Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland, as well as being the capital. It is located on the east coast of the country, close to the Irish Sea, and it draws more than seven million visitors every year. Many of these visitors arrive via the two major airports that service the city. Belfast International Airport is located 15 miles to the west of the city centre, while George Best Belfast City Airport is in the heart of the city itself, near to the docks.
Visitors come to Belfast for a wide range of reasons. For some it is seen as being one of the party capitals of Europe, with both stag and hen parties and footloose backpackers heading for parts of the city such as the cathedral district and the golden mile, in order to sample the legendary Irish ability to organise a great night out.
Accommodation in Belfast
Most of those seeking the pubs, clubs and bars of the Belfast nightlife will probably need accommodation no more complex than a bed and breakfast or guesthouse within walking distance of their favourite watering hole. Families who have come on holiday, on the other hand, will be looking for a few more facilities, and also might seek an inn, lodge or hotel a little further from the bright lights and noise of the bustling city centre.
The many business people who choose Belfast as a venue for conferences and meetings are likely to opt for one of the city’s four or five star hotels. Not only do these offer luxury accommodation, but their location in the centre of the city means that the culture, art, eating out scene and wide variety of places to seek entertainment are all close at hand.
Family Fun in Belfast
There are many attractions to appeal to families within Belfast, not least the easy access to the wide open spaces, mountains, lakes and hills of the countryside beyond. Within the city itself, however, there are plenty of green spaces which will doubtless appeal after a few days of exploring museums, exhibits, castles and the zoo.
Parks in Belfast
There are parks of every size and type all over Belfast, so no matter where the hotel you stay in is located, you’ll never be more than a few minutes away from a quiet green space in which you can relax while the kids let off steam (or vice versa). Some of the largest include Victoria Park, close to the docks, Ormeau Park, on the banks of the river Lagan and Belfast Botanical Gardens, close to the university.
Sometimes, however, all you need is some green space and perhaps a playground for the children to play on. This is where a park like the Dover Street Millennium Park comes into its own. Located in a residential part of Belfast close to the city centre, this small park offers an oasis of green amid the surrounding urban noise and bustle. It was re-landscaped at the turn of the millennium, following consultation with local residents, and the result offers somewhere to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet, as well as multi-sports facilities and football pitches.