Must-see entertainment in Northern Ireland

  • Black Box


    Black Box is an innovative arts venue, hosting a dynamic program of music, theatre, magic nights, spoken word events, comedy, film and more on Hill St in…

  • Belfast Empire


    A converted late-Victorian church (reputed to be haunted) with three floors of entertainment, the Empire is a legendary live-music venue. Look out for…

  • MAC


    The MAC is a beautifully designed venue overlooking the neoclassical St Anne's Sq development, with its two theatres hosting regular performances of drama…

  • Berts Jazz Bar


    This intimate venue has live jazz nightly from 9pm to midnight. Tables next to the stage are reserved for diners (mains £15 to £20, plus £10 per person…

  • Limelight


    This combined pub and club is one of the city's top venues for live rock and indie music. Past acts have included Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, the Manic Street…

  • Waterfront Hall was completed in 1997 and was designed by the architecture firm of Robinson McIlwaine.

    Waterfront Hall


    The impressive 2200-seat Waterfront is Belfast's flagship concert venue, hosting local, national and international performers from pop stars to symphony…

  • An Droichead


    This Irish cultural centre is a great place to hear live Irish folk music performed by big names from around the country, as well as up-and-coming local…

  • Sonic Arts Research Centre


    Queen's University's School of Music stages regular free lunchtime recitals and evening concerts in the beautiful, hammerbeam-roofed Harty Room and at the…

  • SSE Arena


    Within the Odyssey Complex, this is the venue for big entertainment events such as rock and pop concerts and stage shows. It's also the home stadium of…

  • Crescent Arts Centre


    The Crescent hosts a range of concerts, plays, workshops, readings and dance classes. It's also the headquarters of the Belfast Book Festival and the…

  • Ardhowen Theatre

    County Fermanagh

    The program here includes concerts, local amateur and professional drama and musical productions, pantomimes and films. The theatre is about 1km southeast…

  • Belfast Giants


    The Belfast Giants ice-hockey team draws big crowds to the SSE Arena; the season is September to April. The arena also hosts indoor sporting events…

  • Playhouse

    Derry (Londonderry)

    Housed in beautifully restored former school buildings with an award-winning modern extension at the rear, this community arts centre stages music, dance…

  • Lyric Theatre


    This stunning modern space overlooking the River Lagan is Northern Ireland's only full-time producing theatre (it produces its own plays rather than…

  • Ulster Hall


    Dating from 1862, Ulster Hall is a popular venue for a range of events including rock concerts, lunchtime organ recitals and performances by the Ulster…

  • Nerve Centre

    Derry (Londonderry)

    Set up in 1990 to encourage young, local talent in the fields of music and film, the Nerve Centre has a performance area, with live music at weekends, a…

  • Windsor Park


    Northern Ireland plays its home games at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, 2km south of Belfast city centre; see the Irish FA website for…

  • Gweedore Bar

    Derry (Londonderry)

    Adjoining Peadar O'Donnell's, the Gweedore Bar hosts live rock bands every night, while the DJ bar upstairs is home to a regular Saturday-night disco.

  • Queen's Film Theatre


    A major venue for the Belfast Film Festival, this two-screen art-house cinema is close to Queen's University.

  • Millennium Forum

    Derry (Londonderry)

    With a capacity of 1000 and Ireland's largest theatre stage, this auditorium is a major venue for dance, drama, concerts, opera and musicals.

  • Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

    Derry (Londonderry)

    This cultural centre devoted to the Irish language stages performances of traditional Irish music, poetry and dance.

  • Casement Park


    Located in West Belfast; you can see Gaelic football and hurling here.

  • Kingspan Stadium


    This 18,000-capacity stadium is the home of Ulster Rugby.

  • Harty Room


    The beautiful, hammerbeam-roofed Harty Room is sometimes used for free lunchtime recitals staged by Queen's University's School of Music.

  • Waterside Theatre

    Derry (Londonderry)

    Housed in a former factory 500m east of the River Foyle, Waterside stages drama, dance, comedy, children's theatre and live music.

  • Odyssey Cinemas


    Belfast's biggest multiplex has 12 screens and stadium seats throughout.

  • Island Arts Centre

    County Antrim

    Hosts classes, workshops, exhibitions and theatre performances.

  • Movie House


    Convenient city-centre 10-screen multiplex.

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