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
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 on to 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 £25 for two hours and no previous experience is necessary.
More info: Bryson Lagan Sports
3. Belfast City Bike Tours
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.
Belfast City Bike Tours is currently offering bike rental and are hoping to have its tours back up and running before the end of August.
More info: Belfast City Bike Tours
4. Indoor Skydiving
Ireland’s only indoor skydiving centre is located in the 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.
More info: We are Vertigo
5. Mountain Biking at the Barnett Demesne
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
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 £13
More info: SKYtrek
7. Let’s go Hydro Aquapark
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! Session last 50 minutes. 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. Don’t forget you must wear a mask if travelling by train. Masks are now mandatory in all indoor spaces in Northern Ireland too.
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