Belfast Telegraph

'Titanic Belfast is a fantastic attraction... I just can't recommend it enough'

Four Northern Ireland personalities tell Claire McNeilly which Belfast attractions they would recommend to visitors coming to the capital city.

Alderman Jim Rodgers:

1. Titanic Belfast - I think it's a fantastic attraction that tells the whole story about the ill-fated ship. Visitors have told me how enjoyable it is and I can't recommend it enough.

2. National Stadium at Windsor Park - This will appeal to men and women who are interested in sport as well as others, and it's a marvellous asset to Belfast, with rooms called after players over the years. Although it only holds 18,500 people and is much smaller than other stadia, we've had very positive feedback about it.

3. Ulster Museum - It's a wonderful place to see the whole history of transport and old houses in Belfast, and the visitor figures show how big an attraction it is.

TV presenter Pamela Ballantine:

1. Ulster Museum - I called in one Sunday after breakfast for a proper look around and it really is fabulous. The works of art on display are magnificent. It's a wonderful space and it costs nothing.

2. River Lagan - Go for a walk along the River Lagan at Shaw's Bridge. It's a lovely place to go just to get your head showered. It's just off a main road in the city, but within seconds you're in the countryside. You can walk along the path until you reach the popular pub Robert Stewart's.

3. St George's Market - I absolutely love it. You go to so many markets abroad and they're full of the same old tat whereas St George's is full of original, genuine produce.

Playwright Martin Lynch:

1. Cathedral Quarter - Have a drink in the entry of the Duke of York pub, which is a beautiful experience, then pop in to The Friend at Hand, which has 500 whiskeys on view and is also a mini-museum charting the history of distilling in Belfast. And no visit to the Cathedral Quarter would be complete without stopping for a drink in the John Hewitt.

2. Titanic Belfast - It's an extraordinary experience and one I would recommend to all tourists.

3. Sightseeing tour - For people who want to understand the legacy of the Troubles, I recommend a good cross-community taxi or bus tour to get a proper feel for the city.

Retired rugby player Stephen Ferris:

1. The Crown Bar - It's hard to get a good pint of Guinness, but The Crown always delivers. It's one of Belfast's oldest pubs and there's always a good atmosphere. It's steeped in history and the small wooden booths are conducive to intimate chats with your mates. You can image people sitting in them 50 or 60 years ago, telling stories.

2. Titanic Belfast - I've been a couple of times and it's a great experience. It's pretty new and it's close to the docks, so there's a lot of history there with Harland and Wolff. It's a nice area to go for a walk.

3. Kingspan Stadium - If you're in Belfast on a Friday night, I'd recommend going to a rugby match at Kingspan because it's a great way to kick off the weekend. The Nevin Spence Museum is also there and it's well worth a visit.

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