The lively city that Lonely Planet named the best place in the world to visit last year, has a whole host of high-end hotels and new restaurants that make it well worthy of the top spot on your European city-break list.
Full of personality, history, and character, Belfast is fast becoming one of the best destinations for a city break or short stay. Whether you’re a foodie, a shopping fan, or a lover of history and culture, the County Antrim city has it all - and its own unique charm.
Where to eat:
Belfast punches above its weight when it comes to great food. Head to Deanes EIPIC on Howard Street or Ox on Oxford Street for Michelin-starred cuisine. Or try the highly regarded, The Muddler’s Club, in the Cathedral Quarter.
For something different, sign up for the award-winning Belfast Food Tour by Taste & Tour NI. It’s a 4-hour guided amble around town, taking in some of the best food and drink spots in the city.
Where to stay:
Belfast is home to some fantastic hotels. The five star Merchant Hotel is the ultimate in luxury (cocktails and live jazz in its art deco Bert’s Jazz Bar are not to be missed), while elegant boutique hotel, The Fitzwilliam is perfectly located beside the famed Grand Opera House.
Where to shop:
Head to Victoria Square for high street favourites and designer brands - make sure to visit the atrium to take in the incredible view of the city while you’re there. For one-off pieces take a trip to the Lisburn Road; this affluent part of town is packed with boutiques. And don't miss St George’s Market in the city centre, it's the place to find unique crafts and artisan food offerings.
What to do:
A visit to the famous Crumlin Road Gaol should definitely be on your to-do list. This award-winning Victorian building was a working prison right up until 1996. Unsurprisingly it's full of history and stories and, if you have the nerve, there are also evening and ghost tours available.
The fascinating Titanic Belfast is another must-see. The doomed ship was built in Belfast shipyards and this state-of-the-art exhibition tells its ill-fated story.
Game of Thrones fans with definitely want to check out the Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition. It arrives in the city in April and will run until September.
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at the Ulster Museum, a very special exhibition running at the Ulster Museum until 6 May 2019. It features twelve works by Leonardo da Vinci, including two of his most famous drawings – The Head of St Anne, made around 1510, and The Skull Sectioned, an anatomical drawing from 1489.
That's just a small taste of what this fantastic city has to offer and, with B&B deals in Belfast starting from £70* per person, per night (subject to availability, based on 2 people sharing), it's the perfect time to visit.
You can plan your short break to Belfast at discovernorthernireland.com