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Belfast is fast becoming a popular city break destination - a lively and welcoming city full of friendly people and lots of craic! A city with a troubled past, Belfast has since undergone a lot of expansion and regeneration and was named the best place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, along with the Causeway Coast. Of course, there are plenty of great bars, restaurants and cafes to fill your time, but what are some of the top attractions to visit on your trip to Belfast?2019 November 13
Belfast City Hall
In the heart of Belfast city centre, within spitting distance of easyHotel Belfast, you’ll find City Hall - this Edwardian civic building in Donegall Square is one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings. Take a free 1-hour tour here and find out more about Belfast city hall’s history, visit the Titanic Memorial Garden, and admire the public art and stained glass windows. Belfast City Hall also provides the backdrop for the city’s Christmas markets annually.
While in Belfast, catch a Belfast Giants game at the SSE Arena. The SSE Arena (formerly Odyssey Arena) is located in the Odyssey Complex and is home to the Giants, Belfast’s ice hockey team. Tickets can be pretty cheap from around £10! While there, you can also check out W5, an interactive science centre, catch a movie at the cinema, or test your skills at the bowling alley. You can reach the SSE Arena within 8 minutes by bus or just over 20 minutes walking from easyHotel Belfast on Howard Street.
Titanic Belfast Centre
Dedicated to the world’s most famous shipwreck, the largest Titanic visitor experience opened in 2012 on the 100th anniversary of the event. Located beside the Titanic slipways, the Harland and Wolff drawing offices and Hamilton Graving Dock (the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912!) this museum takes you through the history of Belfast and the creation of the world’s most famous ocean liner. A must-see when in Belfast. It’s open year-round and tickets are available to buy online or at the centre. The Titanic Belfast is just beyond the SSE Arena and can be reached in 15 minutes by bus from easyHotel Belfast.
St George’s market
Ireland’s oldest continually operating market was built in 1896 and is one of the centrepieces of life in the city of Belfast. From the Friday variety market (think flowers, produce, meat, fish, homewares and second-hand goods…) to Saturday’s food and craft market; to Sunday’s food, local art and live music! St George’s market is under 10 minutes walking from easyHotel Belfast.
Divis and Black Mountain
Look out over Belfast and beyond at Divis and Black Mountain. Standing at 478m and 388m respectively, walks in this area can provide some great views! This national park area is just outside Belfast city centre and can be reached by car or public transport.
Castle Hill and Belfast Castle
Cave Hill provides another great vantage point over Belfast. With a summit of 368m, from here you can take in the city: from the docks, Belfast lough, Mourne Mountains… on a clear day you can even see Scotland! This basalt cliff has five caves, which were used as bomb shelters in the Second World War and this is now a scenic place to spot some peregrine falcons and kestrels.
The most striking natural feature is Napoleon’s nose - yes you guessed it, there is a part that resembles the profile of the emperor Napoleon!
Belfast castle is set on the southeastern slopes of Cave Hill. This Scottish Baronial-style stately home, with a mix of renaissance and gothic influences, was built in 1870 and is popular for weddings, conferences and events.
Crumlin Road Gaol
Belfast’s most historic prison opened in 1846 and housed murderers, suffragettes and loyalist republican prisoners over the course of 150 years - as well as hosting 17 executions! Crumlin Road Gaol is bursting with history and the only Victorian jail left in Northern Ireland. It has now reopened as a visitor attraction and there are a number of tours you can take to learn all about it. Visit their website for the most up-to-date times and prices. Crumlin Road Gaol can be reached within 15 minutes by bus or 25 minutes walking from easyHotel Belfast.
Game of Thrones tour
You almost can’t talk about a trip to Belfast these days without mentioning Game of Thrones - after all Northern Ireland and Belfast were one of the key filming spots for GOT! The rugged coastlines, historic castles, and breathtaking scenery make it the perfect setting for the popular TV series. Tours are available to visit some of the key filming spots in the area.
Located on the Antrim coast, Giant's Causeway is over 60 million years old and has a mixed origin of myths, legend and science - but we won’t ruin the mystery for you! Got some time to get out of the city? You can get to the Giant's Causeway easily from Belfast, either by car or public transport. Definitely a natural and mystical phenomenon that’s worth a visit on your trip to Belfast!
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