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Belfast City Guide

Northern Ireland's capital is as rich in culture as it is in sweeping scenery and rolling greenery. Belfast is a city steeped in history that is a must visit for historians and adventurers alike.

Belfast is fast becoming an international hub of creativity and the arts, but it still borrows heavily from its glorious Celtic past. Thanks to its vibrancy, unmatched by most British cities of a similar size, it sees over 7.5 million tourists visiting every year.

Culture in Belfast

The historic Cathedral Quarter surrounding the ornate St Anne's Cathedral, in the heart of the city, plays host to festivals and events the whole year through. The winding streets are enlivened by performers, while the citadel is one ofBelfast's oldest and most beautiful. The University of Ulsterand Metropolitan Arts Centre campuses situated in the area attract those with a creative flair, making the Cathedral quarter something of a hotbed for the arts. Saint Anne's Square,Custom House SquareWriter's CourtCotton Court andCathedral Gardens are just some of the outdoor venues to take in whilst on holiday in Belfast.

The festivities continue further south into Belfast's Queen's Quarter, where Queen's University, the recently re-opened Ulster Museum and the Botanic Gardens can be explored.

Enjoy Belfast

The legendary Golden Mile, which stretches all the way from the University to the beautifully baroque Belfast City Hall, is where the famous Irish party spirit is most present. Some of Belfast's best loved restaurants and bars can be found here, while a trip down Great Victoria Street to the picturesque Crown Liquor Saloon – one of only two pubs owned by the National Trust – is something of a rite of passage while on a trip to Belfast.

For a true taste of Ireland, head west and take a stroll down Falls Road in the iconic Gaeltacht District. Here, the use of the traditional Irish language is encouraged, and its history embraced more than anywhere else in the city.

For fans of the wildly popular Game of Thrones television series, some of the lush, mountainous terrain of the Giant's Causeway and the imposing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge may look familiar; the hit show is filmed in the Northern Irish capital, where fans can be transported straight to Westeros on a Game of Thrones location tour.

History in Belfast

The Titanic Museum and surrounding area recalls Belfast's contribution to the building of the legendary vessel over 100 years ago. On this stretch of reclaimed land, the gigantic museum gives insight into the Titanic's construction, while the view over Belfast Harbour and the plethora of riverside entertainment make this waterfront district a firm favourite among visitors to the city.

Belfast's skyline is a perfect microcosm for the city itself, with Edwardian buildings such as the City Hall interspersed with more modern architecture such as Waterfront Hall. It is easy to see why city breaks in Belfast are quickly becoming one of Europe's favourites.


Guide to Exploring Belfast


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Jurys Inn Belfast

Jurys Inn Belfast

Great Victoria St, Belfast
4.0
of 5, from 340 reviews
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Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within 15 minutes.

Belfast City Backpacker Hostel

Belfast City Backpacker Hostel

53-55 Malone Avenue, Belfast
2.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
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Located in Belfast City Centre, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's University of Belfast and Ulster Museum. Belfast Botanic Gardens and Ulster Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£57
Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

40 Hope Street, Belfast
4.0
of 5, from 528 reviews
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The Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is located next to the Golden Mile in the heart of the Belfast city center, just a short walk to the Great Victoria Street bus and railway station and Grand Opera House.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Belfast
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of 5, from 336 reviews
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This city center hotel is a short distance from the Ormeau Baths Gallery, St. Malachy’s Church, CitiGolf, and Ulster Hall.

£59
Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

4 Clarence Street West, Belfast
4.3
of 5, from 404 reviews
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Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within 15 minutes.

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Holiday Inn Express Belfast City - Queen's Quarter

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City - Queen's Quarter

106 University Street, Belfast
4.1
of 5, from 301 reviews
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Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of Belfast. Belfast Botanic Gardens and Ulster Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£31
ETAP Belfast

ETAP Belfast

35 Dublin Road, Belfast
3.2
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Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ulster Hall, Grand Opera House, and Belfast City Hall. Queen's University of Belfast and Waterfront Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Malone Lodge Hotel & Apartments

Malone Lodge Hotel & Apartments

60 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast
4.3
of 5, from 210 reviews
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Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's University of Belfast and Ulster Museum. Belfast Botanic Gardens and Ulster Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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