Belfast City Centre Skyline Eastwards. Photographer Christopher Heaney. Courtesy of Visit Belfast

VISIT BELFAST and DISCOVER IRELANDare excellent sources of information on what to do and see during your stay here.

Here are a few of our top picks!

No Alibis Bookstore

No Alibis: A veritable Aladdin’s cave, this independent bookstore has a particular interest in children’s books, Irish literature, history and politics, the humanities and, as the name would suggest, mystery fiction. A warm welcome awaits you! No Alibis is also a venue during our festival, and hosts other events throughout the year. Located on Botanic Avenue, within the Queen’s Quarter.

Born And Bred

Born & Bred: So much more than a shop selling beautiful, locally-made gifts, you can see and meet artists at work in their studio space upstairs. Clothing, jewellery, prints, homewares, cards, candles, food, we dare you to leave empty-handed! Located on Ann Street.

Craft NI Gallery

Craft NI Gallery: Peruse an impressive selection of work from some of Northern Ireland’s many talented designer-makers. Shop jewellery, ceramics, textiles, homewares, cards and more for that special gift or treat. Located on Royal Avenue, opposite Central Library.

Wrapped Up

Wrapped Up: A treasure trove of ceramics, prints, jewellery, painting, textiles, candles, photography and food, all designed and made in Ireland. Located in Castlecourt Shopping Centre.

Writers' Square

Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association:  Discover more about Belfast’s history and characters with the expertise of a qualified professional Blue Badge Guide. Check out the dedicated tours taking place during our festival. Whether you are a resident of Northern Ireland who wants to know more or are visiting the city for the first time these tours are a must!

Belfast Street Art tour. FORZAN (Force) by Sancho MDN

Seedhead Arts – Street Art Walking Tour : Every Sunday at noon, join a gently paced, two hour walk around the ever changing face of Belfast street art and learn more about the artists and inspiration behind these new icons of Belfast.


Boundary Brewery – if you love your craft beer, check out the Tap Room sessions, Fridays 4-11pm and Saturdays 2-11pm, at this independent cooperative brewery, specialising in modern American and traditional Belgian beers, based in the site of a former linen spinning mill in East Belfast. Oh and there’ll be food trucks on site too!

Cathedral Gardens Playpark – a colourful and inviting playpark (have you seen the rainbow grass?) and outdoor seating and picnic area in Cathedral Quarter.