Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and is an increasingly popular city break destination within Europe. Having shaken off its previous troubles, the city is reinventing itself as a tourist destination and has a lively nightlife scene. Why not combine a visit to Belfast with a trip south of the border to Dublin.
Air: Belfast International Airport (BFS) has flights to many destinations in Europe courtesy of the budget airlines. Long haul routes are limited but you can fly to a handful of destinations in USA and Canada. Closer to the city is George Best City Airport (BHD). This airport mainly services UK and Ireland domestic destinations.
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Rail: There is a service to Dublin in the Irish Republic and the journey time is around two hours.
What to See and Do
Belfast's numerous attractions include the following:
Titanic boat tour: The Titanic was built in Belfast and you can now go on a boat tour of the area in which the ship was built. The area is being redeveloped and will soon be known as the Titanic Quarter.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: This is a top tourist attraction and should be on your agenda. Locomotives, buses, sports cars and more can be viewed. The Folk Museum is a outside museum which recreates a traditional village. Be prepared for rain!
Belfast Mural Tour: The city is famous for its murals which were painted on walls and buildings as a means of expressing loyalty to a particular political viewpoint. Head to the Falls Road or the Shankhill Road to experience both sides of the divide.
Black Taxi Tours: These tours will take you round some of the previous political hotspots with an entertaining commentary from the driver. They should cost around 10 pounds a head.
Bus: The bus network, called Metro, has a hub in Donegall Square in the CBD. Buses leave from here to all over the city.
Train: Train services can take you to other cities and towns within Northern Ireland. The line to Derry is worth travelling. The train travels along the coast and gives great sea views.