In the Botanic Gardens near Charles Lanyon's beautiful Palm House is the unique Tropical Ravine, a huge red-brick greenhouse designed...
Lord Kelvin Statue
Just inside the Stranmillis Rd gate of Belfast's Botanic Gardens is a statue of Belfast-born William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, who helped...
The centrepiece of Belfast's Botanic Gardens is Charles Lanyon’s beautiful Palm House, built in 1839 and completed in 1852, with its...
Sir William Whitla Hall
Queen's University's School of Music stages free lunchtime recitals on Thursday and regular evening concerts in the beautiful,...
Set in the glass-roofed former studio of William Conor, a Belfast artist, this light-filled, laid-back bistro offers a range of pastas,...
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Ulster Museum information
You could spend hours browsing this state-of-the-art museum, but if you're pressed for time don't miss the Armada Room , with artefacts retrieved from the 1588 wreck of the Spanish galleon Girona; the Egyptian Room , with Princess Takabuti, a 2500-year-old Egyptian mummy unwrapped in Belfast in 1835; and the Early Peoples Gallery , with the bronze Bann Disc, a superb example of Celtic design from the Iron Age.
Free tours (10 people maximum; first-come, first served) run at 2.30pm Tuesday to Friday and 1.30pm Sunday.
On the ground floor, a potted history of the Troubles leads up to the 1st-floor History Zone . Its spectacular collection of prehistoric stone and bronze artefacts help provide a cultural context for Ireland's many archaeological sites. Exhibits include the Malone Hoard , a clutch of 16 polished, Neolithic stone axes discovered only a few kilometres from the museum.
The kid-friendly, interactive Nature Zone on the 2nd floor covers geological time, evolution and natural history; highlights include the Snapshot of an Ancient Sea Floor, a fossilised portion of a 200-million-year-old seabed with jumbled ammonite shells and petrified driftwood.
The top floors are given over to Irish & European art , most notably the works of Belfast-born Sir John Lavery (1856–1941). More modern paintings include Edward McGuire's 1974 portrait of poet Seamus Heaney.