Categories: things to doBelfast

Whatever kind of break you have in mind - romantic or relaxing hideaway, luxury pampering getaway or a bit of long overdue craic – Belfast is packed with places just perfect for quality time together. 

Where to hide your love away 

Somewhere like Ten Square (4*) might hit all those indulgent and romantic notes with its contemporary vibe, chic decor and design aesthetic, all housed within this original 19th century linen warehouse. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxurious escape then the rooftop Jaffe Penthouse here is the suite of choice, with its rooftop terrace offering stunning city skyline views. 

Alternatively, the small but perfectly-formed Tara Lodge (4*) is another popular retreat which offers easy access to romantic walks in the nearby Botanic Gardens and the atmospheric Queens University quarter of the city. Closer to the popular, bustling Cathedral Quarter is the quirkily stylish Malmaison (4*) with its multiple romantic twists on boudoir chic throughout its bars, restaurants and well-appointed rooms. 

Reach for the stars – all five of them 

Take luxury and pampering to its highest level with a 5* break in the capital. Not only are you spoiled for choice but you will be spoiled every minute of your stay. You could choose the sumptuous elegance of The Merchant Hotel (5*) and indulge yourselves in the luxurious tranquillity of its spa, or pop downstairs for beautiful bar food and long lingering cocktails in the exquisitely appointed Cloth Ear. But if you lean more towards spirit-restoring treatments, The Fitzwilliam Hotel (5*) takes fabulousness to another level entirely. 

For a date night to top them all, dinner at the Michelin-starred OX restaurant would take some beating with its enthusiastic approach to seasonality, using the best locally sourced ingredients. Elsewhere in the city centre you’ll find Deanes EIPIC and The Muddler’s Club offering fine dining of a similarly very high standard. 

For a slightly more budget-friendly dining experience, but without having to compromise on quality, a visit to Home, Deanes at Queens or James St. are highly recommended. These bustling, popular restaurants offer a more relaxed dining experience. 

Two of us 

Speaking of date nights (or days), there’s no end of things for two to do right here in the city. Discover the real spirit of the people of Belfast, while enjoying some fabulous food along the way with a food and drink walking tour with Belfast Food Tour. You could take a Cuban Cocktail Masterclass at Revolución de Cuba where your very own personal Cantinero will take you through the basics of Cuban cocktail making. Or take a food lovers cookery class together at the Waterman House Cookery School on Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter of the city. Try dance lessons at the Belfast Dance Studio and get your ‘Strictly’ vibe going. Or for a first date it’s hard to choose between Tetto Rooftop Bar in the Bullitt Hotel, or the Observatory at the Grand Central Hotel for afternoon tea or evening drinks with head-in-the-cloud views over the city. You could always take a romantic hand-in-hand stroll up Cave Hill to see Belfast like never before or take the lift to the top of Victoria Square Shopping Centre for spectacular 360° views from the glass-topped dome.  

Let’s have some fun 

Maybe you just want to have a bit of craic in the city. Well, there’s plenty of that around at the Cabaret Supper Club, home of burlesque, comedy, live music and aerial acrobatics - far from your usual night out, we’d say. There’s a lively comedy scene happening in Belfast with venues popping up all over town, showcasing both famous and local talent. The Belfast Empire on Botanic Avenue has top-notch shows with loads of great bars nearby to meet up before or head to afterwards. Or sashay your way to Bert's Jazz Bar and be immediately transported back to the intimate New York jazz bars of the 1930s where cool jazz melodies and cocktails from the era combine to guarantee a heady night of music and fun. 

Whatever kind of couples break you want, you can uncover unimaginably gorgeous and fun-filled places tucked away, or even hidden in plain sight, that are just right for two, all around Belfast. 

Ten Square Hotel
Hotel
Ten Square Hotel

An iconic landmark on the landscape of Central Belfast hospitality, Ten Square is the very definition of chic, city centre boutique accommodation - the unique blend of understated style, refined atmosphere & perfect location, ensure a memorable stay.

Tara Lodge
Guest Accommodation
Tara Lodge

An elegant, boutique property located just 15 minutes walk from Belfast city hall. Breakfast, car parking and high speed WiFi included.

Belfast Botanic Gardens and Palm House
Public Park
Belfast Botanic Gardens and Palm House

First established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. There is an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous borders and the tree enthusiast can seek out the rare oaks planted in the 1880s.

Malmaison
Hotel
Malmaison

Stunning city centre boutique hotel perfectly located for sightseeing and shopping. Close to Titanic Quarter, Cathedral Quarter and Victoria Square. Renowned for great style and great service. Offering superb brasserie food,fine wines and cocktails

The Merchant Hotel
Hotel
The Merchant Hotel

Belfast's only AA five Red Star hotel, is situated in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.

The Cloth Ear
Restaurant
The Cloth Ear

The Cloth Ear is The Merchant Hotel's comfortable public bar. The warm and welcoming interior provides the ideal environment to relax and enjoy yourself in style. Combining both modern and traditional design features with a healthy dose of eccentric!

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Sleep in one of our 146 elegantly designed guestrooms. Cocoon yourself in sumptuous surroundings and create your own oasis of comfort. Warm American walnut walkways ease you into your personal sanctuary.

OX
Restaurant
OX

OX is a Michelin starred restaurant that most recently won best restaurant (in Northern Ireland) at the National Restaurant Awards 2022. It offers relaxed dining overlooking the River Lagan, and is within walking distance of the Belfast Waterfront, Titanic Belfast, St Georges Market and Odyssey Arena.

Deanes EIPIC Restaurant
Restaurant
Deanes EIPIC Restaurant

EIPIC is the most recently opened and most sophisticated of the restaurants in the Deanes portfolio, serving top quality local ingredients cooked to the highest standard. The menu is seasonal and therefore changes weekly.

The Muddlers Club
Restaurant
The Muddlers Club

Tucked away between Waring Street & Exchange Place in the historic back streets of Cathedral Quarter, The Muddlers Club has been named after the secret society that met there over 200 years ago.

Home
Restaurant
Home

The food at Home is vibrant and bold yet familiar and comforting making our customers happy and our team proud. Made fresh every day, free from preservatives and colourings, we always try to source our foods locally from Northern Ireland.

Deanes at Queens
Restaurant
Deanes at Queens

With it's glorious Terrace, Deanes at Queens is taking full advantage of its enviable leafy location overlooking the superb architecture of Methodist College. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner 6 days a week and is open for Sunday Lunch.

James St.
Restaurant
James St.

James St. is the coming together of two Belfast restaurants, James Street South Restaurant and The Bar and Grill at James St. The new offering is the best of the Bar and Grill's menu with a few light touches to the fine cooking of James Street South.

Waterman House Cookery School
Cookery School
Waterman House Cookery School

Waterman House Cookery School is the new location of Niall McKenna’s The Cookery School at James Street South.

Bullitt Hotel
Hotel
Bullitt Hotel

At Bullitt, our no-nonsense philosophy means we’ve ditched the expensive mini-bars, bellboys and butlers so that we can deliver a top-quality service with no hidden costs.

The Grand Central Hotel
Hotel
Grand Central Hotel Exterior

Hastings Grand Central is more than a hotel. It’s an ode to a city. Standing tall in Bedford Street, this impressive jewel fuses glamour and grandeur with a uniquely Belfast spirit.

Cave Hill Country Park
Country / Royal Park
Cave Hill Country Park

Cave Hill Country Park gets its name from five caves, which could be early iron mines, located on the side of the main Belfast cliffs.

Victoria Square Belfast
Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
Victoria Square Belfast

Northern Ireland’s biggest and brightest shopping centre. Inside Victoria Square, there are two floor levels, with ninety eight shops, Odeon Cinema and a dozen eateries. With Northern Ireland’s first House of Fraser store and Hollister.

The Belfast Empire
Pub / Nightclub
The Belfast Empire

A converted church in the heart of Belfast, boasting the city's most diverse offering of entertainment. Regular gigs include the Comedy Club, Blues Club and Supper Club.

Bert's Jazz Bar
Restaurant
Bert's Jazz Bar

Belfast’s and Northern Ireland's first authentic Jazz Bar offering Live Jazz seven nights a week - located within the elegant Merchant Hotel, Berts offers great live entertainment and mouth watering food.