At once a major business hub and bona fide party town, Belfast is a bustling, fascinating city.
Belfast's Michelin-starred restaurants, museums galore and thriving nightlife make it the complete city-break package.
With the airport just three miles (5km) away, it’s easy to head into the city by taxi, airport bus or train, via a shuttle to nearby Sydenham train station. The compact centre is walkable or easy to navigate using Metro bus, taxi or hired bike.
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Neighbourhoods To See
Central Belfast: for sightseeing
Interesting architecture and irresistible food and drink everywhere! See the famous City Hall and Grand Opera House, watch street performers at Victoria Square, enjoy a pint in a 19th-century pub or window-shop down the Golden Mile.
Cathedral Quarter: for history and culture
This cultural hub features St Anne’s Cathedral, Metropolitan Arts Centre and Belfast Library, and often hosts music, arts and food festivals. Famous street art, historic pubs and inviting cafes abound down narrow alleyways.
Queen’s Quarter: leafy and lively
Named after Queen’s University, this area to the south combines a studenty vibe with a slick cultural scene. Indie shops, cafes and bars make it perfect for fun nights out and vintage shopping.
Titanic Belfast Exhibition Centre
Housed in a spectacular building, this interactive experience documents the journey of the legendary ship built in the city.
The Peace Wall
Learn about Belfast’s political history and life during the Troubles with a Black Cab Tour to see the Peace Wall and iconic murals.
The Ulster Museum
It’s easy to lose hours in this vast museum with everything from Irish art to Egyptian history on display.
Get the best views of Belfast and its surrounds by visiting the castle before hiking up to Cave Hill summit.
The Crown Liquor Saloon
Refresh yourself in the city’s most legendary pub, a gorgeous Victorian building and former gin palace.
Food and Drinks
Belfast offers a wide array of cuisines, with local specialities including champ (mashed potato with butter and spring onions) and soda bread. Sup Guinness in old-fashioned pubs and visit 19th century George’s Market for a foodie adventure.
MARCH | St Patrick’s Day
This exuberant country-wide celebration each March 17th features a parade, concerts and theatrical events.
APRIL | Belfast Film Festival
Enjoy screenings of new and old films in unusual venues around the city.
JUNE | Belfast Book Festival
Local and international authors promote work and share literary discussions.
JULY | Belfast Pride
One of the largest Pride parades in the UK, standing up for equal rights and diversity.
NOVEMBER | C.S. Lewis Festival
A rich calendar of events celebrating the legacy of one of Belfast’s most iconic authors.