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Top Choice Seafood in Belfast

Mourne Seafood Bar

Hugely popular, this informal, pub-like place is all red brick and dark wood with old oil lamps dangling from the ceiling. On the menu are oysters served au naturel or Rockefeller, meltingly sweet scallops, lobster …
Top Choice Pub in Belfast

Duke of York

Down an inconspicuous alley in the heart of the city's former newspaper district, the snug, traditional Duke was a hang-out for print workers and journalists. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams worked behind the bar here …
Top Choice Historic Building in Belfast

City Hall

Belfast's classical Renaissance-style City Hall was built in fine, white Portland stone in 1906. Highlights of the free, 45-minute guided tour include the sumptuous, wedding-cake Italian marble and colourful stained…
Top Choice Museum in Belfast

Ulster Folk & Transport Museums

One of Northern Ireland's finest, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is really two museums in one: the Ulster Folk Museum and the Ulster Transport Museum, which lie on either side of the A2 road to Bangor, about…
Top Choice Market in Belfast

St George's Market

Ireland's oldest continually operating market was built in 1896. This Victorian beauty hosts a Friday variety market (flowers, produce, meat, fish, homewares and second-hand goods), Saturday City Food & Craft Ma…
Top Choice Museum in Belfast

Ulster Museum

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, …
Top Choice Historic Site in Belfast

SS Nomadic

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 between Cherbourg Harbour and the ocean liners that were too b…
Top Choice Pub in Belfast

Crown Liquor Saloon

Despite being a tourist attraction, Belfast's most famous bar still fills up with crowds of locals at lunchtime and in the early evening.
Top Choice Historic Site in Downhill

Downhill Demesne

In 1774 the Bishop of Derry (fourth Earl of Bristol, Frederick Augustus Hervey), built a palatial home amid a 160-hectare demesne. The house burnt down in 1851, was rebuilt in 1876, and abandoned after WWII. The rui…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Warrenpoint

Restaurant 23

Spanning two floors of the Balmoral Hotel on Warrenpoint's waterfront, this innovative restaurant garnered a Michelin Bib Gourmand for TV chef Raymond McArdle, whose fresh and fun approach to fine Irish produce play…