City Name: BELFAST
Direction from City Center to Hotel: South
Distance from Hotel: 1 MI/ 1.61 KM
The Ulster Museum’s rich collections encompass art, human history and natural sciences. A highlight is the Armada Gallery showcasing artefacts and jewelry salvaged from the galleon Girona, one of the Spanish Armada ships that was wrecked off the coast of Northern Ireland in 1588. The notable Egyptian collection features many fascinating ancient objects, including a mummy in its case.
Don’t miss the expansive Belfast Botanic Gardens, which are a 10-minute walk away from the hotel. The glass-domed Victorian Palm House, dating from 1839, features tropical plants and exotic displays, as well as birds of paradise. The Tropical Ravine contains verdant banana trees, bromeliads and a variety of orchid plants.
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Sample Northern Irish hospitality, and maybe a pint of draught Guinness, at the richly decorated Crown Liquor Saloon, a 20-minute stroll from the hotel. Its original tiled facade dates from 1826 when it first opened as a Victorian Gin Palace. The warm, low-lit interior, featuring carved wood, booth seating and an ornate ceiling, entices you to stay a while and soak up the atmosphere.
Belfast black taxi cab tour is a great way to get an overview of the city – ask the friendly hotel staff for recommended tour companies. Drivers can explain the history behind landmarks such as West Belfast's political murals, the restored 19th-century Crumlin Road Gaol, regal Belfast City Hall and Gothic-inspired Albert Memorial Clock.