You can hop off anywhere in Belfast, and your tickets are valid for 48 hours. This gives you unlimited travel and the opportunity to explore our brilliant city.
Don’t forget that you do not have to meet the bus at the same point as you got off. You can walk up and down the Shankill Road or Falls Road, and meet the the bus anywhere! Your tickets are valid for every red bus that will pass, at least every 30 minutes.
What to do at each stop – some suggestions and ideas;
– Titanic Quarter – Titanic Belfast
Hop off at the unmissable Titanic Belfast visitor attraction just five minutes into the tour route! Check out our combo deal here – Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
Spend as long as you want here and then join any tour that is passing – hop on at the ‘ Drawing Office ‘ on Queens Road – right in front of Titanic Belfast. We pass first at 10.05am and then every 30 minutes throughout the day.
The Titanic Walking Tour departs from the Premier Inn Hotel beside the Odyssey Complex, and led by local legend and reknowned Titanorak Colin Cobb.
It has become one of the most highly rated tours in Belfast, and we feel the leading Titanic tour anywhere in the world. He has passion, expert knowledge and the site where she was built.
The new Titanic Belfast attraction is the largest Titanic attraction in the world and is a technology led visitor experience. You can hop off here and enjoy the building, and then hop back on any bus that is passing.
We have a bus passing at ten past every hour and at twenty to every hour. It takes ten minutes to get to the building from the city centre departure points.
– Stormont and Parliament Buildings
There are now free tours of Parliament Buildings at Stormont from Monday to Friday, at 11.00am and 2.00pm.
This means that you can join our 10.00am or 1.00pm tour at hop off at Stormont and enjoy this incredible building.
This remarkable building has got immense history, and is the home of the new Assembly. You can learn of the people and politicians, and watch new politics in action if a sitting is taking place.
– St Georges Market
We love this heritage market, which is right beside The Waterfront Hall and River Lagan. There is a market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning offering local food, local crafts and live music.
The atmosphere is brilliant, and it is within easy walking distance of any of our tour finish points. This means you can either hop off your tour, or walk back to the market after your tour is finished. Keep in mind that the market normally finishes up around 2.00pm however.
– The Cathedral Quarter
This is the cultural hub of Belfast, and is characterised by narrow entries and small alleyways. The district runs from Ann Street to Donegall Street and from High Street to Dunbar Link and has a multitude of artists, crafts people, artisans, sculptors and writers.
It is also the home of the oldest pubs and bars in the city. The oldest bar in Belfast is White’s Tavern, which has been on the site in Winecellar Entry since 1630 !! – www.whitestavern.com
You should explore this district on foot, and also visit St Annes Cathedral which is our anglican Cathedral in the city. It is a masterpiece and has a big spike through the roof which hovers like magic above the altar.
The Cathedral has the largest celtic cross in Ireland on the north side. This is a memorial monument to Belfast victims of the First World War.
Some great pubs and bars;
– Whites Tavern in Winecellar Entry
– The Spaniard in Skipper Street
– The Duke of York in Commercial Court
– The Black Box in Hill Street
– The John Hewitt on Donegall Street
– McCrackens in Joys Entry
This area is only a few minutes walk from our tour departure points, so you may wish to complete your full tour and then explore this fascinating district.
– St Annes Cathedral:
Belfast Cathedral, known as St Anne’s Cathedral, was built on the site of an older Church dedicated to St Anne. The foundation stone was laid in 1899 and the nave was consecrated on June 2 1904. Over the years the Cathedral has been extended and the striking stainless steel Spire of Hope was added in 2007.
The Cathedral is a Romanesquebuilding with five large pillars each side of the central nave with half pillars in the walls at either end; windows that are each a single huge light, mosaics in two ceilings and covering a tympanum above the west door and that above the entrance to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Four archangels are carved high in the corners of the nave, an apse and ambulatory at the east end and massive round arches throughout the whole building.
There is much artistic merit in the finer detail of the Cathedral. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, added in 1932, has stained glass windows relating to the activity of the Holy Spirit as described in the Bible, from the Creation in Genesis to Saint John’s vision in Revelation.
On the opposite side of the Cathedral is the baptistery. The carvings are by Rosamund Praeger, who also designed the bronze plaque above Lord Carson’s tomb. He is the only person buried in the Cathedral.
The detailed nave pillar capitals, each with a different theme, were carved chiefly by Morris Harding, whilst the fine carving on the West façade of the Cathedral is the work of Esmond Burton and is a memorial to those who lost their lives in 1914-1918 World War.
The Cathedral’s mosaics of Italian glass are the work of two sisters, Gertrude and Margaret Martin. The mosaic over the font is said to hold more than 150,000 pieces.
The Cathedral has many stained glass windows; the huge nave windows depict characters from the Old Testament, those in the ambulatory show some of the fruits of the Spirit, there are three abstract windows high above the altar, while the east window pictures the parable of the Good Samaritan and was moved to this position from the old St Anne’s Church.
Looking the other way the west windows are perhaps the most impressive of the whole Cathedral; the central window depicting Christ in glory. Modern windows are to be seen in the Chapel of Unity and the Royal Irish Regimental Chapel.
St Anne’s has some very fine needlework on display, especially the individually designed, hand sewn, tapestry cushions and kneelers. The stunning Titanic Pall commemorates the lost lives in the sinking of the Titanic, and hangs on the south wall of the nave when not in use.
You can now enjoy an even richer experience of St. Anne’s Cathedral with your own personal audio guide. The audio guide takes you on an intimate, 40 minute tour of Belfast’s magnificent cathedral. Point by point you’ll find out how the Cathedral’s story is intertwined with that of its home city, discover its rich historic artefacts, and be introduced to the people who helped to shape this sacred place.
Using state-of-the-art technology, the simple one-click audio tour system will add a new level of experience to your exploration of this great Belfast icon. An audio tour costs £4 per person.
Booking isn’t necessary for individuals or small parties; however groups of more than 10 are advised to book to check if a sufficient quantity of audio tour handsets are available or if it would be more appropriate to arrange a guided tour. For group bookings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss, giving as much notice as possible.
The Cathedral is open to visitors from 9am to 5.15pm Monday to Saturday, (last audio tour at 4.45pm), and 1 to 3pm only on a Sunday. Please note that the Cathedral will sometimes be closed for special services like weddings and funerals.
Belfast Cathedral is a sacred space and is open for worship and services outside of these hours. Anyone can come into the Cathedral freely at any time of the day for quiet and a place to pray. Please check the website for the times of services.
– The Crumlin Road Jail and Courthouse –
derelict since 1996. It is popularly known as the Crum.The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has given it a grade A listed building status because of its architectural and historical significance. The Crumlin Road Courthouse, also derelict, stands opposite the Gaol. A tunnel under the main road connects the two buildings and was used to transport the prisoners to the courthouse. During the history of the prison between 1846 and 31 March 1996, when it was closed, an estimated 25,000 prisoners were held here.
– Queens University, Botanic Gardens and The Ulster Museum
The University also forms the focal point of the Queen’s Quarter area of the city, one of Belfast’s seven cultural districts.The Ulster Museum has recently benefitted from an
extensive regeneration programme.
The Crown Bar is a popular Belfast pub. It is owned and manage by The National Trust, and is a protected heritage site.Enjoy a Guinness in here, or a lovely meal upstairs. You will get a discount by showing your hop on / ho off ticket!
– Belfast City Hall and Belfast City Centre
Belfast is blessed to have authentic old bars that ooze heritage and character.Many of our oldest bars have witnessed extraordinary events and continue to be dynamic and popular places.The oldest bars in and around the city centre have seen plague, rebellion, famine, The Luftwaffe and The Troubles and survived it all. The atmosphere and ambience of the bars are relaxed during the day and lively at night.This is also where you are most likely to hear traditional Irish music.
– Whites Tavern ( open since 1630 )This is in Winecellar Entry just off High Street and is the oldest bar in Belfast. The fire is brilliant and the Guinness delicious.
This is down an entry off Donegall Street and has a brilliant atmosphere outside on a summer night. The live music upstairs is always great and the eclectic clientele never fail to amuse-
This is in Custom House Square and is very popular. We love the steak they serve on a volcanic rock so you cook it yourself.