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City Guide Belfast, Northern Ireland

Visiting Belfast

Only 300 years ago Belfast was a small village tucked away into to a lough and river valley. Today it is a very lively city and, despite an uncomplimentary portrayal in the media over the last 30 years, a safe city too. It has a famous shipbuilding industry (Titanic was built here) and a vibrant student culture. As the dust left from Belfast’s troubled history begins to settle, it is becoming increasingly popular with tourists.

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  • 80%

    AuroraBowery

    Belfast: The Quaint City of Northern Ireland

    This city is rich in culture and history. It is definitely worth a visit if you are able to. The Titanic Museum was very impressive if quite a walk away from the city centre. The City Hall is a very impressive building that you can't miss when walking by. The shopping is good and the night life is very lively with a mixture of different pubs to go to. Sunday night is impressive when walking around as you can listen to lots of live Irish music in different places.

    Insider Tip:Take the sightseeing bus tour. There aren't many walking ones so the bus is the best. Also if you have any questions while walking around or need directions, just ask a sightseeing tour seller in the red jackets as they are very knowledgeable about the city.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Give it a chance

    People are still nervous about visiting Belfast, I think, but it would be a shame to miss out. The Giant's Causeway is a super fun and cheap day trip away. The Titanic museum is interesting, a drive by the various murals is a MUST, and there are plenty of other things to do. Try wandering into a local pub and enjoying some live Irish music. A city that can be "seen" by tourists in a weekend, easily.

    Insider Tip:Talk to the locals!

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Great city!

    This is a great alternative to busy Dublin! It is a lot less busy, but there is still a ton to do and a great night life! People are very welcoming, and there is a very rich history of the town. It is easy to navigate and easy to get to (a 10 euro bus from Dublin via Aircoach).

    Insider Tip:Become friends with the locals, i.e. people working at your hostel, because they know the best spots to go for a great Belfast nightlife experience!

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    small but interesting

    Quite small, walkable city. Ulster museum is interesting and the churches, monuments and city hall are worth a look. Titanic is pricy but really interesting.

    Insider Tip:Giants' causeway day trip = great Pop into the greenhouse if you're walking through the botanic gardens -gorgeous flowers!

  • 90%

    bwils53

    Belfast

    Belfast was beautiful, only got to spend 1 day there while passing through. The people of Belfast were all so friendly and the Titanic museum was terrific!

    Insider Tip:Spend more than 1 day!

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