Accommodation & places to visit in Belfast

Located on the River Lagan's flood plain is the largest city and capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Deriving its name from the Irish Béal Feirste, which means "mouth of the sandbanks," Belfast has a rich history as the Irish linen industry's center and Northern Ireland's economic engine. In addition to being an industrial center of Ireland, Belfast is also a center for law, business, higher education and the arts. Since the end of the period of conflict known as The Troubles in 1998, the city has experienced substantial commercial and economic growth in addition to undergoing considerable regeneration and expansion.

  • When to visit
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    Deciding when to visit Belfast Ireland depends largely on your tolerance for cold and rainy weather. Belfast experiences its peak travel season between May and September, when visitors can enjoy the warm and moderate weather, as well as the numerous regattas, drumming contests, carnivals, street markets and country fairs that bring the city to life.
    Due to the cold, rainy and unpleasant whether during the winter months, from November to February is the least popular time to visit. However, some cost conscious travelers visit during the winter in order to cash in on low rates and travel savings.
    If you're looking for a bit of shoulder room, complete with lower prices, fewer crowds and a pleasant weather mix, then you should consider planning your trip between March and May or September and October.
  • Weather
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    Belfast, as well as the rest of Ireland, enjoys a temperate climate with a narrow range of rainfall and temperatures throughout the year. Unlike other locations that can be found at similar latitudes, Belfast's climate is much milder due to the Gulfstream's warming influence. However, due to the inland location, there is slightly more variability in temperature extremes.
    While spring and fall bring average temperatures of 50°F (10°C), winter brings temperature averages of 40°F (4°C) and cold showers. This is why most popular time to visit Belfast Ireland is during the summer months, and daily temperatures average 70°F (21°C) highs. That is, not to mention, the comfortable 60°F (15°C) nights.
  • To Do
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    Visitors to Belfast soon discover the wide array of attractions, from tours and activities to nightlife, shopping, food and fun.
    Tours

    • Paddy Campbell's Belfast Famous Black Cab Tours

    • West Belfast Mural Tours

    • A History of Terror – Belfast

    • Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Tour by Belfast Famous Black Cabs

    • Titanic Walking Tour

    • Belfast City Bike Tours

    • Odyssey Coaches Giants Causeway Tour

    • Belfast Food Tour

    Shopping

    • St. George's Market

    • The Dock Market

    • Co Couture

    • Victoria Square Shopping Centre

    • Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich

    Food & Drink

    • Belfast Cookery School

    • Belfast Food Tour

    • Aunt Sandra's

    • Belfast Bred Food Tour

    Fun & Games

    • Queens Film Theatre

    • The Gr8 Escape

    • Escap3d

    • Boulder World

    Nightlife

    • Citi Golf

    • Kelly's Cellars

    • Berts Jazz Bar

    • Fibber Magees

    • Maddens Bar

  • To See
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    With the rich history of Belfast, there is an amazing number of things to see. There are more than 70 sites and landmarks, 26 museums, and numerous theater and park options.
    Museums

    • SS Nomadic

    • Titanic Belfast

    • Ulster Museum

    • W5

    • Royal Ulster Rifles Museum

    Sights & Landmarks

    • Grand Opera House

    • City Hall

    • St. Malachy's Church

    • Stormont Estate and Parliament Buildings

    • Streamvale Open Dairy Farm

    Theater & Concerts

    • Lyric Theatre

    • Waterfront Hall

    • Berts Jazz Bar

    • Ulster Hall

    • MAC Theatre

    Nature & Parks

    • Botanic Gardens

    • Cave Hill Country Park

    • Black Mountain

    • Divis

    •Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

    With so many options to keep you busy, there is a good possibility that you'll soon be planning a return trip.
  • Tips & Recommendations
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    • The United Nations International Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) shows that the lowest crime rates in Europe are in Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, Belfast has earned an exaggerated reputation for being a dangerous city. However, it never hurts to be careful and keep valuables out of sight.

    • While visitors are rarely brought into local issues, a good precaution is to avoid wearing orange, green or an area's name, such as England or Northern Ireland.

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