A weekend in Belfast

Find out why this Northern Irish favourite earns its must-visit reputation

The capital of Northern Ireland since 1920, Belfast’s popularity as a city break destination has soared in recent years – and it’s easy to see why.

Modern-day Belfast is a vibrant and atmospheric destination that’s packed with things to see and do. From world-class museums and top-rated restaurants to our picks for a great night’s sleep, here are our recommendations for your Northern Irish Weekend Escape.

Things to do in Belfast

Belfast is very easy to negotiate and there are lots of green and pleasant ways to get around: on foot or by bicycle, or on one of the frequent city buses. The city is divided by the River Lagan, which flows through Belfast into Belfast Lough. To see the city from the water, hop on a cruise along the river and enjoy an informative tour around the shipyards and harbour that are so intrinsic to Belfast’s history.

Back on land, the majority of the Belfast’s main attractions are west of the river – the city’s heart is Donegall Square, where broad pavements and pretty flowerbeds surround the magnificent City Hall. It’s well worth taking the time to look up here – the architectural styles here are some of the most varied you’ll find. With an array of thriving shops and cafés too, there’s no better place to spend an hour or two soaking up Belfast’s unique buzz.

Just to the west are the Falls and Shankill roads with their striking and vivid murals. About a mile to the south of the city lies Belfast’s university quarter, with Queen’s University, the Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum and some fine parks all taking centre stage. A stroll around Ormeau Park, the oldest in Belfast, is a lovely use of an hour or two.

No Weekend Escape would be complete without a visit to one of Belfast’s exceptional museums. The Ulster Museum, located within the Botanic Gardens, is the perfect place to explore the arts, history and nature of Northern Ireland, while W5 at the Odyssey is a brilliant family-friendly day out. Perhaps the most iconic is the Titanic Belfast, located on the very site where the ship was built.

Recommended things to do in Belfast

Belfast Castle

Botanic Gardens

Ormeau Park

Titanic Belfast

Ulster Museum

W5 at Odyssey

Places to stay in Belfast

From charming self-catered apartments and centrally located budget-friendly options to five-star luxury, Belfast has something to suit every visitor.

Our rated recommendations

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Malmaison Belfast

Grand Central Hotel Belfast

Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

Tara Lodge

The Merchant Hotel

Where to eat in Belfast

Whatever you’re looking for, Belfast’s world-class food scene will have you covered. Expect prime Irish produce prepared with flair in vibrant and buzzing settings.

Discover Belfast’s top-rated restaurants

Deanes EIPIC

Berts Jazz Bar

Seahorse Restaurant

The Merchant Hotel


Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

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