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Discover Belfast: A Comprehensive Travel Guide

Updated: Jul 15, 2023

Welcome to Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and resilient spirit. This comprehensive travel guide will help you discover Belfast's must-visit places, the best local food, and give you tips on getting around.


Belfast City Hall


Getting There and Getting Around

Most international travelers arrive via Belfast International Airport or George Best Belfast City Airport. Belfast is also easily accessible by train or bus from other major cities in Ireland and by ferry from the UK.

Once in Belfast, getting around is a breeze. The city's public transport includes buses (Translink's Metro service) and trains (NI Railways). Taxis are plentiful, and Uber operates here as well. For those who prefer a bit more flexibility, consider renting a bike or walking, as the city center is quite compact and pedestrian-friendly.


Attractions: The Must-See List

  1. Peace Walls: Check out these significant walls that once separated Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods. Many have been adorned with vibrant murals promoting peace and unity. To learn about their history, check out our article about the walls.

  2. St George's Market: One of Belfast's oldest attractions, this weekend market has operated on this site for hundreds of years! It offers a wide variety of local food, crafts, and antiques. Make sure to get a Belfast Bap while you're here!

  3. Cathedral Quarter: Belfast is renowned for its live music, which can be found

  4. Belfast Castle: Explore the beautiful grounds of the castle, situated on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park, with stunning views over the city.

  5. Titanic Belfast: Explore the story of the world's most famous ship in this interactive museum, situated on the very shipyard where the Titanic was built. Even if you don't go inside the museum, the path along the river in this neighborhood is great for a run or walk.

  6. Game of Thrones Tour: As the principal filming location for the hit show, a guided tour of the filming spots is a must for fans.



Food and Drink

Belfast's culinary scene is a mix of traditional Irish fare and innovative cuisine. Don't miss the famous Ulster Fry, a hearty breakfast that's a local favorite. For seafood lovers, Mourne Seafood Bar is a must-visit. OX and Deanes EIPIC, with their Michelin stars, offers a more upscale dining experience.

When it comes to drinks, a visit to Belfast isn't complete without trying local whiskey at a distillery like Bushmills or a pint of Guinness at a traditional pub like The Crown Liquor Saloon.

Belfast is renowned for its live music, sporting a mix of traditional Irish music and modern music. Madden's is the best spot for traditional Irish music and to chat with locals while Kelly's Cellars, just around the corner, offers a livelier experience with an outdoor beer garden.


Accommodation

Whether you're a luxury traveler or a budget backpacker, Belfast has accommodations to suit every pocket. The Fitzwilliam Hotel offers luxury stays, while budget travelers might prefer hostels such as Vagabonds. For a unique experience, consider a boutique stay at the Titanic Hotel.


Safety

Belfast is generally a safe city for travelers. The city offers a relatively rowdy nightlife, with many hen and stag parties, and nearly all bars have multiple burly bouncers. Like any party city, it's advisable to be aware of your surroundings and to be wary of those who may have overindulged.


In Conclusion

Belfast is a city with a story to tell. It's a place where history echoes at every corner, from the dock where the Titanic first took shape to the Peace Walls that now showcase hope. It's a city that offers rich culture, friendly locals, captivating architecture, and fantastic food. Come and discover the heart of Northern Ireland for yourself!

Our next post will provide deeper insights into the digital nomad life in Belfast, so stay tuned if you are considering this vibrant city as your next remote work base. Safe travels!

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