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.
Festivals and events
Throughout the year, a wide range of festivals and events take place in and around Belfast. Plan your trip wisely and you’ll have the chance to catch some of the most prominent.
St Patrick’s Day
St Patrick’s Day is a huge cause for celebration every year, with a parade, concerts and theatrical events held on 17 March.
Belfast Film Festival
The Belfast Film Festival in April provides screenings of both new and old films in unusual venues around the city.
Belfast Book Festival
Local and international authors take to the stage in June each year, promoting their work and engaging in literary discussions.
Every summer, Belfast hosts one of the largest Pride parades in the UK, standing up for equal rights while celebrating the diversity of the city.
C.S. Lewis Festival
At the end of the year (November), the C.S. Lewis Festival celebrates the legacy of one of Belfast’s most iconic authors with a series of events including music, theatre, arts, workshops and exhibitions.