm-9pm and they are all £3, mixed very well! Live music also :)
Madison's Hotel
59-63 Botanic Ave
Madison's does really good food, and especially cocktails. Their happy hour lasts 5pm-9pm and they are all £3, mixed very well! Live music also :)
Benedict's do food, but what is best about this place is the atmosphere. If you want a wild Friday/Saturday/Sunday I recommend here - lots of hen do's etc...an acquired taste though I warn you!
Benedicts Restaurant
7-21 Bradbury Pl
Benedict's do food, but what is best about this place is the atmosphere. If you want a wild Friday/Saturday/Sunday I recommend here - lots of hen do's etc...an acquired taste though I warn you!
Open mic nights, table tennis, jamjar cocktails :) really nice place for all types of people. Can be student-y on some nights
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Cuckoo
149 Lisburn Rd
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Open mic nights, table tennis, jamjar cocktails :) really nice place for all types of people. Can be student-y on some nights

Food Scene

Amazing food!! Really nice atmosphere too
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Home Restaurant
22 Wellington Pl
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Amazing food!! Really nice atmosphere too
AMAZING sushi, Thai and Asian food. One of my favourites in Belfast
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Sakura Japanese Restaurant
82 Botanic Ave
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AMAZING sushi, Thai and Asian food. One of my favourites in Belfast
Good hearty food - good burritos and other bites. Was just renovated too. Good prices.
John Henrys
93 Botanic Ave
Good hearty food - good burritos and other bites. Was just renovated too. Good prices.
Falafel and Eastern food, one of the only places in Belfast that serves this and it's really good. Another of my favourites.
Belfalafel
23 Dublin Rd
Falafel and Eastern food, one of the only places in Belfast that serves this and it's really good. Another of my favourites.
Not so much a restaurant, more of just an eatery. A favourite for most Belfastians. Really good burritos and burrito boxes!
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Boojum
19-27 Chichester Street
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Not so much a restaurant, more of just an eatery. A favourite for most Belfastians. Really good burritos and burrito boxes!
Great food!
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Stix and Stones
44-46 Upper Queen St
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Great food!
Now called Lolita. A recently renovated Mexican restaurant. So so good. Great cocktails with loads of fresh fruit, and everything on the menu is amazing. Highly recommend here.
Birdcage
92 Stranmillis Road
Now called Lolita. A recently renovated Mexican restaurant. So so good. Great cocktails with loads of fresh fruit, and everything on the menu is amazing. Highly recommend here.
REALLY good Asian food. One of my favourites.
Gangnan Restaurant
54-56 Stranmillis Rd
REALLY good Asian food. One of my favourites.
Does the best food, desserts, pastries, and coffee. Their traybakes are my favourite.
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French Village Cafe & Bistro
99 Botanic Ave
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Does the best food, desserts, pastries, and coffee. Their traybakes are my favourite.
I don't eat much seafood, but I have a lot of friends who do and apparently this place is the best in Belfast for it.
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Mourne Seafood Bar
34-36 Bank St
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I don't eat much seafood, but I have a lot of friends who do and apparently this place is the best in Belfast for it.
Really good food and service :)
James Street South
James Street South
Really good food and service :)
More of a take out, but one of the best pizzas I have had in Belfast. Authentic Italian.
Little Italy
13 Amelia St
More of a take out, but one of the best pizzas I have had in Belfast. Authentic Italian.
THE best pizza I have eaten in Belfast. And it's bring your own drink. Good for dates!
Opera Italian Pizza
33 Dublin Rd
THE best pizza I have eaten in Belfast. And it's bring your own drink. Good for dates!
Really nice wee greasy spoon. Really good food for affordable prices. Always buzzing in there too as it is a student hub.
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Maggie Mays Belfast Cafe
50 Botanic Ave
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Really nice wee greasy spoon. Really good food for affordable prices. Always buzzing in there too as it is a student hub.
One of my favourites for food and cocktails. The tapas menu is amazing - they do a 5 for £14 deal too.
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The Barking Dog
33-35 Malone Rd
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One of my favourites for food and cocktails. The tapas menu is amazing - they do a 5 for £14 deal too.
AMAZING Italian food! Really good service too. Quaint with a really nice atmosphere - fairy lights etc.
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The Chubby Cherub
11 Chichester St
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AMAZING Italian food! Really good service too. Quaint with a really nice atmosphere - fairy lights etc.
The Merchant is Belfast's finest hotel - 5 star, offers wonderful food, cocktails and drinks and a live pianist. Fine dining. The Merchant also do afternoon tea, and it is wonderful.
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Cloth Ear
16 Skipper St
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The Merchant is Belfast's finest hotel - 5 star, offers wonderful food, cocktails and drinks and a live pianist. Fine dining. The Merchant also do afternoon tea, and it is wonderful.
LOVE this place. Great if you want to spend a bit of money. Fine dining, great food and lovely atmosphere.
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Revolución de Cuba Belfast
25-39 Arthur St
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LOVE this place. Great if you want to spend a bit of money. Fine dining, great food and lovely atmosphere.
The food court located within Castle Court shopping Centre on Royal Avenue has some good places. The usual KFC, Pizza Hut etc but also Slums, which does amazing burritos, and Yangzte which is a great Asian place.
Food Court
The food court located within Castle Court shopping Centre on Royal Avenue has some good places. The usual KFC, Pizza Hut etc but also Slums, which does amazing burritos, and Yangzte which is a great Asian place.

Parks & Nature

Beautiful flowers in the summer. A nice scenic walk, and really chilled out. On sunny days Botanic Gardens will be packed with people sitting chatting, listening to music, walking their dogs etc. Irish people go all out on sunny days so if you get some sun during your stay I really recommend a trip down here. Also have a wee greenhouse too that you can look at various plants they keep. You'll also see some squirrels :)
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Botanic Gardens
1 Colenso Parade
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Beautiful flowers in the summer. A nice scenic walk, and really chilled out. On sunny days Botanic Gardens will be packed with people sitting chatting, listening to music, walking their dogs etc. Irish people go all out on sunny days so if you get some sun during your stay I really recommend a trip down here. Also have a wee greenhouse too that you can look at various plants they keep. You'll also see some squirrels :)
Not really a park - More of like a walking trail and waterfall. It is really beautiful down there so if you have a means of transport I really recommend this. Especially on a sunny day.
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National Trust - Glenoe
Waterfall Road
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Not really a park - More of like a walking trail and waterfall. It is really beautiful down there so if you have a means of transport I really recommend this. Especially on a sunny day.
A mountain in Belfast - the view from the top is beautiful! A favourite of mine. Good for a work out too. And near the zoo if you fancy a trip there.
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Cavehill Country Park
Antrim Road
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A mountain in Belfast - the view from the top is beautiful! A favourite of mine. Good for a work out too. And near the zoo if you fancy a trip there.

Essentials

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Tesco Superstore
369 Lisburn Rd
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Very close to my home!
Asda Belfast Westwood Superstore
Very close to my home!
Kind of has everything in it - Home Bargains, opticians, Semi-Chem, make up places, shoe shops etc. Walking distance from my house too.
Park Centre
Donegall Road
Kind of has everything in it - Home Bargains, opticians, Semi-Chem, make up places, shoe shops etc. Walking distance from my house too.
Clothing alterations place - also does a same day service. Lisburn Road is one of the main strips in Belfast, very close to my home. It has a Tesco, a laundry place (but you are welcome to do your laundry at my house), hair salons, waxing and beauty places etc.
Sew It Seams
393 Lisburn Road
Clothing alterations place - also does a same day service. Lisburn Road is one of the main strips in Belfast, very close to my home. It has a Tesco, a laundry place (but you are welcome to do your laundry at my house), hair salons, waxing and beauty places etc.
Good quality food. More upmarket. Do a really good meal for 2 for £10 deal, which is a starter, a main course and dessert, and a bottle of wine for £10. Really good food and good value.
M&S Simply Food
Unit 8 Boucher Rd
Good quality food. More upmarket. Do a really good meal for 2 for £10 deal, which is a starter, a main course and dessert, and a bottle of wine for £10. Really good food and good value.

Getting Around

Taxi company just round the corner from my home. Number to call is 004428 9023 0404
Windsor Cabs
344 Donegall Road
Taxi company just round the corner from my home. Number to call is 004428 9023 0404
Another taxi company close to the house. Number to call is 004428 90 247247
217 Lisburn Rd
217 Lisburn Road
Another taxi company close to the house. Number to call is 004428 90 247247
Central Train Station. Trains to Dublin would go from here.
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Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station
East Bridge Street
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Central Train Station. Trains to Dublin would go from here.
Train station closest to my home. 15 minute walk :)
City Hospital
Train station closest to my home. 15 minute walk :)
Train station in Botanic Avenue. Close to a lot of eateries.
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Botanic Avenue
Botanic Avenue
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Train station in Botanic Avenue. Close to a lot of eateries.
There is a bus stop right on the corner of my street :) 2 min walk from the house, if even.
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Translink Glengall Street
10 Glengall St
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There is a bus stop right on the corner of my street :) 2 min walk from the house, if even.
One of two main bus stations in Belfast
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Belfast Europa Bus Centre
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One of two main bus stations in Belfast
The second main bus station in Belfast
Laganside Buscentre
The second main bus station in Belfast

Arts & Culture

Lots of good shows on here! They do really good Christmas pantomimes.
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Grand Opera House
2-4 Great Victoria St
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Lots of good shows on here! They do really good Christmas pantomimes.
Lots of live music and comedy gigs, dance shows (ballet etc.). If there's anything of that nature going on in Belfast it will mainly be at the Waterfront Hall. Very nice views from here too.
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Waterfront Hall
2 Lanyon Pl
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Lots of live music and comedy gigs, dance shows (ballet etc.). If there's anything of that nature going on in Belfast it will mainly be at the Waterfront Hall. Very nice views from here too.
Titanic Belfast is our main tourist attraction. A must see. The world's largest Titanic exhibition.
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Titanic Belfast
1 Queen's Road
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Titanic Belfast is our main tourist attraction. A must see. The world's largest Titanic exhibition.
Although it is a restaurant (and the food and cocktails are great) - what it is really good for is the shows! Have a look on their website, they do everything from Ladyboys of Bangkok to murder mystery nights, to tribute acts. Really nice atmosphere too.
AMPM Bohemian Restaurant
38-42 Upper Arthur St
Although it is a restaurant (and the food and cocktails are great) - what it is really good for is the shows! Have a look on their website, they do everything from Ladyboys of Bangkok to murder mystery nights, to tribute acts. Really nice atmosphere too.
Ulster Hall has a wide range of events going on - from live music, to art shows.
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Ulster Hall station
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Ulster Hall has a wide range of events going on - from live music, to art shows.
Part of our recent pride is the filming of Game of Thrones in parts of Northern Ireland, and tours are offered. I can also tell you where some of the stars go for drinks in Belfast so you might meet them or catch a glimpse :) Belfast Winterfell Locations Trek includes: Tours take you past Stormont, past Scrabo Tower and down the Ards peninsula. You can get a ferry crossing 'the Narrows' across the mouth of Strangford Lough, the largest inland sea in the British Isles. Arrive at Winterfell, Castleward Estate, where there are nine Game of Thrones film locations on site, all close together. A 16th century castle and stableyard is the film location of Winterfell. Nearby, on the wooded shores of Strangford Lough, stands a 15th century Tower House (small castle) which served as one of Walder Frey's Twins and as the location of Robb's Camp. Other classic scenes filmed nearby include the spot where Brienne of Tarth dispatched three Stark bannermen and the Battlefield of Baelor. Arrive at Inch Abbey (12th century), where Catelyn heard terrible news from King’s Landing and Robb’s bannermen pledged fealty to him as ‘King in the North’. Arrive Tollymore Forest Park, location of the first encounter with the White Walkers and the place where the Starks found a dead direwolf and her pups.
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Game of Thrones Tours
21 Botanic Ave
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Part of our recent pride is the filming of Game of Thrones in parts of Northern Ireland, and tours are offered. I can also tell you where some of the stars go for drinks in Belfast so you might meet them or catch a glimpse :) Belfast Winterfell Locations Trek includes: Tours take you past Stormont, past Scrabo Tower and down the Ards peninsula. You can get a ferry crossing 'the Narrows' across the mouth of Strangford Lough, the largest inland sea in the British Isles. Arrive at Winterfell, Castleward Estate, where there are nine Game of Thrones film locations on site, all close together. A 16th century castle and stableyard is the film location of Winterfell. Nearby, on the wooded shores of Strangford Lough, stands a 15th century Tower House (small castle) which served as one of Walder Frey's Twins and as the location of Robb's Camp. Other classic scenes filmed nearby include the spot where Brienne of Tarth dispatched three Stark bannermen and the Battlefield of Baelor. Arrive at Inch Abbey (12th century), where Catelyn heard terrible news from King’s Landing and Robb’s bannermen pledged fealty to him as ‘King in the North’. Arrive Tollymore Forest Park, location of the first encounter with the White Walkers and the place where the Starks found a dead direwolf and her pups.

Sightseeing

Strongly recommend going here if you are visiting Belfast. There are loads of tours that go there too, and there is a ticket place very close to my house. It is a sight of real natural beauty in Ireland.
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Giant's Causeway
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Strongly recommend going here if you are visiting Belfast. There are loads of tours that go there too, and there is a ticket place very close to my house. It is a sight of real natural beauty in Ireland.
Tickets :)
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Giants Causeway Tours
5 Trostan Way
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Tickets :)
The zoo :) All the elephants there have been rescued from the circus. The sealions are the best there, really playful.
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Belfast Zoo
Antrim Road
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The zoo :) All the elephants there have been rescued from the circus. The sealions are the best there, really playful.
Red bus tour takes you all round Belfast and shows you the sights and the history behind it. A must do
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Belfast City Sightseeing
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Red bus tour takes you all round Belfast and shows you the sights and the history behind it. A must do
Beautiful!
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Saint Anne’s Cathedral
Donegall Street
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Beautiful!
Our beautiful Queens University. Whimsical :)
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Queen's University Belfast
University Road
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Our beautiful Queens University. Whimsical :)