Belfast Pocket Guide

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Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, is a city quickly emerging as a popular European city break destination. After 30 years of political strife, a sense of optimism is pervading the streets and more and more people backpacking through Ireland are pencilling in a visit to the city. Once you're done exploring the city for the day, you can round the night off with a drink in one of the many pubs on offer, or dancing the night away in one of city's numerous clubs.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Belfast.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Belfast... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Belfast.

Belfast City Reviews

  • 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!

  • 60%


    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!

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