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%


    a lovely city that is moving forward

    Even though I spent most of my time at the old town, it did not take long to discover that Belfast is also a very modern city. The violent clashes between catholics and protestants seem to be something of the past (I know they still occur ocasionally but that should not discourage any prospective tourist). It is very easy to get around by public transportation and the city offers a wide range of tourist attractions.

    Insider Tip:I would suggest a stay of at least three days for those who want to learn (or experience) some of its history and visit the most important attractions.

  • 80%


    Northern Ireland

    What really impresses in this city is the way Catholics and Protestants still have a war here. The wall between them really made me think about people and their behaviour regarding its culture and religion. Definitely I recommend a visit!

    Insider Tip:Take the Black Taxi Tour! That's really worth it!

  • 80%


    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%


    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%


    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!

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