Belfast is fast becoming the UK’s go to city (see what I did there 😉 ), full of great bars and restaurants, surrounded by beautiful countryside, and to top it all off, with an interesting and colorful history as well.
It just so happens to be the perfect place for a weekend break!
What to see in Belfast Ireland:
1. Take a Black Taxi Tour
Belfast is well known for these tours, run by knowledgeable locals who will drive you around the city in their cabs. This is a great way to start a trip and help get your bearings, as well as learn about the history of the city through the different areas.
2. See the Belfast Murals & The Peace Wall
Predominantly in the west, but all across the city are colourful murals. These feature a variety of illustrations including political figures, Northern Irish celebrities and historical images. The west is also the location of the famous Peace Wall, which separates the Republican and Loyalist communities. It’s covered in art and graffiti and includes messages and signatures from visitors including President Clinton and the Dalai Lama.
3. Visit Stormont
In the east of the city, up on the hills is Stormont, the government estate. You can take a tour around the impressive Parliament building and there are beautiful views over the city.
4. Enjoy an evening in the Cathedral Quarter
The Cathedral Quarter, just north of the city centre is the perfect spot for a night out. There are loads of great bars and restaurants, and most of the bars have live music – with some excellent local musicians. It’s made up of narrow cobbled streets and quirky buildings and some colourful murals and art displays.
5. Visit the Giants Causeway
Although technically not in Belfast, the UNESCO World Heritage is a must see. Formed 60 million years ago from a volcano, it’s a beautiful site, easily reachable from the city.
6. Explore Titanic Belfast
The Titanic was built in Belfast, and the city celebrates it’s association with the ill-fated ship. In 2012 Titanic Belfast was completed to mark the centenary.
It tells the ships story, as well as giving an insight into life in Belfast at the time. Tickets to Titanic Belfast also include entrance to the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Lines Ship, situated next to the attraction.
7. Stay at (or just visit) the Most Bombed Hotel in Europe
In the centre of Belfast is The Europa Hotel, which has gained fame for being the most bombed hotel in Europe. The hotel has attracted a lot of attention over the years, and has received a variety of celebrity guests including Lionel Richie, Bob Geldof and Elvis Costello. Seems kind of morbid, but a must-do if you find yourself in the area.
8. Check out the Game of Thrones filming locations
Belfast is surrounded by beautiful countryside and a stunning coastline, which hasn’t gone unnoticed – and many films and shows are filmed here, including Game of Thrones! There are a variety of tours on offer, either heading north from the city to The Iron Islands or South to Winterfell. One of the most beautiful locations is the Dark Hedges – (also known as the Kings Road) – a lane lined with intertwined trees. Just gorgeous!
9. Sample some Whiskey
Bushmills Whiskey was first distilled in Northern Ireland in 1784. It’s still going strong over 200 years later, along with a number of other distilleries. Belfast has some excellent bars to sample these in, including The Duke Of York in the Cathedral Quarter, which has the largest Whiskey collection in Ireland.
10. Catch Some Live Music
If you’re a sucker for live music, Belfast is the city for you! As well as having produced some great bands and artists over the years, it has a number of good venues including The Black Box and Ulster Hall – where Led Zepplin first played ‘Stairway To Heaven’ (!!!). There is also often live music in bars across the city, with some incredibly talented local musicians.
There are plenty more reasons to visit Belfast, but these are a great start, for what is one of the friendliest cities in the UK! Let me know down in the comments what else you recommend for what to see in Belfast Ireland![divider style=”thin” title=”” text_align=””]