There were a couple of things we wanted to see in Belfast. We have driven through on the M2 and M3, as well as right through downtown to get to Mount Stewart. After these experiences, as well as the visit to Derry where parking was a problem, we decided to go on a Sunday. Less crowds, less cars, more parking.
The Botanic Gardens are famous for their greenhouses. One was originally built in 1839! Wow! The other was built by the workers in the gardens, so the visitors walk around on a cat walk looking down into the gardens. It was beautiful. All it needed was an alligator and some colorful birds, as well as a few frogs croaking!
Two displays really caught out attention. One was a hedgehog, stuffed, which we were allowed to touch. Cute little critter, the spines feel alot like porcupine quills. The second was an Irish Wolfhound who was the grand champion in the 1930's. Although a different color, with shorter hair, he looked a lot like our Shiva!
They do grow beautiful flowers in Belfast! The entire area surrounding the museum was in bloom, or at least growing gorgeous trees.