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Belfast is the cultural epicentre of Northern Ireland and one of the most vibrant, interesting cities in the UK – full stop. From museums to gardens to one-of-a-kind restaurants and bars, there’s far too much to squeeze into one list, but here are 10 of the best things to do and see in Belfast.
Belfast is effectively in a bowl, surrounded by the Belfast hills, so you can see green in almost any direction when you walk through the city. One of the best ways to take advantage of this is on the Black Mountain Walk. You have to drive about 40 minutes out of the city to reach it, but once you get there, you can follow the route all the way up Divis – the highest mountain – and get the best possible view of the city.
Black Taxis are a little different in Belfast compared to elsewhere in the UK. You’ll see London-style black cabs roving around the city, but instead of simple A-to-B service, they offer tours that focus on the Troubles. This includes areas of particular significance, peace walls, murals, and more. There are various providers around the city, and they can be booked online.
How many cities can you go caving in without leaving the city limits? Can’t be many, but Belfast is one of them. Located on the northern border of the city and most easily accessed by car, it’s a set of basalt cliffs with five different caves dotted around it. Besides this, it provides some excellent walking routes and offers yet another stunning view of the city.