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.
Food and Drink
If you’re visiting on a weekend, head straight to St George’s Market for your first culinary experience in Belfast. This 19th-century market is regularly named one of the finest in the UK and is best visited on a Saturday when all the food vendors set up stall. Expect everything from oysters to a traditional Irish breakfast, with plenty of choice for both street food and ingredients to take away to cook yourself.
Belfast is well known for its old-fashioned pubs, many of them serving lunch before concentrating on whiskey and beer (notably Guinness, of course). The Crown Liquor Saloon is the most iconic pub, with its famous intricate décor, but also make time to visit the Duke of York to sample its huge selection of whiskeys and Kelly’s Cellars for a pint of Guinness accompanied with homemade beef stew.
If you’re looking for an upmarket restaurant, Belfast’s fine dining scene is blossoming, headed up by two exceptional eateries, Ox and EIPIC. You’ll find an array of cuisines available in the city’s many restaurants with a strong focus on local dishes and unique recipes. During your stay, try to taste local specialities, including champ (mashed potato with butter and spring onions) and soda bread.