Belfast is a brilliant city in Northern Ireland with plenty of history and culture to captivate any visitor. It is known by many for its role in launching the Titanic, but today the shipbuilding city has regenerated itself and is now home to excellent shops, plenty of entertainment and of course, some marvellous and memorable buildings. While rebuilding its image, the city has taken great pride in preserving and presenting its historical buildings. Here are 5 must-see buildings in Belfast you have to see during your visit.
The Palm House
The Palm House is found at the entranceway of the Botanic Gardens, and houses many tropical plants. However, it’s true elegance is its architectural design given the fact that it was one of the first greenhouses to be constructed out of glass and iron. It is also proof of the technology that bloomed during the Victorian period.
Not only is the Ulster Museum an architectural gem in itself, the museum offers a large array of artifacts from the Spanish Armada for guests to browse through. It features a local history session so that you can view the actual history of the city and a special exhibit that features mementos from the Titanic. Everything from weapons to money, brooches and Irish animals are on display.
Of course, for all things Titanic guests need to make sure to stop at the very daunting and impressive Titanic Belfast building. The landmark building is constructed of steel and hard to miss. Inside it houses nine exhibitions that are completely interactive including a replica Titanic tender titled the SS Nomadic: visitors can pay an extra attraction fee for a tour.
St. Anne’s Cathedral
If you are in search of a Romanesque cathedral you need look no further than St. Anne’s Cathedral. It was originally built in 1776 as a basilican type of cathedral and features 5 spires that tower over the skyline of Belfast city centre.
A mosaic ceiling graces the baptismal chapel and everywhere you look there are stained glass windows, carved stonework, delicate woodwork, and marble tiling. It is truly breathtaking and remarkably well preserved.
Finally, a visit to Belfast is not complete until you visit a castle, and Belfast Castle is well worth a short side trip. It is located about four miles outside of the city and has been carefully preserved since the 14th century. Plan your visit right and you may be able to partake in one of the many annual events at the castle. Also worth exploring around the castle are its onsite restaurant and the Adventure Playground.