Belfast holidays will put you in the heart of Northern Ireland’s capital and the second largest city on the Irish isle. Travelling to Belfast reveals a historic blend of business, leisure, art, design, and tradition.
Though the area on which Belfast sits has been occupied since the Bronze Age in 2000 BC, the city truly came into its own during the 20th century, when it evolved into the world’s most prolific industrial hub.
Known as the birthplace of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, the ship’s demise never fazed the city. Indeed, those who visit Belfast will find the Titanic’s legend is embraced locally as part of the city’s charming, good-natured identity.
While one of the more compact capital cities in the world, there are far more things to do in Belfast than you might think at first. From tourist attractions like the Northern Island Science Park and historic Crumlin Road Gaol, to the gorgeous countryside surrounds beyond the city limits, there’s so much on offer. Here are a few ideas to help get your itinerary started.
Stop a local in the street to ask where to eat in Belfast and they’ll probably gesture in the direction of Grosvenor Street. A multicultural city, Belfast is home to many cuisines from all over the world, but there are also lots of places to grab a bite of authentic, traditional Irish food. Trust us, you haven’t had an Irish stew until you’ve had one in the motherland.
Shopping in Belfast is easy due to the relative closeness of its major shopping districts. The fashion boutiques in Queen’s Arcade, high-street stores, local businesses and major shopping centres like Victoria Square and CastleCourt are all found in the same inner-city district, only a few minutes apart. No matter what you need in Belfast, you’ll find it with ease.
Home to over 40 public parks, it’s clear that Belfast parks and squares are integral to the city’s cultural identity. From simple memorial gardens to adventure park hiking, there’s always a tranquil public space in Belfast just waiting to be discovered. Stroll through the Lagan Valley, admire the Botanic Gardens, or take a serious walk through Ormeau Park.
With so much history and culture packed into just one city, knowing what to see in Belfast is all about planning ahead. For history buffs, the city’s many landmarks both ancient and modern will be must-visits. Those looking to immerse themselves in their surrounds and explore the North Irish countryside will not be short of places to visit – consider starting with Belfast Castle or the Crumlin Road Gaol.
While industry has been the beating heart of Belfast for many decades, its creative and cultural spirit has never dwindled. The Belfast arts and culture scene is as lively and inventive as the locals. Take the time to explore one of the city’s many galleries and Belfast will happily give you a piece of its artistic mind. Cultural highlights include the Ulster Folk Museum and the Titanic Quarter.