Experience more dazzling encounters with 48 hours in Belfast.
Around 2 hours from Dublin, check yourself into 5 star luxury at The Merchant Hotel. This award-winning hotel is set in the bustling Cathedral Quarter, with no shortage of restaurants, bars and nightlife right on your doorstep. It's also convenient to explore Belfast's host of visitor attractions. If you fancy spoiling yourself though, visit the on-site luxury spa - complete with a rooftop hot-tub with amazing views over the city.
Perfectly located in the city centre and ideally situated minutes from top attractions, shopping, bars and restaurants, the Maldron Hotel is also an ideal base for your short break away.
Or why not stay in a superior room, junior suite, penthouse or superior suite at the world's most authentic Titanic hotel. Close to the ship's birthplace the Titanic Hotel is perfect for exploring all the Titanic Quarter has to offer and is only a short distance from the city centre.
Take the morning to explore the Titanic Quarter, where the world famous Titanic was designed, built and launched.
Your first stop will be the World’s Leading Visitor Attraction; (Travel Awards 2016) Titanic Belfast. Walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city that built her.
Make sure you pay a visit to HMS Caroline, the last survivor of WW1's Battle of Jutland.
Or see the sights from a different angle on-board a Segway. The Segway Titanic Tour is the only Segway guided city tour in the UK, so definitely one to try.
Stay in the Titanic Quarter for a bite of lunch at the Titanic Hotel Belfast: Not just a lunch but also an experience. Dine in ‘Drawing Room 2’ in the exact room the Titanic plans were drawn. Or if you want a change of scenery head into town and go to the Mourne Seafood Bar, the only restaurant in Ireland that sources shellfish from its own shellfish beds.
If you fancy a spot of retail therapy in the afternoon then a visit to Victoria Square is a must, where you could pick up a stylish bargain in one of the designer shops. Make sure and visit the viewing gallery in the dazzling glass dome with unrivalled views across the city's skyline.
If you're in the city from November 29th - December 1st, try and catch the Belfast Classic, to see the USA's top college basketball teams face-off against each other.
Have a wander around our much-loved Belfast Christmas Market (November 17th-December 22nd) and enjoy a hot mulled cider, cup of Glühwein, feast on a hog roast or indulge in some Belgian chocolates.
After today's activities, head to Coppi for dinner, where Jay Rayner raved about its 'stonking duck pasta dish'. Afterwards make your way to the Harp Bar, which featured in the movie 'Good Vibrations' for a nightcap and singalong.
Eat and drink your way around some of our best produce and experience the wonderful aromas and gourmet delights on offer at St.George’s Market. One of Belfast’s oldest attractions and known as one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland. (Check ahead for details of weekend opening times and themed nights).
Discover Belfast’s leafy Queen’s Quarter; a treasure trove of shops, cafés, glorious gardens and visitor attractions. Dive into the discovery zones of art, history and science at the Ulster Museum.
Within the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, you will find The Muddler's Club, a leading light on the booming foodie scene. With a fascinating history - just ask about their name.
Or experience fine dining at its best at one of Northern Ireland’s Michelin star rated restaurants; Ox. Every season they develop a breath taking showcase for local produce, making the experience unique and unforgettable each time.
Check out James St, which offers the best of a bar and grill alongside touches of a fine dining menu.
There’s plenty on offer and with Belfast being named Lonely Planet’s number one region to visit in 2018 check out the selection below:
- The Duke of York – An oldie but a Goldie, perfect Instagram material.
- The Dirty Onion – Beer Garden and peat fire, the best of both worlds.
- The Harp Bar -featured in acclaimed movie hit “Good Vibrations”
- The Perch Rooftop Bar- Located on the 5th floor, its Belfast’s highest rooftop bar
- Ritas - With its deluxe interior décor, gorgeous retro art on the walls, and a homely fireplace, this venue oozes warmth.
- Robinsons and Fibber Magees - Relax & enjoy a drink in the Saloon bar before tapping your feet in Fibber Magees - enjoy free folk and traditional music seven nights a week.
Join a guided street art walking tour around the bustling Cathedral Quarter. A gently paced, two-hour long walk showcasing the current street art located in Belfast’s city centre. Alternatively if you fancy seeing the sights of Belfast on an individual bike, then try out Belfast Bikes. Or enjoy the city sights with the Belfast Free Walking tour, starting from Belfast City Hall. Take in the city on foot with a local guide.
Or with a trio of restaurants Michael Deane’s empire in Belfast offers something for everyone.
It's also worth checking out Molly's Yard Restaurant in Belfast, which holds loads of food and drink matched events.
Visit Crumlin Road Gaol for a 5* visitor attraction experience. One of Belfast's most historic buildings dating back to the nineteenth century you can explore first-hand the building's colourful past and gain a unique and memorable insight of the daily lives and routines of both prisoners and prison officers. The tours of the hanging cell and courthouse tunnels make it a must-see for history buffs.
To find out about more must-sees visit the Belfast Welcome Centre located across from City Hall.