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!
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!).
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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. Here’s some excellent hotel choices for those of you who wants to class it up a bit.
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