Belfast, Northern Ireland is a city alive with history and culture. From the Titanic to the rift between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Belfast holds many interesting pieces of history.

Belfast, Northern Ireland
Photo by Kaeli Hearn on Unsplash
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Photo by Kaeli Hearn on Unsplash

When I lived in Ireland, my day trip to Belfast was one of the most memorable experiences I had. They fill the city with so much history that my only regret is only taking one day to explore it.

Here are just three of the many amazing museums Belfast has that showcase the history of the Northern Ireland city.

Titanic Belfast Museum

Titanic Belfast Museum
Photo courtesy of Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast Museum
Photo courtesy of Titanic Belfast

Before setting sail on what would be its only voyage, the original RMS Titanic was built and docked in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast museum has nine interactive galleries as well as various tours that you can take to fully immerse yourself in the experiences the museum offers. Be sure to check out the museum’s Bistro 401 and the Titanic Store while you’re there!

Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol
Photo courtesy of Visit Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol
Photo courtesy of Visit Belfast

I really enjoyed visiting this museum when I was in Belfast. The Crumlin Road Gaol has over 150 years of history behind it, where you can follow in the steps of over 25,000 prisoners who passed through the gaol. They offer a variety of tours, including daily guided walks, a paranormal tour, and a Victorian tour.

Black Cab Tour

Black Cab in Belfast
Photo courtesy of Visit Belfast
Black Cab in Belfast
Photo courtesy of Visit Belfast

Okay, so technically this one isn’t a stationary museum, but is more like a tour of the city of Belfast as though it were one large museum. The Black Cab Tour I took was my absolute favorite experience I had in Belfast, getting to see the tumultuous history of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland’s clash between Protestants and Catholics. I highly recommend making time in your day to take a Black Cab Tour, as it is one of the most interesting histories I’ve learned in any of my travels.


Do you have a favorite museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland? Let us know in the comments!

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