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- Had my work Christmas dinner here this year and received excellent service from the two bar staff, Bríanna and Higgins.Written 1 December 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great free tour in this beautiful building. David was an engaging and informative tour guide. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a brief history of Belfast.Written 30 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great experience has a bit of everything. From the troubles history and of northern Ireland to animal lifeWritten 28 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Buzzing, just buzzing and it was so vibrant with everything from delicious food to local crafts and extremely funny local cards, tee shirts and socks for all occasions.
Live music on the Sunday lunchtime when we visited.Written 4 November 2023
- Fantastic day out for my son from Australia
We arrived late they fitted us in and took us mid tour at end of tour they took us back in to see what we missed
Staff are brilliant the experience and guide was great highly recommended
Great value thank youWritten 23 November 2023
- Nice place but quite small . Palm house and tropical ravine worth a visit but it won’t take long. Rose garden the highlight for me .Written 4 October 2023
- Well priced, handy parking. Engaged and enthusiastic tour guide. Well restored ship. Plenty for adults and children alike - I took my 5 yr old and he loved it!Written 23 November 2023
- Standing in a dry Dock the SS Nomadic seems to be waiting for its next party of traveller's. Its quite a significant size vessel.Written 5 November 2023
- I visited with college, a group of History Students. Sarah was an incredible tour guide, explained an intricate history so perfectly. Enjoyable and quite funny. Fully recommend a visit.Written 27 November 2023
- This is the place to head for culture, art, music, drinks and food. Not really a shopping area as such but the party centre of Belfast City.Written 4 November 2023
- Visited here on a Sunday in October. It wasn't overly busy, although I had been expecting it would be.
On arrival, the staff advised us to start on Level 4 and work our way down and this was excellent advice. In fact, all 3 of our kids (12, 10 and 6) enjoyed Level 4 the most, so we spent the majority of our time here.
The Dragon exhibit (temporary) mostly consisted of a few dragon figures that move, but at 30 minute intervals, they bring out a dragon puppet which is very lifelike and the kids can pet, so that is a really nice touch.
The exhibits are very interactive, with lots to interest both children and adults. Mine in particular love the studio section, where they could record their own soundtracks, report the news, create a stop-animation sequence, appear in a dinosaur film and more.
There are also some great sections on building, electricity, nature and general science.
We had read on W5's website about their picnic areas, so we brought our own lunch with us, and there are plenty of places to stop and eat your food. There are also water stations where you can refill your water bottle. Toilets were clean and well kept.
We didn't eat in the cafe so can't comment on that.
We spent over 4 hours in total at W5 and would highly recommend it. There are a number of restaurants in the same complex if you need to fuel up before journeying home.Written 23 October 2023
- I have studied a lot about the history of Northern Ireland and The Troubles so it was absolutely fascinating to visit the Peace Wall having read so much about it. It's such a big part of the history of the UK but one most Brits outside of Northern Ireland are dismally unaware of. The wall is a must for any Brit looking to understand the history of our country.Written 21 November 2023
- Magical Christmas experience! So much for the children to do. The staff were fabulous and made such an effort to engage all the children. Great value for money!Written 28 November 2023
- We first visited driving through as part of the Hop-On Hop-Off Red Bus Tour and then returned the next day and hopped off to see the murals and peace gardens in more detail. Others have mentioned being made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe but this never once happened to us, infact everyone we spoke to was sooo very friendly and helpful, even when popped into a local shop to buy a few snacks etc.
We found the tour bus to be interesting and very sad. Our tour guide explained that even now (25 years after the peace agreement) there's some things you can't say on the wrong side of the wall, such as "Sláinte" (Irish version of cheers) over drinks in the Unionist area (Shankill Road). It is sad that there is still such hatred among neighbours.
We looked at doing one of the famous black taxi tours but found them to be very expensive, we feel we got a very good understanding of the troubles from sitting through the second half of the Hop-On Hop-Off Red Bus Tour, our bus guide was excellent.
Shankill Road is the Unionist area of Belfast and Falls Road is the Republican area. See the many murals on both sides depicting the struggle for power. The dividing wall and gate is still there separating the two communities. Once you cross over the gate you can clearly see a sharp and very quick change in the artwork. The murals change frequently and quickly, an artist can paint over someone's mural in a day.
Worth a visit and really gives an insight into the troubles. If visiting Falls Road, then you need to visit Shankill Road and vice versa. Worthwhile a visit with a guide to give an insight into the troubles.Written 1 September 2023
- Cool history, very impressive architecture, and an awesome place to get some great pictures. We stopped during our bus tour of the city, and enjoyed wandering around and taking pictures.Written 11 October 2023