Belfast on a Sunday morning can take visitors by surprise. Although shops cannot let you in to browse until 12.30pm and let you purchase anything before 1.00pm, there are lots of things to do and see while the city is still sleepy and soporific.
St Georges Market
This market is absolutely brilliant for local crafts and food. The Sunday market is 80% craft produce and 20% food produce and when you combine this with live music and a great heritage building then the place is simply unmissable.
The market opens at 7.30am and starts to quiten down at around 2.00pm so once you get up and have to check out of your hotel then head straight there, near the Waterfront Hall on May Street.
Titanic Belfast | SS Nomadic | Titanic Dock & Pumphouse
The Titanic Quarter is open on Sundays and this is a good time to walk about and soak up the history and heritage of this new city quarter. You can jump onto the Belfast City Sightseeing tour and hop off at stop #3 or easily walk over from St Georges Market, a nice stroll by the river…
Church services in Belfast city centre for all faiths
All major faiths can now be found in Belfast and there are some lovely churches and venues in Belfast city centre.
Botanic Gardens and The Ulster Museum
This is a great part of Belfast and a perfect place if you have a hangover or remain a little sensitive from the previous nights partying. The open spaces of the mature Botanic Gardens allow you some lovely fresh air and you can explore the old glass Palm House and Tropical Ravine for a bit of nature – you will see plants from all over the world.
The Botanic Gardens links University Road and the Stranmillis district to the River Lagan so you can walk right through and then along the tow path back into the city centre.
So there are plenty of things to be at before the city centre springs to life. Remember that the Belfast City Sightseeing tours depart every day, including Sundays, from 10.00am from Castle Place in the city centre.
You can hop off anywhere along the route and get picked up every 30 minutes. Either way – make sure you use your time well!