Previously Belfast has been more of a city to avoid, with the “troubles” and the battle, and there are few cities that I might less rather explore. And as somebody who was born and bred in Northern Eire, I would actually be fully misplaced for recommendations if asked what to do in Belfast? “No concept… Saint Anne’s?” Not less than this was back within the day. When tourism and interest in the city have been always centred on little more than boozers (e.g. George Best), terrorism (‘the troubles’), and a big sinking ship (the Titanic).
Where to Keep in Belfast?
There could be various areas to base a keep in Belfast which I will split into the close by train stations in Belfast City which are all discovered on the principle vacationer line between Belfast and Bangor (dubbed the Goldcoast Trainline). Anyway, these stations and area embrace:
Nice Victoria Street Station (Europa): For top hotels in Belfast City Centre.
Botanic Station: For top hotels in Botanic’s Student space of Belfast.
Lanyon Place Station (formerly Belfast Central: For hotels on Belfast Lagan Riverside.
Belfast Titanic Quarter: For Hotels close to the popular Titanic shipyard district.
Personally I’d start out from Great Victoria Street (Europa) given it’s closest to most of the city’s greatest bars, restaurants and nightlife. At the similar time, it is less than a mile (a kilometre and 6 bits) between either Nice Victoria Street and Botanic or Nice Victoria and Lanyon Place. As Belfast really is a city that may be simply covered on foot.
Nice Victoria Street Station
Aka Belfast Europa Station (Glengall Street) the place the main train and bus transit hubs connect conveniently in the course of Nice Victoria Street in an area dubbed as Belfast’s “Golden Mile”. And this can be the apparent space to remain, not only for onward journey in Northern Eire, but in addition to access the principle Belfast vacationer points of interest and greatest things to do in Belfast NI. As it is less than four hundred meters by foot to arguably the most central point of Belfast at Belfast City Hall.
This can also be where we’d start when travelling in from outside of Belfast, as most tourists do, exiting onto the principle Great Victoria Street Road at the Europa Hotel which is famed as being the world’s most bombed hotel.
The Crown Liquor Saloon: Belfast’s Best Bar?
I probably shouldn’t start straight off boozing in a bar, however The Crown Liquor Saloon is definitely a should-see in Belfast and it is discovered directly opposite the train and bus stations on Nice Victoria Street. And, why not, as it is considered one of Northern Eire’s most popular pastimes.
The Crown Liquor Saloon is just a relatively impressive Victorian pub (restored and funded by the National Trust) and it just looks proper fancy decorated with intricate mosaics, tiles, carvings and stain glass. Then, at the bar, there is a load of locally crafted beers and ciders on tap, and I will forever suggest getting in early to steal one of the snugs which are like cosy partitioned room for more private boozing sessions.
Donegall Square: The Vacationer Centre
From Great Victoria Street, just past Belfast Grand Opera House (for shows in Belfast) take a proper onto Wellington Park a brief-ish walk previous slightly magnificent red brick Victorian architecture finds Donegall Sq. and Belfast City Hall. Which could be the centre level of Belfast City where the Belfast Vacationer Office for vacationer information (Discover Belfast) is discovered as well as a terminus for lots of the big bus tours.
The Donegall Square area is kind of split into 4 areas North, South, East and West, and it divides the commercial (North) and enterprise (South) areas of Belfast, but all are within a stone’s throw from one another on each side of the City Hall. And there really are some great views overlooking Belfast City Corridor together with the quite fancy Cafe Parisien (North) which is just about opposite the gates of the City Corridor compound.