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10 BEST Hidden Gems to visit in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations scattered in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Welcome to Belfast! Beyond its well-known landmarks and bustling city centre lies a bunch of hidden gems waiting to be discovered by curious explorers who visit Northern Ireland.

From charming unique pubs tucked away on quiet streets to breath-taking parks and cultural hotspots, we're going to showcase the lesser-known gems that add an extra layer of magic to this vibrant city.

Here are 10 of the best hidden gems located in Belfast, perfect for a short weekend trip in Northern Ireland!

Image of Cregagh Glen in Belfast

1) Sunflower Pub

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Belfast, the Sunflower Pub is a traditional Irish pub known for its friendly atmosphere and live music sessions (which is all you need for a weekend in Ireland!). It's a great spot to mingle with locals, enjoy a pint of local craft beer, and immerse yourself in Belfast's vibrant pub culture.

Image of Sunflower Pub in Belfast
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2) St. George's Market

Located in the heart of the city, St. George's Market is one of Belfast's oldest attractions and we'd say it's one of the more well-known hidden gems.

This Victorian market offers a diverse selection of stalls selling fresh produce, local crafts, vintage treasures, and even delicious street food. It's the perfect location to experience the city's bustling atmosphere and support local businesses at the same time!

Image of St George's Market in Belfast
Photo by @rradburn via Instagram

3) Lisnabreeny Cregagh Glen

Enjoy a fantastic walk up into the hills above East Belfast when you next visit Lisnabreeny Cregagh Glen. It offers great views across Belfast and a beautiful glen featuring a waterfall and cool unique trees. There's even a 1400 year old fort at the top of the hill!

Image of Cregagh Glen in Belfast
Photo by @folklori_ via Instagram

4) Bog Meadows

Bog Meadows is a gorgeous hidden gem located in St James' Farm, offering visitors with views of the pond featuring cute little ducks and swans. It's an ideal place to come and spend an hour or so walking, however we wouldn't recommend coming here especially for this.

Image of Bog Meadows in Belfast
Photo taken by @djbonnart via Instagram

5) Colin Glen

Colin Glen is an absolutely beautiful place for a nature walk, and offers much more than just a park to walk around. There is also a really cool zip line which visitors can use and it's often overlooked by many visiting. We definitely recommend visiting if you're ever in Belfast.

Image of Colin Glen in Belfast
Photo taken by @thegreenmountaingoat via Instagram

6) Ormeau Park

Visitors can escape the hustle and bustle of the city when they visit Ormeau Park, a real hidden oasis of greenery. This expansive park offers walking paths and peaceful gardens, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll or a picnic.

Image of Ormeau Park in Belfast
Photo by @martibo79 via Instagram

7) Cathedral Quarter

Immerse yourself in Belfast's artistic and cultural hub when you visit the Cathedral Quarter. This vibrant neighbourhood is filled with narrow cobbled streets, colourful murals, independent art galleries, trendy bars, and cosy cafes; perfect for those visiting Belfast for a long weekend.

It's the perfect place to soak up the creative energy, discover local talents, and experience the city's thriving arts and entertainment scene.

Image of Cathedra Quarter in Belfast
Photo by @dangerousbiz via Instagram

8) The Big Fish

The Bish Fish is a very nice monument made of ceramic tiles located in Belfast. If you look closely, each tile has a different scene from the history of Belfast City which is very unique. Overall, it's a great landmark that you should see if you're ever thinking of travelling to the city.

Image of The Big Fish in Belfast
Photo by @offthewallsof via Instagram

9) SS Nomadic

We absolutely recommended visiting SS Nomadic but we'd say it's better to visit after the Titanic Museum, as you will be more into it. It's a little sister of Titanic and is the last one left from the white star line.

Image of SS Nomadic in Belfast
Photo by @titanic_society via Instagram

10) Hazelbank Park

Hazelbank Park is a clean and well maintained park, offering visitors with varied paths to choose from; from gentle to steep incline. The park also presents lovely views of Belfast Lough.

Overall, it's an awesome walk and park for all ages, and the kids can even see squirrels in the trees and plenty of wild birds!

Image of Hazelbank Park in Belfast
Photo by @brendan_snaps via Instagram

There you have it! These are 10 of our favourite hidden gems located in Belfast, perfect for your next Northern Ireland adventure! Whether you plan to do a road trip in and around Belfast or are visiting for the summer, you should definitely check out some of these hidden gems.

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