Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, has transformed itself to become a thoroughly modern urban centre. Famous as the birthplace of the Titanic luxury ship and author C.S. Lewis of "The Chronicles of Narnia" fame, Belfast is fast earning a reputation as a weekend travel destination. Historically, the city was an industrial and commercial centre with a strong shipbuilding sector. Belfast is today a city that boasts well-restored Victorian architecture, modern art, an exciting food scene and an active nightlife. There are museums to be discovered, historic buildings to admire and haunts to be enjoyed for those visiting this vibrant locale.
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Things to do in Belfast
Guests on flights to Belfast will love the urban makeover of the capital from carefully-restored buildings to new food joints. Stroll through town, admire historic landmarks, visit amazing museums or hit the shopping area. Arrange for short trips in the vicinity and enjoy stunning scenery. At night time, make sure to discover the pub and bar scene to enjoy a slice of the nocturnal action.
When visiting Belfast, be sure to:
Head down to the City Hall for its classical Renaissance style and architecture
Spend hours browsing at the amazing collections of art and artefacts at the Ulster Museum
Savour your favourite dram whilst admiring Victorian style at the Crown Liquor Saloon
See the Titanic Belfast, a tribute to the ill-fated Titanic and the maritime history of Belfast
Catch a performance at the Waterfront Hall, an entertainment and conference venue
Relax for a few hours at the beautiful Botanic Gardens with its diverse collection of plants
Go inside the neo-Romanesque St. Anne's Cathedral and admire its ornate mosaic ceiling
Watch a musical or a live performance at the impressive Grand Opera House
Wander through the underground tunnel of the Crumlin Road Gaol, a notorious prison
Admire the picturesque and gorgeous Belfast Castle, which has become a popular wedding and events venue
There are two airports operating in Belfast: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport. The former caters mainly to flights within the UK whilst the latter for international routes. Both airports offer amenities and services such as shops, banks, restaurants and car rental.
The airport is accessible by car, taxi and train. If driving, use M1 or M2. Approved cabs are available outside the terminal building. By train, disembark at Sydenham train station and from there, take the shuttle bus service to the airport. The bus, Airport Express 600, goes to the airport.