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The thriving city of Belfast is one of few that succeeds in striking the balance between culture and adventure!

A city break doesn’t have to be all about culture and great food. You can also get your adventure fix too. And it seems there is no better city than Belfast to strike that balance. Offering an array of activities from SUP to indoor skydiving and Ireland’s longest zip wire, it really does make for a very exciting weekend away. Here are six adventurous activities to do in Belfast.

1. Hike up Cave Hill

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With its imposing outline visible across the city, Cave Hill is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. Named for its five caves located on the side of the cliffs, the 4.5-mile hike is strenuous in parts. However, a well-heeled path all the way to the top makes it achievable for all levels of fitness. Starting at Belfast Castle, a path leads you all the way up through the trees and out onto a plateau which offers spectacular views.

More info: Walk NI

2. Hit the Water 


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Located just outside the city centre, Bryson Lagan Sports offers ample opportunity to get out on the water. With canoeing, kayaking, bellboating, sailing and water zorbing to choose from, you are guaranteed a fun-filled outing! Sessions start at £35 for adults and £18 for children.

More info: Bryson Lagan Sports 

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3. Belfast City Bike Tours

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Hop on a city cruiser bike and explore Belfast’s historic Cathedral, Titanic, University and Gaeltacht Quarters. And of course, we can’t forget about the wonderful Titanic Dock and St George’s Market, both perfect spots for refreshments and a spot of people watching.

More info: Belfast City Bike Tours

4. Indoor Skydiving

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Ireland’s only indoor skydiving centre is located in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. And it’s probably the most fun you are ever going to have! We Are Vertigo has pumped £1.5 million into the state-of-the-art facility which has been developed using the world’s leading Aerodium tunnel technology. Indoor skydiving sessions start at £36 for individuals.

We Are Vertigo is also home to the world’s largest indoor inflatable park, a high ropes course and Ninja masterclass so there is plenty to keep you entertained on a rainy day.

More info: We are Vertigo

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5. Mountain Biking at the Barnett Demesne

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The Barnett Demesne Trails consist of an easy 3.4km green trail and a 3.9km blue trail (with three red loop options – 1.5km). Most exciting, however, is the fact that Ireland’s first official purpose-built jumps park is located here too. The park boasts six lines of table-tops, doubles and hip jumps. Plenty to keep the gang entertained. Bike rental is available on site.

More info: Mountain Biking NI

6. SKYTrek

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Set in the beautiful Colin Glen Forest Park in the heart of the Belfast hills, SKYTrek offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including kayaking, mountain biking and orienteering. One highlight is SKYtrek’s high ropes course and 90m zip wire that runs over Belfast, giving you one of the best views of the city (if you dare to look!). Prices start at £15.

More info: SKYtrek

7. Let’s go Hydro Aquapark

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This inflatable obstacle course is so much fun you will never want to leave. You will slide, wobble, leap and faceplant your way from one challenge to the next watching your buddies splash into the water as you go! There is also a lido (outdoor swimming area), kneeboarding, wakeboarding and tubing available 0n site.

More info: Aquapark

Getting to Belfast:

Just a two-hour jaunt up the road from Dublin, Belfast is really easy to get to thanks to the brilliant M1 motorway. Or alternatively, you can catch the train which takes just over two hours from Connolly Station in Dublin.

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