Whether you want to explore its incredible history, relax in its leafy University Quarter or immerse yourself in its vibrant social scene, this is a city that will win your over.
There has never been a better time to book your winter getaway, and Belfast has a lot on offer. Try Belfast Christmas Market under the gaze of a sparkling Belfast City Hall (15th November- 21st December). Dedicated to local producers and craftspeople, the emphasis here is on the artisan. Or why not spend your New Year’s Eve overlooking Titanic Belfast and the scenic River Lagan.
In case you didn’t know, Belfast is Titanic town. Drop into Titanic Belfast and explore the world’s largest Titanic visitor exhibition. Or bag a bunch of bargains inside the red-bricked beauty that is St George’s market, voted the UK’s best indoor market 2014, with over 150 stalls selling everything from antiques to shark meat.
In terms of great rock and roll cities, Belfast is up there with the best of them. But if you really want to get under the city’s music skin then hitch a ride with the Belfast Music Tour- a salute to some of the biggest names to come out of the capital of Northern Ireland, including Van Morrison and Snow Patrol, to name a few.
But Belfast offers an ideal location to not only spend a city break but is perfectly located to act as a gateway to the rest of Northern Ireland and getting outside the city is not a long haul affair.
Starting just outside Belfast is this remarkable trail, which can be driven, walked or cycled. Winding along the North Antrim coast, it takes in the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmill’s Distillery, Rathlin Island and Mussenden Temple to name a few. Closer to the city though is the first of the nine Glens of Antrim –Glenarm. The Glens have been designated Areas of Outstanding Beauty so have the cameras at the ready.
Take a detour to Magheramorne where film studio and the surrounding landscape were used to film Game of Thrones. The quarry there featured as the grounds of Castle Black, home of the Night’s Watch.