New Attractions & Tours
Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen
Join Tracey in her Farmhouse Kitchen where she will prepare lunch using ingredients produced within 5 miles of the Farmhouse itself. You’ll get involved! You’ll gather your own ingredients from Tracey’s Farmhouse Garden and cook a local dish which you will enjoy with other local food and drink – all homemade around the Farmhouse Kitchen table on the shores of Strangford Lough – 35 minutes from Belfast. This experience has recently been awarded a 5 star visitor experience rating with Tourism NI.
70th anniversary CS Lewis Festival
20-24 November 2020
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Lewis’s most famous work, ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, the eighth annual C.S. Lewis Festival will mark this milestone with a five-day programme of literary-themed events and activities for all ages, including a series of Lewis-inspired illuminations and festive markets in the C.S. Lewis Square. Check out VisitEastSide.com for more information.
Maritime Mile Treasure Trail Experience
The Maritime Mile Treasure Trail, an exciting new outdoor family experience aimed at encouraging locals and visitors to explore Belfast’s historic waterfront, has been launched. A joint initiative between Titanic Foundation and Belfast Harbour, the trail provides a waterfront experience where visitors can explore Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage. The treasure trail, which is available until 6 November, is free. There are 18 stops along Belfast’s iconic waterfront with questions, clues, facts and challenges all of which can be easily found on a series of information panels along the self-guided route.
A place to grab a bite, crash for the night or kick back and take in the sights. Only 10 minutes from Belfast International Airport, the new hotel offers a stylish restaurant, bar and lake view spa. This is the perfect spot to get stuck into inspiring menus that boast fresh, local and most importantly delicious dishes to savour. Dine with friends, make it a family get together, a date night with your other half or simply just because.
DC Tours New Walking Tour App
Belfast based walking tour company DC Tours has launched a new app which allows you to find out about the city’s history at your own pace – or even from the comfort of your own home. The first installment in their brand new series of self-guided audio tours. ‘West Belfast: Peacewalls, Murals and More’ is now available for both iOS and Android phones and tablets by downloading the free ‘DC Tours Belfast’ app and buying the tour for just £9.99. The tour is packed full of historical information, pictures, audio and even video of over 30 locations across the Falls and Shankill districts of West Belfast, and together with a GPS mapping system it allows you to take total control of your experience.
Axe Yard – Urban Axe Throwing
Urban Axe Throwing is a really fun activity where you get to enjoy the unique experience of throwing axes at wooden targets. It’s a group activity where you will play fun games and enjoy some friendly competition, so the more the merrier! All bookings include a dedicated coach to teach you all you need to know – we aim to have you sinking axes in no time! Absolutely anyone & everyone! (18+) Axe throwing is perfect for family, friends, corporate groups, team building and hens and stags. There are excellent facilities at the vibrant indoor venue and they can accommodate groups of up to 40 people.
Game of Thrones Studio Tour
The Game of Thrones Studio Tour, comprising the breathtaking imagery, captivating sets, original props and costumes, and other behind-the-scenes items from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, will drop fans in the very heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Guests will be treated to an up-close and personal look at a wide selection of items pulled straight from the screen and have the opportunity to walk through authentic set pieces from some of the show’s most iconic scenes. In collaboration with HBO Licensing & Retail, Linen Mill Studios are designing and building the new 110,000-square-foot interactive experience and will open its gates for visitors soon. It is the first in a series of Game of Thrones Legacy projects announced by HBO last year.
An exciting new addition to the Titanic Quarter, the reefLIVE aquarium will be located on the Queen’s Road opposite the Titanic Hotel, a short distance from the world’s number one visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast. Once open the aquarium will be the largest ocean visitor attraction on the island of Ireland.
Accommodation - Recently Opened and Coming soon
- Haslem Hotel, Lisburn Square. Owned by Beannchor Group. This hotel will have 52 ensuite bedrooms. Opening Autumn 2020
- Dream Pods, Bank Square. Owned by DSD. This hotel has 19 ensuite bedrooms. Opened July 2019
- The Premier Inn, Bangor. This 85 bedroom hotel opened in July 2019.
Hotels Recently Refurbished
- Hilton Belfast has completed a £10 million transformation project which includes a full refurbishment of the hotel’s facilities and expanding its capacity to 202 bedrooms and suites.
- La Mon Hotel & Country Club major refurbishment of Conference & Events Centre, foyers, events suites and 20 bedrooms
- Dunadry Hotel & Gardens completed a £5 million refurbishment and as a result has recently been awarded 4 star status from Tourism NI
- Clayton Hotel Belfast recently received a £1.5 million refurbishment of bedrooms, restaurant and bar.