This time two decades ago, the idea of visiting the Northern Irish capital city would have been a very faint one – before the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, Belfast was hardly on the map as a city to see! However, over the past 15 years, the city has really come out of its troublesome shell and, nowadays, radiates vivacity, history and culture.
Find yourself a room at one of the Travelodge hotels in Belfast, and head on out to see what this fantastic city has to offer. Mingle with the locals, soak up the warmth of its spirit, explore the local attractions or take your time wandering the streets that ooze interesting stories – the choice is yours.
Now, let’s show you some of the attractions that make Belfast perfect for a city break.
- The Cathedral Quarter encompasses St. Anne’s Cathedral and, following an intense revamp, is now home to a massive range of bars, art galleries and restaurants. The Cathedral Quarter also plays host to numerous crowd-pulling festivals and events each year, proof of just how dynamic and culturally important Belfast is.
- A Perfect Base for Families looking to explore the city and beyond. From the attractions within the city – highlights including Belfast Zoo and the Exploris Aquarium – to the adventures waiting for you outside, including the iconic Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Belfast places you in the heart of the action.
- The Titanic Quarter has undergone somewhat of a rejuvenation over recent years, and is considered to be one of the world’s largest waterfront regeneration schemes. It’s also home to the incredible Titanic Belfast museum – even before you take a look at the exhibitions within, the building alone will tell you just how extravagant and world-class this attraction really is.
- The Shopping is second to none, as you’d expect from a thriving capital city. Victoria Square in the heart of the city has plenty of high street and designer stores on offer – perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping! Make sure that you head skyward to the centre’s glass dome too; the panoramic views are priceless.
- Live Music events can be found in the city during the year, with the summer months providing an impressive repertoire, including Belsonic, the Open House Festival and the Belfast Mela.
Do you really need a reason to visit Belfast, though? A city break here will be all you need to realise just how special it really is – and to have you planning your next visit!
This guest post was submitted by Henry Byrne, and was kindly made possible by Travelodge.ie