Thinking of spending a weekend in Belfast?

Published: 4th August 2023

Get the brand-new Dublin Express coach 

Are you thinking of travelling to Belfast from Dublin? Get the brand-new Dublin Express coach from Dublin to Belfast with a convenient, central drop-off point at Glengall Street! When it comes to visiting Belfast, you will be spoilt for choice to keep you entertained. Filled with history and fun, there’s lots for all ages to explore in Belfast.

Here are some of our top suggestions on how to spend your weekend.

City Hall, Belfast

Belfast City Hall is located near our bus stop at Glengall Street and is just a five-minute walk away. City Hall is one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, first opening its doors in August 1906. Offering free public tours every day, these tours are led by an experienced guide, last around one hour and include a history of Belfast City Hall and its finest features. The grounds comprise two picturesque lawns with several benches to sit and take it all in. Definitely take time to enjoy the Titanic Memorial Garden, The Cenotaph and Garden of Remembrance.

While you’re there be sure to stop by Visit Belfast, which is conveniently located behind City Hall.

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is a remarkable visitor attraction that takes you on an immersive exploration of the iconic RMS Titanic. With its nine galleries and captivating exhibits, this world-class museum offers an insightful perspective on the Titanic's history, from its inception in early 1900s Belfast to its tragic end.

Through special effects, reconstructions, and interactive features, Titanic Belfast brings to life the ambition behind the Titanic's construction and continues beyond the sinking, revealing the discovery and exploration of the Titanic wreck.

Discover captivating artefacts, photographs, and personal testimonies that contribute to our understanding of this historic event. Check out the Titanic Belfast website for full details.

The Grand Opera House, Belfast

Literally around the corner from our Belfast bus stop is The Grand Opera House. This premier theatre presents a range of drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals, pantomime, family and West End shows. It’s sure to have something for all of the family.

Established in 1895, the theatre boasts the majestic Victorian main auditorium designed by renowned architect Frank Matcham. For full details on all of the upcoming shows be sure to visit their website.

The Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum is just under a short 20-minute walk away from our stop and is home to Northern Ireland’s treasures of the past and present.

Housing rich collections of art, history, and natural sciences, all set within the beautiful surroundings of Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, you can discover new perspectives about Ancient Ireland, inclusive global histories, and explore whatever the future may hold.

SSE Arena, Belfast

Less than a ten-minute walk from the Titanic Museum is the SSE Arena. Opened in December 2000 the SSE Arena, Belfast is Northern Ireland's premier entertainment venue.

The range of events includes concerts, family shows, theatre shows, comedy shows, sports events, exhibitions and conferences. It even includes an ice floor that provides a home for the Belfast Giants, the city's premier ice hockey team. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming events on the arena's official website.

The Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are located right next to the Ulster Museum and are a must-visit if you are looking for a relaxing stroll with beautiful views. The Botanic Gardens boast tropical plants, giant bird feeders, a rose garden, an alpine garden, mature trees, flower beds, and sculptures.

The place was established in 1828 by the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society, in response to public interest in horticulture and botany.

Harland and Wolff Cranes, Belfast

A famous landmark that dominates the city skyline is the Harland and Wolff, Samson & Goliath Cranes, located near the Titanic Museum, which are symbols of Belfast's industrial heritage. Samson and Goliath are the twin shipbuilding gantry cranes, which were named after the biblical figures of the same name. 

The Harland and Wolff shipyard was founded in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Gustav Wilhelm Wolff and at its height became one of the biggest shipbuilders in the world. The two massive gantry cranes in Harland and Wolff serve as one of the world’s largest serviced building docks and are a masterpiece of engineering.

Game of Thrones tour

With pick-up, just a 3-minute walk from our bus stop be sure to check out the Game of Thrones - Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway tour. Get the insider scoop on the making of HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' on this full-day tour of filming locations, led by extras from the show.

Visit landmarks including Ballintoy Harbour, the Dark Hedges, and the Giant’s Causeway, and discover how they became their fictional counterparts by watching VFX breakdowns on provided tablets.

Victoria Square, Belfast

Just under a 15-minute walk away from our bus stop is Belfast's number one shopping destination, Victoria Square. The shopping centre’s charm lies in its extensive range of retail establishments, catering to diverse tastes and preferences with over 70 shops.

While shopping is undeniably a highlight, Victoria Square has much more to offer. There are 15 top-notch restaurants, showcasing an array of cuisines and the centre also caters to entertainment-seekers with its state-of-the-art 8-screen Odeon cinema.

Colin Glen Adventure Park, Belfast

Colin Glen is Ireland’s leading adventure park. Spread over two sites, this state-of-the-art sports park with world-class attractions contains everything from Alpine coasteering to laser tag and golfing to a Gruffalo Trail!

Step into the spectacular 200-acre Forest Park at Stewartstown Road - just a 5-minute drive from Belfast City Centre. Visit for more information.

Travel in style and luxury

The new Dublin to Belfast service by Dublin Express will offer 16 daily trips in each direction between Glengall Street in Belfast travelling to Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre stopping off at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 Dublin Airport along the way.

The vehicles are fully accessible with an onboard lift and wheelchair space, with free Wi-Fi and an onboard toilet. Meanwhile, each reclining leather seat has two USB connections and ample leg room for extra comfort.

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