290. Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom

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Why Belfast City

I’ve passed through this city, Belfast City, many times but from airport to airport. I was thrilled to finally get a chance to explore it. The city has so much history and a complex history too. Plus its really beautiful and has lots to see. So, go see it.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Lady on bridge

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Lady on bridge

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Welcome to Titanic Belfast

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Welcome to Titanic Belfast

Where

Belfast City is a port town that is located in Northern Ireland which is a part of the United Kingdom.

How To Get Here

By Train

Train service in Northern Ireland is provided by Translink NI RailwaysIrish Rail will take you from Ireland into Belfast City.

By Plane

Belfast has two airports; Belfast International (BFS) and George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD).

The following airlines has service to Belfast City Airport (BHD):

Aer Lingus (EI), Air Iceland (NY), British Airways (BA), Eastern Airways (T3), flybe. (BE) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL).

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD)

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD)

The following airlines has service to Belfast International Airport (BFS):

Condor (DE), Norwegian Air Shuttle (D8), EasyJet Airlines (U2), Jet2.com (LS), Ryanair (FR), Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS) and Wizz Air (W6).

 

By Bus

The Bus Eireann and several other bus services will take you into Belfast City from Ireland. Very reliable and comfortable and some have Wifi.

By Car

If you are already in Ireland or Europe, renting a car is a great option as you can explore on your own. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

By Shared Ride

You can try a service like Carpool Ireland.

Where To Stay

There are many fine hotels to stay in this city, so you won’t have any issues finding a place.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Kate's B&B

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Kate’s B&B

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - etap hotel

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – etap hotel

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Holiday Inn Hotel

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Holiday Inn Hotel

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Europa Hotel

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Europa Hotel

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

 

Where To Eat

Man, there’s all kinds of food here. I walked through the Queens College area and the amount of food places was astounding. I guess College students get really hungry :-). So no food issues here at all.

You can even buy your own meat and make your own dinner.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - David S McMullan Quality Butcher

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – David S McMullan Quality Butcher

There are tons of pubs in the city, make sure you try the famous Crown Bar Saloon.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - The Crown Bar Saloon

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – The Crown Bar Saloon

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Great Eastern Bar

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Great Eastern Bar

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

What To Do

When you go from Ireland to Belfast City on a bus, there is no Immigration channels, at least when I did there were not. However on my way back, there was a checkpoint and you are asked for a form of ID. I presented my passport, the Officer looked at it and continued his inspection through the rest of the bus. Once he was done, we were on our way.

So what does one do in Belfast City. Quite a bit actually. The major attraction is the Titanic Belfast Experience which is pretty amazing when you think about how the ship was made. Even more weird is that you know what happens in the end. So going through the experience you can’t help but think about that.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - The Titanic Experience

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – The Titanic Experience

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Titanic Belfast

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Titanic Belfast

I also did the City Sightseeing Belfast Hop On/Hop Off Tour  (via a complimentary pass) which when combined with the Titanic Experience (another complimentary pass I received) works well as you can hop off at the Experience and hop back on and continue the city tour, which is actually quite extensive. They’ll even come get you if you’re not close to a place to pick up the shuttle service. The East side of the city through which the bus passes gives you a pretty good history of its earlier years in the form of murals and community gardens. It’s one of the stops on the bus.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - City Sightseeing Belfast Shuttle Bus

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – City Sightseeing Belfast Shuttle Bus

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - City Sightseeing Belfast

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – City Sightseeing Belfast

Take a walk in the Queen’s University area in the Queen’s Quarter. It’s a beautiful campus and the architecture of the area is really well done and great to look at. It’s a vibrant area due to the University so there are several food places and things to do at night.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Queens University Campus

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Queens University Campus

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Queens University Neighborhood

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Queens University Neighborhood

They also have a Black Cab Tour. I did not get a chance to experience that one, but am told is a must do when I return.

The Belfast Tourism office was very helpful in helping me find things to do, so I suggest stopping there. They are located right across from the beautiful City Hall which also one of the city’s attraction.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - City Hall

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – City Hall

You should also check out the House of Parliament. It’s laid out on this huge estate and at different times during the day, you are allowed to visit the interior.

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Parliament House

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Parliament House

 

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Parliament House The view

Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom – Parliament House The view

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Here is a list of Tour offered by Viator.

==>> Here is some additional information from Lonely Planet.

 

Additional Information

Language Spoken: English with a lovely Irish and British accent

Currency: British Pounds (GBP)

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Belfast City, Northern Ireland United Kingdom - Clock Tower

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