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Belfast the capital city of Ireland is a port city and is the birthplace of RMS Titanic. Recently the city has benefited from renovating the dockyards now known as the Titanic Quarter, including the Titanic Belfast Museum with the eye catching aluminium-clad edifice reminiscent of the ship’s hull, presented with beautiful drawings by the Ship-builder Harland and Wolf’s of the offices and the Titanic shipways.
The buzzing city is awash of adventure, culture and fun vibes. Old shipyards reformed into luxury apartments, edgy bars and cutting edge restaurants, with packed out pubs bringing the music and art scene to life. Visit the historic St George’s Market the last surviving Victorian Market that is host to local foods, arts and crafts and a variety of fresh produce, with a great events and lively atmosphere, located on May Street, close to the River Lagan. It’s a perfect opportunity to follow the coastal route between Belfast and Derry and take in the amazing scenery with views of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunkuce Castle and White Rocks Beach.
The Merchant Hotel is situated in the heart of Belfast city centre’s cultural quarter. The grade A listed building is complemented by stylish Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities. With a stunning spa, rooftop gymnasium with photographic views of the city and a luxurious jazz bar.
Stay in a boutique hotel affordable with a touch of chic for style. Set in a revamped warehouse dating to the 1880’s the Malmaison. The intimate hotel boasts 62 individually designed bedrooms. Try the Mal breakfast, especially the eggs benedict, that alone is worth the price of the room. It is a great spot for pre-dinner drinks or to celebrate a special occasion with an overnight stay in the sumptuous bedrooms.
Deanes in the city was awarded a Michelin Star in 1997. The restaurant invites the likes of the rich and famous. Local produce cooked in hearty, British style served in a smart dinning room within the same building is the flagship Deanes a la carte Love Fish and Meatlocker restaurants. . A chilled-out bar and grill from Belfast’s top chef Michael Deane. Beef, Game, Lamb and Seafood are given the gourmet treatment.
Chefs such as Paul Rankin have put Belfast on the culinary map, but you can still find good restaurants on a budget. Molly’s yard converted stable block in the beautiful grounds of College Green House by Queens University, the bijou Molly’s with its bistro dinner menus and includes the well-executed ‘proper’ Irish stew. Try the homemade chocolate or take on the staple Northern Irish staple, wheaten bread.
The head of the slipway where the Titanic was built and now occupied by the extraordinary angular edifice of Titanic Belfast, is a unmissable attraction that charts the historic event in Belfast and the world’s famous ocean liner. Skilfully designed exhibits enliven by historical photographs, animated projections and soundtracks of the 20th Century, with a ride through noisy, smells and a recreation of the city’s shipyards. Explore every detail of the Titanic’s construction.
Irelands oldest market St George’s market, this Victorian beauty hosts a Friday variety market, Saturday City Food, with street food and live music and a Sunday Market . There is a free shuttle bus that links with the market with Donegal Square and Adelaide Street every 20minutes In early December the Christmas Market takes place here.
Belfast City Airport is easily accessible by various means of transport Car, Bus and Taxi, there are regular buses and taxis.
- Approved taxis operate from the airport – outside the terminal building
- Wheelchair access taxis are avaliable
- The airport express 600 bus operates Monday – Saturday every 40 minutes
- Sunday’s the service runs from Belfast Europa Bus Center
- Belfast City Airport is located on the A2, Sydenham Bypass road between Belfast and Holywood, on the southern shore of Belfast Lough.
- Travelling to Belfast is easy follow the M1 or M2 and the signs to Belfast City Airport, leading to the A2 via the M3.