The Best Belfast Tours - Discover Belfast by Boat, Bus, Bike and Belly
Belfast tours are popular on the Irish tourist trail so I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about. After exploring Belfast by boat, bus, bike and belly I’ve come to the conclusion that the following tours are some of the best experiences in Belfast.
City Sightseeing Bus Tour
What’s the first thing you should try when you arrive in any city? Take a bus tour to see all the best sights and it’ll help you figure out what interests you so you can add it to your list of places to pop back and visit. The Belfast City Sightseeing tour covers the key sights including Titanic Belfast, Stormont, Crumlin Road Gaol, Queens, the Big Fish and much more. It’s a great hop-on hop-off tour and with tickets valid for 48 hours, you will have plenty of time to hop off and explore any area you want. The guides are great craic as well and you’ll hear lots of fun and interesting stories about the city and have a laugh along the way - this is definitely one of the best Belfast tours.
Belfast Food Tour
This food tour is relatively new to the city but it’s already proving popular with the locals and tourists. The tour guide, Caroline, is a bundle of energy and fun and through her experience of the Belfast food specialists, she has developed a fantastic food journey through St George’s Market and into the city to discover many foodie delights. You’ll get to try 23 food and drink treats on this fun-filled tour that your taste buds simply won’t forget.
Belfast City Bike Tour
There aren’t too many hills in the city centre so exploring it by bike is perfect. The Belfast Bike Tour guys take you on a journey from the Cathedral Quarter, over to the Titanic Quarter, up the slight hill to Botanic and Queen’s University and back to the Cathedral Quarter via some inner city residential areas. The bikes are super comfortable and the guides are fun making this bike tour a memorable experience with plenty of great photo opportunities.
The Lagan Boat Tour
Billed as the world’s only Titanic boat tour on their website, these boats set sail from beside the Big Fish at the River Lagan. As you pass the tallest building in Northern Ireland, The Obel, you will head into Belfast harbour passing the Odyssey Arena, Titanic Belfast and along to the spot where the Titanic left Belfast for the only time. You’ll also get to see the harbour’s very own breeding seal colony. The guide is a real character and they have come up with a great saying about the Titanic, which I won’t spoil, you’ll hear all about it on the tour!
There are many other tours of the City, many of which you can find on the Visit Belfast website at www.visit-belfast.com
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Jeff Meredith runs popular Belfast blog, BelfastTimes.co.uk. He describes his blog as an online magazine for the city and covers fashion, restaurants, theatre, events and launches in the greater Belfast area. Jeff can be found on his blog, Facebook and Twitter promoting, plugging and reviewing the best things happening in and around the city of Belfast.