Belfast

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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
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
3.5 out of 5
Hope Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
€66
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall. Queen's University of Belfast and St. George's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (905 reviews)

"Hotel is well situated with modern and very clean rooms. Staff extremely friendly and reception staff really helpful answering all our questions about getting around Belfast. Would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
€58
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall. St. George's Market and Waterfront ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,995 reviews)

"Room was very big and lovely staff and overall and comfy luxurious place to stay"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Jurys Inn Belfast
Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
€87
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall. St. George's Market and Waterfront Hall are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,551 reviews)

"Great location , close to train station shopping and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020

Europa Hotel

Popular things to do in Belfast

Titanic Belfast
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Titanic Belfast

4.5/5(433 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(69 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(327 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 activities in Belfast

Titanic Belfast Visit
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Titanic Belfast Visit

92% of travellers recommend
€23
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
€53
Per adult
Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

92% of travellers recommend
€15
Per adult
Premium Giant's Causeway Guided Tour (Includes Admissions)
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Premium Giant's Causeway Guided Tour (Includes Admissions)

96% of travellers recommend
€33
Per adult
Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge
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Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge

92% of travellers recommend
€25
Per adult
Belfast City Airport BHD Executive transfer to Belfast 1-4 people
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Belfast City Airport BHD Executive transfer to Belfast 1-4 people

€12
Per adult

Reviews of Belfast

4.6

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.79654510556622%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.6468330134357005%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

Extremely friendly people. Shopping was not as good as I had hoped.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

Cracking place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2020

We had a fabulous weekend here in Belfast Grannie Annies was a blast, friendly staff great atmosphere and food. The harp bar was buzzing on Sunday night great drinking venue.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 14, 2020

A wealth of old and modern history. The hop on hop off tour busses are a must.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 13, 2020

Really friendly people. Lots to see and do, and a lot is Free! Great nights out.Don't be put off by old bad press. some of the nicest people you will ever meet, and a great place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 7, 2020

Nice, love the history but not much to do. I’m glad I’ve been but won’t come back. Oh and the people are just super friendly, that’s been my favourite part of Belfast- the people are truly lovely.

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