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BelfastUnited Kingdom

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 Square, Writer's Court, Cotton 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.

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Where to stay in Belfast

Belfast City Hall showing heritage elements, heritage architecture and a castle

Belfast City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 area reviews)

Cosy bars a university vibe and top sights from Grand Opera House to Belfast City Hall – discover Belfast City Centre, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Belfast City Centre
Titanic Belfast showing modern architecture and signage

Titanic Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(72 area reviews)

Titanic Quarter is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Titanic Belfast and SSE Arena (Titanic Quarter).

Titanic Quarter
St. George\'s Market featuring markets, food and shopping

Belfast Central District

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,121 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Belfast Central District. Make a stop by Belfast City Hall or Grand Opera House while you're exploring the area.

Belfast Central District
Belfast Botanic Gardens showing a park as well as a couple

Queens Quarter

4/5Very Good!(263 area reviews)

Queens Quarter is a destination visitors seek out for its ample dining options, fascinating museums and picturesque gardens. You might also want to check out attractions like Belfast Botanic Gardens or Lisburn Road while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Queens Quarter
St. Anne\'s Cathedral showing heritage architecture, interior views and a church or cathedral

Cathedral Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(66 area reviews)

Cathedral Quarter is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to St. Anne's Cathedral and Belfast Customs House while you're in town.

Cathedral Quarter
Castlereagh, Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Castlereagh

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Castlereagh, you might enjoy its restaurants and spas. If you've got time to venture a little farther, you can make a stop by Titanic Belfast or Belfast Botanic Gardens.

Castlereagh

Top hotels in Belfast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Free cancellation
The price is £52 per night

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 St. George's Market ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,615 reviews)

"I never leave reviews. But I have to say THANK YOU to all the staff at Jury's Inn, Belfast. Everything was superbly organised, clean, distanced, efficient and friendly. The rooms were spotless, and everything was sanitised and labelled. Continental Breakfast was delivered to the door of the room, ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

Jurys Inn Belfast
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
4 out of 5
20 Brunswick Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is £65 per night

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market are also within 15 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (919 reviews)

"This hotel is high on my list. Our flight got in very early and we were so tired and they were able to accommodate us earlier then planned. They were very helpful and the rooms where amazing! The breakfast is worth paying for, it had man options and is delicious"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Titanic Hotel Belfast
4.5 out of 5
Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £80 per night

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! (791 reviews)

"The fact that it was in the Titanic Quarters. The hotel was amazing and it had a lot of nice and cool features."…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Titanic Hotel Belfast

Popular places to visit in Belfast

Titanic Belfast
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Titanic Belfast

4.5/5(451 reviews)

The world’s biggest Titanic museum experience, Titanic Belfast sits on the very slipway where the ill-fated ocean liner was built between 1909 and 1911.

Queen's University of Belfast
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Queen's University of Belfast

4/5(146 reviews)

Enjoy the student vibe around Queen's University of Belfast, a top university in Belfast. Discover the acclaimed theatre scene in this walkable area or seek out the local tours.

Belfast Castle
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Belfast Castle

4/5(71 reviews)

The city of Belfast in Northern Ireland is steeped in history and the impressive Belfast Castle is a significant part of this heritage. Built in the early 19th Century to replace the original Norman fortification that once stood in the centre of the city, Belfast Castle is an opulent structure built in the grandiose Scottish Baronial style.

Belfast City Hall
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Belfast City Hall

4.5/5(340 reviews)

Belfast City Hall is an imposing sight – it sits on the edge of the shopping district and looms over the shoppers, dividing them from the business area on the other side of the city centre.

SSE Arena
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SSE Arena

4.5/5(206 reviews)

Catch an event at SSE Arena (Titanic Quarter) during your trip to Belfast.Discover the fascinating museums in this walkable area or seek out the local tours.

St. George's Market
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St. George's Market

4.5/5(280 reviews)

Browse the stalls selling handicrafts and food and enjoy the live entertainment at this indoor market which is among the city’s oldest attractions.

Top things to do in Belfast

Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£14
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast with Giant's Causeway
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Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast with Giant's Causeway

£45
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour
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Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour

£25
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge
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Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge

£21
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Combo Package: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Titanic Belfast Admission
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Combo Package: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Titanic Belfast Admission

£30
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Peace Wall Taxi Tour
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Peace Wall Taxi Tour

£61
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
39
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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