Brilliant Belfast things to do
So let's recap - on your doorstep…..
Immediately at the Coastguard you have the Coastal Foot path. This time of year, the coast of Holywood and Down (directly opposite), the Boat House twinkle with the Christmas lights. Do make time to leave the Boat House and walk along the coast.
Shipwrecks and Coal Pier. Directly opposite the Boat House at low tide you can walk to the ruins of the old pier and spot three ships wrecks. One if clearly visible, the other two can be seen if you walk slowly. Check out our facebook page (BelfastBoatHouse) for some infra-red images of the ship wrecks.
Watch the Cruise ships arrive and leave. Most weekends a magnificent cruise ship can be spotted sailing past the Boat House towards Titanic. Keep your eyes peeled for them setting sail at night with all their lights.
In the mornings, if its calm and the tide is high, you will see the mussel trawlers; the mussels from Belfast Lough are a delicacy in France. Sometimes, the boats come really close and you can how they trawl the Lough for their catch – an activity many have been employed in for generations.
A five minute walk from the Coastguard Boat House ….
Jordanstown village has many great cafes and bars – but a new and different thing to try is the Sipster. The concept is from New York, you buy a card and take little samples of wine and nibble on cheese and olives. It’s a small space and very busy but the staff will take your number and call you if you wait in the Sipster bar – where an extensive gin menu awaits.
The Boat House recommends Belfast gin Jawbox, with yellow man and ginger ale (which was invented in Belfast.)
Sozo opens for breakfast at 8am, and has a great cocktail menu as does the bureau. The Art café has a wide range of art – great hot food and brilliant desserts.
Tea lovers will appreciate the tea rooms, and there is a great spar, flower shop, interior design boutique and ice cream shop.
A 20 minute walk
Takes you to the Abbey Centre for all the Christmas shopping with retail galore – lots of fast food options. But if you still yearn for some history there is the WhiteHouse. http://www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/Things-To-Do/Places-to-Visit/The-White-House
Hop on a taxi to Belfast Castle
Less than ten minutes away up the Cavehill and there is Belfast Castle with stunning Belfast views, new café and basement antique shop. Full events programme is on at the castle. Take look at the Flock Around the Clock vintage Fair this Sunday - https://www.belfastcastle.co.uk/belfast-castle/whats-on/event-726.aspx
Catch the train or bus into Belfast city centre this weekend and see ….
For the young and young at heart – there are free Elf Tours. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elfish-on-the-shelf-christmas-tours-tickets-52901710440
And a magnificent Fire and Ice show …https://visitbelfast.com/whats-on/events/fire-and-ice
And there are three big wheels in the City Centre this weekend – one at the art college and another beside the Europa. There is another at the Christmas market outside the City Hall.
If you fancy skating the SSE Arena is a public skating rink at the moment. That is as well as hosting Snow Patrol – with an official after show party at the Limelight.
Why not take the wee tram around Titanic quarter and see this historical area in a different light. Just look out for the stop outside Titanic Belfast.
Stop off at the Honest café for some tea/coffee and support a local outreach charity who help the homeless in Belfast. Lots of really interesting artefacts and a really friendly spot just outside the Nomadic.
And for getting around don’t forget to check out this page as there is lots of special offers on at the moment. https://visitbelfast.com/ideas/pages/blog/articles/translink-bus-and-rail-christmas-offers