Belfast is quickly becoming one of the UK's latest cultural hotspots. The recent re-developement of the city centre has introduced a newly-polished Belfast with a number of sights to see and places to explore. Be sure not to miss the Titanic Quarter, which occupies the city's old docklands and shipyards.
The Northern Irish capital of Belfast is a fascinating place to explore, with its strong sense of history, and thriving cultural and bar scenes. Experience it for yourself on one of our cheap city breaks to Belfast
Belfast is perhaps unusual in that its best nightlife is found away from the centre (although the city’s compact size means that you’ll not have to go far to find a cool bar, pub or club during your Belfast city break). The majority of the city’s bars can be found on the Golden Mile, including the Crown Liquor Saloon, a must-visit place for its opulent Victorian décor. If you wander down the full length of the mile, you’ll find yourself in the pleasant southern suburbs around Queen’s University, where we recommend stopping by the stylish and colourful wine bar The Chelsea. The Cathedral Quarter is also an up-and-coming part of the city, home to several galleries, the Belfast Film Festival, a lively gay scene and excellent drinking spots like The Dirty Onion, a pub housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings, which pays tribute to local tradition with its drinks selection, and its nightly live music.
Blossoming as a city in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Belfast is filled with Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and a real sense of neo-classical style. While investigating the bars of the Golden Mile and the Cathedral Quarter see the Grand Opera House, which remains a popular theatre today, and the impressive St Anne’s Cathedral, where you’ll also find the 40 metre-high contemporary sculpture the Spire of Hope.
Belfast played a key role in the Titanic story, which you can explore at the high-tech Titanic Belfast, and the Titanic’s Dock and Pump House; the last spot where the ill-fated ship stood on dry land. You might even come across a star of screen on your city break to Belfast, as the city has become a popular filming location. Much of the epic action of Game of Thronesis filmed at the Paint Hall studio in the Titanic Quarter, and iconic locations from the series, like Winterfell (Castle Ward Gardens) and The Kings Road (The Dark Hedges) can be seen on tours departing the city centre.
If you get out of town during your cheap Belfast city break, you’ll soon come across some of Northern Ireland’s famously rugged scenery. Clamber up Cavehill to take in great views of the whole city (and, on clear days, even see the Isle of Man and Scotland). Also nearby is the start of the Causeway Coastal Road; a particularly beautiful driving route, where you’ll pass through the dramatic Glens of Antrim and find yourself at the unique Giant’s Causeway, with its fascinating hexagonal rock columns.