Belfast Tourist Information

Belfast Travel Guide

Peace in Northern Ireland has brought with it a massive influx of tourism, and visitors are now finding out there is much more to Belfast than it being the birthplace of the Titanic. The city is a gateway to the pristine stretches of dramatic coastline along Ireland's northern shore, and has grown into one of Europe's most enigmatic places to visit, drawing more tourists every year.

The city's featured landmark, Belfast Castle, stands guard over Belfast as it has done for centuries, high above sea level from the slopes of Cave Hill, a great tourist destination. Built by the Normans in the late 12th century, the recently restored castle is a magnificent reminder of the city's enduring spirit. Other points of interest include Belfast City Hall, Belfast Harbour, Ulster Folk Museum, and Belfast Lough Nature Reserve.

Belfast Tourist Attractions

Cathedral quarter is the centre of the city's artistic community, hosting the world renowned Arts Festival, and the celebrated Open House Music Festival in autumn each year. The festival features traditional Irish music, and is a favourite event of local university students. This vibrant neighbourhood comes alive at night with live music pubs, restaurants and open-air caf├ęs which are the heart of Irish culture.

A great reason to visit Belfast is a trip to the Causeway Coast and the Glens, where Ireland's northern shore meets the sea in a dazzling flow of timeless beauty. The Giants Causeway's steep, dramatic cliffs and fjords are crowned by over 40,000 basalt columns, some over 40 feet high, in a seemingly endless stretch of breathtaking landscape. The Causeway is easily reachable from Belfast by public bus or car, or with an organised Belfast tour.

Transport Around Belfast

Walking is a great way to get around Belfast, although the city offers easy access to all points of interest by public transport. Several walking tours are available throughout the city and can be easily arranged through your hotel or a licensed tour guide. Car hire and taxis are readily available, and are convenient means of exploring further afield. The city can be reached from the English mainland by car ferry, and Belfast International Airport services flights from England and around the world.