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Belfast

Belfast,the capital city of Northern Ireland is experiencing a great resurgence ininterest as a popular European tourist destination, helped by the successfulstaging of the MTV Music Awards and the Giro D’Italia. For accommodation Belfasthas a variety of options from 5 star luxury hotels to many of the leadingbudget hotel chains all found within walking distance of the city’s leadingattractions.

A must see destinationon any visit to this once great industrial city is TitanicBelfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. Visitors areable to explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover thefull story of the sunken ship in the city where it all began. Titanic Belfastis located in the aptly named Titanic Quarter of Belfast,an area of the city that is undergoing a bit of a resurgence of late and isbecoming a popular tourist destination with the nearby OdysseyArena home to many restaurants and events. This area is also thelocation of the city’s famous Harland and Wolff cranes, two large yellow cranesthat dominate the city skyline.

With Northern Ireland’s recentpast steeped in the history of the troubles, Belfasttaxi tours offer a great experience and insight into this past, something thathas become a surprise tourist destination in recent years. With the option ofbeing collected at your hotel door, you will be taken on a journey through Belfastthat will open your eyes to the chequered history of this once troubled city.You’ll find the taxi drivers and tour guides are very informative and haveplenty of opportunities to photograph the wonderful city murals and visithistoric sites that will help you to visualise the different perspectives ofthe conflict of the past and more recent times. If you have time, visit CrumlinRoad Gaol, first opened in 1846, housing prisoners from both sides of NorthernIreland’s troubles. Today after restoration the Gaol is opened to the publicwhere you can walk in the footsteps of over 25,000 prisoners.

For families, Belfasthas plenty to see and do. Admission into the UlsterMuseum, a treasure house of art, history, and natural sciences, isfree and it’s a must see, what with three interactive discovery zones packedwith plenty for young children to engage with and enjoy. Alternatively if theweather is good a trip to BelfastZoo or the local Streamvale Open Farm is well worth a visit.Streamvale Open Farm is designed for families to enjoy and learn about thecountryside, while they will have the opportunity to get a closer look attraditional Irish farm animals. If you time your visit you may be lucky andcatch the farms dairy cows being milked every afternoon.

Those in need of someretail therapy won’t be disappointed either, Belfasthas many of the world’s leading brands to shop in, found on the city’s famousRoyal Avenue located at the foot of the popular City Hall, or the newly built VictoriaSquare Shopping Centre. Head straight to the top of Victoria Squarefor an unparalleled 360 panoramic view of the city.

Belfastis also a growing favourite for foodies, with many popular restaurants withinthe city all cooking locally sourced Northern Ireland produce. The CathedralQuarter of the city is home to many popular local restaurants andbars. Take a stroll around this area after a long day touring the city andenjoy some food and drink in one of Belfast’s manyfamous watering holes. St Anne’s Square in the Cathedral Quarter is one foodiehangout in particular that attracts crowds seven days a week.

The nearby StGeorge's Market is one of the city’s oldest attractions and home tosome of the finest food produce and arts and crafts. Open at weekends, themarket attracts thousands of visitors every week and on Saturday and Sunday youcan look forward to the sounds of traditional and popular music bellowing out.

Northern Ireland’sfamous landscapes have made it draw the attention of film crews as a backdropfor filming scenes, with Belfast the home of theAmerican fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. If you are a fan take theopportunity to visit sites of the series’ most popular scenes near Belfast.

Top hotels in Belfast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Titanic Hotel Belfast
4.5 out of 5
Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland

This family-friendly Belfast hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Titanic Belfast and SSE Arena (Titanic Quarter). Waterfront Hall and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (779 reviews)

"Themed hotel but very tasteful friendly and helpful staff ,service was excellent Pristine and everything to highest standard Dinner and breakfast superb"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Titanic Hotel Belfast
Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
4 out of 5
60 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lisburn Road and Queen's University of Belfast. Belfast Botanic Gardens and Grand Opera ...

4.2/5Excellent! (891 reviews)

"Its an amazing place, great staff and beyond confortable. Highly recommended and will definetly stay again"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
The Flint
The Flint
4 out of 5
48 Howard street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is €67 per night

Located in Belfast City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall. St. George's Market and Waterfront Hall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (377 reviews)

"I loved the modern vibe of the property! It was such a cute and trendy place! We were under the impression there was parking with the location so we were disappointed to find out there was no parking near the site and there was no easy pull off to unload the bags. We also had to cut our stay short ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

The Flint

Popular places to visit in Belfast

Titanic Belfast
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Titanic Belfast

4.5/5(451 reviews)

Arrive at the historic birthplace of the British passenger ship that sank in 1912 and learn about its tragic voyage.

Belfast Castle
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Belfast Castle

4/5(71 reviews)

With views across the city and centuries of history, this classical sandstone building is one of the most popular free attractions in Belfast.

Belfast City Hall
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Belfast City Hall

4.5/5(340 reviews)

Relax amid the sculptures, monuments and plants of the garden and take a tour of the Baroque-style interior of this historic site.

Top things to do in Belfast

Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge
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Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge

92% of travellers recommend
€23
Per adult
Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

92% of travellers recommend
€17
Per adult
Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast with Giant's Causeway
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Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast with Giant's Causeway

98% of travellers recommend
€52
Per adult
City Tour Belfast Hop on Hop off Sightseeing
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City Tour Belfast Hop on Hop off Sightseeing

80% of travellers recommend
€11
Per adult
Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour
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Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
€28
Per adult
Game of Thrones Full Filming Locations With Giants Causeway
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Game of Thrones Full Filming Locations With Giants Causeway

86% of travellers recommend
€33
Per adult

Reviews of Belfast

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 60%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.925925925925924%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.611111111111111%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.37037037037037035%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

Everyone's friendly, felt very very safe walking around day and night Lots of history, try the 30 stop tour bus, usually £12 but for some reason only paid £8.00 lasts for about 90 minutes, lots of photo opportunities.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Very interesting place whose history is apparent.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

unique experience - worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

I work in BT Belfast so I love Belfast. My girlfriend thought the city was beautiful. Only thing I would change was the parking, no where your site said we could park was available as they all seemed to be under construction.

5/5 - Excellent

Sarang

9 Mar 2020

Nice city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

A great place to visit

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