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.
Any Belfast night out should begin in one of the city’s many traditional pubs. The narrow streets in the Cathedral Quarter are ideal for sampling a variety of pubs with live Irish music and great craic to be had every night of the week. Guinness and whiskey are available in abundance, and a surprising number of bars and pubs also offer extensive gin menus. Belfast’s pubs are one of its main tourist attractions, but there are so many of them across the city that it would be impossible to visit them all during one trip.
If you’re looking for more of an alternative night out with a younger crowd, live music and room to dance, head to Queen’s Quarter to find an abundance of independent bars. There’s also a great late-night party scene around the city with plenty of techno, electronic and drum ‘n’ bass nights to discover.