A WALK AROUND BELFAST AND A PINT OF GUINNESS
We explore the centre of Belfast on foot and admire the main buildings and monuments that make this city so fascinating, ending our excursion in pure Irish style with a pint of Guinness in a traditional pub.
What we will see
- Gran Opera House
- Town Hall: visit of the exterior and interior
- Walk around the city centre
- Queen's Square and Albert Memorial Clock Tower
- Harland & Wolff shipyard
- St. George's Market
- Scottish Provident Building
- Toast in a pub with a pint of Guinness
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us on a coach and start exploring Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland that mixes the elegant architecture of the past with modern structures.
- On the way to the city centre, we admire the Grand Opera House, considered the best example of Eastern style applied to theatrical architecture with its onion-shaped domes and elaborate pediment.
- We reach the Neoclassical Town Hall building dominating over Donegall Square with its wealth of pinnacles and turrets surmounted by copper green domes. * Once off the coach, we visit the interior, a wealth of Italian marble that leaves us breathless.
- We then enjoy a pleasant walking tour of the centre as we admire all the marvels this city has to offer.
- We observe the multiple examples of Victorian and early-20th-century architecture provided by palaces with richly-decorated doors and windows, statues and busts of Kings and Queens and working-class brick homes.
- We cross Queen’s Square, built during the visit Queen Victoria paid to the city in 1849 and overlooked by the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, erected in memory of her Prince consort and almost 35 metres tall.
- We then head to the Harland & Wolff shipyard, where the Titanic was built and from where it set off for its unfortunate maiden voyage, and pass by the elegant Victorian-style building of St. George's Market, the oldest market in Ireland that has never stopped operating.
- Finally, we go back to Donegall Square, where we can admire the other buildings overlooking the square such as the imposing Scottish Provident Building decorated with sculptures depicting all kinds of objects.
- We end the excursion with a break in a traditional pub, where we drink a toast with an exquisite pint of Guinness.