Top choice in Belfast

Also known as whowhatwherewhenwhy, W5 is an interactive science centre aimed at children aged three to 11 and filled with more than 250 exhibits. Kids can compose their own tunes by biffing the 'air harp' with a foam rubber bat, try to beat a lie detector, create cloud rings and tornadoes, and design and build their own robots and racing cars.

The newest exhibits are MED-Lab, an interactive medical-themed space, and Amaze, a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Belfast attractions

1. Odyssey Complex

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The cylindrical-shaped Odyssey Complex is a huge sporting and entertainment centre on the eastern side of the river at the edge of the Titanic Quarter…

2. SS Nomadic

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Built in Belfast in 1911, the SS Nomadic is the last remaining vessel of the White Star Line. The little steamship ferried 1st- and 2nd-class passengers…

3. Clarendon Dock

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Across the River Lagan from the Titanic Quarter lies the Clarendon Dock. It's been restored to incorporate a soulless business park, but leading off it…

4. Harbour Commissioner's Office

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The striking marble and stained-glass interior of the Italianate Harbour Commissioner's Office (1854) features art and sculpture inspired by Belfast's…

5. Obel

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Ireland's tallest building, the 2010-completed, 27-storey Obel, contains luxury apartments and dominates the waterfront at Donegall Quay.

6. Sinclair Seamen's Church

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Built by Charles Lanyon in 1857–58 to meet the spiritual needs of visiting sailors, this part church, part maritime museum has a pulpit shaped like a ship…

7. Lagan Weir

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Completed in 1994, Lagan Weir has helped improve the water quality of the River Lagan – the city's former lifeblood – to such an extent that salmon, eels…

8. Titanic Belfast

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The stunning, star-shaped Titanic Belfast is the city's number-one tourist draw. Standing majestically at the head of the slipway where the Titanic was…