Belfast is perfect for a weekend getaway. There’s award-winning bars, clubs, restaurants, theatres and galleries, and options to tour the city on foot or by taxi, bus or boat. Learn about the rich history and tradition of Belfast’s shipbuilding heritage in the Titanic Quarter, where the world’s most famous ship was built over 100 years ago. Indulge in some retail therapy at Victoria Square, which has over 70 shops and restaurants, and panoramic views across the city. For nightlife head to the buzz of the Cathedral Quarter, which has a mixture of bars, restaurants, theatre and live music.
But what if you have accessibility needs? How can you be confident that you’ll find places to visit in York that will be accessible to you?
Our list of 5 accessible places to visit in Belfast is here to help you be prepared, whether you need:
- step-free access
- wheelchair access
- ramps and lifts
- a hearing loop
- audio formats
- Braille or large print
- staff trained in sign language
- details of parking facilities
- information on light and noise levels.
For each place on the list we’ve linked to our Detailed Access Guide, which tells you all about a venue’s access. They are all 100% facts, figures and photographs, collected by trained AccessAble surveyors who check out every single place in person.
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Belfast Castle is a magnificent sandstone building offering a wealth of history and grandeur for a range of functions. Its sense of history, the superb setting and first-rate facilities makes Belfast Castle an ideal venue for that special occasion and offers a unique experience for all who visit. It occupies a prominent position on the slopes of Cave Hill, some 120 metres (400 feet) above sea level. The building was officially re-opened to the public on 11 November 1988 after a major refurbishment programme by Belfast City Council.
Key accessible facilities include on site parking, accessible toilets and facilities for assistance dogs.
Crumlin Road Gaol
The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it's doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re opened as a visitor attraction and conference centre. Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site from when women and children were held within it's walls through to the political segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison.
Key accessible facilities include hearing loops, seats for those who need them and accessible toilets.
The SS Nomadic is known as Titanic's little sister. Built at the same time, by the same people, in the same Harland and Wolff shipyard as Titanic, Nomadic brought those boarding the great liner at Cherbourg to the ship. That was the start of an adventurous life, as she played a part in WW One and Two, carried many famous people to the great trans-Atlantic liners, became a floating restaurant in Paris and was saved from being scrapped by the people of Belfast. Now completely refurbished as a visitor attraction, you can walk in the footsteps of history, learn her story, and become part of the new chapter of her dramatic existence.
Key accessible facilities include ramped access, a designated drop of point and staff trained in British Sign Language.
The Titanic Belfast visitor attraction extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. Drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre.
Key accessible facilities include level access, designated Blue Badge parking and Braille documents available on request.
Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences with impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones. From Ireland to the South Pacific, ancient relics to modern masterpieces, the Ulster Museum offers something for everyone from the simply curious to the enthusiast.
Key accessible facilities include an accessible changing room, touch tours and a wheelchair available to borrow.
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