5 Places Locals love in Belfast, not the usual tourist attractions!
1. The MAC
The MAC is part gallery space, part Café and part entertainment venue. It is a social enterprise project that is a real supporter of local talent. Hidden in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter it’s often overlooked by tourists but this makes it all the more accessible for locals.
Botanic Gardens are at the heart of Belfast’s Queens Quarter. The gardens are immaculately maintained. Within the gardens there’s a host of exotic plants and flowers. The huge historic glass house looks over the gardens. On a summers day there’s not a patch of grass free.
3. The Dock
The Dock is an honestly gallery/cafe – this means that you pay what you want. It is at the heart of the Titanic Quarter although it’s also overlooked. The Dock hosts many Belfast artifacts and Titanic memorabilia. Pull up a seat at The Dock and enjoy unbeatable views over Belfast Lough.
Crumlin Road Jail is both historic and an important part of Belfast’s past. The jail housed some of Belfast’s most notorious criminals and was the site of public hangings. The jail is now a tourist centre that offers guided tours and ghost tours. It is also a music venue being famed for it’s acoustics.
Home is only a short walk away from Belfast City Hall but is often overlooked. Although it is unassuming from the outside, it’s food is it’s real selling point. It offers a huge range of healthy wholesome locally sourced food suitable for both meat eaters and vegans!