THINGS TO DO IN BELFAST

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BELFAST CASTLE

For generations, Cave Hill has been synonymous with Belfast, with its imposing outline visible throughout the city. The landmark, named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features, including Belfast Castle. Its most famous feature, known locally as Napoleon's Nose, is believed to have been the inspiration for Jonathan Swift's novel, Gulliver's Travels. The park is home to the Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, You can get here with the Belfast sightseeing bus, "Hop On Hop Off Tour" Hop off at Stop 29 to explore the Castle & archaeological sites, Visitor Information Area in Belfast Castle, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes, Hop back on again the next time the bus comes around, For full details and the times of Belfast Sightseeing bus, departing 7 days aweek you click here

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GRAND OPERA HOUSE

Northern Ireland's premier theatre presenting an outstanding programme of drama, opera, dance, comedy, musicals, family shows and much more. The Grand Opera House is located in Belfast's bustling city centre and boasts the majestic Victorian main auditorium it is on the Belfast sightseeing bus route Hop on Hop Off at Stop 12 see a show in the intimate Baby Grand studio, a 100-seat theatre space, and three bars. A favoured venue by both international companies and local producers, the Grand Opera House has been part of Belfast's vibrant theatre scene for over 100 years, providing quality entertainment, unforgettable experiences and vital outreach programs that allow the Theatre to engage with the local community and ignite a love of theatre in young and old alike. For full details and the times of the tour departing 7 days aweek you click here the Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tour bus runs 7 days a week from 945am until the last tour at 445pm, Why not Catch a show.

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Since the onset of the Troubles in 1971, Loyalist and Nationalist communities throughout Northern Ireland have been divided by Peace Walls. These large stone and steel constructions were designed to protect neighbourhoods from sporadic attacks and retain a sense of peace and protection, You can view the walls from the top deck of the Belfast Sightseeing bus or Hop Off & Hop On again the next time the bus passes Stop 21. Once in the area it's easy to determine which side of the divide you're on: red, white and blue kerbstones, Loyalist murals and Union Jacks indicate you're on the Shankill. If the kerbs are green, white and gold, the flag is Irish and the murals are Republican, you're on the Falls. You can cross from one side to the other via access roads at Lanark Way and Northumberland Street. These roads close in times of heightened tension, which may well be the case during the marching season (Summer Time June-Aug). The best viewing section is on the Shankill side where visitors are encouraged to add their signatures to those of the Dalai Lama and former US President Clinton. Art panels showing the area's political and cultural history have now been added to the wall along Cupar Way (off Lanark Way). Look out for the Orange Order, Battle of the Somme and modern-day international conflicts on this colourful stretch - with blank sections still there for those all-important 'Give Peace A Chance' daubs, Why not Hop Off & sign your name, leave your message for peace & hope, you can view the full tour here or book below.

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