BelfastUnited Kingdom

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The friendly capital of Northern Ireland has a fascinating history and is just an hour away from the country’s scenic Atlantic coastline.

Belfast is a traditional Irish city of political, cultural and historical significance and is surrounded by miles of natural beauty. There are less and less reminders of the tumultuous national conflicts that dominated the 1960s and ’70s and Belfast is now a safe, and popular, tourist destination.

With less than 300,000 residents, Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland, but it’s not very urbanized. Walk the cobbled streets of the old center and visit castles and jails to travel back in time. The still quite traditional city has charm, but also has ultra-modern facilities, such as the Belfast Waterfront Hall, an entertainment and conference center along the River Lagan.

Find maps and information at the Belfast Welcome Centre at Donegall Square, the central hub for shopping, entertainment and public transportation.

Visit the nearby Crumlin Road Gaol or explore the historic Titanic Quarter to re-live the story from the ship’s fateful voyage that started in Belfast’s docks. Browse the iconic St. George’s Market or try a hearty potato dish in a typical Irish pub.

Wander through the Belfast Castle, and hike Cave Hill while you are there, or enjoy the public park surrounding the Stormont Parliament Buildings.

Explore the wider County Antrim area around Lough Neagh for an even more scenic nature experience. Drive north to the dramatic Atlantic coast to discover other popular attractions. Climb through the ruins of Dunluce Castle, visit the natural phenomena known as the Giant’s Causeway and tour the oldest licensed whiskey producer in the world: Old Bushmills Distillery.

The downtown area of Belfast is compact and easily explored on foot. Travel outside the city using Belfast’s affordable public buses, or book a tour to see the coast. If you’d rather travel independently, car rental is readily available downtown and at Belfast’s two airports.

Belfast has cool to warm weather in summer and rain year-round. Its winters are known to be windy, with sometimes heavy snowfall.

Belfast Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Belfast

Belfast City Hall showing heritage elements, a castle and heritage architecture

Belfast City Centre

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Belfast City Centre. Make a stop by Grand Opera House or Belfast City Hall while you're exploring the area.

Belfast City Centre
Titanic Belfast showing signage and modern architecture

Titanic Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(31 area reviews)

Titanic Quarter is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Titanic Belfast and SSE Arena (Titanic Quarter).

Titanic Quarter
St. George\'s Market showing shopping, food and markets

Belfast Central District

4.5/5Wonderful!(328 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Belfast Central District. Make a stop by Belfast City Hall or Grand Opera House while you're exploring the area.

Belfast Central District
Belfast Botanic Gardens which includes a garden as well as a couple

Queens Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(98 area reviews)

Queens Quarter is a destination visitors seek out for is ample dining options, fascinating museums, and picturesque gardens. You might also want to check out attractions like Belfast Botanic Gardens or Lisburn Road while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Queens Quarter
St. Anne\'s Cathedral which includes a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and religious elements

Cathedral Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Cathedral Quarter is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by St. Anne's Cathedral and Belfast Customs House while in the area.

Cathedral Quarter
The pond in Orangefield Park was literally boiling as I approached it - it’s frog spawning season and there are hundreds in the water.

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Castlereagh

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

If you're spending time in Castlereagh, you might enjoy its restaurants and spas. If you've got time to venture a little farther, you can make a stop by Titanic Belfast or Belfast Botanic Gardens.

Castlereagh

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$60
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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! (890 reviews)

"The waffle maker and it’s staff were very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
$53
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! (1,985 reviews)

"A good hotel with a nice size room and a good shower in the bathroom. It was a quiet hotel so sleeping wasn’t a problem. It is in a good location being close to the bus station and the city centre. I couldn’t find any fault with this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Jurys Inn Belfast
Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
$98
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

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! (1,549 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Europa Hotel

Popular things to do in Belfast

Titanic Belfast
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Titanic Belfast

4.5/5(185 reviews)

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

Queen's University of Belfast
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Queen's University of Belfast

4.5/5(73 reviews)

Explore the campus of Queen's University of Belfast, a top college in Belfast. Discover the acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

SSE Arena
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SSE Arena

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Catch an event at SSE Arena (Titanic Quarter) during your trip to Belfast. Discover the acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

Belfast Castle
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Belfast Castle

4.5/5(61 reviews)

With views across the city and centuries of history, this classical sandstone building is one of the most popular free attractions in Belfast.

Belfast City Hall
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Belfast City Hall

4.5/5(128 reviews)

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

Waterfront Hall
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Waterfront Hall

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Find out what shows are happening at Waterfront Hall, a popular theater in Belfast. Discover the acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

Top activities in Belfast

Titanic Belfast Visit
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Titanic Belfast Visit

$25

Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the Titanic Belfast experience, where you can wander through 9 interactive galleries, walk the decks of the last remaining White Star vessel, the SS Nomadic, and tread across the historic slipways where this iconic ship was built.

Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast with Giant's Causeway
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Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast with Giant's Causeway

$58

While HBO's hit series Game of Thrones is filmed all over Europe, many of its most important locations can be found on the rugged and wild coast of Northern Ireland. Join a GoT-loving guide for a day spent exploring these stunning gems, as well as the UNESCO-listed Giant's Causeway.

Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$16

Enjoy an unlimited hop-on hop-off tour of Northern Ireland's capital city at your own pace on a red double-decker bus. This sightseeing adventure hits all of the city’s major attractions including its scenic parks and gardens, historic churches, and artistic neighborhoods.

Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge
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Giants Causeway Coastal Adventure & Rope Bridge

$27

Embark on a journey along the North Antrim coast as you soak in the stunning scenery of the Northern Ireland countryside on our daily flagship Giant's Causeway tour. Our day tour takes you through small towns and villages rich in Irish history time has almost forgotten.

Premium Giant's Causeway Guided Tour (Includes Admissions)
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Premium Giant's Causeway Guided Tour (Includes Admissions)

$36

See the towering basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway on this guided tour to behold some of the most iconic scenery on Northern Ireland's coast. Dramatic views of the rock formations and the Atlantic Ocean give you the chance to admire the spectacular setting of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Belfast Sightseeing Cruise: Titanic Quarter and River Lagan
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Belfast Sightseeing Cruise: Titanic Quarter and River Lagan

$17

Hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Belfast’s Donegal Quay and cruise down the River Lagan, seeing city sights and learning of its rich history. A busy international port since the early 18th century, Belfast boasts a catalog of nautical sites that are crying out to be seen.

Reviews of Belfast

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 50.72886297376093%
4 - Good
133
4 - Good 38.775510204081634%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.620991253644315%
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5/5 - Excellent

LMR

Jan 27, 2020

Loved Belfast, great sights, pubs, and museums!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

A black taxi cab tour is strongly advised for your stay in Belfast. It was phenomenal.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

We were only there for one full day, mostly spent shopping. We are returning for three more days on this trip before we leave Ireland.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 3, 2020

It was a fantastic trip

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

Would highly recommend

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 19, 2019

Nos gustó muchisimo, lamentamos haber ido por pocos dias. Espero volver y recorrer mas de Belfast e Irlanda en general.

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