Having survived almost three decades of conflict and division, Belfast is now emerging from its chrysalis with a newfound freshness and vibrancy. Carrying a deep sense of its history, yet boldly striding into the future, Belfast is an exciting juxtaposition of old and new. Stroll by the River Lagan and see the birthplace of the infamous Titanic, visit the famous political murals in a black taxi or kick back with a traditional music session in one of this lively city’s beautifully preserved old pubs.

Facts

Population

286,000

Currency

1 pound £ = 100 pence

Opening hours

City centre shops are generally open Mondays to Saturdays between 9.30 am-5.30 pm and Thursdays until 9 pm. Some larger stores open Sundays from 1 pm-5 pm. Neighbourhood and convenience shops often open much longer, 24 hours in many cases.

Newspapers

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Morning News Irish news Newsletter Whatabout? (monthly events guide, available from the Belfast Welcome Centre)

Tourist information

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place, Belfast Open: 1st June-30th Sept: Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm. Sun noon-5 pm. 1st October-31st May: Mon-Sat 9 am-5.30 pm. Sun 11 am-4 pm +44 28 90246609

Travel to Belfast

Book your flight with Etihad Airways to Belfast and unveil one of the best kept secrets of Ireland. Vast flowing fields covered with flowers, castles that have the charm of bygone eras, and an unusual passion for music are waiting for you.

Top 5 Things To Do in Belfast

  • Sign up for the tour of Belfast Murals to see more than 100 murals expressing the history of the country in an original and colourful way
  • Look around the futuristic design of Titanic Belfast, a six floor museum where you can learn how the most famous ship in the world was built
  • Go shopping in Victoria Square and don't forget to go up to its glass dome, from which you will have a fantastic view of the city, the Lagan River, and the Mourne Mountains
  • Take in a show at the Grand Opera House, the best example of Georgian architecture that still remains in the United Kingdom
  • Leave the city to visit The Giant’s Causeway, this national nature reserve is Ireland’s main tourist attraction featuring breathtaking scenery

Plan Your Belfast Holiday

When you go to buy your tickets to Belfast, keep in mind that the Irish climate can be unpredictable. An excellent season to visit is throughout the summer months from June to September as they offer sunny days to enjoy the flowery parks along the Lagan River.

In the summer months you also can enjoy a busy cultural calendar beginning with the Belfast Film Festival, continuing with the Woodstock of Rhythm and Blues Festival, and ending with the Belsonic. Due to Ireland not being overrun with tourists, you can find cheap hotels in Belfast throughout the year. Also check out Etihad’s Deals section for flight deals to Ireland all year round.

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