BelfastUnited Kingdom

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Northern Ireland's capital is awash with castles and culture. On its doorstep too is dramatic, unforgettable scenery.

Belfast has experienced a tumultuous past, but that's behind it now. It is now an inviting tourist destination that's friendly, educational and manageable. Museums, castles, art and the famous Irish nightlife pull in visitors from all over. Many come for County Antrim's countryside and coast alone.

Begin your trip by acquainting yourself with the city. Stroll through the cobbled old centre, marvel at the grandness of City Hall and discover the city's links with the infamous liner Titanic. Climb to the heady heights of Belfast Castle, situated in Cave Hill Country Park, and gaze down on one of the best views of the city. Explore the eerie corridors and cells of Crumlin Road Gaol, opting for one of the paranormal tours if you're feeling especially brave. Venture out east to find the Stormont Parliament Buildings. Take a guided tour of Northern Ireland's “House on the Hill” and even watch members of the assembly battling it out in a debate.

Afterwards, head into the wider countryside. Giant's Causeway is an iconic feature of Northern Ireland. Learn how it was created millions of years ago by enormous volcanic activity. Take a pilgrimage to Dunluce Castle, once home to the McQuillan family and now an imposing cliff-top ruin. More breathtaking architecture with a sea view is to be found at Mussenden Temple, which itself is set in the grounds of a ruined house. Mount Stewart House, Gardens and Temple of the Winds are still in good shape; explore the historical artefacts in the house, walk around its unique gardens and admire the fascinatingly-named Temple of the Winds.

To taste County Antrim at its rawest, drive out to Torr Head. Spot sea birds sweeping the coast and squint to make out Scotland's Mull of Kintyre.

Revive yourself with a dram or two of whiskey at the Old Bushmills Distillery. On a detailed guided tour, you'll learn how the “water of life” is produced.

Central Belfast is small, and easy to get around without transport. Public buses service many of the major tourist attractions. For more freedom, hire a car. Though the summer months in and around Belfast can be warm, winters are bitterly cold, and rain falls throughout the year. Make sure you pack accordingly.

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Top hotels in Belfast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
3.5 out of 5
Hope Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
NZ$113
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall. Queen's University of Belfast and St. George's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (902 reviews)

"Negatives - refilling of tea/coffee in room was non existent; beds not made and carpet not cleaned. Shaver socket under mirror was unusable and inaccessible - can't even see it! Positives - good breakfast, good reception service."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
NZ$100
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall. St. George's Market and Waterfront ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,995 reviews)

"Room was very big and lovely staff and overall and comfy luxurious place to stay"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2020

Jurys Inn Belfast
Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
NZ$165
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall. St. George's Market and Waterfront Hall are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,550 reviews)

"Great location , close to train station shopping and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2020

Europa Hotel

Popular activities in Belfast

Titanic Belfast
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Titanic Belfast

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Arrive at the historic birthplace of the British passenger ship that sank in 1912 and learn about its tragic voyage.

Belfast Castle
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Belfast Castle

4.5/5(7 reviews)

This imposing sandstone edifice looks out over stunning views of Belfast and is one of the city's major free attractions.

Belfast City Hall
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Belfast City Hall

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Relax amid the sculptures, monuments and plants of the garden and take a tour of the Baroque-style interior of this historic site.

Top activities in Belfast

Titanic Belfast Visit
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Titanic Belfast Visit

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$38
Per adult
Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast with Giant's Causeway
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Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast with Giant's Causeway

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$90
Per adult
Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$25
Per adult
Premium Giant's Causeway Guided Tour (Includes Admissions)
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Premium Giant's Causeway Guided Tour (Includes Admissions)

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$56
Per adult
Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge
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Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$42
Per adult
Peace Wall Taxi Tour
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Peace Wall Taxi Tour

NZ$19
Per adult

Reviews of Belfast

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.15584415584416%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 12.987012987012987%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 5, 2020

Parking is terrible but it’s walkable with lots to do.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 9, 2019

Friendly city with some beautiful old buildings

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 6, 2019

I was just there for 1 night so cant comment. Apart from The Ulster Museum and Gallery is very good. And the Botanic Gardens are very nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 30, 2019

Great city to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 27, 2019

We found the hop on hop off bus experience very informative.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 26, 2019

Awesome place to visit. Culture around every corner.

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