A City Guide to Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast

The complete “where, what, and how” guide to Belfast.

A few weeks ago, I rather spontaneously popped over the pond on a wee visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Clare and I needed a break after handing in our dissertations (finally!), and Julia quickly decided to join us. The highlight of the trip was definitely our daytrip to Giant’s Causeway, but I still think it’s pretty safe to say that Belfast is a city full of  wonderful surprises!

Belfast

Where? Belfast, Northern Ireland. Also known as Game of Thrones-land (yay!).

Closest Airport? Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport.

Flight time? From Glasgow it takes app. 35 minutes (an embarrassingly short flight, if I’m honest), from London it takes approximately 1 hr and 20 minutes.

Time Zone? London time, yay!

Currency? British pounds! Some of the bigger stores might accept Euros, but I wouldn’t count on it (hehe, couldn’t resist that!).

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How amazing does Belfast City Hall look?!

What to see? I definitely recommend going on a daytrip while visiting Northern Ireland. There’s just so much beautiful nature! The daytrips to Giant’s Causeway are absolutely amazing (you will not regret it!), a few tour companies also do Game of Thrones day trips that visits the various GoT locations – how cool is that! However, I do recommend spending some time in Belfast city. Here’s some places you definitely NEED to go

  1. The Titanic Museum

Did you know that MS Titanic was built in Belfast? Well, it was, and now they have dedicated an enormous museum to the ship. It’s an absolutely stunning – and overwhelmingly sad – experience.

Belfast

The Titanic Museum in Belfast

One of the haunting letters sent from Titanic a few days before it sank

One of the haunting letters sent from Titanic a few days before it sank

 

The Peace Wall/ Mural Tours

You cannot visit Northen Ireland without seeing the Peace Wall and learn some of the history behind the Troubles. Some walking tours also takes you to see the incredibly cool murals.

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One of the murals in Belfast

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      Queen’s University

Queen’s is one of the biggest universities in Northern Ireland- and definitely also the most beautiful one! Visiting Queen’s was a pretty cool experience for me; I initally applied there for my MA, but I later declined when I received an offer in Glasgow.

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Where to eat/drink?
Omg, I’m still dreaming about the delicious pizza we had at Speranza. It was SO GOOD. After a meal there, you can simply just head down the street and end up at the super fancy hipster-ish bar the Birdcage. Order the Largerita. You MUST order it. You will probably be peeing all night, but you will not regret it!

Where to sleep?
We stayed at Belfast International Youth Hostel. It was ok. Nothing more, nothing less. I have no complaints, but I wouldn’t exactly encourage you to have great expectations either.

Did you like this city guide? Why don’t you check out Cavaforlunch’s city guide to Bucharest, Romania too?

Christina
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Christina Sunneklep (b.1992) is a rather snap-happy Norwegian travel blogger. For the past few years, she's been winging it in Rome - now she's doing her best to conquer Glasgow, Scotland.

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8 Comments

  1. Anne Riley September 22, 2016

    Looks like a beautiful visit to a beautiful city, Christina

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    • Christina September 22, 2016

      Indeed it was! And we were so lucky with the beautiful weather as well! xx

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  2. Anne Riley September 22, 2016

    Stupid question perhaps but do you prefer Belfast over Dublin?

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    • Christina September 22, 2016

      It’s not a stupid question, but definitely a difficult one! You see, I think Belfast and Dublin are so different from each other that they can’t really be compared in that way. I think both cities are wonderful, and you should definitely visit both of them if you have the time for it.They both offer so many different things!

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  3. Diana - MVMT Blog September 22, 2016

    I’m going to Ireland in March and was planning on sticking around the south part of Ireland (from Dublin all the way west to Cliffs of Moher, etc.), but reading your post has perhaps changed my mind! Did you visit Dublin on your trip too? How did you get up to Northern Ireland from there? Would love to hear any tips you have about transportation around Ireland! Thank you!!

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    • Christina September 22, 2016

      Hello Diana! Ireland is such an amazing place, and I think you will absolutely love it! I’ve been to Dublin before (it’s AMAZING!), but this time I flew directly from Glasgow to Belfast. However, I do know that there are overnight buses that travel between Dublin and Belfast on a regular basis, so you’ll find no trouble going from one place to the other. Dublin and the Cliffs of Moher will absolutely blow you away, it’s breathtaking, but I think you would love spending some time in the North too! So jump on a bus or rent a car and start discovering xx

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  4. Marianne - Glimt av verden October 5, 2016

    Jeg var så vidt innom Belfast på vei fra Dublin til nordkysten av Nord-Irland for to år siden, men fordi vi skulle både opp og ned på én dag, rakk vi bare å tusle rundt i Belfast i rundt 50 minutter. Alt for lite, selvfølgelig, men sånn måtte det bli.

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    • Christina October 7, 2016

      Belfast er en nesten overraskende bra by. Jeg hadde egentlig ikke så store forventninger til selve byen, så jeg ble helt klart positivt overrasket over alt byen kunne by på! :)

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