Why go to Belfast?
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A vibrant city with an eclectic medley of cultural treasures, friendly locals and a thriving food and drink scene. At Titanic Belfast, delve into where it all began for the Ship of Dreams; or take a journey to the MAC Arts Centre, a hub of creative diversity in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. Music lovers can enjoy Belfast’s rock’n’roll legacy on a music trail while foodies can head to St George's Market for some tasty artisan food.
Walk the Maritime Mile and discover many attractions along the way. Start at The Big Fish sculpture, and from there, step aboard RMS Titanic's fully restored tender ship, SS Nomadic. Then immerse yourself in the history of the Titanic in the world's largest Titanic visitor experience - Titanic Belfast. This experience tells the ship's tragic tale through interactive exhibits. Situated on the exact spot the Titanic was built, you’ll need a few hours to take in the hands-on displays, including an underwater exploration theatre, a dark ride and recreated cabins complete with passenger holograms.
Get your culture fix
This cosmopolitan city is a culture-packed hub of history and creative diversity. The Cathedral Quarter—one of the oldest parts of Belfast—is full of character and one of the most enjoyable places to hang out. Old traditional pubs rub shoulders with chic bars, with galleries and street art lining the cobbled streets. Discover hidden gems tucked away in one of the alleyways, chill out in one of the many beer gardens and get your foot tapping with a traditional Irish music session.
Explore the rich literary scene in Writer’s Square where quotes from famous local writers CS Lewis, Hanna Bell and John Hewitt are carved in the stone underfoot. Let The Black Cab Tour show you the best clubs, pubs, shops and galleries and then head to the west of the city to see the open air gallery of street murals.
A distinct food culture has developed in Northern Ireland, with a focus on the very best local ingredients. From the bustling St. George’s Market in Belfast to affordable Michelin star restaurants, Northern Ireland will always excite your taste buds. Join a food tour to meet local producers and sample the culinary highlights, ranging from handmade teas and chocolate to freshly baked breads. Don’t forget to pop by some local distilleries too where you can sip on a Jawbox Gin, Belfast Blonde or warm up with a hot Bushmills whiskey. Alternatively, take to the ocean with a local fisherman on a catch and cook course on the Causeway Coast.
The Great Outdoors
Belfast is the perfect base for those looking to explore both the Irish countryside and the infamous Causeway Coast. Just an hour north of Belfast, you will be transported to the magnificent Northern Irish coastline, famed for its epic experiences, picturesque villages and breath-taking views. The full route can be done in a day but is best explored over a couple, taking time to enjoy a stay along the route. Uncover history at the crumbling ruins of Dunluce castle, walk in the footsteps of giants at the UNESCO World Heritage site, The Giants Causeway, or get your heart racing with a trek on very edge at the Gobbins coastal cliff path. Why not follow the Causeway route all the way to the walled but ever-welcoming city of Derry~Londonderry with its unique combination of warmth and wit. Take in the history of this city with a walking tour, including the iconic Peace Bridge and the fully intact 17th century city walls. Mix this with the charming cafes, boutique stores and wonderful craft village as well as its thriving food and drink scene.
Game of Thrones®
Discover Game of Thrones® territory in Northern Ireland - one of the key filming locations for the show. With majestic ruins, ancient lands, dark forests and towering cliffs peppering the landscape you’ll see why Northern Ireland was selected as the backdrop of this global TV phenomenon. You can either take an organised tour or explore the locations yourself, stopping at Castle Ward Estate (Winterfell), The Dark Hedges (Kingsroad) and Cushendun Caves (The Stormlands) and many more. Or if you’re looking for something a bit different, why not check out the Glass of Thrones Trail? These 6 Giant stained glass windows were created to commemorate 10 years of filming in Northern Ireland and each one depicts an iconic scene from the show. Dotted along the Maritime Mile, you can follow the route from AC Hotel to HMS Caroline, passing Titanic Studios along the way, the true home of the throne, and where many of the of the fan favourite scenes were filmed over the course of 10 years.