As a break from the traditional sightseeing attractions and activities, consider a visit to some of these unique offerings.  For those interested in Irish history and genealogy in Northern Ireland, pay a visit to the Belfast Family History Center, Family Ulster , or The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland .  Public records and documents dating back hundreds of years are easily accessible to help those wanting to trace their family tree.  

If thrilling outdoor adventure is more your style, take a precarious walk across the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge that stretches across a dizzying, 80-foot chasm to tiny Carrick Island.   This is not a trip for the faint hearted with its breathtaking downward view of sand, sea and surf swirling below.

The less adventurous may prefer a visit to Belfast's famous backdrop, Divis and the Black Mountain, which is newly opened to the public. This dramatic landscape is home to an abundant variety of wildlife and archaeological remains including four Bronze Age burial cairns and an earlier megalithic tomb. 

Another must see attraction close to Belfast would have to be the Ulster Folk and Transport museum, voted the best museum in Ireland, it looks back at the traditions and ways of life of northern Irish folk. It's situated 7 miles east of Belfast, it is easily accessed by all major road and rail connections from Belfast. The nearest museum is Cultra from which the Belfast - Bangor train stops. The museum opens at 11.00am on Sundays and 10.00am from Monday - Saturdays, the closing times vary from 4.00pm - 6.00pm according to the season. A day ticket cost £5 for adults and £3 for children aged 5-16 years old. You can also stay within the museum, with prices starting at £21 for an overnight package. Definitely worth a visit as you see how houses, schools, banks, shops and town halls would have looked like back in the ol'days.

For a range of different tours & excursions of all areas in Belfast that provide history and amazing sights of this wonderful city go to the Belfast Welcome Centre. Tours include: Crumlin Road Gaol, CS Lewis, Literary Walks, Historic Belfast, Gallery tours, Ghost Tours and many more...