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Belfast
Travel Guide

Belfast City Hall featuring heritage architecture, a castle and a garden

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.

Where to stay in Belfast

Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $204 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is steps from Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (364 reviews)
"High quality, excellent hotel, views of the city are great at night. Staff and service was amazing"

Reviewed on Dec. 22, 2020

Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Bullitt Hotel
Bullitt Hotel
4 out of 5
40a Church Lane, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $137 per night from May 25 to May 25
Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Waterfront Hall, and Belfast City Hall. St. George's ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (495 reviews)
COVID stay
"Great night. I COVID times we managed to eat in the restaurant and had the table for our entire evening. Great service from staff. Have stayed here before and it’s my go to place for an overnight in Belfast. Had breakfast the next morning and it was brilliant."

Reviewed on Dec. 18, 2020

Bullitt Hotel
Malmaison Belfast
Malmaison Belfast
4 out of 5
34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $121 per night from May 26 to May 26
Located in Belfast City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Waterfront Hall, and St. George's Market. Belfast ...
4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
Very good
"Very good pleasant receptionist and would definitely stay again"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2021

Malmaison Belfast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Atlantic Views
Atlantic Views
4 out of 5
5 Antrim Gardens, Portrush, Northern Ireland
Located in the heart of Portrush, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Waterworld and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club. Portrush East ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
In the heart of Portrush
"The apartment was perfect for two couples. Each bedroom has an en-suite and the kitchen has everything you need. Plenty of great restaurants and beautiful scenery on your doorstep. I highly recommend this apartment."

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2020

Atlantic Views
Bay View Cottage My Cottage Over Looking the bay off Carnlough
Bay View Cottage My Cottage Over Looking the bay off Carnlough
Ballymena, NIR
Situated in Ballymena, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Glenarm Castle and within 12 mi (20 km) of Slemish Mountain and Carnfunnock Country Park. Glenariff ...
Bay View Cottage My Cottage Over Looking the bay off Carnlough
Apt 3
Apt 3
Portrush, NIR
Situated in Portrush, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Waterworld and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club. Portrush East Strand Beach ...
Apt 3
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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