Belfast, Titanic and More!
Belfast is a surprising city which has reinvented itself to become a popular tourist destination.
From the Titanic Quarter, where the remarkable Titanic Experience tells the astonishing story of the ill-fated ship, to the leafy Queen’s Quarter, a treasure trove of shops, cafes, bars, the Ulster Museum and the beautiful Botanic Gardens, Belfast is a first-class destination in which to host your incentive, rewards or team-building getaway.
Travel to Belfast City Hall, Crown Liquor Saloon and Crumlin Road Gaol
Morning: Fly to Belfast City Airport. You’ll be met by one of our trip directors and transferred the short distance into the city centre.
To set the scene for your few days in Belfast we’ve arranged a guided tour of the imposing Belfast City Hall. You’ll find out the link to the Titanic and (subject to what’s happening in the building on the day) see many of the building’s finest features including the Council Chamber, Robing Room, Reception Hall, Banqueting Hall and The Great Hall.
Lunchtime: There’s a treat in store for lunchtime with a visit to one of the city’s most famous venues, the Crown Liquor Saloon. In its day it was one of the mightiest Victorian gin palaces which once flourished in the industrial cities of the British Isles. Today it’s a traditional pub of unique character, offering good food and drink, served with a generous measure of famous Irish hospitality.
Afternoon: In the afternoon, you’ll visit Belfast’s infamous Victorian prison, Crumlin Road Gaol and explore over 150 years of history. The prison only closed in 1996, but has now become a major visitor attraction. You’ll take a guided tour, hear about the history of the site from when women and children were held within its walls, and the more recent political segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners.
Evening: This evening you’ll return to the prison to eat in Cuffs Bar and Grill, located within the prison complex.
Titanic Experience, Segway Tour and Escape Room
Afternoon: There’s a bit of a Titanic theme today. You’ll start with a visit to the award-winning Titanic Experience, a visitor attraction like no other. Built on the site of the dockyard where the famous ship was built, your free-flow tour (or between 90 minutes and two hours) takes you through the story, from construction to the launch, and from the maiden voyage to its disastrous conclusion. Knowing the ending makes you look at the story in a very different light. At the heart of all of this are the people of Belfast; those who worked on the construction, and those who worked on the ship. There are stories of the rich, the poor, those who died, and those who survived. It’s quite a story, with one or two surprises along the way.
Lunchtime: You’ll take a light lunch in the attraction in readiness for the next activity taking place just around the corner.
Afternoon: At 1pm you’ll have the opportunity to ride on a Segway around the Titanic Quarter. Segways are those two-wheeled contraptions that you stand on. You lean forward to go forward, and you lean back to, well you get the idea. You get full training. Depending on numbers in the group you may find yourself competing with your colleagues for the best time around a course. If there are fewer than 15 of you, you might be taken on a route around the revitalised dock area. It’s around two hours of great fun.
You’ll then travel some seven miles to the south east of Belfast for a team building exercise with a difference. You and your colleagues are in a locked room. You have 60 minutes to get out. Explore the room, find objects, make connections, work together to solve puzzles, think out of the box (or in this case, inside it), and find the code for freedom. It all lasts for just over an hour, and is for up to eight people.
You’ll return to your hotel in time to relax before, well, an evening with a difference.
Evening: This evening you’ll be right royally entertained at the luxurious Cabaret Supper Club in the heart of the city centre. Feel like a star and experience an evening reminiscent of 1920s’ Hollywood. Enjoy live jazz, burlesque, contortionists, magicians, comedians and bands while you enjoy a sumptuous meal served by your own Cabaret Butler. This isn’t a night out for the faint-hearted or anyone with strict morals, but for those with a sense of humour, and an adventurous streak, this is a Belfast experience that you most certainly will be talking about back in the office.
Alternatively, you can have a nice dinner in the hotel!
Free Time in Belfast
Morning: Today you’ll have free time in Belfast city centre to have a look around.
Afternoon: You’ll transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast *****
Located on Great Victoria Street, next to the Grand Opera House, the luxury Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast offers boutique bedrooms, a chic restaurant and modern cocktail bar. This impressive hotel features designer interiors, modern artwork and colourful furnishings throughout.
The Merchant Hotel *****
The Merchant Hotel is in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast’s city centre. It offers luxurious air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a rooftop gymnasium and hot tub.
Ten Square Hotel ****
Ten Square Hotel is a modern hotel in a building built in 1862. Its discreet luxurious standards and “home-from-home” style hospitality have won plaudits from discerning travellers. There are 23 bespoke guest bedrooms in a Grade 1 listed ‘Yorkshire House’ building, plus a further 48 rooms in the recent extension. There are no leisure facilities.