Get to know Belfast, a bustling city that still retains the intimacy and friendliness of a small village, with today’s half-day excursion.
DurationApproximately 3½ hours
Your motor coach takes you along the city’s major thoroughfares and past many of Belfast’s imposing buildings, including the Harbor Office and the Customs House. Two of the city’s most impressive structures are not buildings at all, but are the giant cranes of the Harland and Wolff Shipyards. Affectionately known as Samson and Goliath, the German-built cranes dominate the skyline.
As you contemplate the cranes’ incredible size, you may also remember the tragic sinking of the Titanic, since it was in these shipyards that the ill-fated ship was built. The sad story of Titanic confronts visitors once again, as on the grounds of City Hall stands a poignant memorial.
Continue your tour through the city passing the famous Queens University. Queens University was established in 1845 by Queen Victoria as one of the three Colleges of Ireland. The Lanyon-designed main building in the Tudor Gothic style is one of the iconic buildings of Belfast’s skyline, and the finest Victorian architectural set-piece in the Province. The Lanyon is also home to The Naughton Gallery and the Canada Room, where George Mitchell laid the foundations for the Northern Ireland peace process.
Venture a few miles outside the city to see neoclassical Stormont, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. A symbol of progress to Northern Ireland’s troubled past, the power-sharing executives with responsibility for Northern affairs rule from this impressive building.
Fittingly, your next visit will be a look at the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, reminders of Belfast’s turbulent history.
Next, stop for an inside visit of Belfast Cathedral. The foundation stones of St. Anne’s were first laid in September 1899. Initially, only the nave of the Cathedral was built, and this was consecrated in June 1904. Today, St. Anne’s is a cathedral church of the Church of Ireland.
Having marveled at the beauty and character of Belfast, return to the port and your Crystal ship.
As this excursion involves stair climbing, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.