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A boisterous and brilliant city

Belfast city breaks bring with them the promise of lively nightlife, historical and cultural gems, and a thriving food scene that puts Ulster’s fantastic produce to good use. As the Northern Irish capital and the second biggest city on the island of Ireland, Belfast offers visitors a huge range of family friendly things to see and do, including visiting the popular Titanic Belfast attraction, situated on the site where the famous but ill-fated liner was built.

For foodies, the city has many outstanding restaurants to try out, while connoisseurs of fine spirits will particularly enjoy popping into one of its many gin and whiskey distilleries, whose produce can also be sampled in the vast array of buzzing bars and pubs. Thanks to Belfast’s relatively small size and stunning coastline, it’s also one of Europe’s best road-trip destinations.

If your city breaks to Belfast can include a day trip or two, the Unesco World Heritage Site the Giant’s Causeway is just over an hour’s drive north, while the Northern Irish coastline offers sensational scenery, including rugged cliffs, wild seas and ancient castles. With this kind of natural beauty, plus art galleries, theatres and museums galore, Belfast truly is a many-layered destination.

Your Belfast questions, answered

Belfast has a temperate climate, with less rain than the west of Northern Ireland. Although the weather is unpredictable, there are many balmy, sunny days throughout the year.
Highly eclectic, it includes seafood from Belfast’s Lough (lake) and surrounding waters, some of Europe’s best beef and lots of other brilliant local produce, making for an exciting culinary visit.
Northern Ireland uses pound sterling. Although the design on the notes may differ from those in England, Scotland and Wales, they can be used throughout the UK.

Best attractions to see in Belfast

Belfast City Hall

With its beautiful architecture, which is often illuminated at night, Belfast City Hall is a standout feature of the city centre – public tours are free and include the Titanic Memorial Gardens.

Crumlin Road Gaol

Dating back to 1845, the prison known as The Crum is steeped in history, with many famous political figures having spent time behind its walls.

Botanic Gardens

Located in the south of the city, these gardens are famous for their Palm House and Tropical Ravine House, and often hold concerts and other events.