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
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.
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.
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
• 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
• Boulder World
• Citi Golf
• Kelly's Cellars
• Berts Jazz Bar
• Fibber Magees
• Maddens Bar
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
• 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
•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
• 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.
Stay at the 4-star Europa Hotel for an enjoyable Belfast experience. The vast selection of rooms here ensures you'll find a suitable one. For convenient connections, Central Train Station is easy to reach from here. A stay here positions you well to access George Best Belfast Airport. Crown Liquor Saloon, Shankill Road & Falls Road and Bog Meadows Nature Reserve are popular destinations you can easily reach from this accommodation. Ormeau Baths Gallery is located within walking distance of this property. The Odyssey is nearby.
Holiday Inn Express Belfast enjoys a 3-star rating. You'll have numerous rooms to choose among here. A good choice thanks its convenient location near Great Victoria Train Station. The accommodation is easily accessible from George Best Belfast Airport. Make memories at Crown Liquor Saloon and Botanic Gardens, which are close to here. Ormeau Baths Gallery is located within walking distance of this property. This location offers easy access to The Odyssey, a popular conference and events arena.
The 3-star rating reflects Wellington Park Hotel's good quality. You'll have a lot of great options here, given the large collection of rooms. Major transportation routes can be accessed at Great Victoria Train Station. W5 Discovery Center is a playful attraction to visit from here. Grand Opera House is near this Belfast accommodation. Ormeau Baths Gallery is 1.4 km (0.9 miles) from here.
If you dislike giant hotels, Victoria Apartments may be a good choice. Indulge in a 4-star accommodation. Great Victoria Train Station offers easy access to the surrounding area. Even if your time in Belfast is short, Botanic Gardens or Bog Meadows Nature Reserve is well worth visiting. W5 Discovery Center is nearby. The area offers numerous sight-seeing opportunities, such as Grand Opera House.
The staff at 4-star Central Belfast Apartments works hard at making you feel special. This location allows simple access to George Best Belfast Airport. The popular Crown Liquor Saloon, Botanic Gardens and Shankill Road & Falls Road are easy to reach from this location. Museum enthusiasts will enjoy Ormeau Baths Gallery, within walking distance of here. W5 Discovery Center is one of the attractions near the property. Nearby you'll find the Belfast monument Grand Opera House.
Stay at the 4-star Self Catering Accommodation Belfast for an enjoyable Belfast experience. You'll easily access all the city has to offer: Great Victoria Train Station provides public transit connections throughout Belfast. George Best Belfast Airport is conveniently close, while distant enough for comfort. Crown Liquor Saloon is within easy walking distance, as are Botanic Gardens and Shankill Road & Falls Road. This lodging is near numerous points of interest, including Grand Opera House. A few minutes' walk leads to the interesting Ormeau Baths Gallery.
For easy travel, Apple Apartments is a short distance from Central Train Station. The nearest airport to this property is George Best Belfast Airport. Crown Liquor Saloon and Shankill Road & Falls Road can be reached on foot from here. One museum you do not want to miss while in Belfast is Ormeau Baths Gallery, located 1.2 km (0.8 miles) from here. You can easily get to Belfast City Hall from here.
The 3-star Camera House - Guest house is an attractive option for your stay in Belfast. You won't get lost in a crowd here, as there are fewer than 20 rooms. Great Victoria Train Station is the nearest station to this property. Botanic Gardens, Crown Liquor Saloon and Bog Meadows Nature Reserve can all be found in nearby. From this location you can easily visit Grand Opera House, just 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from here. Enjoy easy access to Ormeau Baths Gallery. This museum is 1.4 km (0.9 miles) away.
At the popular Failte rooms go quickly thanks to its small size. Offering 2-star rooms, this is a great option for good quality at a low price. Why not stop by W5 Discovery Center for fun and recreation.
Sleepy Cedars is one of the smaller Belfast holiday accommodations. Book a comfy 3-star room here. George Best Belfast Airport is located at 4.5 km (2.8 miles) from here. Staying here, you'll be near Belfast Castle. Not far away, Belfast Zoo offers fun times.
Large and roomy Queens University Belfast - Elms Village offers friendly, personalized service. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). The convenient transit hub Great Victoria Train Station is not far. Botanic Gardens isn't far from here and it's a must-see! Experience the thrills of W5 Discovery Center. A stay in Belfast is not complete without seeing Ormeau Baths Gallery, which is 2.0 km (1.2 miles) from here.
Lagan Backpackers is close to Ormeau Baths Gallery. W5 Discovery Center isn't hard to reach from this accommodation. This is a good location from which to visit Grand Opera House, just 0.6 km (0.4 miles) away. The Odyssey draws many visitors to Belfast for special events.
Paddy's Palace Belfast – Hostel is a 2-star establishment. Great Victoria Train Station is close to this location, so you can readily take in attractions too far for walking. Crown Liquor Saloon is within easy walking distance, as are Botanic Gardens and Bog Meadows Nature Reserve. A fun-filled option nearby is W5 Discovery Center. A few minutes' walk leads to the interesting Ormeau Baths Gallery.
For a small, friendly experience, The Gregory Guest House offers no more than 20 rooms. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. You'll be completely mobile, with Great Victoria Train Station connecting you to areas around Belfast. Botanic Gardens, Bog Meadows Nature Reserve and Crown Liquor Saloon are all within walking distance. Whether your Belfast stay is one day or several, Ormeau Baths Gallery, 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from here, is a must-see. The interesting Grand Opera House is 1.2 km (0.8 miles) from the accommodation.
If you prefer a small, intimate accommodations, Keef Halla Country House is a good choice. The 4-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Belfast. If you're flying in, you'll find Belfast International Airport the most convenient.
The 4-star rating reflects Tara Lodge's good quality. The property's nearby attractions include Crown Liquor Saloon and Botanic Gardens. You'll find the museum Ormeau Baths Gallery just 0.5 km (0.3 miles) from here. W5 Discovery Center is recommended for family fun. The major local venue, The Odyssey is close by.
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