Belfast

A man and his tent wild camping on a hilltop at Cavehill, Belfast © VisitBritain / Alexander Morris

Belfast

The birthplace of the Titanic, Northern Ireland’s dazzling capital has a rich cultural and maritime heritage.
Directions to the Ulster Museum © VisitBritain / Tony Pleavin
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A colourful and dynamic port city with a troubled past, Belfast is a vibrant cultural hub on northern Ireland’s eastern coast. Packed with lively pubs, an eclectic food scene, iconic buildings, boutique shopping and a myriad of museums, you can delve into history, science, literature and more. Each of the city’s Quarters tells a story - from the history of one of the world’s most famous ships at the The Titanic Museum to tales of the city’s past at the Ulster Museum. Take a guided tour of the former prison at the Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction, step aboard HMS Caroline for a taste of maritime combat in the First World War or be at one with nature at the Belfast Zoological Gardens. You’ll find an array of memorable things to do in Belfast, which is why it’s popularity continues to increase.

Where is Belfast?

Northern Ireland’s capital lies in the east of the country with an array of connections via land, sea and air. Belfast International Airport is 18 miles to the northwest of Belfast (around 30 minutes by car) and serves more than 70 destinations around the world. Airport Express 300 buses link the airport with the city. Situated around five miles from Belfast city centre, the George Best Belfast City Airport serves routes from elsewhere in Britain, as well as Amsterdam, providing a transfer option for international travellers. 

Getting around Belfast

Belfast is incredibly well connected with frequent rail routes connecting the city with Bangor, Larne Harbour, Coleraine, Londonderry, Portadown, Newry and Dublin. Translink provides an extensive public transport network, while Stena Line also operates ferry routes from Liverpool, Cairnryan in Scotland and Douglas on the Isle of Man. Purchase a Belfast Visitor Pass for unlimited travel around the centre of Belfast over 1, 2 or 3 days, as well as special offers and discounts on many Belfast attractions.

  • Visit Belfast has a useful selection of maps and guides to help you plan your trip to the city, and you can download the free Visit Belfast app for information on Belfast’s landmarks, tours, hotels restaurants, culture and nightlife
  • Hop-on hop-off Belfast Bus Tours from City Sightseeing Belfast stop off at 23 Belfast attractions and are available in six languages
  • Several companies offer Black Taxi Tours of Belfast, showcasing the city’s murals, political history and notable locations from its past

BY FOOT

With wide pathways and pedestrian areas, the centre of Belfast is best explored on foot. In fact, it takes less than 30 minutes to cross from one side of the city centre to the other.

BY BUS

An extensive bus network connects the main things to do in Belfast. Metro and Belfast Rapid Transit - Glider services serve destinations in Belfast itself, with Goldline and Ultrabus providing connections to the rest of Northern Ireland.

BY BIKE

You can hire bikes to explore Belfast from locations all over the city. Belfast Bikes has nearly 50 docking stations with pay as you go options available.

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