With so many great attractions close to your Belfast Intl. Airport Hotel the fun and memories are just a short drive away.
Belfast Castle:Distance from Belfast Airport: 14.1mi / 22.6km
Signposted off the Antrim Rd., 2 1/2 miles (4km) north of the city center, County Antrim
Northwest of downtown and 400 feet above sea level, on Cave Hill, stands Belfast Castle, The castle, which affords panoramic views of Belfast Lough and the city, was built in the late 1800’s as a family residence. It was a gift to the city in 1934 by the Earl of Shaftesbury. The Scottish baronial architecture features a six story square tower. Its cellars have been transformed into a Victorian arcade, including an antique and craft shop, a bar, and a bistro restaurant.
Belfast Zoo:Distance from Belfast Airport: 14.3mi / 23km
5 miles (8km) north of the city on A6, Antrim Rd., County Antrim
In a picturesque mountain park on the slopes of Cave Hill overlooking the city, this zoo was founded in 1920 as Bellevue Gardens. A completely new, modern zoo was designed in recent years. It emphasizes conservation, education, and breeding rare species.
Cavehill Country Park:Distance from Belfast Airport: 14.1mi / 22.6km
Off the Antrim Rd., 4 miles (6.5km) north of city center, County Antrim
This lovely park is on the slopes of a 1,200-foot basalt cliff. It offers panoramic views, walking trails, and a number of interesting archaeological and historical sights. The five Neolithic caves that gave the hill its name provided shelter from prehistoric times. There is also MacArt’s Fort, an ancient means of protection against the Viking invaders. There is also an adventure playground for children.
Ulster Folk And Transport Museum:Distance from Belfast Airport: 25.2mi / 40.5km
Cultra, near Holywood,
Devoted to the province’s social history, the unique Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is set on 176 acres of parkland 10 miles northeast of Belfast. It brings the North’s past to life with a fascinating collection of buildings, all furnished in 1900’s style. These structures represent different facets of Northern life: a traditional weaver’s cottage, terraces of Victorian town houses, an 18th-century country church, a village flax mill, a farmhouse, printer’s workshop, a rural school and many other buildings.
Ulster Museum:Distance from Belfast Airport: 16.3mi / 26.3km
In the southwest corner of the Botanic Gardens, this museum has three floors devoted to the life and history of Northern Ireland, together with a considerable collection of 19th- and 20th-century fine art. Also featured are armada treasures recovered from the 1588 shipwrecked Girona and two sister galleons lost off the Antrim coast in 1588. Other exhibits include one tracing the rise of Belfast’s crafts, trade, and industry; another tells the story of the Nationalist movement and explains the separation of the North from the rest of the country.
Lagan Valley Regional Park:Distance from Belfast Airport: 16.4mi / 26.4km
Nine miles of paths along the banks of the River Lagan pass old locks and lock houses from the early 1700’s when the towpaths were used by horses pulling coal barges. The path begins near Belfast Boat Club in Stranmillis and goes to Lisburn.
Lagan Lookout Center:Distance from Belfast Airport: 15.8mi / 25.4km
Hands-on exhibits and videos explain the river’s influence on the city. Outside, river activity can be viewed from the lookout platform.
Ormeau Park:Distance from Belfast Airport: 21.2mi / 34.1km
One of Belfast’s largest parks, this is a family favorite. there are two playgrounds as well as facilities for active sports for older children. there are wooded areas and parklands for the whole family to enjoy.