Belfast - gorgeous waterside capital
The port city of Belfast is home to some brilliant architecture, inspiring galleries, and amazing places to eat and drink. There is something to suit all types of traveller in Northern Ireland's stunning and historic capital city.
When is the most pleasant time to visit Belfast?
If you like warmer weather, a visit to Belfast in the summer months of June-August is preferable to make the most of the opportunities for strolling by the water. However, Belfast is great all year round as there are a variety of festivals and other events going on. Visit in spring for instance to catch the Féile an Earraigh festival which celebrates traditional Gaelic and Celtic music. The annual Belfast film festival happens in April whilst the cultural highlight, Belfast Festival, occurs every October and features everything from jazz to poetry.
Useful info to know before you depart for Belfast
Once you arrive in Belfast, it is wise to head straight to Donegall Square or 216 Falls Road (in West Belfast) where the tourist information bureaus are situated. When planning how much money to take with you, bear in mind that the cost of living in Belfast is cheaper than most large cities in the UK (especially London). A basic meal, for instance, will cost around just £4.50 and the cost of a pint of local beer averages around £3.00.
Live like a local
Getting around in Belfast is easy when you know how. Trains from Sydenham railway station will take you from the airport to the centre of Belfast. If you are arriving by plane, there are free airport shuttle buses that you can use on request to take you from the terminal to the station.
Once firmly ensconced in the city, you will find that visiting all the attractions is very simple. Belfast is a small, compact city and most of the key attractions are within walking distance of each other. If you do prefer to take the bus, a single ticket costs around £1.50 and a metro day ticket which grants you all day travel on all the city's bus services costs roughly £4. Another option for travelling in this city is to use Belfast's shared taxi service which can cost as little as £1 per journey.
Hostels cost around £10 per night in shared rooms, and a double room in a hotel averages at around £60.