At once a major business hub and bona fide party town, Belfast has defied all odds to become a thriving, bustling city.
Game of Thrones fans, whiskey drinkers and anyone with a passing interest in politics will be in their element, while Michelin-starred restaurants, museums galore and thriving nightlife make Belfast the complete city-break package.
Arriving at George Best Belfast City Airport
When you fly from London City Airport to Belfast you'll be arriving at George Best Belfast City Airport. The airport is conveniently located just three miles (5km) outside the centre of Belfast, making it incredibly easy to make your way into the city. It will cost around £10 to reach the city centre if you use one of the approved taxis that queue up in the rank outside the terminal building.
Alternatively, if you prefer to use public transport, the Airport Express 600 bus runs every 20 minutes during the day from outside the terminal and costs under £3 for a single ticket.
There is also a train from nearby Sydenham strain station with a shuttle bus connection. If you want to catch the train, go to the information desk at arrivals to book your place on the shuttle bus.
Titanic Belfast Exhibition Centre
Don’t miss a visit to this captivating museum, named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction in 2016. After marvelling at the spectacular building that houses the centre, visitors can enjoy an interactive experience that documents the journey of the legendary ship that was built in the city.
The Peace Wall
If you’re interested in the political history of Belfast, take a Black Cab Tour, which will show you the Peace Wall and iconic murals while your driver shares stories of life in the city during the Troubles.
The Ulster Museum
There are many museums to discover in the city, but if you only have time for one, make the Ulster Museum the first on your list. With everything from Irish art to Egyptian history, it’s easy to spend hours exploring this vast museum.
Don’t be tempted to spend your entire stay in the heart of the city. To take in the best views of Belfast and the surrounding area, visit Belfast Castle before hiking up the 4.5-mile circular trail to the summit of Cave Hill.
The Crown Liquor Saloon
Complete a day of exploring with a refreshing drink in the city’s most legendary pub, the Crown Liquor Saloon. Take the time to learn about the long and fascinating history of this gorgeous Victorian building, which was once a renowned gin palace.