Belfast Travel Guide

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Belfast Highlights

  • Pro
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     History- Much remains from before 'The Troubles', Friendly locals, plenty to see and do 

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     Avoid in July! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Small down to earth City with lively nightlife 

Belfast Things to Do

  • Open Top Bus Tour

    My boyfriend and I recently decided last minute to take a black taxi tour of Belfast and its murals having being recommended by a friend. We weren't sure if it was our thing, but we did want to see the murals especially with a locally knowledgeable guide. http://www.belfastblacktaxitours.com We phoned the morning we wanted to go and were able to...

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  • Parish Church of St George

    This stained glass piece was propped up against a plain glass window. It was a portrait of Saint George. The lady that I'd spoken to earlier had disappeared into a room off the Chancel, then reappeared later with a black and white photo of this piece. She told me that she thought the framed portrait was a 'Test Piece' created by an apprentice....

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  • Titanic

    Samson and Goliath are two shipbuilding cranes dominate the skyline of Belfast. They are both at the shipyard of Harland & Wolf, where the Titanic was built. The cranes were made by the German company Krupp. The 96 meter tall Goliath was ready for use in 1969, the 106 meter high Samson in 1974. They can each 840 tons lifting up. The cranes were...

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Belfast Restaurants

  • Best restaurant in the United Kingdom...

    My wife has been coming here since the 80's when she was a nurse at Belfast City Hospital and back in those days people would literally queue down the street to get a meal there. They have a bigger restaurant now so such queues arent necessary anymore, but the food is still highly desirable! The service is excellent. We go in there pretty regularly...

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  • Café Conor

    My first evening in Belfast I ate at Café Conor, which is situated in the former studio of the artist William Conor. It has a high ceiling with a glass roof, and light walls with black and with paintings. The evening I visited the restaurant it was busy and the background murmur was quite loud. The background music coming out of the loudspeakers...

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  • Grand Central Coffee House

    I came back to Grand Central a few times during my visit to Belfast, mostly because of the comfortable sofas and laid-back atmosphere. It was a good place to sit down in after a long day of sight-seeing. In the café you can have breakfast, different coffees, cakes, croissants, scones, sandwiches, soup of the day and other meals.On day I came in...

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Belfast Nightlife

  • Crown Bar

    Probably Belfast’s best known pub and one that is owned by the National Trust. The restored Victorian interior is so extravagantly ornate that it is almost overpowering. It has decorative mirrors, etched glass, mosaic flooring and an ornate ceiling. The bar runs along the left hand side as you enter and around the rest of the pub are ten separate...

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  • The Kremlin

    The Kremlin is the home of homosexuality in Belfast, and for a somewhat narrow minded city, you will not be dissapointed in here, especially if you drink from the furry cup. The Kremlin has three bars and a good sound system, if you don't mind young gay people half naked sniffing poppers, you shoul have a good time. The Kremlin is in a part of town...

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  • The Parlour

    A student bar, with awful service. Manager does not promote his own food offers, and refused to upgrade my meal to their better offer after spending over £50 on food alone. Toilets are rotten and rarely checked, with most toilet seats missing. Though music is good, pity about everything else. Monday and Saturday only decent nights, with very few...

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Belfast Transportation

  • Belfast City Black Taxi Tours

    We have been escorted to one of a local driver guide to Greater Belfast's historical sites such as the location of the mural area and get's a good explanation about the "murals" history

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  • Stranraer to Belfast

    If, like us, you are taking the ferry from with Stena Line from Cairnryan you can either use one of the coach tours that are all inclusive or you can park at Cairnryan for £5 a day.

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  • Stenaline Superferry

    We found the ferries very comfortable. The journey took 2.5 hours so plenty of time to make use of the facilities on board which include a cafeteria restaurant, smaller cafe/coffee shop, shop, spa, cinema and "pod lounge" with Wifi & games consoles.I'd advise taking your own food if you just want a sandwich/snack. We were banking on the smaller...

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Belfast Shopping

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  • great modern architecture

    This 4 story mall is enclosed in a glass dome complete with a observation deck on top for views over Belfast.

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  • Victoria Square for some bling

    A wonderful addition to the Belfast scene and a good boost for redevelopment in the area, the 50+ shop mall is the biggest in Northern Ireland and without a doubt the most impressive.Its designed to resemble two streets (fortunately they're covered!) and the piece de resistance is the glass dome and panoramic viewing gallery. Even if you don't like...

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  • Designer Clothing, Bison Boutique

    It's a little boutique found on the Lisburn Road, Belfast. The area called the 'Style Mile' where you can pick up something unique and different, not typical high street clothing. What makes this shop different is that it sells to mature ladies who are looking for flattering clothes and accessories that are fahionable but not overly expensive. I...

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Belfast Local Customs

  • Truth behind the name!

    The name Belfast is derived from the Irish Béal Feirsde, which was later spelled Béal Feirste. The word Béal means "mouth" while Feirsde/Feirste is plural and refers to a sandbar or ford across a river's mouth.The name would thus translate as "mouth (of the) sandbars" or "mouth (of the) fords". These sandbars formed where two rivers met (at what is...

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  • Loyalist Parades

    If you;re lucky enough to be in this wonderful part of the world in the summer you may get to see your very own orange order parade. This is a good experience for all, unless you are stuck in a car behind 300 flute players. You should definately try to see one as it is important in understanding the history and tensions that surround the area. For...

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  • smoking

    Alot of teenagers may come up to you on the street and ask "spare us a feg mate"(perticularly on a friday/saturday night or during the holidays when they are off school) basicaly they're asking you to give them a ciggerette.They do not see it as being rude, but some people may, so do'nt be insulted if it happens to you.

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Belfast Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't ask, don't discuss.

    I'll just reiterate what other VT-ers have written about the Troubles.People are still raw, the peace is still fragile (there are still killings....one happened in June 2010), the whole thing is still unutterably painful.Not something to discuss, and certainly not something to ask about.You'll be perfectly safe exploring the city, you don't need to...

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  • Local Wildlife

    When visiting Belfast please be aware of the local wildlife. You will recognize them by the blatant cheapness and nastiness of their tracksuit, their chunky gold chains and their unusual swaggering gait. Young females (from 15yrs upwards) will invariably be accompanied by several young children with shaven heads and gold earings. These females will...

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  • Allen's Bus Tours

    Very unprofessional tour. Late to leave. Many of the seats were broken. Microphone didn't work. We stopped for about 15 minutes while the guide tried to fix it. In the end he had to shout. No one at the back could hear. But worst of all, the driver cut out about a third of the tour around the University area of Belfast. I'm from NI and was taking...

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Belfast Tourist Traps

  • Danger

    Dont be fooled that the 12th July marches by unionists are a festive occasion. Keep well away as these marches are similiar in spirit to the KKK in the USA. and should not even be visited even as a curiosity feature.

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  • Wildlife Boat Trips

    You will see many boat trips along the river Lagan (Belfast’s main river) advertising Alligator spotting. Naturally many tourists get the impression that these beasts will be both huge and plentiful.Alas the river Lagan is not a European version of the Florida everglades. You are unlikely to see more than half a dozen gators in a two hour trip and...

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Belfast What to Pack

  • Things to pack for a Day Trip in October

    For a Day Trip to Belfast- I just carried a large handbag- big enough to pack my camera, purse, notebook, and a fold up carry bag-in case I bought anything - I was travelling by Ryanair with Hand luggage only, so this was strictly 1 bag! Belfast is prone to rain and cold weather, so come prepared- layers, including waterproof jacket. Even in the...

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  • Take the right currency

    It may seem obvious to some but I think it is worth mentioning that you should make sure you take the correct currency when visiting Belfast. You will be in Northern Ireland and as this is part of the UK the currency in use is Sterling Pounds. This differs to Southern Ireland also referred to as the Republic of Ireland which is independent and...

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  • Layers, layers, layers!

    As with everywhere on the island of Ireland, you are best prepared it you wear layers of clothes. This might sound like you need to pack a lot of clothes but if you coordinate your colours carefully (or just don't care!) you can get away with packing just a few items. There are plenty of shops in Belfast to buy extra layers in if you find yourself...

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Belfast Off The Beaten Path

  • Take an Autumnal Walk

    We have some lovely parks and walks in Belfast and they are FREE!Botanic Park near Queens UniversityOrmeau Park - Metro 7 Bus from City CentreBelvoir Forest and the Lagan Towpath - great.see www.parks.belfastcity.gov.uksometimes there are guided walks available - enjoy the autumn leaves!

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  • The first Catholic church in Belfast.

    St Mary's was opened in 1784 and was the first Catholic church in the city. At the time, there were 385 Catholics listed as living in Belfast.There were no sectarian issues then...Protestants contributed to its construction, and the 1st Belfast Volunteer Company presented a guard of honour to the priest as he entered the church for the first...

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  • The Europa Hotel

    A 4* hotel, but known as 'the most-bombed hotel in Europe' during the Troubles.It was damaged 33 times by Provisional IRA bombs between 1972 and 1994, possibly because it provided a base for journalists and media people covering the Troubles.The first manager, Harper Brown, received an MBE for keeping the hotel open. Once, the IRA brought in a...

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Belfast Sports & Outdoors

  • Ice Hockey

    Ice Hockey - With Belfast team - The Belfast Giants (mainly made up of Canadian Players) Just bring a loud cheering voice, and if you want to join in with the cheerleaders "The G Crew" why not bring your own Pom Poms. You can buy Game Shirts, hats & Bits at the venue, also refreshments. Also Cafes & Places to Eat are in the next door Odyssey...

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  • Ulster Rugby

    Ulster Rugby are based at Ravenhill in Belfast and have a strong and sometimes feverent support (beating Leicester in 2004 springs to mind). They play in the Celtic League, Heiniken Cup (winners 1999) and Irish provincial games.Tickets (£10) can be bought online or at a few sports shops in the city cente and matches usually kick off at 1930 on...

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  • Join the Blarney Army

    Ireland are not renowned as great exponents of cricket although they do have an international team that plays against the English Counties, and Glamorgan, in a limited overs competition. Their home games are split between six grounds in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Games in Belfast are played within the grounds of the...

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Belfast Favorites

  • Sunday

    Ah, the ulster fry. How i miss ye here on the continent. I cannot wait to get back there and eat ye, im sick of croissants and coffee. here's all you need for a good ulster fry...... buy yourself some potato bread and soda bread (ormo bakeries do the best i think, in the clear packets with the pink label) mushrooms, baked beans (yes, we brits...

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  • Titanic

    daft as it is, I had a wee chuckle at this "Keep calm..." mug that was in a display of memorabilia in the Titanic museum and loved all the old movie & advertising posters

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  • Entertaining City

    Ulster Museum & W5 It's been 18 months since I first started going to Belfast. Northern Ireland is my son's new home and we really enjoy all the things at W5 (at the Odyssey complex) and at the Ulster Museum next to Queen's University. I've found that city transport is excellent to UM, not so good to W5, but that's walkable from the city centre...

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