If the name of Belfast still conjures up images of run-down buildings bearing the scars of decades of unrest, it's time to think again. The sounds and sights of a once strife-riven city have been replaced by those of one quietly building a reputation as an attractive and friendly destination for a short break.
The River Lagan flowing through the city makes a good navigation aid, while in all directions beyond lie imposing hills. Thankfully, though, the city itself is flat, making for easy exploration on foot – which is by far the best way to see it, as it will allow plenty of scope for stopping off and enjoying the 'craic' of some of its vibrant bars.
The grand, domed City Hall acts as a major focal point away from which the city's shopping streets radiate out. Heading north, you'll find the Entries, the remnants of Belfast's oldest quarter, which is all tiny alleyways ripe for exploring – and with lots more pubs to help you punctuate your travels.
The nearby Cathedral Quarter is the city's main arts and entertainment destination, while a short trip out to the University Quarter will be rewarded by a visit to the Ulster Museum and Botanic Gardens.
If time allows, an hour's drive will bring you to the Giant's Causeway, a spectacular geological phenomenon which showcases Ireland's wild and wonderful coastline.
However far your exploring takes you on a Belfast city break, you're sure to encounter the famed friendliness of the local people, and enjoy the sights and sounds of a city that has successfully reinvented itself to appeal especially to 21st century visitors.
If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? - Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Belfast city breaks in 2018 / 2019.
Booking ahead for your 2018 / 2019 holiday to Belfast has many advantages. Especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half term and summer holidays.
Key Information: Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and is considered to be the cultural hub for arts and creativity. Brimming with culture, heritage and beautiful scenery, Belfast has proven to be a favourite amongst adventurous holiday makers. City breaks in Belfast offer you fantastic festivals, lively performances, fascinating museums and incredible architecture.
Ideal Time to Go: To make the most out of the sunshine and good weather, you should book holidays to Belfast around July to August. For those who want to book cheaper holidays to Belfast, then we recommend booking around March to May. These months may not provide as much sunshine as the high season, but the hotel rates will be cheaper and there is less chance of rainfall.
Weather: As Belfast shares a very similar climate to the rest of the UK, you will know that the weather can vary wildly even within seasons, so we recommend checking the forecast closer to the time of your visit for the best guide.
Flight Time: Direct flights to Belfast from the UK can take around 1 hour.
Time Difference: Same time as the UK
Currency: British Pound (£)
Fun Fact: The iconic ship ‘RMS Titanic’ was built in Belfast.
Top Tip: Most shops in Belfast are open from 9AM-5:30PM on weekdays. Some of the larger shopping centres may stay open till 9:00PM.
Direct holiday flights to Belfast are available at airports all over the UK. As it is a part of Europe, the flights tend to be quite cheap and affordable all year round. You should find it easy to book a flight to Belfast at any time of year, so timing should never be an issue with this holiday destination.
Belfast is home to some of the most beautiful attractions in Ireland. With so many places to visit, it can be difficult to choose. Here are a few recommended places to visit during your city break in Belfast:
Titanic Museum – This museum is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland and is contending as one of the best attractions in Ireland. This Titanic experience enables you to explore the story of the RMS titanic and its nine galleries.
Golden Mile – The golden mile is a famous strip which spans along the Great Victoria Street and the Shaftesbury Square. Along this strip you will see magnificent restaurants and bars with a great Irish atmosphere.
Botanic Gardens – The Botanic Gardens is a gorgeous public park which is located by Queens University. This park is a vital part of Belfast’s culture and is a highly popular attraction for visitors and even residents.
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