A Travel Guide to Belfast
Introduction to Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has been experiencing something of a renaissance over
past decade, as visitors once deterred by the country`s troubled
situation gradually return to this beautiful and vibrant destination.
the awe-inspiring scenery along the Causeway Coast, to the splendid
Victorian architecture of capital city, Belfast, Northern Ireland has
to offer visitors. Visitor numbers are increasing year on year as
Ireland, in particular Belfast, becomes a popular short break
Attractions and things to do in Belfast
Belfast Castle is an imposing sandstone castle which looks down over the
city from Cave Hill. The building was constructed in 1870 on a site
castles have stood since the 12th century and is open to the public. Or
not get a bird`s eye view of the city from the top of the 60m high
Wheel, which is situated in the grounds of Belfast`s City Hall.
Places to visit
The famous Giant`s Causeway is within easy reach of Belfast and is sight
never to be forgotten. 40,000 hexagon-shaped stones make up this
extraordinary natural wonder, which has been declared a World Heritage
The nearby Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is put up every spring by local
fishermen and removed every November: crossing it is not for the faint
Restaurants and nightlife
Cayenne is a funky bar-restaurant serving good quality food to a loyal
following in cool, contemporary surroundings. Cutters River Grill offers
relaxed dining in an old boat house overlooking the river. Belfast has a
thriving nightlife and club culture. The Stiff Kitten Club regularly
host to big name DJs such as Manchester`s Mr Scruff and Radio One`s
Peterson. Mynt regularly welcomes DJs from London`s Fabric and is the
to be seen for Belfast`s hedonists.
Best times to visit
Film buffs will enjoy the Belfast Film Festival in March. The Cathedral
Festival in May includes street theatre, drama concerts and more. The
weather in Belfast is relatively temperate with comparatively mild
and cool summers. However, no matter what time of year you visit, don`t
forget to pack your waterproofs as rain is likely year-round.
Belfast Airport is only 2 miles from Belfast city and benefits from
excellent transport links including a regular bus service. Flights to
Belfast airport leave from most UK and many international airports.
flights from Belfast to Manchester airport make it an ideal
destination for a short break.