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Belfast Travel Guide

Introduction to Belfast

Belfast's success as a cultural city break destination has come with the revival of its dock area, now the Titanic Quarter home to exciting cultural attractions exploring the history of the docks, the iconic Titanic Museum, waterfront cafes, and hotels with views of the Abercorn Basin. Elsewhere Belfast is a city with a vibrant nightlife scene, over 40 parks, and historical points of interest surrounded by the dramatic Northern Ireland countryside which is filled with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Other things to do in Belfast

Many of Belfast's most popular things to do explore the maritime history of the city and are located in the vibrant Titanic Quarter. After visiting the Titanic Belfast Museum, head along Queens Road to the Titanic Dock and Pump-House Visitors Centre where the White Star Liners including the Titanic were built. Nearby there's a number of floating museums located in real ships; HMS Caroline a restored World War 1 Royal Navy Ship is now a museum exploring life onboard, naval weaponry and the Battle of Jutland, The Belfast Barge is a fun interactive museum which covers the history of shipbuilding in Belfast, and the SS Nomadic is the last surviving White Star Line ship.

Belfast has a number of interesting historical sites including Belfast Castle which is a Victorian stately home, the Ulster Museum, home to treasure washed up onto the Belfast shores from the Spanish Armada, and City Hall.

Whilst making your way around Belfast you will spot a number of political murals depicting the political and historical troubles such as the Great Irish Famine, tours are available if you want to find out more about what each mural represents. Other key attractions in Belfast worth visiting include W5, an interactive science Discovery Centre, ideal for those with children, the Belfast Botanic Gardens, Cave Hill Country Park – the location of Belfast Castle, and Belfast Zoo.

Belfast was originally a market town and a single Victorian covered market remains in the city today, St George's Market has been voted the UK's best indoor market and offers locally produced food, drinks, arts and handmade crafts.

 

Read more: 10 Best Things to do in Belfast – A Local's Guide

Eating and drinking in Belfast

Round off a day of sightseeing with a visit to the Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast’s most famous and popular public house. Owned by the National Trust, it is as noted for its historical and continental interior as it is for its drinking and dining.

Belfast's coastal location lends itself well to a cuisine focusing on seafood and freshly caught fish. The 'Golden Mile' is full of restaurants serving the local favourite fish and chips and other seafood dishes including mussels and sea bass. The Ginger Bistro, Made in Belfast and Mourne Seafood Bar are all recommended.

Belfast climate

Belfast has a temperate climate which is mild and wet throughout the year, with on average 13 days of rain each month. The coastal location protects the city from extreme temperature variations; average temperatures are steady at around 18°c in summer and 6°c in winter.

When to go to Belfast

With consistent mild weather Belfast can be enjoyed throughout the year. St Patricks Day on March 17 is a hive of activity and Irish spirit with parades and celebrations throughout the city. Checking out the calendar of events held in Belfast is recommended. Fans of theatre and the arts should visit around the Belfast International Arts Festival, held each October it is full of arts, theatre shows and music.

Flying to Belfast

Direct flights to Belfast are available from most major UK airports with a flight time of 1-1.5 hours. Belfast has two airports; Belfast International Airport, 18 miles from Belfast and Belfast City Airport just 3 miles from the city centre. After your flight to Belfast your onward travel options include the Airport Express bus, car hire, taxi, and if you're travelling from Belfast City Airport there are also train services from Sydenham train station, a short shuttle bus journey away.

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