Introducing holidays to Belfast
After rapid growth in the eighteenth century, Belfast has become an industrial and shipping hub, developing a welcoming and unique character due to the number and variety of people passing through and making their living there. Famously, the Titanic was built in Belfast, and the old shipyard where it was built is just one of the many major historical points of interest within the area. Given its illustrious and rich history, as well as the perfect balance of modern and traditional, there is plenty to keep you entertained in the city. You can be treated to a hospitable welcome in one of the many traditional pubs that make up the centre, or you can wonder around and get lost in the stunning architecture that makes up this beautiful gem. Nature lovers will also be pleased with a trip to Belfast as it is home to a number of stunning river views and emerald green spaces.
Wine and Dine
Belfast is famous for its friendly locals and hospitable atmosphere, with many of the neighbourhood establishments offering a wide variety of international and local cuisine. If you are looking for a more wholesome and homely meal, you can sink your teeth in to a famous fish and chips from one of the local chippies. For the traveller who wants a more international culinary experience, you can visit one of Belfast's many Michelin starred restaurants, which all serve a variety of global and local cuisines, as well as numerous fusion dishes. For an after-dinner tipple you are spoilt for choice in Belfast; you are highly likely to never be more than five minutes away from a drinking establishment in the city. Most venues are open until fairly late and offer a welcoming environment, usually alongside some live music and reasonable prices.
Belfast is surrounded by hills, which means that it has a microclimate that is ideal for horticulture and a variety of fauna. You can visit one of the many botanic gardens, parks and reserves in the town, with the Botanical Gardens in the Queen's Quarter being most accessible for those who don't want to venture too far out of the city. On the outskirts of the city there is an abundance of parkland and forest area. Belfast is also home to the set of Game of Thrones, and there are guided tours of the filming areas.
Culturally-speaking, Belfast is blessed with a plethora of unique and interesting attractions due to its long history and recent past as a centre of commerce. The gigantic Ulster Museum is a fantastic way to spend a day - there are exhibitions with themes that range from the prehistoric era to the struggle for an independent Ireland. The shipyard areas are also a historic treasure-trove, home to not only the birthplace of the Titanic but also the home of the HMS Caroline. If you want to try and see as much as possible, a guided tour on the bus is probably your best bet, but after a taste of what the city has to offer you will want to come back and explore again.