Many people that come to Northern Ireland and Ireland like to visit the big tourist places such as Belfast and Dublin. But some of the smaller, lesser-known places are also good places to check out.
Just 8 miles southwest of Belfast City Centre on the River Lagan you will find Lisburn. Lisburn City is a great place to spend a day exploring its attractions and learning more on its history. A walk around the city and you will find great places to check out.
The Irish Linen Centre and Museum
One of the popular attractions in Lisburn City is the Irish Linen Centre and Museum. The museum originally started as a local history museum focusing on Lisburn and Lagan Valley.
It was then integrated with the history of textiles in 1994 when the Irish linen centre opened. It’s different to many other museums and you can see live demonstrations view interesting galleries around Irish linen and the history of the area.
There are also galleries held for local poets, writers, and personalities. So if you think a visit to this museum will be boring, you will be pleasantly surprised as it has so many different things to offer visitors.
If you love some history and stunning cathedrals then Christ Church Cathedral is the place you have to visit in Lisburn City. The Christ Church Cathedral was first called and referred to as St. Thomas’s Church.
This church was previously burnt down and the work which you will find standing today is commenced in 1708 after this incidence. After the reconstruction that took place in 1662, St. Thomas has designated the cathedral church.
From that point, Christ Church Cathedral became one of the most important places to visit when it comes to Lisburn city in Northern Ireland. Great place to come if you’re looking to find some quietness.
Lisburn Castle Gardens
One of the most visited and beautiful open spaces in Lisburn City is the Lisburn Castle Gardens. This is a great place to walk around and appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings. Or you can explore the old statues located around the gardens that represent historic people from that past.
The upper section of the garden dates back to the Victorians times and there are some historically significant features. Including a 1677 red sandstone gateway and the Wallace drinking fountain in honour of Lisburn Landlord Sir Richard Wallace in 1891.
Other Places to Check Out
Lisburn is also a great place for shopping if that’s what you prefer to do, check out one of its popular shopping areas that are known as Bow Street Mall.
It has a range of nice shops and restaurants, where you can enjoy some time shopping and eating. Check out some great art along the river that showcases work from locals and international artists.
Take a tour of Hilden Brewery and sample some of the finest beers. Or if you are here during the week head to Lisburn’s outdoor market. Every Tuesday morning the market is here where you can taste some local food.
All in all Lisburn city is a lovely place to visit if you’re looking to get away from the busier cities such as Belfast.
Have you ever been to Lisburn City before? What did you enjoy? Or is it somewhere you would like to visit? We would love to know in the comments below!
Also, don’t forget to check out some of our other blogs that might interest you; Exploring Holywood Town | Exploring The Town of Carrickfergus | Explore Belfast City | Lisburn Cathedral | Island Arts Centre- Lisburn | Irish Linen Centre and Museum | Castle Gardens -Lisburn | Best Tourist Attractions in Northern Ireland