For a city break with a difference nowhere beats Belfast for a wide range of activities, friendliness, arts and culture, breathtaking scenery, gourmet food and easy to travel to and around.
Belfast won The Lonely Planet best travel destination in. Tourists from around the world are discovering this new gem that feels fun and friendly yet a little bit edgy at the same time.
Some visitors are curious to visit to hear all about our complicated political history known to locals as The Troubles. Others come to see our many and varied attractions such as The Titanic Visitor Centre, Crumlin Road jail, Ulster Museum.
People interested in music can see acts in the odyssey, the waterfront hall, the Ulster Hall or the many smaller venues such as the limelight or the many music pubs in the city. Botanic gardens will host The National, Fontaines DC, Sinead O'Connor and Tom Jones in the coming year. Fans on Van Morrison can go on a pilgrimage to see the places which are referenced in many of the lyrics of his songs such as Cypress Avenue.
Theatre goers love the Grand Opera House. The Mac or the Lyric Theatre with big name actors headlining shows and plays. Smaller venues like the Golden thread gallery, the Crescent Arts Centre, the Black Box and Accidental Theatre showcase new and up and coming artists.
Belfast is a city of festivals with Culture night, festival of fools, Cathedral Quarter arts festival and out to name but a few. Street art tours and the many art galleries show off a diverse range of talent from local and international artists inspired by the energy and passion of Belfast culture and people.
Food and Drink
Northern Ireland has a rich agricultural legacy. Small producers are famed for their many types of breads (such as potato bread, soda farls and wheaten loaves) seafood such as smoked salmon and dulse, cured meats, cheeses and new products such as black butter.
Local drinks such as Jawbox gin, Bushmills whiskey and craft beers can be tasted as part of a tour or simply in the many lively bars around Northern Ireland. Whiskey tasting is a popular draw for many international visitors. A must see in Belfast is a trip to St Georges Market where many of the local producers sell their delicacies and will often let you taste for free. You can also pick up souvenirs, antiques and art works to take back home. It is the perfect place to buy a gift for your family and friends. Or just be cheeky and keep them for yourself !
People love to experience the fun, laughter and music in the pubs around Belfast. The vibrant Cathedral Quarter is the main hotspot for such night life. The hospitality of Irish people is world famous and you are sure to leave the bar with a few new friends if you are open to talk, to local people. We love visitors.