I know for one, my response to this question was blank prior to my recent visit.
I had no idea what to expect of Belfast.
(Sorry if that offends you, I usually live in a happy little bubble of oblivion).
Now, having spent just 3 days exploring the city, I can confidently tell you Belfast is fab contender for your next weekend getaway…
Particularly if, like me, you love food and drink!
But first, a few facts about Belfast:
Where? Northern Ireland, UK
Closest Airport? Belfast city airport
Airlines that fly? British Airways, RyanAir, Aer Lingus
Currency? £ GBP
Did you know? Belfast is the birthplace of he famous ship The Titanic.
Alongside this banquet, during my 3 days in the city, we got the chance to dine at and dig out some of Belfasts finest offerings in terms of food, drink, traditional gems and activities.
So, should you find yourself in Belfast, here is what i found and can recommend for your trip:
WHERE TO DRINK
– Crown saloon
View website here
– Duke of York
– The Spaniard Bar
– Ritas Cocktail Bar
– China Whites (bar / club)
– John Hewitt Bar
Aside from a great cause, this pub boasts an array of beers, cosy fires, traditional Irish live music and a lunch menu!
View website here
WHERE TO EAT
Don’t even get me started. We ate like kings and I can tell you now, Belfast has reason to be proud.
Overlooking the River Lagan, this Michelin Star Restaurant offers a gorgeous seasonally adjusted menu, each flavour perfectly complimenting the next.
We ate from the lunch menu which had us 3 courses for £20!
– Bar and Grill, James St. South
Renowned for their charcoal grilled steaks, this chilled come fancy dine out spot was another winner in my eyes.
– St Georges Market
– Meat Locker
A top quality meat fix
WHAT TO DO
– Belfast Food Tours
See website here
Head out on a fantastic tour of Belfast with the lovely Caroline Wilson, who will share her expertise and take you to the best spots in town.
Grab your friends and taste and tour the dishes and drinks that make Northern Ireland so proud to host.
– Black Cab Tour…
…with a Blue Badge Guide (highest quality and level of knowledge).
We had the pleasure of being introduced around the city by Billy.
This is a great way to get your bearings of the city and should you have a keen interest in History… prepare your brains to be blown away by Billys knowledge!
– Walk up Cave Hill for a view over Belfast
View more on Walk NI here
Join in on the worlds largest Titanic visitor experience. Housed in an iconic 6 floor building, this museum will take you from start to finish on a full Titanic encounter.
– City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Tour
– Street Art Tour
There is a lot of street art in Belfast, and some very talented people. You won’t have to venture far before you come across some.
You can also head down for a guided tour inside the City Hall…
– Explore Lisburn Road
– Public Art Hunt
– Shopping in Victoria Square
Belfast has a diverse range of landscapes within a very close proximity.
I’m already planning for my next trip!
Incase you’d like to head over before I get the chance to show you around, here is the beginning of my NI Bucket List:
– Bubble Domes, Finn Lough
– Spa retreat
– Giant’s Causeway
– The Gobbins new walking trail
*This trip was sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland but as ever, opinions, photos and recommendations are of my own choice and are an accurate representation of my views.