Surrounded by rolling hills and lush countryside, Belfast is the jewel in Northern Ireland’s crown. Wander around this historic city and you’ll find a wealth of cultural hotspots to visit, activities to take part in and traditional bars for enjoying Guinness into the early hours.
Ships and Swords
When on a cheap holiday in Belfast, visit the Harland and Wolff Shipyards, where the iconic SS Titanic was built, before heading next door to Titanic Belfast. A museum set in a stunning nautical-inspired building; you’ll explore the Titanic’s history and legacy through special effects, rides, full scale reconstructions and interactive exhibitions. Much of the fantastic television series Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland, so if you’re a fan, visit the nearby National Trust property Castle Ward. Used as the setting for Winterfell, you’ll be able to try archery in the very same spot as Jon Snow.
With golf superstar Rory McIlroy having grown up near the city, Belfast has plenty of courses for you to practise your swing. Royal Belfast Golf Club is the oldest in Ireland, where you can tee off with the Irish Sea watching on as a spectator. If you want to stay in the city centre, check out Citigolf, an entertainment venue that incorporates indoor golf as well as karaoke and exciting virtual reality simulators.
The Great Outdoors
Showing you the murals spread out over the city, as well as the stories behind them, book with Belfast Mural Tours, for a guided personal tour. For a breath-taking view of Belfast, go hiking in Cave Hill Country Park where you’ll be able to see the whole of the city, as well as the Isle of Man and Scotland on a clear day. It’s easy to get to the iconic Giant’s Causeway from Belfast, if you want a day out seeing the famous columns drenched with mythology. Get the train or bus to the World Heritage Site, supposed home to the giant Finn McCool, who lived there 2,000 years ago.
When on your cheap Belfast holiday, be sure to pop into one of the traditional pubs for a pint of the black stuff. It doesn’t get much more traditional than Kelly’s Cellars on Bank Street in the city centre. The oldest watering-hole in Belfast, dating back to 1720, it plays host to live Irish music most nights, and has an energetic atmosphere.
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