Vibrant, energetic and always up for a party, Belfast is one of the most hospitable and friendliest cities in Europe. With a population of just 300,000 people, Belfast is a post-industrial city of many traditions, bound together by a unity of friendship and a genuine welcome for visitors. Regular breaks from easyJet holidays are on offer to this affordable and thoroughly entertaining city, and makes for a great holiday in the UK.
The friendliness and warmth of its people along with a fascinating cultural heritage make a holiday to Belfast a great choice. Northern Ireland’s largest city suffered from decades of sectarian violence from the late 1960s and the legacy of the civil war still echo throughout Belfast today. However, the city has gone through a remarkable transformation since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Since then Belfast has experienced a cultural renaissance and now makes a fantastic destination to go on holiday. Ireland’s second largest city is a former industrial powerhouse and is famous throughout the world for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, the iconic ocean liner built by Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyards. Belfast's industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture, portrayed at its best at the Ulster Museum, Linen Hall Library and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
The Harland and Wolff shipyards are now giving way to the luxury waterfront apartments of the Titanic Quarter and Victoria Square. The latter is now Europe’s biggest urban regeneration project and hosts a sparkling new shopping mall. Some of Belfast’s most attractive tourist options include attending the sparkling waterfront, which is full of modern art installations, listening to traditional Irish folk music in pubs and attending the UK’s second-biggest arts festival.
The Cathedral Quarter is the oldest part of the city and has become a social Mecca for entertainment and arts activities. Hosting the famous Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on an annual basis, the old square boasts a mixture of trendy bars and restaurants, contemporary art galleries and the historic St Anne’s Cathedral. Belfast's most famous pub, The Crown Liqour Saloon, is owned by the National Trust and is considered to be one of the finest examples of a high Georgian public house in existence. Dating back to 1826 it represents one of Belfast’s most stylish pre-Victorian buildings.
Come evening the city glitters under the neon lights and has a fantastic range of stylish restaurants and bars on offer. Irish cuisine is becoming increasingly diverse in the 21st century and the Cathedral Quarter hosts top quality restaurants from all over the world. Visitors with a preference for local produce should note that one of Belfast’s finest seafood restaurants is Deane's Restaurant and Bar. The sheer range of restaurants across the city runs from Michelin star establishments to contemporary chains and both offer delicious cuisine from Asia to Southern Europe.
Within a couple of hours of Belfast, holiday makers can marvel at the iconic Giant's Causeway, go fishing in Fermanagh or visit the many picturesque Irish villages that form the rest of Northern Ireland.
Holidays to Belfast provide an excellent starting point for any trip to Northern Ireland and visitors may initially be surprised at the number of vibrant and cultural attractions on offer to tourists. Belfast is a city born again and is now considered to be of the most affordable and desirable destination offered by easyJet holidays. Friendly, welcoming and always exciting, the Northern Irish capital is a rejuvenated city and makes an excellent holiday destination for culture loving tourists, so book today to discover this Irish gem.