In recent years Belfast has been transformed into a thriving centre that would rival any capital city in the world. Situated a short distance from the commencement of the M5 motorway, Acres End is only 15 minutes from the city centre. Open top sight-seeing bus tours are available or take a boat trip on the River Lagan for a view of Belfast from a different perspective.
Our location to the North of the city places us within easy reach of many of Belfast’s attractions. Not to be missed is the recently opened Titanic Experience housed in a spectacular building on the very slipway where the legendary ship was built and launched. Also to be found in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast is W5, Northern Ireland’s award-winning interactive science and discovery centre.
Belfast Zoo is home to more than 140 animal species. Belfast Castle and grounds offer pleasant walks, an adventure playground and spectacular views over Belfast Lough. Stormont Estate and Parliament buildings are open to the public. At the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum visitors can step back in time exploring authentic cottages, farms, schools and shops from across the Province.
All of Belfast’s attractions and programme of events can be found at www.gotobelfast.com
Over 800 years of history is waiting to be explored in our nearby town of Carrickfergus. The exceptionally well-preserved Carrickfergus Castle is well worth a visit - besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the Castle saw action right up to World War II. Ireland’s only surviving gasworks has been faithfully restored and is now the site of Flame- the unique Gasworks Museum of Ireland. St Nicholas Church boasts impressive stained glass windows, the old town walls are visible here and there and the Andrew Jackson Cottage, in addition to telling the story of the 7th president of the USA, whose parents emigrated to America from Carrickfergus in 1765 also houses a collection of Ulster patchwork quilts.
Also on offer in Carrickfergus are a spectacular modern 300 berth marina, newly refurbished leisure centre - Amphitheatre, golf courses, cinema, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, parks, playgrounds and a full programme of Summer events. Check out www.carrickfergus.org for details.
Whatever your interests, you will find plenty to see and do within easy reach of Acres End