Why visit Belfast, Ireland
No visit to the “Emerald Isle” is complete without adding Belfast to your itinerary. The city is Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital, and sits at the mouth of the River Lough.
A fun item of note about Belfast is that it is believed that the giant featured in the novel Gulliver’s Travels was thought up by the author, Jonathan Swift, as he observed Cave Hill (a prominent natural landmark).
Things to do in Belfast
Your days will be filled during any trip to Belfast. For starters, make sure you visit the Ulster Museum; Cave Hill; Titanic Belfast (which charts the history of Belfast and the creation of the infamous ocean liner); Belfast Castle; the Grand Opera House (a restored Victorian theatre and music venue); the Botanic Gardens; and City Hall (there is a free tour available here).
While you’re in Belfast you can also see some of the many colourful political murals painted around the city; check out a variety of Victorian architecture; and enjoy the city’s great food, bar and music scene.
Best time to visit Belfast
The best time to visit Belfast tends to be between April and June, when the weather is nice but the city isn’t too crowded. In April you can enjoy the spring flowers in parks and gardens, and time your visit to coincide with the Belfast Film Festival. October can also be a good time to be in Belfast. While the weather is chillier at this time of year, the United Kingdom’s second-largest arts events, the Belfast International Arts Festival, is on during this month for three weeks.
Best time to book
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Expect to pay
The currency in Belfast is the pound sterling.
You can expect to pay about AUD$4.77 for a regular cappuccino in the city.
Arriving in Belfast by plane
There are two main airports servicing Belfast. There is the Belfast International Airport (also known as Aldergrove Airport), which is located approximately 21km away from the centre of Belfast; as well as George Best Belfast City Airport (known simply as Belfast City Airport), which is only 5km from the city centre.
Multiple airlines operate flights from Australia to Glasgow. Some of these are Air Asia, China Eastern, British Airways, Air France, Etihad Airways, KLM, Emirates, and Japan Airlines.
Australians do not need a visa to visit Belfast if they stay for less than six months.
Transportation to city centre
On average, a taxi from Belfast International Airport into the CBD costs between $43 and $54, while from Belfast City Airport it’s only around $18.
Where to stay in Belfast
During a stay in Belfast you may like to book accommodation in one of the four main quarters in the city. The Cathedral Quarter is named after St. Anne’s Cathedral, and is the spot to admire architecture or visit trendy restaurants, cosy pubs, and arts and crafts centres. The Titanic Quarter is the redeveloped entertainment and historic area where you’ll find about the city and ocean liner’s history, as well as enjoy a mix of old and new. In the Gaeltacht Quarter, Belfast’s centre for Irish language, you can learn about the culture, tour famous cemeteries, and check out the city’s only protected bogland, The Bog Meadows Nature Reserve. Queen’s Quarter is the leafy area of the city around Queen’s University. Here you’ll also find the Ulster Museum, the Botanic Gardens, and an eclectic range of shops, cafes, bars and galleries.
It is a good idea to book a hotel online if you’re searching for the best rates.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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