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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Belfast City Reviews

  • 80%



    Beautiful city, was easy to get around. The people were friendly and willing to answer questions and the tourist inquiries was centrally located.

    Insider Tip:Do a tour of the causeway, it is a must see. Also Ryan's bar has amazing food for great prices, really enjoyed it there.

  • 80%


    Weekend trip to Belfast from Dublin

    Belfast is quite a small city so a weekend is definitely enough to explore the city. The Titantic Museum is very much worth the money since the exhibition is very well laid out and uses multiple forms of presentation. I went on a hike to the Belfast castle and it makes for a great Sunday morning thing to do as most shops closes on Sundays. The Cuban sandwich stall in St. George's Market is just simply heavenly.

  • 80%


    Love It or Hate It

    Belfast is apparently a town you either love or hate. I can't say I loved it, but I would go back as there is a lot to do! Lavery's is a fabulous pub, the Ulster museum is fascinating, and the Giant's Causeway tour is lovely. There is also the Titanic Museum, a Game of Thrones tour, and black taxi tours...

    Insider Tip:Get a map and stick to the tourist sections as some areas of Belfast are not recommended for wandering into.

  • 60%


    Take a Black Cab Tour & Go to Giant's Causeway

    I would highly recommend the Black Cab Tours in Belfast. The drivers are older and they lived through The Troubles. They will take you around the city and tell you the not-so-happy times. You will receive a much better understanding of the city and look at things around the city in a new light. You should also book a bus trip up to Giant's Causeway. It was by far one of the coolest landmarks I visited during my trip, definitely unlike anything you've visited before.

    Insider Tip:Talk to your hostel about booking Black Cab Tours in groups with others in your hostel because they become much more affordable. You also can book bus tours through your hostel and get a discount!

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    The title pretty much sums it up. Pretty much just "meh". Not much of a tourist destination, unless you are a recent history buff. Even then, though, sentiments are still very touchy, and best avoided unless you know exactly whom you are talking with. Nice enough town, they have some amazing old pubs, but it is nowhere I really feel the need to return to anytime soon.

    Insider Tip:The ferry to Liverpool, while a long trip, is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!

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