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Belfast City's unique appeal
Belfast City, the capital of Northern Ireland, is a port city along the scenic coast of the River Lagan. Temperatures are mild year round, ideal for Belfast Mural tours and historic Titanic Boat tours, two of the many must see attractions.
Fascinating and entertaining things to do
This area's festivals and holiday celebrations are also part of its charm. Feile an Erraigh is a spring festival held in March featuring traditional Irish and Celtic music and culture. Past offerings have included an art festival for young people, comedians, dramatic presentations and debates. The Belfast Film Festival in April provides an international flair showcasing classic, new and short cinema from around the world. Feile an Phobail presents a variety of music, while the Belfast Mela celebrates cultural diversity; both are held in August. These events make April through September ideal times to visit, however, the Belfast Festival in October is another diverse arts festival. The tourist information bureaus at Donegall Square in West Belfast will provide more information about ongoing exhibitions and activities.
Belfast's cost of living is lower than London and other major cities in the United Kingdom. Hostels offer inexpensive lodging for about £10, mid-priced double bed rooms are around £60. There are several 5 star hotels in the city centre if travellers want to upgrade to more amenities. A simple meal scosts around £4.50. Beer is usually £3, coffee, tea and juice drinks range from £2 to £3.
Getting around the City
George Best Belfast City Airport is the most popular landing option, it's located at the City's Port and provides free transportation to Sydenham train station for travelling into the central location. Strolling around the area is perfect for sightseeing or one way bus trips cost around £1.50. Metro Day tickets which allow unlimited bus travel are available for £4 or so. Smart Link Travel Cards, cost less than £12 for ten trips; a one week travel card can be purchased for about £16. Taxis are available, sharing rides in north or western Belfast City is economical at around £1 per person. Bicycle rentals are a fun alternative starting at £5 for three days.